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“2016 Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival Countdown Begins!!!”

by Prince Of Petworth April 20, 2016 at 4:25 pm 17 Comments

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From a press release:

“The 7th Annual Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival Presented by Living Classrooms is two weeks away and Festival organizers are excited to announce the set times, activities, and partnerships that will be featured at this year’s celebration.


The Festival will take place on Saturday, April 30th on Kingman Island in Washington, DC from Noon till 8pm.

Funds from the Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival benefit Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region and are allocated to the continued maintenance and restoration of the island and to Living Classrooms’ hands-on educational and environmental programming in Washington, DC.

GA Tickets & Friends of Living Classroom Passes can be purchased HERE

General Info & Festival FAQs can be found at http://www.kingmanislandbluegrass.com/bio/


Leave your car at home and take the DC Streetcar!



12:15-1:00 Lowland Hum

1:10-1:55 Letitia Van Sant

2:05-2:50 Circa Blue

3:00-3:45 Dori Freeman

3:55-4:40 Buds Collective

4:50-5:35 Plate Scrapers

5:45-6:30 Forlorn Strangers

6:50-8:00 Spirit Family Reunion

Emcee – The Notorious Jonny Grave

Special Performances by Atoka Chase and Jonny Grave


12:15-12:45 Handsome Hound

1:00-1:40 Peyote Pilgrim

1:55-2:35 Near Northeast

2:50-3:30 Burt the Dirt

3:45-4:25 Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray

4:40-5:20 Bumper Jacksons

5:40-6:30 Magic Giant

Emcees – Jenn Tisdale and Brandon Wetherbee of BYT

Special Performances by Run Come See and Ballad’ve


12:30-1:15 Only Lonesome

1:25-2:10 Veve & Tha Rebels

2:20-3:05 Slow Down Tommy

3:15-4:00 Brian Farrow & What Got Over

4:10-4:55 By & By

5:10-6:00 Second String Band

Stage Host – The Hamilton DC



12:15-1:00 The Charlie Bucket Project

1:15-2:00 Calamity Row

2:15-3:00 Bearcat Wildcat

3:15-4:00 Oh He Dead

4:15-5:00 The Iris Bell

5:15-6:00 The Torches

Stage Host – Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe



12:00-12:50 Heavy Traffic Ahead

1:00-1:50 Delafield String Band

2:00-2:50 Gravel Road Bluesgrass

3:00-3:50 Hollertown

4:00-4:50 Rye & Dirty

5:00-5:50 Smoke N’ Mangoes

Stage Host – Mr Henry’s Restaurant



12:00-12:50 Jahnel Daliya

1:00-1:40 Blue Plains

2:00-2:50 Captain Krunch & the Taste Brigade

3:00-3:50 Don Kim

4:00-4:50 The Sunrise Review

5:00-5:50 Herb and Hanson

Stage Host – Acre 121


8:15-9:30 The Woodshedders

Festival Line-Up Website Link – http://www.kingmanislandbluegrass.com/tour/

Kingman Island Festival Playlist and Sampler – https://playmoss.com/en/listenlocaldc/playlist/kingman-island-bluegrass-folk-festival-2016

  • Jerry Grundle

    All I hear, year after year, is how poorly organized this thing is. Is that just supposed to be part of the charm at this point?

    • Anonoline

      I’ve gone the past four years and it never struck me as disorganized. In fact, I think the organizers have done an incredible job managing it considering it’s grown tremendously in those past four years.
      I do recall someone on PoP saying they went to the park a few months ago and there was still trash leftover from the festival; is that what you’re referring to?

      • Jerry Grundle

        No, I’ve just heard that it’s usually uncomfortably crowded, with long lines and such.

        • Anonoline

          Well sure, just like any other event in DC. I wouldn’t say it’s that bad.

          • Stavros

            I know, how come you never see long lines at festivals anywhere else but DC?

          • Anonoline

            I’m not sure if I’ve ever gotten food there but I don’t remember seeing long lines at the food trucks. Everything else (getting in, using the restroom) has been quick and I’ve always been able to find a good spot to set up my blanket.
            The only thing I’ve had to wait a long time for is getting an Uber to go home, but that has nothing to do with the festival.

          • Philippe Lecheval

            Because the long lines are actually orchestrated at events in DC, since so many people here actually gain pleasure from waiting in lines for inordinate periods of time.

      • kanon

        Eh, I’ve gone twice and think it was disorganized both times. I think there has even been popville commentary on the disorganization. Last year (or maybe two years ago?) two groups of friends arrived at roughly the same time (I was already there): one group waited 30 minutes to get in, the other group sailed through and one person even got in without a ticket. And one year they ran out of beer. I think it would be a better event if they capped the number of entries.

        • Anony

          All about the money, capping entries would interfere with that

          • Anon

            All about the money?! The event raises money to support education programs for kids in DC. They can have my $$$

  • Drew

    I attended a cleanup of the island two weekends ago..more time was spent clearing invasive species than picking up trash though. But the plants we cleared out did create more space to sit on the ground. And I got a free ticket?

    • KingmanParkRes

      @Drew – did you actually get your free ticket? I also participated in the environmental remediation last weekend but never heard how that was supposed to work.

      For those that haven’t been, it’s a great event presuming the weather cooperates. I would say there simply aren’t enough great events like this to satisfy the hungry market of young professionals in this town, so they all turn into gridlock.

      • anon hill east

        I was there too – they said they would email a link in the next couple of days.

  • anon

    Should I go to Merlefest or Kingman Island?

    • TJ

      How could we possibly answer this for you?
      One is in town and takes up an afternoon. The other is a six hour drive south of Washington and is a 4-5 day commitment.
      One has local acts with a few regional up-and-comers. The other attracts national acts.

      • Anony

        Haha, seriously!

  • First Timer

    People who have gone before–this is my first time going with a bunch of friends! Any tips for finding a good spot, when to arrive, how to maximize the festival??? Not totally sure what to expect but really excited to finally check it out! :)


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