There’s about to be a lot of music-making in Gettysburg this week. With the Semi-annual Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival running from Aug. 14 to Aug. 17, a visit to the borough this week will have you tapping along to the beats you hear all around.
The ever-popular Semi-annual Bluegrass Festival will celebrate its 69th run (36th year) with great bands, feel-good music and loads of activities and fun. Originally founded as a three-day festival started by Joe and Lil Cornett in 1979 and held in early May and mid September, the festival grew into a four-day affair and now occurs every mid May and late August. Rich and Cyndie Cornett Winklemann now operate the present Bluegrass Festival.
The Bluegrass Festival brings together a host of some of the most popular talent in the industry while providing wholesome family-fun entertainment presented on two stages, onsite, at Granite Hills Camping Resort. In addition to performances from creative music makers, other festival highlights include informative workshops, all-star jams, a Bluegrass academy for kids, delicious food, merchandise, arts and crafts and onsite camping with camping amenities. If you want to take a little respite from the music, families are invited to enjoy the bounty of activities at Granite Hill Camping Resort—host to the Bluegrass Festival each run. Granite Hill offers modern facilities, playgrounds, a game room, tennis courts, bass and lake boating, a stocked trout pond for fishing, swimming pool and plenty of open space to take on an array of numerous other activities and offerings.
The performers lined up for Thursday’s kickoff day include: Canucky Bluegrass Boys, at 2 p.m.; Remington Ryde, at 3 p.m.; Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, at 4 p.m.; Blue Highway, at 5 p.m.; Remington Ryde, at 6 p.m.; The Gibson Brothers, at 7 p.m., Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, at 8:30 p.m., and Blue Highway to close things up at 9:40 p.m. Friday’s lineup follows: US Navy Bluegrass Band, at 11 a.m.; Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass, at noon; Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, at 1 p.m.; Steep Canyon Rangers, at 2 p.m.; Travelin McCourys, at 3 p.m.; the Farmhands, at 4 p.m.; the US Navy Band, at 6 p.m.; Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass, at 7 p.m.; Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, at 8 p.m.; Steep Canyon Rangers, at 9 p.m.; Travelin McCourys, at 10 p.m., and the Farmhands, at 11 p.m. No music will be performed during the 5 p.m. dinner break. Saturday’s performances will include: James King Band, at 11 a.m.; Dry Branch Fire Squad, at 11:55 a.m.; The Roys, at 12:55 p.m.; Bobby Osborne & the Rocky Top X-Press, at 1:55 p.m.; Mark Newton & Steve Thomas, at 2:55 p.m.; The Seldom Scene, at 3:55 p.m., Dry Branch Fire Squad, at 5:45 p.m.; The Roys, at 6:40 p.m.; Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press, at 7:35 p.m.; Del McCoury Band, at 8:35 p.m.; The Seldom Scene, at 10:15 p.m., and Mark Newton & Steve Thomas, at 11:10 p.m. No music will be performed during the dinner hour at 4:45 p.m. Sunday’s show opens at 10 a.m. and follows a lineup with Dry Branch Fire Squad, performing at 10 a.m.; Springfield Exit, at 11:15 a.m.; a Kids Academy Performance, at 12:30 p.m.; Eastman Strings Instrument Giveaway, at 12:50 p.m.; Circa Blue, at 1 p.m.; The Seldom Scene, at 2:15 p.m., and James King Band, at 3:45 p.m.
The Festival will wrap up the scene at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 17. For more information about the festival, workshop lineup, upcoming events, admission rates/ticket sales or directions to Granite Hills Camping Resort, go to www.gettysburgbluegrass.com.