Loudoun Bluegrass Festival features Award-Winning Lonesome River Band

LONESOME RIVER BAND will headline the 3rd Annual Loudoun Bluegrass Festival on May 12, 2012 at the  Loudoun County 4H Fairgrounds,  just outside Leesburg, VA.  The event begins at 10:00 am and continues until 9:00 pm featuring numerous bands, BBQ, open jam sessions, kids’ shows, workshops, and pickin’ contests with cash prizes. The Loudoun Bluegrass Festival is presented by Rotary Club of Dulles International Airport. All profits help pay tuition for deserving local students who otherwise could not afford college.

Lonesome River Band is lead by Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer, Sammy Shelor who is a 4-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association Banjo Player of the Year Award, and most recently won the Steve Martin Award for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass which was presented on the Late Show with David Letterman last November. 

In addition, other nationally-recognized bands, Big Chimney, The Hot Seats and the Chance McCoy Band will perform at the festival.

Pickin’ competitions in Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar and Mandolin will showcase some incredible talent. Grammy™ award winning bluegrass artist, John Starling, a founding member of the Seldom Scene will serve as one of the judges in the competition. Cash prizes will be awarded to winners in each discipline.

Workshops will be provided by well-known local musicians. See www.BluegrassLoudoun.com for more information on how to pre-register for the workshops and contests as well as for more information and any of the activities.

Get your tickets online NOW at www.BluegrassLoudoun.com and save 25% on the cost of adult tickets! Tickets are only $15 in advance.

Loudoun County 4H Fairgrounds is in a beautiful, park-like setting, just outside Leesburg VA. The Main Stage for the Festival will be inside the large Show Barn, with plenty of room for a large crowd. The smaller barns on the grounds will provide space for the many jam sessions and workshops during the day. Last year, the weather was warm and sunny, and there was plenty of music and fun, inside and out.

New for this year – Local artisans will display and sell their wares. Again this year, local wineries will offer their tastings, and will sell their wine by the glass, bottle or case.  And, the charity “Clipped Wings” will sell draft beer and soft drinks raising funds for the Special Olympics.

More new events this year will be children’s activities and with shows especially for kids. Also included will be a ‘Barn Dance’ called by Tom Hinds with great live old-time music performed by The Chance McCoy Band. The barbecue will be prepared and served by Carolina Brothers BBQ of Ashburn.

About Rotary Club: Rotary’s main objective is service — in the community, in the workplace, and around the globe. The 1.2 million Rotarians who make up more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in nearly every country in the world share a dedication to the ideal of Service Above Self. Rotary clubs are open to people of all cultures and ethnicities and are not affiliated with any political or religious organizations.

Please visit www.BluegrassLoudoun.com to purchase tickets, sign up for contest and preview the bands.  Tickets are $15 online ($20) at the gate $8 for age 7 -13 and free for 6 and under.

Lonesome River Band includes the talents of Sammy Shelor, Brandon Rickman, Mike Hartgrove, Barry Reed and Randy Jones.  The band is celebrating their new album, CHRONOLOGY, VOLUME ONE on Rural Rhythm Records.