CHARM CITY FOLK AND BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FULL LINEUP
The Wood Brothers join lineup featuring The Travelin’ McCourys, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Seldom Scene and more. Late night features The Everyone Orchestra.
The Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival is proud to announce the addition of
Americana/blues powerhouse trio The Wood Brothers and a variety of premiere Maryland artists to its third annual festival, which returns to Baltimore’s Druid Hill Park on Saturday, April 25, 2015.
The Wood Brothers join previously announced artists including the first family of
bluegrass, The Travelin’ McCourys; American roots and bluegrass heavy-‐hitters Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen; Washington, D.C.-‐based bluegrass veterans Seldom Scene; Western Maryland progressive bluegrass pickers Grand Ole’ Ditch; D.C.-‐based jazz, country-‐swing and blues band Bumper Jacksons and Baltimore rootsy folk singer-‐songwriter Letitia VanSant. Other artist additions include a variety of Baltimore talent: renowned singer-‐songwriter Cris Jacobs; Irish old-‐time bluegrass band Charm City Junction; Americana rock ’n’ rollers The Herd of Main
Street and folk-‐roots band The Manly Deeds as well as Eastern Shore (MD) quartet
Chester River Runoff.
Tickets are on sale now via missiontix.com/charmcitybluegrass. General admission
tickets are $45 and VIP tickets are $140. For each ticket sold, the festival will donate
$2 to the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens, which sits
next to the festival grounds, to support horticulture education programs.
Following the festival, The Everyone Orchestra will perform a show of directed
improvised music at intimate Federal Hill venue The 8×10, with musicians TBA. Last year’s Everyone Orchestra after-‐party featured members of Greensky Bluegrass, Floodwood, Railroad Earth, Gov’t Mule and Cabinet as well as sit-‐ins from festival performers. The show starts at 11 p.m. and tickets are $30. Tickets are on sale now through missiontix.com.
After a sold out inaugural festival at Union Craft Brewing in 2013 and a 2,500-‐strong
crowd at Druid Hill Park last year, founders Phil Chorney and Jordan August aim to keep Baltimore’s bluegrass tradition alive and well. Charm City can trace its bluegrass roots back to the 1930s, when Southern Appalachian musicians began migrating to Baltimore seeking work. The music they brought with them made Baltimore a bluegrass haven in the 1950s and 1960s.
Continuing in that tradition, the Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival has featured legends Tim O’Brien and Tony Trischka, Grammy award-‐winning dobro virtuoso Jerry Douglas, members of the Punch Brothers as well as a variety of regional talent, including Cris Jacobs and Caleb Stein.
Seven regional bands will compete in a two-‐round battle of the bands to win the festival’s opening slot. Those bands include Bald Mountain Band, Fried Pickin’, Colebrook Road, Andy Belt & Friends, Darla Jean and the Somethin’ or Others, Burt the Dirt and Man About a Horse. The first round will be held on two nights, Feb. 6 and Feb. 20, at Union Craft Brewing in Hampden, and two winners from each night will compete for the festival slot at The 8×10 on Friday, March 20. Admission to the first round battles is $5.
The festival will feature a raffle to benefit Believe in Music, a nonprofit that aims to give inner city Baltimore students a multifaceted music education. Prizes include a signed Jerry Douglas regal dobro (built by Paul Beard) and instruments from Catonsville music shop Appalachian Bluegrass. The festival is also partnering with Christopher Schafer Clothier to collect men’s suits for recently incarcerated men reentering society.
The Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival is a production of the Baltimore Management Agency. Follow the Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival on the web at charmcitybluegrass.com and on Facebook at facebook.com/CharmCityBluegrass.