Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival

At Kingman Island – On the Anacostia River

Sat, April 25, 2015



Main Stage

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  • Living Classrooms to Partner with MissionTix


    Streamlined Entry and Paperless Ticketing into Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival


    Living Classrooms is excited to announce a ticketing partnership with MissionTix for the 2015 Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival. In addition to a streamlined entrance process, MissionTix will be staffing the front gate with experienced event coordination professionals. This partnership will also allow us to make strides towards a paperless event – a development fundamental to Living Classrooms’ mission.


    Festivalgoers will spend less time in line this year and more time enjoying the local sounds of Washington DC. This year we are offering presale tickets at a discounted rate to encourage patrons to purchase before the event.


    MissionTix, a Baltimore-based online ticketing service, has catered to promoters, venues, non-profits and festivals since 2001: offering lower service fees, marketing strategy and support, and stellar customer service.


    To purchase tickets, and receive your free Kleen Kanteen with purchase please visit

  • All Good Presents: The Kingman Island Bluegrass Kickoff Spectacular featuring The Larry Keel Experience with Walkers Run.



    All Good Presents is teaming up with the Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival for an evening of local bluegrass and to celebrate the announcement of the official Festival Music Line Up. The 6th Annual Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival will be happening Saturday, April 25th, 2015 and we want to celebrate our line up announcement with you!


    The Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival is DC’s premiere outdoor music experience. This signature music festival highlights DC’s local bluegrass, folk and Americana traditions and engages the community with the revitalization of Kingman Island and the Anacostia River. Located on the Anacostia River near the RFK Stadium and managed by Living Classrooms Foundation, Kingman Island is a recreational area for people of all ages to learn about the natural environment in Washington, DC.




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    MUSICAL PERFORMANCES: The Larry Keel Experience – Larry Keel is described by some reviewers as the most powerful, innovative and all-out exhilarating acoustic flatpicking guitarist performing today. Keel has absorbed the best lessons from his Bluegrass family upbringing, both sides deeply steeped in the rich mountain music culture and heritage of Southwest Virginia. From there, he has always integrated that solid musical grounding and natural-born talent with his own incomparable approach to flatpicking the guitar and composing original music.


    Walkers Run – In the late nineties/early aughts, Walker’s Run developed a loyal following in and around Virginia for its unique, improvisational mountain-music. Walking the fine line between tradition and exploration, the group packed major venues and sold thousands of copies of its debut CD before taking a long-term hiatus in 2002, when founding member and chief songwriter Brennan Gilmore moved overseas. In 2009, the group re-formed, and the new iteration of Walker’s Run is its best yet, with well-acclaimed instrumentalists in the national acoustic music scene joining Gilmore and bassist Zack Blatter: award-winning fiddle player Nate Leath (Leathal Matter, Old School Freight Train), mandolin player Andy Thacker (Love Canon), and percussionist Nick Falk (Boston Boys). The new line-up of Walker’s Run stretches even further beyond the realm of traditional Appalachian folk music, incorporating world music, jazz, and punk influences.


    About Living Classrooms Foundation –   Living Classrooms Foundation is a Baltimore-Washington based nonprofit organization that strengthens communities and inspires young people to achieve their potential through hands-on education, job training, and community service programs, using urban, natural, and maritime settings as “living classrooms.” Living Classrooms Foundation has been proudly serving the community for thirty years.

  • 2015 Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival Date Announced / Accepting Artist Applications

    Living Classrooms, Listen Local First, and the KIBF Planning Committee are excited to announce that the 2015 Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival is officially scheduled for Saturday, April 25th, 2015!

    Mark your calendars because you do not want to miss what has become DC’s biggest and most exciting local music festival. The Committee has much to do over the coming months, and we’re looking forward to again working with so many great DC artists, vendors, volunteers, communities and businesses to make this a true District event. We’ll have much more to announce over the coming months, so please check our site, like us on facebook, and follow us on twitter to make sure you’ve got the latest news.

    We would also like to invite all performers interested in being part of the Festival to submit an Artist Application. All applications must be received by Friday, January 23rd, 2015. The final line-up will be announced in mid-February. This year’s Festival will feature upwards of 6 stages of local acts, and while the Festival is certainly lush with bluegrass music, we are looking for acts across a spectrum of styles, including folk, swing, roots, Americana, country, kids music, etc. For all artist-related inquiries, please contact Listen Local First at And please help us get the word out!