Odetta Hartman performs at the Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival on May 4, 2019. (Photo by Matt Ruppert)
The Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival was held in northeast DC last weekend. It featured numerous local bands and artists, as well as a few that came from out of town for the festival. With four stages of music, the festival ran from noon to eight o’clock.
Odetta Hartman (Photo courtesy the artist)
Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region invites you to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival on Saturday, May 4 at a family-friendly music event on the banks of the Anacostia River. The festival will feature an incredible roster of musical talent from throughout the city and surrounding regions, representing diverse backgrounds, cultures, genders, and ages covering bluegrass, folk, and Americana with headliners Dustbowl Revival, The Ballroom Thieves, Hackensaw Boys, and more.
Experimental country/folk artist Odetta Hartman also will perform, and Parklife DC’s Mark Engleson chatted with the New York City singer prior to the Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival. For more information, including the full lineup and ticket information, visit the Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folks Festival website.
A wood thrush! (Photo by Trish Gussler)
Parklife DC will honor DC bands and venues with our inaugural awards program, named for our new mascot, DC’s own state bird — the Wood Thrush. Our Thrushie Awards are inspired by our mission to review live music concerts.
Dom Flemons performs in Durham, North Carolina, on Sept. 8, 2016. (Photo by Thomas Barta)
At the Kingmans Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival on Saturday, I endured sun and rain, met some cool dogs, suffered for some ice cream, and most of all experienced some very good bluegrass, Americana, and blues bands on one full day.
Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival (Photo courtesy Living Classrooms)
Make sure to put the Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival on your calendar for Saturday, June 9. For just $35 a ticket, you get eight and a half hours of music, from noon to 8:30, with five stages of acts to choose from. The festival is family friendly, including your four-legged children!
The festival has booked a diverse set of outstanding artists to perform this year. Headliners Ganstagrass, known for the Emmy-nominated theme song to the FX series Justified, play a unique brand of bluegrass/hip-hop fusion.
Next Tuesday, Apri 19th, come out for the fourth and final session of the Nerds in NoMa Speaker Series.
The topic is ‘Climate Change’, a look at how DC is addressing issues related to climate change, all while having some free beer, wine and popcorn.
It will be moderated by Tommy Wells, Director of Department of Energy & Enviroment
With the following panelists:
- Harriet Tregoning, Deputy Assistant Secretary, US Department of Housing and Urban Development
- Angela Fritz, Deputy Weather Editor, Capital Weather Gang
- Dave Good, Manager, Energy and Sustainability, Gallaudet University
Register for the free event here.
Nerds in NoMa Speaker Series
Session 4 (of 4): Climate Change
The Lobby Project (1200 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002)
Tuesday, April 19
I went to the session on March 15th, on “Urban Adventures”. Here is what I learned: