Living Classrooms’ 9th Annual Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival Benefiting Disadvantaged Youth

May 16, 2018

Celebrating the Year of the Anacostia at this Zero-waste Event

For Immediate Release

Contact: Michelle Subbiondo –, (410) 685-0295 x240

WHAT: Nestled between the banks of the historic Anacostia River, DC’s premier benefit music festival will return to Kingman and Heritage Islands Park for the 9th time to join the District in celebrating the Year of the Anacostia with crowds expected to exceed 10,000.

The Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival has a long history of representing musical talent that hail from all wards of the city, surrounding regions, backgrounds, cultures, genders, old and young, and this year will be no exception. With our most diverse lineup yet, including a majority of bands fronted by either a woman and/or a person of color, that highlight the complex roots of bluegrass, folk, and Americana, this is another can’t-miss event!

Headlining the day will be Gangstagrass, Cris Jacobs, and a very exciting showcase, The American Songster Revue (featuring Dom Flemons, Guy Davis, Amythyst Kiah, and Kamara Thomas). The lineup will also feature Dori Freeman, Bumper Jacksons, Crys Matthews, The Gina Clowes Project, Babeo Baggins, Wild Common, The Dirty Grass Players, The High and Wides, Letitia VanSant, and The Fly Birds. Also on the ticket are Elena & Los Fulanos, Bearcat Wildcat, Moose Jaw, The Gin Rickys, Boaty Otis, Under the Oak, The Sunrise Review, Rock Creek Revival, David James, FunSho, The Wildmans, Jahnel Daliya, Cramer, Reed Appleseed, NEFFY, Shannon Bielski and Moonlight Drive, and The Iris Bell. With featured artists, Jonny Grave and Odetta Hartman.

The festival will also feature delicious local food from your favorite food trucks, craft beer from Sierra Nevada and Atlas Brew Works, and cocktails from Tito’s Vodka, with fun for all ages including various outdoor activities, a kids’ zone with Baba Ras D and Soolah Hoops, and more.

In partnership with the DPW and DOEE, this event is currently the premier zero-waste festival in DC and has successfully reduced landfill waste by over 80% through composting, recycling, limiting the use of paper products, and encouraging the use of low-emission transportation. Check out our website for more information about our zero-waste initiative.

WHEN: Saturday June 9, 2018. 12:00pm-8:00pm

WHERE: Kingman and Heritage Islands Park. 575 Oklahoma Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002. Entrance located at RFK Stadium Parking Lot 6.

WHY: The Festival is a benefit for Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region who has worked to inspire and educate disadvantaged youth and young adults in the DC region for over 15 years through hands-on education and job training. The Foundation operates Kingman Island for use as a public recreation space, nature preserve, and “living classroom” for hands-on environmental education programs for underserved area schools.

* Advanced Tickets: $35
* Door Tickets: $45 (pending availability) – We are expecting sell-out crowds this year and encourage everyone to purchase their tickets early as there is no guarantee that tickets will be available for purchase on the day of the festival.
* VIP Tickets: $125

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Event Sponsors: Pepco, Sierra Nevada, Tito’s Vodka, Atlas Brew Works, Paulson & Nace, Ocean Conservancy, DC Streetcar, REI, District Department of Energy and Environment, District Department of Public Works, DC Water, Yelp, Zero Waste DC, Washington City Paper, Washington Life, WJLA, Listen Local First, On Tap Magazine, Pink Line Project, DC Music Review, Year of the Anacostia.

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