Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival

At Kingman Island – On the Anacostia River

Sat, April 25, 2015

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Concert

Announcements

  • Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival 2015 Guide

    Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival Guide, Music Activities, Sponsors and Vendors

     

    Contact:
    Alex Quarles – aquarles@livingclassrooms.org
    Chris Naoum– listenlocalfirst@gmail.com
    The Sixth Annual Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival is almost a week away.  This year’s festival features an amazing array of Bluegrass, Folk and Americana talent with co-headliners Cabinet and Larry Keel Experience and more.
    The Festival will include eight hours of performances on six stages by local bluegrass, folk and americana artists, games and outdoor beverages, DC’s favorite food trucks, bike parking, free kayaking, sponsor activations, local vendors, giveaways and a number of activities for children of all ages including a family area with music, arts, & crafts.

     

    “Over the past six years, the Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival has grown from a small concert with a few hundred neighbors into one of the largest bluegrass festivals in the region. This event brings people to Kingman and Heritage Islands on the Anacostia River and provides them an opportunity to see the natural beauty that exists right here in our city. Enjoying a day of great music on the island is a fun and unique experience. I’m proud to support an event that draws people of all ages to outstanding performances of local music and provides them an opportunity to learn about the Anacostia River and the wildlife that it supports.” Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen

     

    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.

     

    Tickets: $20 Strongly Suggested Donation
    Tickets can be purchased at www.missiontix.com/kingmanisland

     

    More Information:
    http://www.kingmanislandbluegrass.com/
    Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/KIBluegrassFest

     

    LIVE MUSIC LINE UP & SET TIMES

     

    “As a strong advocate for the arts and the creative economy in the District, I am proud to support the Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival.  The partnership between Listen Local First and Living Classrooms is a prime example of how the local arts and education communities come together to provide a festival for all residents of the District.  The festival is a celebration of music, art, youth education, and the beauty of the Anacostia River.” – Councilmember David Grosso.

     

    Main 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:
    Ballad’ve
    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
    Basswood

     

    REI Stage hosted by The Hamilton
    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 hosted by Acre 121
    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

     

    WAMU’s Bluegrass Country Stage hosted by Mr. Henry’s
    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

     

    The Family Stage hosted by Steve & Kate’s Camp
    1:00-3:00-Ukes on the Move (featuring Mary Amato, Alan MacEwen, and Rachael Sandri)
    3:00-4:00-Mr. Skip
    4:00-5:00-Marsha Goodman-Wood
    5:00-6:00-Banjo Man Frank Cassel

     

    For More Information on Family Stage Activities and Activation from Steve & Kate’s Camp, Ukes on the Move and DC Public Library Click HERE

     

    SPONSORS & PARTNERS

     

    We would like to thank our amazing Sponsors for their support in putting on this year’s festival. Sponsors and Partners Include: Pepco, Exelon, REI, Sierra Nevada, Events DC, Chuck Levin’s, Popville, Listen Local First, Klean Kanteen, WAMU’s Bluegrass Country, BicycleSPACE, On Tap Magazine, App Champs, The Hamilton Live, Acre 121, Mr. Henry’s, Ethical Electric, GreenLine Real Estate, LLC, Goodshuffle, Ben & Jerry’s, Steve & Kate’s Camp, Charles Allen, David Grosso, and DDOE

     

    TRANSPORTATION & PARKING

    Kingman Island located on the Anacostia River: 575 Oklahoma Avenue NE Washington, DC (entrance at RFK Stadium Lot 6).
    Biking and metro are strongly encouraged. BicycleSPACE is sponsoring the Bike Valet with Two Wheel Valet. Riders from the BicycleSPACE ride are guaranteed a spot at the valet and priority access to the festival only if they have purchased a presale festival ticket. BicycleSPACE cannot guarantee priority access to those purchasing on-site.
    This year there are only a very limited number of free parking spots.  Due to other events happening at the stadium that evening if you do not get one of the free spots parking will cost $15 per vehicle
    Shuttle Service: FREE Shuttles will be running all day from 11:30am to 9:30pm and will be picking up Festival Goers on H St NE in front of the Argonaut and at the Stadium Armory Metro Stop.

