Kingman Stage | 6:45pm - 7:45pm
The Dustbowl Revival is an Americana and Soul band with eight full-time members who mash the sounds of New Orleans funk, bluegrass, soul, pre-war blues, and roots music, into a genre-hopping, time-bending dance party that coaxes new fire out of familiar coal. They band was founded in 2008 in the bohemian enclave of Venice Beach, California.
The Ballroom Thieves
Meadow Stage | 4:50pm - 6:00pm
Calin Peters, Martin Earley, and Devin Mauch mine immense melodies and hypnotic hooks from personal stories on their 2018 EP, Paper Crown (Nettwerk Records). Under the cover of vintage jazz-style, the five songs reflect feelings of rootlessness from four nomadic years, bouts of depression, and the ever-looming specter of political unrest hanging over the country. The band began in Boston, MA and now hails from Maine.
Kingman Stage | 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Now in their 20th year, the Hackensaw Boys have cemented their reputation as one of the most stalwart and road-tested acts in Americana music, pulling together their diverse life experiences and myriad roots music influences from around the world.
Kingman Stage | 1:00pm - 1:45pm
"Che Apalache is a four-man string band based in Buenos Aires with members from Argentina, Mexico and the United States. The group’s founder is Joe Troop (fiddle), a North Carolinian multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and composer who moved to Argentina in 2010. While patiently carving out a niche in the local music scene, Joe taught bluegrass and old-time for a living. That’s how he met Pau Barjau (banjo), Franco Martino (guitar) and Martin Bobrik (mandolin), his most dedicated students. They quickly became picking buddies and in 2013 decided to hit the stage.
Odetta Hartman with Alex Freedom
Meadow Stage | 3:20pm - 4:20pm
With a heart-stopping voice & wide ranging instrumental talent, Odetta Hartman carries cowboy soul into an era where country can clash with computers & bluegrass isn’t afraid of bass. Following the release of her critically acclaimed album, Old Rockhounds Never Die, Odetta has been touring internationally for 6 months with percussionist Alex Freedom.
Kingman Stage | 4:10pm - 5:00pm
Wild Common is a genre-defying “New Appalachian” band out of Charlottesville, Virginia.
The High and Wides
Fraser Stage | 5:00pm - 6:00pm
The High and Wides are a string band with a sound unto themselves. They draw on a wealth of experience playing straight "bluegrass" music together, but flout conventions of the genre while chasing its wild "hillbilly music" roots and assimilating influence from new-wave, rockabilly, and experimental music. Their 2018 debut album, "Lifted", reached #10 on Billboard's bluegrass chart and was called "quietly revolutionary" in No Depression and "stunning" in Bluegrass Today.
Crank LuKongo Unplugged
Heritage Stage | 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Crank LuKongo Unplugged is the earthy and folk side of an Afro Go-Go Roots Music collective, infused with elements of Progressive Soul, Folk, Reggae, Blues, and World Beat. In 2014 Crank LuKongo was conceived and produced in Washington, D.C. by percussionist, drummer, and actor, Swamp Guinee (Pure Light Seed, Bambu Station, Junior Marvin's Wailers, Thievery Corporation, Charles Road), and singer, songwriter, guitarist, Dave Blackwell (Pure Light Seed, Blood Brother, Charles Road). For the past 2 years, they have performed for venues and events such as The Carnegie Institute of Science, The Eaton Workshop, and The O Street Mansion.
Heritage Stage | 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Jake Blount and Libby Weitnauer joined forces to become Tui in mid-2018. They draw inspiration equally from rare archival recordings and the music of their peers, and both have extensive experiences with other genres of music; Blount spent years as a funk and metal guitarist, and Weitnauer has an M.A. in classical violin performances from NYU. Tui's diverse influences enable them to create music that is innovative and technically demanding, yet accessible and affecting as only old songs can be. In addition to performances in the United States, they have toured internationally in Australia and New Zealand, and plan to release an album together June 7, 2019.
Heritage Stage | 12:00pm - 12:50pm
"Wicked Sycamore is the all-female acoustic trio comprised of Madeline Waters, Lainie Gray, and Juliette Bell. Hailing from the DC/Baltimore area, Wicked Sycamore can be described as contemporary folk with a mischievous edge. Grounded in traditional and roots music, they branch out into jazz, blues, Americana, soul, funk, folk, rock, bluegrass, pop, and more. With original music ranging from fun and light-hearted sing-alongs to deep, introspective melodic tunes for the ages, their music relies heavily on thoughtful arrangement, instrumental prowess, and intricate vocal harmonies—no matter the genre. Each member of the band is a multi-instrumentalist who brings a unique background and influence to their sound, highlighting their musicality and progressive songwriting—proving that good things do indeed come in threes."
