Festival Fever: Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, 7/15-18

Last year, the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in Oak Hill was honored with the prestigious trophy as the Bluegrass Event of the Year at the International Bluegrass Music Association awards ceremony in Nashville.

Not too shabby for a bunch of Yankees camped out on the Walsh Farm in Greene County, just south of Albany. That’s right, Nippertown is now officially on the Bluegrass Map.

This year’s fest starts up on Thursday and runs through Sunday, and the line-up of bluegrass talent rivals any other fest in the world. There are five stages simultaneously presenting music on the festival grounds throughout the day, so there’s always two or three things worth seeing.

You can view the complete festival schedule here, but here’s the Main Stage schedule:

2pm: The Dry Branch Fire Squad
2:50pm: Rockin’ Acoustic Circus
3:40pm: The Hillbenders
4:30pm: Buddy Merriam & Back Roads
5:30pm: The Josh Williams Band
6:45pm: Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
8pm: Crooked Still
9:15pm: Greensky Bluegrass
10:45pm: Donna the Buffalo

11am: The Hillbenders
11:45am: Della Mae
12:30pm: The Wilders
1:15pm: Sarah Jarosz
2:15pm: The Dry Branch Fire Squad
3:15pm: Crooked Still
4:15pm: The Josh Williams Band
5:30pm: The Greencards
7pm: The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience
8:45pm: The Del McCoury Band
10:30pm: Railroad Earth

11am: Rockin’ Acoustic Circus
12noon: The Special Consensus
1pm: The Dry Branch Fire Squad
2pm: Sarah Jarosz
3pm: The Wilders
4pm: The Greencards
5:30pm: The Gibson Brothers
7pm: The Kathy Mattea Band
8:30pm: The Tim O’Brien Band
10pm: The Sam Bush Band

10:30am: The Dry Branch Fire Squad
11:30am: The Professors of Bluegrass
12:30pm: The Special Consensus
2:30pm: The Dry Branch Fire Squad

There’s also plenty of local homegrown talent on the various Grey Fox stages, including Tony Watt & Southeast Expressway (Thursday), Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys (Thursday), the Lustre Kings (Saturday) and John Kirk & Trish Miller (Thursday-Saturday).

The Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival @ Walsh Farm, Oak Hill, 7/15-18
The Green River Festival @ Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, Mass. 7/16-18
The Solid Sound Festival @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, Mass., 8/13-15
moe.down @ Gelston Castle Estate, Mohawk, 9/3-5
Lake George Jazz Weekend @ Shepard Park, Lake George, 9/18-19/10

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