DelFest, the festival brainchild of Del McCoury and his extended McCoury family, has just announced DelFest at Home, a streaming event celebrating musical highlights from DelFests past.
Happening during the originally scheduled festival weekend, May 21 through May 24, the free online event will feature performances from the festival’s namesake and his family as well as bluegrass and jam band luminaries such as Trey Anastasio Band, Bela Fleck and Chris Thile, Greensky Bluegrass, and more.
“We’ve heard from many folks how much it’s going to hurt not being at DelFest this Memorial Day weekend, so we hope this helps a little. We’re grateful to have a dedicated crew that has captured some great moments of DelFest through the years, and are looking forward to reliving some of these great moments with you ourselves,” says Ronnie McCoury of the Del McCoury Band and The Travelin’ McCourys.
His brother (and band member in both aforementioned ensembles) Rob McCoury adds, “We are so excited about this. It’s just a small way we can all feel connected this weekend. Keep an eye on your notifications—we are going to pop onto Facebook Live from time to time between sets to say ‘hello.’”
Watch The Travelin’ McCourys perform “Cumberland Blues” and “John Henry” during DelFest 2016 on YouTube:
Donations collected throughout the weekend will go toward funding the DelFest Foundation, an organization that works with nonprofit organizations such as Western Maryland Food Bank, Allegany Health Right, and Habitat for Humanity as well as others in and around Allegany County, home to DelFest for over a decade.
Starting Thursday at 4:30 pm Eastern, fans can tune into Nugs.tv, DelFest’s YouTube channel, or Facebook page.
DelFest at Home
Thursday, May 21 to Sunday, May 24
Show @ 4:30pm
The Del McCoury Band
The Travelin’ McCourys
Trey Anastasio Band
The Bluegrass Congress (Del McCoury Band with Ricky Skaggs, David Grisman, Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Bryan Sutton, and Stuart Duncan)
Bela Fleck & Chris Thile
The Wood Brothers
The Infamous Stringdusters
Yonder Mountain String Band
The Marcus King Band
I’m With Her
Grateful Ball (The Travelin’ McCourys and Jeff Austin Band)
Dre & The Gospel Collective