Kingman Stage | 12:00pm - 12:45pm
"For nearly 2 decades as ilyAIMY, Rob Hinkal and Heather Aubrey Lloyd have played everything from bait shops to biker weeks to clothing-optional resorts nationwide. They engage audiences with humor and award-winning songs that
pair an unforgettably soulful female vocalist with a percussive,
clawhammer-like guitarist. Their energy and rapid-fire lyricism is
softened with cello and lush harmony, making ilyAIMY ""a welcome jolt"" and
""an acoustically roiling, combustible attack on the usual singer/songwriter fare.”
They are repeat Washington Area Music Association Winners for Best Contemporary Folk Group and Most-Wanted Artists at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.
The last few years have been ilyAIMY's most exciting, with the release of the band’s 10th album and awards for Heather from Telluride Troubadour, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, FreshGrass/No Depression Magazine, the National Women’s Music Festival and Album of the Year from the Songwriter’s Association of Washington."
Drew Beckman & The Boundary Boys
Kingman Stage | 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Drew Beckman + The Boundary Boys will transport you back in time to the old west, with lush harmonies, boot stomping hooks, and sad songs about being lonesome on the prairie.
Mink's Miracle Medicine
Meadow Stage | 1:05pm - 1:55pm
Mink's Miracle Medicine draw on their respective backgrounds of old-timey country and indie-punk music to create a thoughtful mesh of twang inspired rock n' roll.
Justin Trawick and The Common Good
Kingman Stage | 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Justin Trawick has been performing in the Washington DC area and along the East Coast since 2006, citing musical influences like Bob Schneider, Greensky Bluegrass, The Tallest Man on Earth, G. Love, Old Crow Medicine Show, and David Gray. In June of 2015, Trawick released his first single, “Goodbye”, under the band name "Justin Trawick and the Common Good”; written about the search for direction and belonging in a world that constantly feels one step ahead of you. Trawick has performed for TedxEast in NYC at the City Winery, TedxPennsylvaniaAvenue in DC at the Newseum, and has opened for over 30 national acts including Suzanne Vega, Wyclef Jean, Brett Dennen, Blues Traveler, Enter The Haggis, Bob Schneider, and Edwin McCain, and shared bills with Dr. Dogg and The Avett Brothers.
Meadow Stage | 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Karen Jonas is an Americana singer/songwriter from Fredericksburg, Va. Her intensely personal songwriting first grabbed national attention with the release of her critically acclaimed 2014 debut album Oklahoma Lottery, and international praise with her second album, Country Songs. Five years of non-stop touring have produced a smoldering live act that’s culminated in her latest album, Butter, which debuted strongly on both the US and UK Americana charts. She’s shared stages with Dale Watson, Alabama, Joe Ely, Bob Schneider, The Lone Bellow, Brandy Clark, Robert Earl Keen, Amanda Shires and dozens more—lighting up venues around the country from intimate house concerts and listening rooms to rowdy honky-tonks and outdoor festivals, and a recent showcase at SXSW in Austin, Texas.
Fraser Stage | 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Guts. Glory. Soul. Sweet Yonder is a fired-up, all-women, bluegrass band -- think Steel Drivers meets the Carter Family. They deliver a soulful punch in every performance with straight up instrumental attitude and truly inspiring vocal harmonies. The driving mix of banjo, mandolin, guitar, fiddle, and bass combined with powerful vocals makes this a show you don't want to miss. Featuring selections from their new album, Next To You.
Jack Dunlap Band
Fraser Stage | 2:00pm - 2:50pm
The Jack Dunlap Band consists of mandolin, saxophone, bass and drums. They perform mostly original music, but aren't afraid to through a Bluegrass, Irish, Country, Rock, R&B or Funk cover in the mix. Expect the unexpected, and be ready for a show you won't forget!
Fraser Stage | 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Geraldine’s mantra is ‘Good Time Old Time’. They are a country-leaning string band bringing songwriting to the forefront, while blending elements of old time, American folk, bluegrass, and alternative country in a distinctive, enthusiastic sound. As stewards of Appalachian motifs in a modern framework, they bring banjo, dobro, guitar, fiddle, and Appalachian flat foot dancing to the front of the stage, accented with lush four-part harmonies, in a free-wheeling repertoire of both rare and wonderful gems from the past and original songs.
Hannah Jaye and the Hideaways
Heritage Stage | 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Hannah Jaye and the Hideaways is an original Americana/folk band based in Washington, DC. Their story-driven music combines soulful vocals, meaningful lyrics, and captivating instrumentals. With roots in bluegrass, country, blues, rock, and pop, Hannah Jaye and the Hideaways inspire a variety of audiences to dance and appreciate the little things in life.
Fraser Stage | 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Spellbinding and hard-driving, Big Timber is Washington's foremost bluegrass quintet. The group is led by DC-based Ryan O'Donnell and attended by a rotating cast of bluegrass instrumentalists from across the country.
Fraser Stage | 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Haint Blue is a seven piece Americana band from Baltimore, MD. Known for their tight vocal harmonies, emotionally compelling lyrics, and stirring performances, they have developed a loyal and loving following up and down the Mid-Atlantic. Haint Blue's ability to capture such an audience lies in their songwriting; building beautiful, sometimes haunting, sometimes raucous poetry out of day-to-day life, and making it something simultaneously accessible, down to earth, and deeply profound. They've shared the stage with such bands as Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, Mothers, Charley Crockett, Billy Strings, Driftwood, The Ghost of Paul Revere, and People's Blues of Richmond. They have recently released their first full length, Overgrown, available on all digital platforms.
Heritage Stage | 4:00pm - 4:50pm
"Clara Delfina is an Old-Time Country singer and multi-instrumentalist whose songwriting pulls inspiration from country heroes of the recent past while her instrumentation echos the sounds of deeply rooted folk traditions. Her sound has been compared to the likes of Hazel Dickens, Reeb Willms, Elizabeth Laprelle, and Gillian Welch, as she spans the genres of traditional folk, bluegrass, and country music. Having toured the UK and US and taught at the Rocky Mountain Old-Time Music Festival, she is carving out a well deserved place in the rapidly evolving world of traditional music."
Oh He Dead
Meadow Stage | 12:00pm - 12:50pm
"Oh He Dead came to life in Washington D.C. in the summer of 2015 when Cynthia Johnson and Andy Valenti met serendipitously on H street. After finding their musical match in one another, they quickly collected some of the best musicians in Washington, DC, and formed Oh He Dead. Perhaps best described as indie-soul, Oh He Dead mixes in healthy doses of classic R&B vibes, funk, and folk with deliciously addictive songwriting. Led by the stirring harmonies of Cynthia and Valenti, and the masterful guitarring of Alex Salser, Oh He Dead mixes Motown influences with poignant lyrics to move both your soul and your feet."
The October Sessions
Heritage Stage | 2:00pm - 2:50pm
The October Sessions is Washington DC's favorite string band, blending old time, folk, bluegrass, and original songs all rolled up with rich sonorities and foot-stomping energy. Dana Connors holds down the lead vocals and fiddle, Amanda Thorstad drives the clawhammer banjo, and Ben Cummins locks it all together with the guitar. The harmonies are tight, the songwriting is fresh, and the down home fiddle tunes will have you on your feet.
Jess Eliot Myhre
Meadow Stage | 4:20pm - 4:35pm
A native Floridian, Jess Eliot grew up singing in church and swinging from banyan trees. After performing in hip hop and funk bands at Wesleyan University, she moved to New Orleans and became mesmerized by the big, uproarious glory of the old sounds of the street bands and second lines. She dusted off her lonely old clarinet, built herself her iconic frog washboard, and turned a 180 towards the traditional. She now performs all over the country, playing her original songs and traditional music in performance halls, clubs, dance halls and house concerts. She's made a joyful home in the Washington, DC area and loves being a part of the music and dance communities here, playing clarinet for swing dances, bass for square dances and contradances, and guitar for two-stepping parties. Jess is an award-winning songwriter (SAW), a Strathmore Artist-in-Residence, and her band Bumper Jacksons has won Artist of the Year, Best Traditional Band, and Best Traditional Album multiple times at the Washington Area Music Awards.
Kingman Stage | 3:50pm - 4:05pm
Yasmin Williams is an acoustic fingerstyle guitarist with an unorthodox, modern style of playing. She grew up in northern Virginia and was introduced to the guitar after playing the video game Guitar Hero 2. Her first album, Unwind, was released on May 4, 2018 and is available on all major streaming services and Bandcamp. Her music has received favorable coverage from Vintage Guitar Magazine, NPR Music, Minor 7th Magazine, and other publications while "Unwind" has charted highly on iTunes, Amazon, and the Billboard Heatseekers Chart.
Meadow Stage | 1:55pm - 2:10pm
Sweet, silly, with "pipes and emotion reminiscent of Loretta Lynn," and lyrics that would "fit on the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend soundtrack," Louisa's brand of relatable music has taken her from the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, The Hamilton Live, 9:30 Club, Jammin' Java and more. She is a frequent contributor to The Circus Life podcast, a regular guest of the Nine Songwriter Series, and a ukulele ambassador, teaching and performing at ukulele festivals including the annual Strathmore Uke and Guitar Summit and Baltimore’s Charm City Ukulele Festival. Her debut album, Barista Boyfriend, offers Louisa’s take on everything from internet dating to real-life stalking - and all the awkward moments in between - with her signature mix of earnest yet amusing lyrics set to ear-worm worthy melodies wrapped in lush arrangements.
Kingman Stage | 6:15pm - 6:30pm
"Reed Doherty is freak-folk, indie-rock-and-roll singer/songwriter. In his songwriting, he pays homage to the music he's grown up on, while finding new sounds to give life to the art and push it forward. Simple, beautiful melodies and lush harmonies set the scene for thoughtful, witty lyrics. He currently plays in three DC bands (Reed Appleseed, Drew Beckman and the Boundary Boys, and You and Me and You), however, he has many more irons in the fire that is the DC music scene."