You know the deal with music festivals: not-inexpensive tickets; long trips to Columbia or Bristow; no outside food or beverage allowed; parking lot gridlock when it's over. And yet we deal with it, because live music outdoors on a nice day is a tough thing to beat.
The April 26 Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival is refreshingly different. It's near RFK Stadium -- on an island near RFK Stadium -- and all it costs is a $10 suggested donation to Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region. You can walk, bike or take Metro -- and if you must drive, the parking is free. Your outside food and (non-alcoholic) beverages are welcome, so pack your picnic blanket; food trucks and beer vendors will be there to take care of everything else.
Oh, and the music lineup is pretty great too.
Thirty local musicians will perform across four stages: You'll hear bluegrass, folk, string bands, singer-songwriters and even bachata from 1 to 7:45 p.m. Admission to the festival begins at noon. Tickets purchased in advance come with a coupon for a free beer, or you can pay as you enter the festival.
The full lineup is below:
WHOLE FOODS MARKET FESTIVAL MAIN STAGE1:00pm - 1:35pm Delafield String Band1:45pm - 2:20pm King Street Bluegrass2:30pm - 3:05pm Only Lonesome3:15pm - 3:50pm 19th Street Band4:00pm - 4:35pm Second String Band4:45pm - 5:20pm By & By5:30pm - 6:05pm Sligo Creek Stompers6:15pm - 7:45pm Hackensaw Boys
Side Stage Artists: Performing in between mainstage acts.
WHOLE FOODS MARKET AMERICANA STAGE1:00pm - 1:35pm Ballad've1:50pm - 2:25pm South Rail2:40pm - 3:15pm Justin Trawick and the Common Good3:30pm - 4:05pm Junior League Band4:20 - 5:00pm Vandaveer5:15pm - 6:00pm Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray
Acre 121 Island Stage - Located at Kingman Island Park Entrance1:00-2:00pm - Gramophonic2:00-3:00pm - Nathan Robinson of Roof Beams3:00-4:00pm - Don Kim4:00-5:00pm - Pet Parade5:00-6:00pm -Wes Tucker
Gypsy Sallys Island Stage - Located on the Kingman Island Dock1:00-2:00pm - Sunrise Review2:00-3:00pm - Ryan Walker of The Beanstalk Library3:00-4:00pm - Karen Jonas4:00-5:00pm - Victoria Vox5:00-6:00pm - Hollertown
Boogie Babes Children & Family Stage1:00pm - The Banjo Man2:00pm - Bridgette & Dawn2:45pm - Mr. Skip3:30pm - Uno, Dos, Tres con Andres4:15pm Marsha Goodman-Wood4:45pm Nick Baynard