Living Classrooms Announces Music Lineup Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival Benefiting Disadvantaged Youth


Media: Michelle Subbiondo – msubbiondo@livingclassrooms.org

Music: Daniel Buchner – danielbuchner@gmail.com

February 28, 2017, Washington, DC – Living Classrooms of the National Capital

Region is excited to announce that Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Town Mountain, and

Dom Flemons will be headlining the highly anticipated 8th Annual Kingman Island

Bluegrass & Folk Festival on Saturday May 13, 2017 that will feature nine hours of

performances by nearly 40 regional bluegrass, folk, and Americana artists on five stages

spread throughout the beautiful Kingman and Heritage Islands Park.

Also scheduled to perform are The Woodshedders, Walter Martin, Nora Jane Struthers &

the Party Line, The War & Treaty, among many others. In addition to the incredible local

tunes, the Festival will feature fun for all ages, including various outdoor activities,

educational tents, a kids’ corner, delicious food, beer, cocktails, and more. The

Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival has become the largest all-local music

festival in the District, attracting over 10,000 guests annually since 2014.

The Festival will be expanding on its Zero Waste initiative that began last year in

partnership with the Department of Energy and the Environment (DOEE) in an effort to

preserve the integrity of Kingman Island and support the District’s goal of lessening our

local carbon footprint. Guests are asked to only bring reusable water bottles and food

containers onto the island and each festivalgoer will be provided with a reusable cup to

purchase drinks and drink from our water stations. Additionally, various composting and

recycling cans will be placed and closely monitored throughout the day.

WHEN: Saturday May 13, 2017 12:00pm – 9:00pm

WHERE: Situated on the west bank of the historic Anacostia River, Kingman and

Heritage Islands Park is located next to RFK Stadium (entrance at RFK Stadium Lot 6).

The street address is: 575 Oklahoma Avenue NE Washington, DC

Walking, Biking and Public Transit are encouraged. Parking is available in RFK Lot 6 for

a fee. A Bike Valet will also be available.

WHY: The Festival is a benefit for Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region

who has worked to inspire and educate disadvantaged youth and young adults in the DC

region for over 15 years through hands-on education and job training using urban,

natural, and maritime resources as “living classrooms.” As managing operator of the

island, Living Classrooms will also allocate much of the proceeds to the ongoing

maintenance/restoration of the islands as a recreational and educational space, where it

regularly engages local youth in hands-on environmental education programs.


Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

Town Mountain

Dom Flemons

The Woodshedders

Walter Martin

Nora Jane Struthers & the Party


The War & Treaty

The Honey Dewdrops

Charm City Junction

By & By

The Sligo Creek Stompers

Run Come See

Mountain Ride

Jonny Grave

After Jack

AJ Head

Crys Matthews

Lisa Said

Gina Sobel

Justin Trawick & the Common


Adrian & Meredith


Sarah Quintana


Vim & Vigor

Man About a Horse

Blue Plains

The Coteries

Elena Lacayo

Julie Outrage

Rich Daniels

The Sunrise Review

Snakehead Run

Moose Jaw

King Street Bluegrass

Split String Soup

Two Ton Twig

Ampersand String Band

TICKETS: www.missiontix.com/kingmanisland

• Advanced Tickets: General Admission $25-$30 – Advanced tickets are

currently $25 for a limited time, tickets at this price level are expected to sell out

before $30 tickets will be released in April. VIP Tickets $125 – includes entry

into the festival, unlimited drinks, private restrooms, and a front-row view of the

main stage in an exclusive VIP area.

• Door Tickets: $35 (pending availability) – We are expecting sell-out crowds this

year and encourage everyone to purchase their tickets early as there is no

guarantee that tickets will be available for purchase on the day of the festival.

• Beer and Cocktail tickets are available for purchase with your entrance tickets,

and all are encouraged to cut down their wait time by purchasing them in



Website: http://www.kingmanislandbluegrass.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KIBluegrassFest

Twitter & Instagram: @KIBluegrassfest

Living Classrooms Foundation: www.livingclassrooms.org


Sponsors enjoy exclusive benefits and inclusion in festival promotion and

advertising both leading up to and during the festival. Interested in being a sponsor

at one of DC’s largest music festivals? Please email Bridgit Fried –



If you or your company would like to volunteer in return for free admission please visit

our volunteer sign up page at http://www.kingmanislandbluegrass.com/volunteer/

If you are interested in volunteering as a group, please contact Rebekah Meyer at

rmeyer@livingclassrooms.org to learn about the benefits of becoming a Volunteer



If you are interested in sending a photographer/reporter to cover this event, or if you are

interested in learning about the exclusive benefits of becoming a media sponsor in

support of this event, please contact Michelle Subbiondo at



About Kingman Island:

Kingman and Heritage Islands Park is located between the banks of Anacostia River,

which runs through the eastern half of Washington, DC. The islands provide recreational

space, sanctuary for local animal and plant life, and a unique opportunity for people of all

ages to explore DC’s natural environment. It is also host to Living Classrooms’ ESTEM

(Environmental Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programming that

provides inner-city youth with an unparalleled hands-on educational experience.

More information about Kingman Island:


About Living Classrooms:

Living Classrooms Foundation strengthens communities and inspires young people to

achieve their potential through hands-on education and job training, using urban, natural,

and maritime resources as “living classrooms.” Living Classrooms Foundation is a

Washington, DC-Baltimore based nonprofit organization with a distinctive competency

in experiential learning—literally learning by direct experience, or what we call “learning

by doing.”

More information about Living Classrooms:



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