     

    GREEN FESTIVAL

     

    “Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival is a great way to celebrate the revitalization of the Anacostia River and our local musicians” Tommy Wells Director, District Department of the Environment

     

    DDOE will be providing an interactive model of the watershed and information and education on our Riversmart Homes and solar programs.
    The Festival is taking its first steps this year to move towards a GREEN Festival.  Food trucks and food vendors are required to use compostable plates and cutlery, water will be available through water monster and there will be no plastic cups thanks to our sponsor and partner Klean Kanteen.  Festival goers are encouraged to use their own reusable water bottles for water and will be required to purchase or bring their own stainless steel 16oz cup for beer.

     

    “Klean Kanteen is thrilled to partner with Living Classrooms and Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival.  Festivals are amazing temporary communities and, while wonderful experiences, tend to produce incredible amounts of waste in the form of single use plastics.  Through the full replacement of single use plastic cups with Klean Kanteen pints this event has removed all that plastic waste from not only their event space but from the waste management system.  There’s nothing like walking around an event space at the end of a festival where there were thousands of attendees and not seeing any single use plastic cups.  We are so honored to be a part of making that happen at Kingman Island this year!”

     

     

    ACTIVITIES

     

    REI Village and Kayaks – Festival sponsor REI will be bringing the REI Village, a touring celebration of the outdoor lifestyle (with special gifts for REI members).  Live the outdoor life at the REI Village– a nationwide tour celebrating the amazing community of REI members and the good life outside. REI will be bringing free kayaking, an outdoor lounge, and giveaways for REI members.
    BicycleSPACE Kingman Island Ride, Valet, Pop Up and Raffle – Bicycle Space will also be hosting a Bike Raffle and product display. On Saturday April 25th BicycleSPACE will be leading a ride starting from their new shop (440 K St., N.W.) at 10AM, that will go through the city, along the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail and up to Kingman Island.  Bikers on the ride will be granted early admission to the festival and guaranteed parking at the Two Wheel Valet bike parking corral. Any of the riders who have pre-purchased tickets will be able to get expedited entry into the Festival.  BicycleSPACE is also working on introducing a bike demo station on Heritage Island where folks can check out the latest offerings from several of their brands. BicycleSPACE will also have a tent & table in the vendors alley with info about the shop(s) and some products and community events.  Finally, BicycleSPACE will be sponsoring a raffle where attendees can sign up to win great prizes from the store- including a bicycle as the grand prize at the end of the day.  http://www.bicyclespacedc.com/kibf

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kingman-island-bluegrass-festival-tickets-16437521068

     

    FOOD, BEVERAGE, VENDORS & COMMUNITY PARTNERS
    Food Truck

    Boriquen Lunch Box, Big Cheese, Feelin Crabby, Halal Grill, DC Slices, Arepa Zone, DC Empanadas, Curbside Cupcakes, That Cheesecake Truck, Doug the Food Dude, Swizzler, Carolina Q, Captain Cookie, Healthy Fool, Takorean, Carmen’s Italian Ice, Popped Republic, Rito Lovo, Kafta Mania, Red Hook Lobster Pound

     

    Beer
    Sierra Nevada will feature two of their new year round offerings, Hop Hunter IPA & Nooner Pilsner, poured from their solar powered draft trailer, along with Pale Ale & Kellerweis Hefeweizen.  Beers from Back Forty Beer Co. and local brewers Atlas Brew Works will also be served at the Festival.
    Water will be provided for free to festival goers through water tanks with refillable water spouts.  Please make sure to bring your own containers to refill.

