Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival 2017

May 13, 2017

Media Release

Living Classrooms Announces Music Lineup

Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival

Benefiting Disadvantaged Youth


Media: Michelle Subbiondo –

Music: Daniel Buchner – 


February 28, 2017, Washington, DC – Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region is excited to announce that Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Town Mountain, and Dom Flemons will be headlining the highly anticipated 8th Annual Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival on Saturday May 13, 2017 that will feature nine hours of performances by nearly 40 regional bluegrass, folk, and Americana artists on five stages spread throughout the beautiful Kingman and Heritage Islands Park.

 Also scheduled to perform are The Woodshedders, Walter Martin, Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line, The War & Treaty, among many others. In addition to the incredible local tunes, the Festival will feature fun for all ages, including various outdoor activities, educational tents, a kids’ corner, delicious food, beer, cocktails, and more.  The Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival has become the largest all-local music festival in the District,  attracting over 10,000 guests annually since 2014.

For the second year, the Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival will be going green!  With the support of the Department of Public Works (DPW) and the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE), the 2016 Kingman Island Festival was the District’s first zero-waste music festival. This year’s festival will expand on the zero waste initiative in an effort to preserve the integrity of Kingman Island and support the District’s path toward zero waste. Guests are asked to only bring reusable water bottles and food containers onto the island; each attendee will be provided with a reusable cup to use at vendors and water stations. Food vendors will be required to use only compostable or recyclable food serviceware. Additionally, zero waste volunteers will be staffing waste stations throughout the island to help festivalgoers sort their compostable and recyclable waste. 


WHEN:  Saturday May 13, 2017 12:00pm – 9:00pm


WHERE:  Situated on the west bank of the historic Anacostia River, Kingman and Heritage Islands Park is located next to RFK Stadium (entrance at RFK Stadium Lot 6).  The street address is: 575 Oklahoma Avenue NE Washington, DC
Walking, Biking and Public Transit are encouraged. Parking is available in RFK Lot 6 for a fee.  A Bike Valet will also be available.


WHY:  The Festival is a benefit for Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region who has worked to inspire and educate disadvantaged youth and young adults in the DC region for over 15 years through hands-on education and job training using urban, natural, and maritime resources as “living classrooms.” As managing operator of the island, Living Classrooms will also allocate much of the proceeds to the ongoing maintenance/restoration of the islands as a recreational and educational space, where it regularly engages local youth in hands-on environmental education programs. 



Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

Town Mountain

Dom Flemons

The Woodshedders

Walter Martin

Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line

The War & Treaty

The Honey Dewdrops

Charm City Junction

By & By

The Sligo Creek Stompers

Run Come See

Mountain Ride

Jonny Grave

After Jack

AJ Head

Crys Matthews

Lisa Said

Gina Sobel

Justin Trawick & the Common Good

Adrian & Meredith


Sarah Quintana


Vim & Vigor

Man About a Horse

Blue Plains

The Coteries

Elena Lacayo

Julie Outrage

Rich Daniels

The Sunrise Review

Snakehead Run

Moose Jaw

King Street Bluegrass

Split String Soup

Two Ton Twig

Ampersand String Band




·      Advanced Tickets: General Admission $25-$30 - Advanced tickets are currently $25 for a limited time, tickets at this price level are expected to sell out before $30 tickets will be released in April.  VIP Tickets $125 – includes entry into the festival, unlimited drinks, private restrooms, and a front-row view of the main stage in an exclusive VIP area.

·      Door Tickets: $35 (pending availability) - We are expecting sell-out crowds this year and encourage everyone to purchase their tickets early as there is no guarantee that tickets will be available for purchase on the day of the festival.

·      Beer and Cocktail tickets are available for purchase with your entrance tickets, and all are encouraged to cut down their wait time by purchasing them in advance.





Twitter & Instagram: @KIBluegrassfest

Living Classrooms Foundation:



Sponsors enjoy exclusive benefits and inclusion in festival promotion and advertising both leading up to and during the festival. Interested in being a sponsor at one of DC’s largest music festivals?  Please email Bridgit Fried –



If you or your company would like to volunteer in return for free admission please visit our volunteer sign up page at


If you are interested in volunteering as a group, please contact Rebekah Meyer at to learn about the benefits of becoming a Volunteer Sponsor.



If you are interested in sending a photographer/reporter to cover this event, or if you are interested in learning about the exclusive benefits of becoming a media sponsor in support of this event, please contact Michelle Subbiondo at




About Kingman Island:

Kingman and Heritage Islands Park is located between the banks of Anacostia River, which runs through the eastern half of Washington, DC.  The islands provide recreational space, sanctuary for local animal and plant life, and a unique opportunity for people of all ages to explore DC’s natural environment.  It is also host to Living Classrooms’ ESTEM (Environmental Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programming that provides inner-city youth with an unparalleled hands-on educational experience.  


More information about Kingman Island:


About Living Classrooms:

Living Classrooms Foundation strengthens communities and inspires young people to achieve their potential through hands-on education and job training, using urban, natural, and maritime resources as “living classrooms.” Living Classrooms Foundation is a Washington, DC-Baltimore based nonprofit organization with a distinctive competency in experiential learning—literally learning by direct experience, or what we call “learning by doing.”


More information about Living Classrooms:





Special Thanks to Our 2017 Sponsors:


guitar sponsors

Fiddle Sponsors


HARMONICA sponsors

Volunteer Sponsors