This is the most exciting time of the year for Listen Local First. Two huge festivals in the pipeline, but the one we want to brag about in this post is The Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival presented by Whole Foods Market, happening Saturday April 26th on the beautiful Kingman and Heritage Islands.
This is the 5th year the festival is happening. The first two year were literally a couple hundred neighbors, a keg of beer and a couple neighborhood bands pickin in a circle for a couple hours. Last year the festival made a major leap with a main stage programmed from 1-8pm, two busking areas, a children stage, over a dozen food trucks, kayaks and nearly 8,000 visitors attended throughout the day.
This year with the help of some amazing Sponsors, Whole Foods, Events DC and REI to name a few, the festival is well on it’s way to becoming one of the most unique, affordable, outdoor, all local music festivals in the city. If you join us on the 26th, not only will you get to enjoy 5 stages of live music entertainment (including Children’s stage for families) but you get a Whole Foods game and refreshment tent, REI climbing wall, kayaks and outdoors skills training sessions, BicycleSPACE mini race course and bike raffle, Boogie Babes children’s stage and craft area for kids, and of course the Food and Beer Trucks.
The music programming for the day will feature two main stages, two island stages, and a children’s stage. Over 30 amazing local musicians will be performing throughout the day. All of these musicians are from the DMV Region and perform around this area on a regular basis.
Take a look at the links below and decide which acts you’ll be checking out at the Festival. Also check out the events leading up to the main event on April 26th:
- Bluegrass performances coming to your local Whole Foods Market over the next two weeks. https://www.livingclassrooms.
- REI Earth Day Island Clean Up is happening this Saturday April 19th – http://www.rei.com/event/
- Volunteer at this year’s Festival and receive a free t-shirt and two free beer tickets (for those of age): http://vols.pt/4MNouW
- Purchase Tickets Ahead of Time to Get Special Deals – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/
5th-annual-kingman-island- bluegrass-and-folk-festival- tickets-10913112413
- Visit our website for more details – http://www.
FESTIVAL MUSIC LINE UP
WHOLE FOODS MARKET FESTIVAL MAIN STAGE
1:00pm – 1:35pm Delafield String Band
1:45pm – 2:20pm King Street Bluegrass
2:30pm – 3:05pm Only Lonesome
3:15pm – 3:50pm 19th Street Band
4:00pm – 4:35pm Second String Band
4:45pm – 5:20pm By & By
5:30pm – 6:05pm Sligo Creek Stompers
6:15pm – 7:45pm Hackensaw Boys
Side Stage Artists: Performing in between mainstage acts
WHOLE FOODS MARKET AMERICANA STAGE
1:00pm – 1:35pm Ballad’ve
1:50pm – 2:25pm South Rail
2:40pm – 3:15pm Justin Trawick and the Common Good
3:30pm – 4:05pm Junior League Band
4:20 – 5:00pm Vandaveer
5:15pm – 6:00pm Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray
Acre 121 Island Stage – Located at Kingman Island Park Entrance
1:00-2:00pm – Gramophonic
2:00-3:00pm – Nathan Robinson of Roof Beams
3:00-4:00pm – Don Kim
4:00-5:00pm – Pet Parade
5:00-6:00pm -Wes Tucker
Gypsy Sallys Island Stage – Located on the Kingman Island Dock
1:00-2:00pm – Sunrise Review
2:00-3:00pm – The Beanstalk Library (acoustic)
3:00-4:00pm – Karen Jonas
4:00-5:00pm – Victoria Vox
5:00-6:00pm - Hollertown
Boogie Babes Children & Family Stage
1:00pm – The Banjo Man
2:00pm – Bridgette & Dawn
2:45pm – Mr. Skip
3:30pm – Uno, Dos, Tres con Andres
4:15pm Marsha Goodman-Wood
4:45pm Nick Bayard
When: Saturday April 26th, 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Where: Kingman Island located on the Anacostia River-
575 Oklahoma Avenue NE Washington, DC (entrance at RFK Stadium Lot 6).
Biking and metro are encouraged. A free shuttle will run from Stadium/Armory Metro Station. Free parking is available in RFK Lot 6.
Who: The Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival presented byWhole Foods Market is a collaboration between Living Classrooms, Councilman Tommy Wells’ Office, REI, Events DC, Boogie Babes, BicycleSPACE, Listen Local First, Kleen Kanteen, programming partners Gypsy Sallys and Acre 121 and media partner WAMU’s Bluegrass Country. All are welcome to attend.
Cost: $10 suggested donations to support Living Classrooms’ environmental education programming for DC youth on Kingman Island.
Tickets can be purchased ahead of time at http://kingmanislandbluegrass.