Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival

At Kingman Island – On the Anacostia River

Sat, April 25, 2015




  • Festival Line Up Announced

    What: The Sixth Annual Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival features two main stages of bluegrass and Americana music with co-headliners Cabinet and Larry Keel Experience and more. The festival will celebrate local music, food, and culture as well as the revitalization of the Anacostia River, while supporting hands-on education programming provided by Living Classrooms on Kingman Island. The event has grown to become the largest all-local music festival in the National Capital Region, attracting over 13,000 attendees in 2014.


    The Festival will include eight hours of performances by local bluegrass, folk and Americana artists, games and outdoor beverages, DC’s favorite food trucks, outdoor bike course, free kayaking courtesy of REI, giveaways and a number of activities for children of all ages including a children’s stage with arts & crafts.   Festival sponsor REI will be bringing the REI Village, a touring celebration of the outdoor lifestyle (with special gifts for REI members).


    When: Saturday April 25, 2015 from 12:00pm – 8:00pm


    Where: Kingman Island located on the Anacostia River:

    575 Oklahoma Avenue NE Washington, DC (entrance at RFK Stadium Lot 6).

    Biking and metro are encouraged. A free shuttle will run from Stadium/Armory Metro Station. Free parking is available in RFK Lot 6.


    Who: The Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival is a collaboration between Living Classrooms, REI, Sierra Nevada, BicycleSPACE, Listen Local First, WAMU. All are welcome to attend.


    Cost: Early bird tickets: $10 until February 29th or until tickets sell out – Early Bird Tickets are sold out!

    From March 1 – 31: $15

    April 1 – day of festival: $20

    Tickets can be purchased at

    More Information:

    Facebook Page:

    2014 Bluegrass Festival Video:



    Bluegrass Stage

    12:30-1:10 Split String Soup
    1:20-2:00 Big Chimney
    2:10-2:50 By & By
    3:00-3:40 Bud’s Collective
    3:50-4:30 Furnace Mountain
    4:40-5:20 Walker’s Run
    5:40-6:40 Larry Keel
    7:00-8:00 Cabinet
    Tweener Artists:
    Laura Tsaggaris
    Jonny Grave



    Americana Stage:

    1:00-1:35 Karen Jonas
    1:50-2:25 Lauren Calve Band
    2:40-3:15 Justin Trawick and the Common Good
    3:30-4:05 Luray
    4:20 – 4:55 Big Hoax
    5:15-6:00 Kingsley Flood
    Tweener Artists:
    Annabeth McNamara


     REI Stage:

    1:00-1:40 Delafield String Band
    1:50-2:30 The Stick Mob
    2:40-3:20 Griff’s Room Band
    3:30-4:10 Hollertown
    4:20-5:00 Notes from the Underground
    5:10-5:50 The Plank Stompers
    Tweener Artists:
    Elena & Los Fulanos
    Tom McBride


    Island Stage 1:

    12:00-12:50 Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
    1:00-1:50 Tomas Pagan Motta
    2:00-2:50 Sara Curtin
    3:00-3:50 19th Street Band
    4:00-4:50 The Hummingbyrds
    5:00-5:50 Gramophonic


    Island Stage 2:

    12:00-12:50 Near Northeast
    1:00-1:50 Roof Beams
    2:00-2:50 LuLu’s Fate
    3:00-3:50 Sweet Yonder
    4:00-4:50 Dead Professional
    5:00-5:50 The Beanstalk Library



    If you would like to volunteer in return for FREE admission please email Rebekah Meyer:

    All Good Presents: The Kingman Island Bluegrass Kickoff  Spectacular featuring The Larry Keel Experience with Walkers Run – RESCHEDULED for April 9th

     Thursday April 9th

    Gypsy Sally’s in Washington DC

    The Larry Keel Experience

    Tickets: $15 in advance and $17 at the door

    All tickets from the rescheduled 2/21 show will be honored on 4/9.


    About Kingman Island:

    Kingman and Heritage Islands are located in the middle of Anacostia River, which runs through the eastern half of Washington, DC. The islands provide a beautiful area in Washington, DC for people of all ages to learn about the natural environment.

    Directions to the 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 educational organization with a distinctive competency in experiential learning—literally learning by direct experience, or what we call “learning by doing.”


    More information on Living Classrooms:


  • 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.




    Saturday February 21 Doors 8pm Show begins at 9:00pm


    Gypsy Sallys 3401 K St NW Washington DC 20007



    Tickets $15 in advance $17 Day of:


    Facebook Page:


    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.