There is a lot of Bluegrass within 90 minutes of Baltimore. Strangely, it can be hard to find out about these festivals and concerts. I'm hoping my Baltimore Bluegrass Calendar will help.
The Arcadia festivals are very close and present consistently good music along with nationally-known headliners. There is a lot of jamming and a nice family atmosphere.
The Gettysburg festivals are among the country's best and usually feature some of the biggest headliners.
Check the DC Bluegrass Union's Bluegrass calendar. Some events are around Baltimore but many are to the west and south of DC, outside my 90-minute radius.
- Arcadia Volunteer Fire Company, Arcadia, MD. The closest regular venue to Baltimore. $3 jams 6pm Wednesday, September through May, holidays and snow days excepted.
- Goodwill Fire Department, York, PA. Concerts produced by the Seven Mountains Bluegrass Association. Strong lineups. One a month (sometimes two) October thru May.
- Lucketts Bluegrass (Lucketts Bluegrass Foundation), Lucketts, VA. Fall through spring, 3-4 concerts every month with a good lineup with lots of variety. About an hour and 10 minutes from downtown Baltimore, not much more than Alexandria and about the same driving time as to Hanover, PA. Concerts held at the Lucketts Community Center.
When I first learned of these venues years ago, they all featured Bluegrass regularly. That is less the case now. Check my Calendar for sightings or check the Web sites of the venues for more information.
- Avalon Theatre, Easton, MD. Bluegrass has waned in recent years but may be on the rise again.
- Creative Alliance at The Patterson, Baltimore, MD. Lots of music and sometimes Bluegrass creeps in.
- Eichelberger Performing Arts Center, Hanover, PA. Bluegrass not as frequent as in previous years.
- Gordon Center for Performing Arts, Owings Mills, MD.
- Jerusalem Mills Historic Village, Kingsville, MD. Usually has several Bluegrass bands in its regular summer concert program.
- Lurman Woodland Theatre, Catonsville, MD. Summer outdoor concert series. Free!
- Madam's Organ, Washington, DC. Big Hillbilly Bluegrass 3rd Wednesday of the month.
- Rams Head On Stage, Annapolis, MD.
- The Birchmere, Alexandria, VA. Used to have Bluegrass every other week, now more like every other month or less.
Baltimore Area Bluegrass Bands
- Annapolis Bluegrass Coalition, Annapolis, MD
- Bluestone, York, PA.
- Bluetrain, Baltimore, MD.
- Bob Perilla & the Big Hillbilly Bluegrass Band, Good band also featuring the great Mike Munford on banjo.
- Carroll County Ramblers, Regulars at Arcadia.
- Dean Sapp & The Harford Express, Elkton, MD.
- Durham Station Bluegrass Band, Columbia, MD.
- Flatland Drive, Denton, MD.
- High Strung, Timonium, MD.
- Satyr Hill Band
- Slim Pickinz, Bel Air, MD.
- Tim & Savanah Finch with the Eastman String Band
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