Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival presented by Whole Foods Market

March 14, 2014

Media Advisory: Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival presented by Whole Foods Market Contact: George Quarles- (703)-678-1246 What: The Fifth Annual Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival presented by Whole Foods Market, features two main stages of bluegrass and Americana music with returning headliners The Hackensaw Boys and more. The festival will celebrate local music, food, and culture as well as the revitalization of the Anacostia River. The Festival will include seven hours of performances by local bluegrass, folk and Americana artists, games and outdoor beverages provided by Whole Foods Market, REI Outdoor Activations, DC’s favorite food trucks, Sierra Nevada beer, outdoor bike course and giveaways from BicycleSPACE, local music Island Stages presented by Gypsy Sally’s and Acre 121, and a childrens stage with arts & crafts hosted by Boogie Babes. “DC has many local treasures with a great cultural history. Kingman Island is one of our hidden environmental jewels and bluegrass owns a remarkable musical tradition in our city. This festival celebrates both.” -Tommy Wells, Ward 6 Council Member “We are excited to share in a day full of fun, food and music with our fellow DC neighbors. From environmental awareness and stewardship to education and youth support, Living Classrooms’ mission hits many vital issues that face our community today – and align with the core values that Whole Foods Market works to fulfill on a daily basis.” -Kristin Gross, Whole Foods Market Mid-Atlantic region When: Saturday April 26th 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 presented by Whole Foods Market is a collaboration between Living Classrooms, Councilman Tommy Wells’ Office, REI, Boogie Babes, BicycleSPACE, Listen Local First programming partners Gypsy Sallys and Acre 121 and media partner WAMU’s Bluegrass Country. All are welcome to attend. Cost: $10 suggested donations to support Living Classrooms’ environmental education programming for DC youth on Kingman Island. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time at or at area Whole Foods Market stores. More Information: FB Event Page – Twitter – @KIBluegrassfest Instagram – @KIBluegrassfest 2013 Bluegrass Festival Video: Musical Line-up: Bluegrass Main Stage: Delafield String Band 1:00pm – 1:35pm King Street Bluegrass 1:45pm – 2:20pm Only Lonesome 2:30pm – 3:05pm 19th Street Band 3:15pm – 3:50pm Second String Band 4:00pm – 4:35pm By & By 4:45pm – 5:20pm Sligo Creek Stompers 5:30pm – 6:05pm Hackensaw Boys 6:15pm – 7:45pm Side Stage Artists: Linsay Deming Jonny Grave and more… Americana Stage: Ballad’ve – 1:00pm – 1:35pm South Rail 1:50pm – 2:25pm Justin Trawick and the Common Good 2:40pm – 3:15pm Junior League Band 3:30pm – 4:05pm Vandaveer 4:20 – 5:00pm Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray 5:15pm – 6:00pm Activities -Two Main Stages of Live Music All Day presented by Whole Foods Market -Whole Foods Market Activations: -Classic midway-style games of chance “From Around Here” local food and beverage -Contests and children’s activities -Organic Barefoot Bucha kombucha on tap -Bike Tour from select area stores in collaboration with BicycleSPACE -Live pre-festival bluegrass music in select stores during April REI Activations: -REI will provide free kayaking, climbing and Outdoor School skill instruction -April 19th Island Clean Up – Join REI and Living Classrooms for a Kingman Island cleanup on April 19th! The first 300 registered attendees at the cleanup will receive t-shirts and free festival admission courtesy of REI! Visit and click on the store nearest you for information and registration. BicycleSPACE Activations -BicycleSPACE is leading a ride from their shop in Mt Vernon Square, at 12pm, to get a jump on the fun. Their “music bike,” a bicycle with a powerful stereo system, will kick off the day’s music along the way. -At the entrance to Kingman Island, BicycleSPACE will provide bike parking. Bring a lock to secure your bike to the racks. -On the Island, BicycleSPACE will be offering prize giveaways including a Linus bicycle, a $700 value. As well, they will operate a stunt course in which participants can try out demo mountain bikes over various obstacles. Boogie Babes Children’s Stage will feature live music all day with crafts, face-painting and other kid friendly events. -Boogie Babes’ mission is to foster a love for community and the performing arts by engaging children of all ages in urban, family-friendly musical experiences. Two Folk Island Stages sponsored by Gypsy Sally’s and Acre 121 DCBU Bluegrass Jam at 3:00pm right next to Living Classroom 1 Vendors Some of the area’s most popular Food Trucks will be returning again this year Beer Vendors include Sierra Nevada along with a number of local and regional brewers Volunteers We Need Volunteers!!! If you would like to volunteer in return for FREE admission please sign up here: 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: Bike Tour Info: More info on the island at 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 Info on Living Classrooms can be found here –