     

    Island Community Partners and Vendors

    Tunisian Touch, Vigilante Coffee, Undone Chocolate, Chups, Thunder Beast LLC, Julie’s Datery, GROWL Cold Brew Coffee, DC Sail, Anacostia Watershed Society, Anacostia River Keeper, The Confexion Connexion, Eco Caters

    Capitol Riverside Youth Sports Park, Zivot Beverages, Tailgater Toby NOVA, Nextility, Spoil Me Rotten Dog Biscuit CO., Nextility, DDOE River Smart Homes, DDOE, DDOE Solar, Goodshuffle, Ben & Jerry’s, Ethical Electric, Klean Kanteen, GreenLine Real Estate, LLC, BicyleSpace, DC Public Library, Chuck Levins, Steve & Kate’s Camp

     

     

    REASONS WHY YOUR SHOULD PRE PURCHASE YOUR FESTIVAL TICKET

     

    1. Presale ticket holders are guaranteed entry. The festival sold out at 3pm last year and we are expecting even larger numbers this year.
    2. Presale tickets will have their own designated line which will move much faster than the purchase line.
    3. Presale tickets come with one Klean Kanteen, they’ll be sold for $5 on site and you must have one in order to drink beer.

     

    Volunteers

    If you would like to volunteer in return for FREE admission please email Rebekah Meyer: Rmeyer@livingclassrooms.org

     

     

    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: www.kingmanislandbluegrass.com/

     

    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: www.livingclassroomsdc.org

     

  • Family Stage Details and Announcements

    Living Classrooms and The Kingman Island Folk and Bluegrass Festival Announce The Family Stage

    The Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival Family Stage will host live music, games, reading corner, crafts and ukulele instruction from 12:00pm – 6:00pm in the main meadow on Kingman Island Saturday April 25th.

     

    We have teamed up with some amazing partners to run and program the area during the day.  Those partners include Steve & Kate’s Camp, Ukes on the Move, and the DC Public Library.

     

    At Steve & Kate’s, campers step into a world packed with possibilities: for experiencing new sensations, for expressing themselves, for exploring their passions and potential. The results are unexpected and they’re unexpectedly rich. Steve & Kate’s plan to bring part of the camp experience with games and crafts to the Family Stage for the day of the festival and we are excited to have them involved as a host and new partner

     

    Our other new partner this year is Ukes on the Move.  Ukes on the Move! is a Carpe Diem Arts initiative introducing children (and adults!) to music-making and song-writing via the most versatile, affordable, accessible and portable instrument….THE UKULELE!  Aside from the live music programming Ukes on The Move will be providing some ukulele instruction and demonstrations for all.  KALA Music Company is a sponsor of Ukes on the Move, and our festival sponsor Chuck Levins will be selling KALA ukuleles at the festival across the meadow.  Ukes on the Move will be providing complimentary instructions and lessons for any attendees who want to kick-start their ukulele musical aspirations and purchase a new Uke the day of.

     

    Finally DC Public Library will be promoting their Think Talk and Read Early Childhood Initiative and will be bringing their portable library for a Family Stage Reading Corner.

     

    MUSIC PROGRAMMING LINE UP

    1:00-3:00 – Ukes on the Move (featuring Mary Amato, Alan MacEwen and Rachael Sandri) 
    3:00-3:50 – Mr. Skip 
    4:00-4:50 – Marsha Goodman-Wood 

     

  • 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 www.missiontix.com/kingmanisland

    More Information:

    http://www.kingmanislandbluegrass.com/

    Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/KIBluegrassFest

    2014 Bluegrass Festival Video: http://youtu.be/Nc2FVwZw2Mk

     

    Bands:

    Main 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:
    Ballad’ve
    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
    Basswood

     

     REI Stage hosted by The Hamilton :

    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 hosted by Acre 121:

    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

     

    WAMU’s Bluegrass Country Stage hosted by Mr Henry’s:

    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

     

    Volunteers

    If you would like to volunteer in return for FREE admission please email Rebekah Meyer: Rmeyer@livingclassrooms.org

    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

    http://www.gypsysallys.com/event/740585-larry-keel-experience-washington/

    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: www.kingmanislandbluegrass.com/

     

    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: www.livingclassroomsdc.org