ARTIST LINE UP

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Village | Saturday, November 2 | Set 1, 5:45pm | Set 2, 7:15pm
Man About a Horse plays traditional bluegrass instruments, but not always traditional bluegrass.  The Philadelphia-based group infuses their sound with rock and pop references, funk grooves, and blues roots.  They Read More
Man About a HorseVillage | Saturday, November 2 | Set 1, 5:45pm | Set 2, 7:15pm

Man About a Horse plays traditional bluegrass instruments, but not always traditional bluegrass.  The Philadelphia-based group infuses their sound with rock and pop references, funk grooves, and blues roots.  They won the 2018 FreshGrass Band Award and were also nominated for an IBMA Band Momentum Award in 2018.  Man About a Horse’s first full-length album debuted at #11 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart in 2017, earning praise from Bluegrass Unlimited, British Bluegrass News, and others.  The band notched its first position on the Bluegrass Today radio chart in 2018.  They’ve performed at festivals and in venues around the U.S., sharing the stage with Old Crow Medicine Show, Cabinet, Danny Barnes, Hot Buttered Rum, Wood & Wire, Donna the Buffalo, and many more.

Village | Saturday, November 2 | 6:30pmGarfield Center | Saturday, November 2 | 10:00pm (with The High & Wides)
Hailing from Baltimore, The Dirty Grass Players have established themselves with one toe-tappin’ foot in traditional bluegrass and blazing musicianship that pushes boundaries. Comprised of Josh Ballard on bass, Alex Read More
The Dirty Grass PlayersVillage | Saturday, November 2 | 6:30pmGarfield Center | Saturday, November 2 | 10:00pm (with The High & Wides)

Hailing from Baltimore, The Dirty Grass Players have established themselves with one toe-tappin’ foot in traditional bluegrass and blazing musicianship that pushes boundaries. Comprised of Josh Ballard on bass, Alex Berman on banjo, Ben Kolakowski with the guitar, and Ryan Rogers on mandolin, this four piece is successfully bringing their growing fan base a down, dirty, and heated performance.  Their ability to seamlessly transition from down home bluegrass to spirited improvisation makes each performance unique.  Throw in some Allman Brothers, Pink Floyd or a dash of southern rock and you’ll quickly understand what they mean by Dirty Grass.  Their self-titled debut CD, The Dirty Grass Players, captures this energy and as 2017 winner of the Charm City Bluegrass & Folk Festival Band Competition clearly indicates, this is just the beginning.

Village | Saturday, November 2 | 4:15pm; Garfield Center | Saturday, November 2 | 9:00pm (with The Dirty Grass Players)
The High & Wides, like the large-haul trains for which the band is named, project a big, driving sound—mountain musical traditions re-imagined for a new century.  Formed on Maryland’s Eastern Read More
The High and WidesVillage | Saturday, November 2 | 4:15pm; Garfield Center | Saturday, November 2 | 9:00pm (with The Dirty Grass Players)

The High & Wides, like the large-haul trains for which the band is named, project a big, driving sound—mountain musical traditions re-imagined for a new century.  Formed on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in 2015, they write music about arson and hourly motels, dystopian love songs, and ballads of violent history.  The High & Wides draw from their members’ extensive backgrounds in bluegrass and take the music to a place all their own, recalling an era when old-time, rockabilly, and proto-rock’n’roll coexisted in a murky soup of hillbilly string band music.

More(Garfield Center | Saturday, November 2 | 9:00pm (with The Dirty Grass Players))
 
Village | Saturday, November 2 | Set 1, 1:15pm | Set 2, 2:45pm
Country Current, the premier country-bluegrass group of the United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C., showcases a five-member acoustic ensemble performing traditional, contemporary, and original bluegrass compositions.  The ensemble is Read More
Country CurrentVillage | Saturday, November 2 | Set 1, 1:15pm | Set 2, 2:45pm

Country Current, the premier country-bluegrass group of the United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C., showcases a five-member acoustic ensemble performing traditional, contemporary, and original bluegrass compositions.  The ensemble is in constant demand by the nation’s most prominent bluegrass festivals, and has performed at the Wintergrass Bluegrass Festival, Witherhawk Bluegrass Festival, Withlacoochee River Bluegrass Jamboree, Grey Fox, and many, many more.  Over the years they have performed with legendary bluegrass artists such as Alison Kraus, Nickel Creek, Rhonda Vincent, and the “Father of Bluegrass” the late Bill Monroe.

