Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass serve as host band for the Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival, coming from just across the river in Pennsylvania's Chester County where his grandparents moved from North Carolina in the thirties, bringing their music with them. Since then, first under his father Bob's direction and now under Danny's, the band has presented hard-edged bluegrass in a unique, driving style. Third generation member Ryan Paisley has become a mainstay of the band on mandolin.
Imagine a unique trio consisting a a bass player born in New York City who moved to Switzerland to play music, where he met two brothers who had supported themselves playing rock music all over Europe, but who wished to move to the United States to live near Doc Watson, whose music they loved and revered. That, in a nutshell, is the story of the Kruger Brothers. Jens Kruger brings thoughtful composing skills to his virtuoso play on the banjo, play that has won him the Steve Martin Prize and this year's nomination for IBMA Banjo Player of the Year. If you've never heard this band before, they'll nail you to your seat with music crossing the boundaries between classical chamber music, old-time, folk, and bluegrass. If you've heard them before, you can only joyfully put them in charge for a couple of sets to allow you to sink more deeply into their music. Enjoy!
Dale Ann Bradley
Bryan McDowell & Jarrod Walker
Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
A Rehearsal of Kids Academy Group
Chris Henry and Hard Core Bluegrass
Charm City Junction
Mike Compton & Joe Newberry
Kathy Kallick Band
Wernick Method Jam Camp: Heidi Olsen will once again be conducting a Wernick Method Jam Camp for beginner and novice instrumentalists who wish to learn to jam, the staple skill of playing bluegrass as well as listening to it. Pete Wernick, aka Dr. Banjo, has been developing a teaching approach for jamming over the past couple of decades. After years of developing and honing his approach, he has identified a series of teachers around the country, many of whom are both graduates of his jam camps and former assistants in them. Heidi Olsen, with wide experience teaching and jamming has run the Delaware Valley Jam Camp for a couple of years and will continue this year with classes Friday through Sunday mornings for two hours each day. There's an additional cost of $65.00 for the three days or $25.00 per session. For further information and to register for Jam Camp, click here.
Jam Central Station offers opportunities for those who don't feel ready for a wide open fast jam to feel at home as they improve their jamming skills. This space offers a good opportunity for those enrolled in Jam Camp as well as others to play in a safe musical environment.
The Children's Stage is located behind the merchandise shed. Here's a schedule of specific activities scheduled there on Friday and Saturday:
Camping at Delaware Valley is rough camping with very few power sites, water available at convenient standpipes, and limited shade along the tree lines. Here are the camping guidelines and times. Campers can arrive on Wednesday, July 31 and must vacate the grounds early Monday morning, Labor Day weekend in South Jersey is likely to be hot and sunny. Campers are well advised to bring their own shade with them. Remember that this is a jam friendly festival. An area of the campground has been set aside for quiet camping. A few 20 amp electric sites are available administered and collected by the Fairgrounds staff.
Festival Guidelines are pretty simple and straightforward. Here's the list governing pets, wristbands, seating, alcohol, and other essentials every festival goer should know.
Vendors: Delaware Valley attracts a wide range of craft, instrument, and other vendors, mostly housed in a large barn close to the main stage. The Salem County Fairgrounds has several comprehensive food vendors serving full meals and snacks. Independent food vendors include an ice cream vendor, but there's relatively little choice. Many campers join together in groups to provide their own meal services.