If you’re in the Washington, D.C., area, be sure to check out the 34th annual Washington Folk Festival this weekend, just outside the District at Maryland’s old Glen Echo amusement park! The festival runs from noon – 7 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. There are all sorts of crafts exhibitors, a storytellers’ stage, and a Spanish ballroom, but more importantly for this writer and website, dozens of musicians stretching many genres, particularly bluegrass and folk. I’ve been before, and it’s a great time.
I was reminded of the festival a couple weeks ago when I walked to Eastern Market after church. I was in a bit of a hurry to get to afternoon events, so I thought I was going to just hit up the butcher counter and get out of there – but then I heard blugrass strains wafting across the plaza from the flea market, and dammit the weather was just so nice. So thanks to King Street Bluegrass, I spent about half an hour longer on 7th Street NE then I intended to.
They played a little bluegrass and a little blues, and let us all know that they’d be at the upcoming Folk Festival. They may not be the Steep Canyon Rangers* (I mean, who is?), but if every city had a bluegrass band like King Street Bluegrass, we’d all be sittin’ a little higher on life’s hog. These are the folks you want playing at whatever event it is you’re holding, so be sure to check them out this weekend (3:15 on Sunday at the Cuddle-up Stage) along with all the other performers at the Washington Folk Festival in Glen Echo.
*Speaking of the Steep Canyon Rangers, they’ll be in D.C. tonight too – for free, along with duo Dailey & Vincent and Celtic performers Donna Long and Jesse Smith! WHY is this not the headline of the post? Because while it’s a sold-out show at the Library of Congress, there is a limited number of FREE rush tickets available at 5pm for the 7pm show – and I don’t want you to beat me there to get them. ;)