Award-winning festival adds 3rd stage featuring nationally-known superpickers, soulful songwriters & more
Charm City Bluegrass Festival, winner of the 2016 IBMA Momentum Award for Event of the Year and 2015 Best Festival by Baltimore Magazine, invites music lovers and foodies to gather in Druid Hill Park on Saturday, April 29 for its fifth annual all-day celebration of bluegrass with 3 stages, 14 bands and 12 hours of family-friendly festivities including local food, limited release beer from Union Brewery, artists, kids’ games, crafts, spontaneous jam sessions and more. New to the festival this year is a third stage, providing festival goers with a more comprehensive musical experience featuring traditional and progressive bluegrass, folk and Americana.
The unique musical lineup brings regional and nationally-known bluegrass artists together during one day including The Lone Bellow, Supergroup Adam Aijala, Ben Kaufmann of Yonder Mountain String Band, Drew Emmitt and & Andy Thorn of Leftover Salmon, Seldom Scene, Cris Jacobs, Lonesome River Band, Cabinet, The Dustbowl Revival, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Danny Paisley and The Southern Grass, Kitchen Dwellers, Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike, Country Current (United States Navy Bluegrass Band) and Frankie Short & The Northern Connection Bluegrass Band. Opening the festival will be local up-and-coming bluegrass band, The Dirty Grass Players, chosen by the community at the Charm City Bluegrass’s annual Battle of the Bands.
Foodies will appreciate the festival’s focus on local cuisine from iconic Baltimore establishments including The Local Oyster, Cardinal Tavern, BricknFire Pizza and more. Official beer provider Union Craft Brewing Co. will create a branded brew, while The Charmery will concoct a new, festival-inspired ice cream flavor, both of which are exclusive to the festival and will be unveiled a few weeks prior to the event date.
Continuing its dedication to supporting Druid Hill Park, $2 from each ticket sold will be donated to the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens, located adjacent to the festival grounds, to support horticulture education programs. The festival will also feature a raffle to benefit Believe in Music, a nonprofit that aims to give inner city Baltimore students a multifaceted music education.
Saturday, April 29, Doors open at 10 a.m. and festival ends at 9:30 p.m.
General Admission: $55 | Day of show $60
Kids 10 and Under: Free