Village | Saturday, November 2 | Set 1, 3:30pm | Set 2, 5:00pm
The BALTIMORE SUN has called Caleb Stine the “lynchpin of the Baltimore folk scene.”  Flying just below mainstream radar, Stine keeps the music honest– hardworking, genuine, and unafraid to tell Read More
Caleb StineVillage | Saturday, November 2 | Set 1, 3:30pm | Set 2, 5:00pm

The BALTIMORE SUN has called Caleb Stine the “lynchpin of the Baltimore folk scene.”  Flying just below mainstream radar, Stine keeps the music honest– hardworking, genuine, and unafraid to tell it like it is.  To date, Stine has released over ten albums, scored music for films, acted Off-Broadway, gargled Sangria on the streets of Madrid, and played guitar with Vieux Farka Toure.  Catch his performance and you’ll leave happier.

Village | Friday, November 1 | 7:50pm
Betty and the BulletVillage | Friday, November 1 | 7:50pm
Village | Saturday, November 2 | Set 1, 12:30pm | Set 2, 2:00pm
Flatland Drive mixes traditional bluegrass with contemporary stylings.  Their sound is influenced by the earliest patriarchs of bluegrass, but they also pay homage to the likes of the Lonesome River Read More
Flatland DriveVillage | Saturday, November 2 | Set 1, 12:30pm | Set 2, 2:00pm

Flatland Drive mixes traditional bluegrass with contemporary stylings.  Their sound is influenced by the earliest patriarchs of bluegrass, but they also pay homage to the likes of the Lonesome River Band, Bluegrass Album Band, and The Seldom Scene.

Village | Friday, November 1 | 5:00pm
Apache Trails is a rowdy, unbridled, and all together good time that’ll leave the souls of your feet singing a tune of their own. Featuring a thunderous double-bass slapping alongside Read More
Apache TrailsVillage | Friday, November 1 | 5:00pm

Apache Trails is a rowdy, unbridled, and all together good time that’ll leave the souls of your feet singing a tune of their own.

Featuring a thunderous double-bass slapping alongside a soulful lead guitar, a freight-train rhythm and banjo carried along by a beautiful weave of voices, delivered in a style that defies pigeonholing but might be described as a rootsy amalgam of folk, country, bluegrass, and whiskey.

Village | Friday, November 1 | 6:25pm
Mtn Lion string band draws its inspiration from the acoustic instrumentation of Appalachian Americana and its roots in the Celtic music of Ireland.
Mtn Lion String BandVillage | Friday, November 1 | 6:25pm

Mtn Lion string band draws its inspiration from the acoustic instrumentation of Appalachian Americana and its roots in the Celtic music of Ireland.

Village | Sunday, November 3 | 2:00pm
No Part of Nothin’ was formed when several members met at a monthly bluegrass jam. They sang together on a couple of songs, and the next thing you know they Read More
No Part of Nothin’Village | Sunday, November 3 | 2:00pm

No Part of Nothin’ was formed when several members met at a monthly bluegrass jam. They sang together on a couple of songs, and the next thing you know they decided to enter the DC Bluegrass Union Festival’s band content.  The rest is history!  The band features Michelle Murray on vocals and guitar, Jeff Karn on mandolin and vocals, Keith Arneson on banjo, Vince Forcier on bass and Alan Oresky on fiddle.  The band performs regularly in the D.C. Metropolitan area, including at the monthly bluegrass music series at Outta the Way Cafe.  They have also played at several prestigious venues and festivals, including the Circa Blue Festival where the opened up for the Seldom Scene, and the Brookeville Farm Festival.

Village | Sunday, November 3 | 1:00pm
The Simmons Family band consists of three siblings, Dave, Jon and Mary Simmons.  They have been singing together for over thirty years here on the Eastern Shore, growing up on Read More
The Simmons FamilyVillage | Sunday, November 3 | 1:00pm

The Simmons Family band consists of three siblings, Dave, Jon and Mary Simmons.  They have been singing together for over thirty years here on the Eastern Shore, growing up on a farm between Chestertown and Rock Hall.  Jon and Mary sang duets together in church as teenagers, and later joined up with their older brother for three part harmonies when he returned from his time in the military. Joining the Simmons Family for this performance are Nate Grower on fiddle, Marc MacGlashan on mandolin/fiddle/guitar, and Bryan Irwin on bass fiddle.

Village | Sunday, November 3 | 12:00pm
Gray & BluegrassVillage | Sunday, November 3 | 12:00pm