THURSDAY, JUNE 12
MUSIC STARTS AT 7PM
As one of the most highly awarded ensembles ever assembled, Mountain Heart, or members of the band, have either won or been nominated for Grammy’s, ACM, CMA, and multiple IBMA Awards. They have appeared on the revered stage of the Grand Ole Opry in excess of 125 times. Mountain Heart's musical virtuosity, unmatched energy, and keen sense of entertainment dynamics have helped them to forge a highly unique sound, and stage show, which appeals to an incredibly wide variety of musical tastes.
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen stir up a tasty bluegrass/newgrass stew simmered from a blend of instrumental, vocal and songwriting skills so hot, it earned them five 2013 International Bluegrass Music Association Award nominations, and wins for members Mike Munford (Banjo Player of the Year) and guitarist Chris Luquette (Momentum Award – Instrumentalist of the Year). Their new album, On the Edge, is already making listeners hungry for more.
Every year, the hard working kids (ages 6-18) open the Festival of the Bluegrass. The camp starts on Tuesday, June 10 and concludes with the show opening on Thursday, 7pm. All age and abilities are welcome and represented on the same stage that has hosted legends like Bill Monroe and Ralph Stanley. Come on out an give these kids the welcome they deserve.
FRIDAY, JUNE 13
MUSIC STARTS AT 1PM
Winners of the 2013 IMBA Entertainer of the Year and Artist of the year, Eric and Leigh Gibson have made a name for themselves in bluegrass over the past two decades, playing over 80 shows and festivals a year and gradually building a deeply dedicated, nationwide fan base. Their spellbinding harmony singing, which can reach the high lonesome notes of Bill and Charlie Monroe and capture the tenderness of pop/country crooners the Everly Brothers.
Led by the IBMA 5-time Male Vocalist Of The Year, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out has walked away with IBMA's Vocal Group Of The Year award 7 consecutive years. All in all, the band has garnered over 50 industry awards since their inception in 1991. Their a cappella renditions of many songs can rarely be matched and their superb instrumentation provides even more quality sound to their rich vocal blend featuring one of the most respected lead vocalists of all time. All this along with a heavy touring schedule, including many performances on the Grand Ole Opry as well as GAC and RFD channel programs, over 14 recordings to date, and a desire to present their fans with the best music possible, makes this "supergroup" one of bluegrass music's most recognized and in-demand bands in the genre's history.
Award-winning fiddler Michael Cleveland brings dynamic traditional bluegrass to the stage with his award-winning band, Flamekeeper, in a show that will leae the audience talking. A nine-time winner of the IBMA Fiddle Performer of the Year award, Mike and his talented band present a program of tight vocal trios and duos, blistering instrumentals, and fiddle-and-banjo duets that echo the first-generation start of bluegrass.
Long recognized and praised as a creative force in acoustic music, Claire Lynch is a pioneer who continually pushes the boundaries of the bluegrass genre. The current Claire Lynch Band is a powerful juggernaut, a quartet that has the innate ability to perfectly interpret the beauty, subtlety, and genre-defying sophistication of Claire’s music. Claire Lynch was awarded the 2013 Female Vocalist of the Year.
BIG COUNTRY BLUEGRASS
This band delivers their own hard driving and heartfelt style of bluegrass music and it makes them crowd favorites wherever they perform. Whether it's a Festival or the Grand Ole Opry, the band brings back memories reminiscent of the old days of Bluegrass Music.
There are simply no words to describe Lardo and Burley Moron. You will just have to see it to believe it.
SATURDAY, JUNE 14
MUSIC STARTS AT 1PM; OPEN STAGE AT NOON
The Scene began as a non-touring bluegrass band back in 1971 in Bethesda, Maryland and has become one of the single largest contributers to the progression of bluegrass from the early days of Flatt and Scruggs and Bill Monroe to the more contemporary sounds that they founded. The Seldom Scene has played the Festival of the Bluegrass 40 of the last 41 years.
Timely yet timeless, The Grascals make music that is entirely relevant to the here and now, yet immersed in traditional values of soul and musicianship. It’s a unique sound that has earned two of their previous releases Grammy® nominations for International Bluegrass Music Association's Best Bluegrass Album. The Grascals are among the most beloved and acclaimed bands on today’s bluegrass scene, having won SPBGMA’s Intrumental Group of the Year award in 2013.
The 23 String Band plays fun, fuel-injected, original Americana that dangerously weaves across the lanes of modern acoustic music — windows down, accelerator to the floor, on a joyride into the unknown with one eye on the vintage sounds in the rearview mirror. It’s a bluegrass attack fueled by high-octane rock-n-roll energy and triple-distilled oldtimey roots. Your feet hurt from dancing; your face hurts from grinning. Get ready: you’re riding shotgun!
Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers have an energetic mix of quality Bluegrass and Gospel music, a professional presentation, inventive instrumental work, a wide variety of vocal arrangements including a capella quartets and tasteful, down-home humor.
Newtown features five artists demonstrating a vast array of acoustic music styling. Based out of Lexington, Kentucky, Newtown accurately cites their obvious local musical influences. The band is able to journey into a realm of their own while still maintaining the spirit of the legendary bluegrass and “Newgrass” sounds created within the walls of Lexington’s Red Slipper Lounge during the mid 70’s.
Detour is a Michigan-based bluegrass band that combines original contemporary bluegrass sounds with great traditional favorites. Detour’s tight focused harmonies, precision instrumentals, and creative melodies take you down a unique bluegrass road.
The Dry Branch Fire Squad is an old-time bluegrass band founded by Ron Thomason in 1976. The band has gone through many iterations in its existence. Thomason has been the one constant, serving as the band's MC, lead singer, and mandolin player.