Thomasville Scene April / May 2019 - Page 44

| travel | The Aiken Bluegrass Festival announces lineup for fifteenth annual festival Featuring Del McCoury Band, Billy Strings, Keller Williams, and more Aiken, SC – Bluegrass royalty Del McCoury Band will headline the 15th Aiken Bluegrass Festival on May 10th & 11th in Aiken, SC.  The two-time Grammy winner, celebrating his 80th birthday this year, is at the top of a bill that brings the three- stage festival back to the roots of bluegrass, while simultaneously celebrating the bright future of the genre. The full lineup includes red-hot Billy Strings, Keller Williams’ string band collaboration, Keller and the Keels, the 14th ABF appearance of Larry Keel Experience, hard-driving Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, groovy and soulful Cris Jacobs, the dy- namic voice of Lindsay Lou, and rowdy North Car- olinians, Town Mountain.  Brad Parsons & Starbird, Kitchen Dwellers, Tenth Mountain Division, Kyle Tuttle Band, Benny Galloway, Artist-at-large Zeb- ulon Bowles, DJ Bontzilla, and Doug & The Hen- rys round out the lineup. In addition to performing, Benny Galloway will return as main stage emcee, along with new emcee, Kyle Tuttle. 44 April - May 2019 Thomasville Scene      The Aiken Bluegrass Festival is known for unique collaborations and this year is no exception as Billy Strings’ Psychedelic Circus returns with help from the Cris Jacobs Band. In addition, ABF will host Ter- rapin Mountain for the “Old and In The Way” trib- ute, a special-guest-loaded full band set from Kyle Tuttle, and the new and improved Campfire Stage, hosted by Benny Galloway, will host performances right in the campground. The festival will be held at the Western Carolina State Fairgrounds (561 May Royal Drive in Aiken, SC) and is conveniently located close to many major cities; a less than 30-minute drive from Augusta, 2.5 hours from Atlanta and Charleston, and 3 hours from Asheville. On-site tent camping is available, as well as a deluxe RV area with power, water, and sewer.  Primitive RV sites (no hookups) are also available. For those not wishing to camp, the city of Aiken has many lodging options at a variety of price points. For more information on camping, which is