DelFest is held at the beautiful Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, MD (2.5 hrs from Baltimore and DC). The festival originated from the desire to create a family-friendly music festival celebrating the rich legacy of McCoury Music while creating a forum for world-class musical collaborations and to showcase fresh new talent with a down-home feeling. Produced in association with High Sierra Music, the 11th Annual DelFest will again offer a quality festival experience stamped with the unique McCoury touch. Personally chosen by Del, the Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, MD served as the perfect location for DelFest–nestled along the Potomac River in the scenic Appalachian Mountains, the Fairgrounds are convenient to four major airports and easily reached by rail or road. The city of Cumberland is also a great host offering multiple hotel options, a charming downtown and great amenities including biking, a steam train engine and museum, and some top notch dining.
In addition to traditional stage sets by these world-class artists, attendees can again expect to see one-of-a-kind collaborations, special guest sit-ins, various tributes to Del McCoury and his musical legacy, intimate appearances, both at unique “playshops”—informal workshops where the emphasis will be on performance rather than instruction—and in late night indoor performances and picking sessions. Delfest will be immediately preceded by a 3-day Music Academy hosted by The Travelin’ McCourys and other all star players.
Rolling Stone - “DelFest 2019: 10 Best Things We Saw at Del McCoury’s String Music Jam”
DC Music Review - “DelFest #12 Delebrates Del McCoury’s 80th”
Brokedown Podcast - “Delfest 2019”
Baltimore Magazine - “The Fast Times, Hard Luck, and Rebirth of Bluegrass in Baltimore”
Live For Live Music - “The String Cheese Incident Welcomes Billy Strings, Del McCoury, & More At DelFest [Watch]”
Baltimore Post-Examiner - “Dispatches from DelFest: Part 1”
Charleston Gazette-Mail - “Popular Bluegrass, Jam and Americana Festival Returns Just Across the Border”
Blue Ridge Outdoors - “Festival Guide 2019: Do Your Fest”
Rolling Stone - “Del McCoury Band, I’m With Her Lead 2019 DelFest Lineup”
JamBase - “DelFest Announces Initial 2019 Lineup”
Live For Live Music - “DelFest Announces 2019 Lineup Featuring Railroad Earth, Billy Strings, The Marcus King Band”
Music Fest News - “DelFest Announces Initial 2019 Lineup”