What began in the parking lot of Union Craft Brewing evolved into a 2,500-strong sold out event at Druid Hill Park last year. And now, Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival (which we awarded "Best Music Festival") returns for its third installment this spring on April 25, 2015.
The initial lineup includes bluegrass grandaddies The Travelin' McCourys (an offshoot of the Del McCoury Band, for which Western Maryland's DelFest was named); Alexandria, VA-based roots and bluegrass band Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen; D.C.-based country swing and blues band Bumper Jacksons (who rocked a recent "Best of Baltimore" party); and local folk singer-songwriter Letita VanSant. Festival organizers say that more artists will be announced in the coming months.
"We're very excited for the Travelin' McCourys—they are bluegrass legends and are top notch musicians who put on an amazing performance every time," says CCBF cofounder Phil Chorney. "Robbie and Ronnie McCoury's father Del got his start in Baltimore when Bill Monroe, the father of modern bluegrass music, discovered him. This town has a rich history of old time, folk, and bluegrass music and we are proud and honored to follow in that tradition."
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 Peter Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens, which is a lovely backdrop to the festival grounds, to support its horticulture education programs.
There will also be a late night after-party at The 8x10 in Federal Hill, with artists to be announced. The latest updates and musicians can be found by following Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival on the web at and on Facebook.