DelFest Preview 2016, preparing to celebrate 10 years

By: Tim Newby


In celebration of its 10th year, DelFest has assembled an All-Star roster for its annual Memorial Day Weekend extravaganza in Cumberland, Maryland.  This year’s lineup is topped by the Trey Anastasio Band, Govt Mule, the Travelin’s McCoury’s featuring Dierks Bentley, Leftover Salmon, Railroad Earth, and Bela Fleck & Chris Thile, is easily one of the best festival schedules around.  Throw in namesake Del McCoury’s four sets over the weekend (which includes the traditional festival opening “soundcheck” set, and a guest laden spot which will feature Dan Auerbach from the Black Keys, Jon Fishman from Phish, the Preservation Hall Horns from New Orleans, and Ronnie Bowman) and the guarantee that Del will sit in with what seems like every band throughout the weekend and you would be hard pressed to find a better four days of music over Memorial Day Weekend this year.

As usual DelFest features three stages and will host late-night shows every night.  The three stages are in close proximity and allow easy travel back and forth allowing for maximum music viewing over the weekend.  The four late nights this year will feature Cabinet and Fruition on Thursday, the Steep Canyon Rangers with Donna the Buffalo on Friday, Leftover Salmon with Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers on Saturday, and a Sunday night Grateful Ball with The Travelin’ McCourys, Jeff Austin, and Billy Strings.

With a line-up that covers all ends of the bluegrass spectrum – from legendary bands like Hot Rize and Marty Stuart, to established jam-grass stars like the Infamous Stringdusters, Jeff Austin, and Cabinet, to bands slightly outside the bluegrass world like Dead Man Winter, Cris Jacobs Band, and Donna the Buffalo, to new bands just waiting to be discovered like Grand Ole Ditch, Billy Strings, and Dead Winter Carpenters – DelFest has something for everyone and something new for everyone to discover.  It is a can’t miss event on your festival calendar.  Tickets are still available now at:

Check out past coverage of DelFest from Honest Tune:

DelFest 2015

DelFest 2014

DelFest 2013

DelFest 2012

DelFest 2011