Preview: 5th Annual Delfest

Memorial Day Weekend
May 24-27th 2012

Words & Photos By Jon Irvin

Once again the best collection of bluegrass musicians will grace the grandstand at the 5th annual Delfest held over Memorial Day Weekend (May 24-27) at the Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland MD. With a lineup due to make all festival goers blissful, Delfest is undeniably a bluegrass fans nirvana.

Joining host Del McCoury will be numerous Delfest veterans including Yonder Mountain String Band, Railroad Earth, Emmitt-Nershi Band, and the Infamous Stringdusters as well as welcoming the great comedian Steve Martin playing with The Steep Canyon Rangers. The weekend will also feature several sets by crowd favorites Bela Fleck and Keller Williams. Delfest also allows fans to take an inside look at their favorite pickers with Artists Playshops taking place throughout the weekend inside the Delfest Music Hall.

Full Lineup:

The Del McCoury Band, Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers, Yonder Mountain String Band, Bela Fleck with Alan Bartram, Jason Carter, Ronnie McCoury & Danny Paisley, Sam Bush Band, Railroad Earth , Leftover Salmon, The Travelin’ McCourys feat. Keller Williams, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Bela Fleck & The Marcus Roberts Trio, Keller Williams, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, The Infamous Stringdusters , Emmitt-Nershi Band, Luther Dickinson and The Wanderin, Darol Anger and the Furies feat. Brittany Haas, Maeve Gilchrist, & Emy Phelps, Sara Watkins, Greensky Bluegrass, The Devil Makes Three, Della Mae, Joe Craven, The David Mayfield Parade, Split Lip Mayfield, The Larry Stephenson Band, Birds of Chicago, Libby Kirkpatrick, and the Mon River Ramblers.

Ticket Pricing:

Weekend ticket packages range from $155 (4 day), $140 (3 day), $125 (2 day)
Day Passes $55.

An additional ticket ($20) will be required for each late night show.

See ya there!


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