The 6th DC Bluegrass Festival – March 10 & 11, 2017

A big THANK YOU all to the fans who came out to the 6th DC Bluegrass Festival, all the bands for putting on such great shows, Troy Jones for his great sound work, all the kind folks at the Sheraton Tysons Hotel, all the MCs and competition judges, all the sponsors and vendors, and most of all, the hard-working volunteers who gave their time and effort to making it possible! Visit the DCBU Facebook page for pics and videos from the festival, and watch this space for news about next year.

SAVE THE DATE! The 7th DC Bluegrass Festival will be held March 9 & 10, 2018, at the Tysons Sheraton Hotel. We’re pleased to announce that the Gibson Brothers will perform; check back for updates.

Don’t miss the upcoming Charm City Folk & Bluegrass Festival in Baltimore, MD on April 29! Find all the shows and festivals near you on the DCBU Calendar.

Festival Line-up

The 2017 line-up was:
The Steep Canyon Rangers, sponsored by Dale’s Pale Ale
Band of Ruhks
Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen
Flatt Lonesome
Love Canon
Charm City Junction
Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike
By & By

2017 Mid-Atlantic Bluegrass Band Competition winners:
1st Place – Headwaters
2nd Place – Scott Slay and the Rail
3rd Place – Gold Top County Ramblers

Saturday – Face-to-face workshops with members of the Steep Canyon Rangers, Band of Ruhks, Flatt Lonesome, and more! Check the schedule for details.

Check out the video playlist for a quick preview of the 2017 performers:

Jamming at the Festival

Jamming is welcome, so bring your instruments! There will be a secure instrument check area. For those staying at the Sheraton, jamming floors are available for those who want to play until dawn and non-jamming floors for those who look forward to a quiet night.

Washington Monument Award Announced
Congratulations, Katy Daley!

March 8, 2017 – Katy Daley is the 2017 recipient of the Washington Monument Award. The laurel celebrates individuals who have made outsized contributions to bluegrass music in the Washington, DC area and nationally.

Daley, a native Washingtonian, started her radio career in the mid-1970’s on WAMU FM. In addition to her on-air presence, this two-time International Bluegrass Music Association Broadcaster of the Year recipient is known for her radio, print and video interviewing skills.

Katy has interviewed many national and Washington greats including: the Seldom Scene, the Country Gentlemen, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, the US Navy Band Country Current, and the Patuxent Partners. These interviews have helped document Washington bluegrass history. At every turn, Daley has been an ardent supporter of the music and its musicians.

Previous Washington Monument Award winners are: Hazel Dickens, Bill Emerson, Lynn Morris, Tom Gray, Ben Eldridge and Eddie Adcock. Daley will receive the award Saturday, March 11 at the DC Bluegrass Festival.

Video From The 5th DC Bluegrass Festival

video from the 5th DC Bluegrass FestivalWondering what the Festival is like? See a few clips from the last DC Bluegrass Festival – The Earls of Leicester, The Seldom Scene, Tim O’Brien, and Sierra Hull on stage in the Sheraton’s ballroom, up-close workshops with the performers, and a glimpse of the jamming in the halls.

Our Sponsors

Patuxent Music

Bluegrass Country Radio

Vienna Hardwoods

Paddle Faster Publishing

Eastman Guitars and Mandolins

Huss and Dalton Guitars

Action Music

Foxes Music Company

Beard Guitars

Beanetics Coffee Roasters

Greenway Violins

The Hamilton DC

Dale's Pale Ale, sponsor of the Steep Canyon Rangers