The Carlisle area is home to a large number of bluegrass fans who are fortunate to have their pick of nearby bluegrass festivals.
The Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, one of the most popular and certainly the biggest in the region, has always been a crowd-pleaser. The upcoming festival will be held from Aug. 17 to Aug. 20 at the Granite Hill Campground, located at 3340 Fairfield Road in Gettysburg.
The Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival is going so strong that festivals are produced twice a year.
The line-up includes The Traveling McCourys, a progressive bluegrass band whose ranks include sons of bluegrass legend Del McCoury and Peter Rowen, a Grammy Award winner and former member of the Bill Monroe Band. The line-up also includes the Lonesome River Band, whose band member Sammy Shelor is a 5-time IBMA Award Winner for Banjo.
The jam-packed schedule features Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time, The Cleverlys, Peter Rowan and The Travelin McCourys on Thursday, Aug. 17; Remington Ryde, Mountain Ride, Balsam Range, Rhonda Vincent and The Rage, The Lonesome River Band, and Larry Sparks and The Lonesome Ramblers on Friday; Dry Branch Fire Squad, The Becky Buller Band, The Seldom Scene and The Travelin’ McCourys on Saturday; and Dry Branch Fire Squad, Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice, The Seldom Scene and Jeff Brown and Still Lonesome on Sunday.
If you are a musician looking to play with others or improve your skills, the festival also offers workshops and jams. Of note will be a beginning mandolin workshop with Eldred Hill, a banjo workshop with Billy Lee Cox, and a guitar workshop with Josh Williams.
There will also be a workshop on old time tunes with Joe Mullins and Jason Barie, and an all-star jam with Larry Sparks, Rhonda Vincent, Sammy Shelor and Hunter Berry.
With its spacious grounds and modern facilities, the Granite Hill Campground is a perfect place for the whole family, too. On warm days, family members can watch the show from the swimming pool, and there is a giant sand pile for the toddlers just a few feet from main stage. During a break from the music you can even visit the stocked trout pond, Adventure Golf Course, playgrounds, tennis court, game room and the bass and boating lake.
Tickets range from $20 to $125 depending on how many days you plan on attending and if you buy your tickets in advance. There are also discount tickets for seniors.
On-site parking is free and camping is available, but spots sometime sell out and there are restrictions for minimum stay. For tickets, camping information, artist biographies and the festival line-up, visit www.gettysburgbluegrass.com or call 800-642-8368.