by Mark Raker and Dan Rozman
Cumberland, MD – May 2022 – Del Yeah! DelFest, the beloved genre-spanning festival brainchild of McCoury Music and High Sierra Music is pleased to announce the return of the festival with the lineup for its 14th annual festival, once again taking place in beautiful Cumberland, Maryland, on Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-29.
DelFest is a four-day celebration of music on the Allegany County Fairgrounds in beautiful Cumberland, Maryland. After missing both 2020 and 2021 due to COVID, this year’s lineup includes many Delfest favorites. Get your tickets and pack the camper because DelFest will be here in 2 months! #DelYeah!
This year, festival hosts The Del McCoury Band and The Travelin’ McCourys will be joined by Tyler Childers, Railroad Earth, Béla Fleck: My Bluegrass Heart Featuring Michael Cleveland, Jacob Jolliff, Cody Kilby, Justin Moses, And Mark Schatz, Sam Bush, Robert Earl Keen, Leftover Salmon, Watchhouse, Anders Osbourne, Jackie Greene, Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, The California Honeydrops, Sierra Hull, The Jerry Douglas Band, Cabinet, The Lil Smokies, The Ghost of Paul Revere, Steve Poltz, Sister Sadie, Cris Jacobs Band, Della Mae, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley, Jacob Joliff, Hot Club Of Cowtown, Eric & Leigh Gibson, Fireside Collective, Twisted Pine, Pert Near Sandstone, The Broomestix, The Seldom Scene, The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers, Lonesome River Band, Joe Craven, Crying Uncle Bluegrass Band, Birches Bend, The Price Sisters, Caleb Stine, Dirty Grass Players, 19th Street Band, Darlingtyn, and Emcee Joe Craven! As always, Joe Craven, will emcee for the weekend.
The festival will feature traditional stage sets, one-of-a-kind collaborations, special guest sit-ins, various tributes to Del McCoury and his musical legacy, and intimate appearances from the aforementioned artists. The 3-day preliminary DelFest Academy will again be hosted by the McCourys, providing a world-class jamming opportunity to learn from and mix it up with all-star musicians.
This year’s late night shows feature Leftover Salmon & The Lil Smokies, Railroad Earth & Frank Solivan, Cabinet & Cris Jacobs, as well as the festival finale, featuring the Travelin’ McCourys.
The Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, MD (2.5 hours from Baltimore and D.C.) serves as the ideal location for DelFest, and is located along the Potomac River in the scenic Appalachian Mountains, and personally chosen by Del. The family has fostered a special relationship with the community and continues to honor the strong bonds formed over the many years.
The festival returns to Memorial Day weekend, after having to cancel in 2020 and following an attempt to schedule the festival for Fall of 2021. Festival organizers continue to work with local and state health officials to ensure musicians, attendees, and staff are cared for, and will adhere to local, state, and federal safety mandates. Any additional COVID-specific protocols will be announced closer to the festival.
For information including camping, parking, partners, and more, please visit delfest.com and follow DelFest on all social platforms. Can’t wait until May for Del-centered goodness? Refresh with and relive the magic of DelFest on the festival’s Youtube page.
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