The storied Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival opens its 66th semi-annual festival on Thursday May 16 and runs through late Sunday afternoon May 19th with Dailey & Vincent closing with their 90 minute set. With the greatest lights in bluegrass music, plenty of able newcomers, Gettysburg favorites galore, one of the most creative and useful workshop schedules to be found anywhere, a newish, roomy, and attractive stage with a capacious amphitheater bowl providing wonderful sight lines, plenty of vendors serving up a wide variety of food and crafts, Pete Wernick's Jam Camp before opening, and one of the best camping facilities to be found, Gettysburg has it all.
The Rambling Rooks represent a group of bluegrass headliners who first came together with the Lonesome River Band in the 1990's. Ronnie Bowman, Don Rigsby, and Kenny Smith (with a still to be named banjo player) made their debut at the 2012 IBMA Fan Fest and are drawing raves wherever they appear. All three are accomplished singers, instrumentalists, and song writers. Look for good material coming from them.
Barry Abernathy & Aaron Ramsey
Jim Van Cleve
Chad Graves, Mark Cassidy, Nolan Lawrence
Dry Branch Fire Squad
Rhonda Vincent & the Rage
Steep Canyon Rangers
The Seldom Scene
Marty Rabon & Full Circle
The Seldom Scene (75 Minute Set)
Dailey & Vincent (90 Minute Set)
Dr Banjo, Pete Wernick, is well-known as a performer, leader in bluegrass, and teacher. His Jam Camps provide a non-threatening opportunity for closet pickers to learn to jam during a three and a half day intensive workshop. Assisted by his wife Joan and an able staff, his approach frees people to learn to play bluegrass music or to improve their skills. There's still room for additional registrants at the Gettysburg Camp.
At the Workshop Stage
Good Range of "Good" Food