Doubling as a wedding (DC-based documentary film producer Sara Parnell and local musician Joe Crosby) and a public music festival, Sunflower Fest will be held lakeside at the Rocky Gap State Park amphitheater right outside Cumberland, MD.
Show date is Saturday, October 10, 2009 (Columbus Day weekend) peak time for the autumn foliage in the mountains of Maryland, so guests will experience a stunning landscape as a backdrop to the lively music at the Festival.
Headlining the music festival is Joe’s DC-based band Scythian – voted DC’s Best Band 2009 by Washington City Paper – with its unique brand of gypsy/roots/Celtic/rock fusion.
Five other national and regional bands will play throughout the evening, including Bluegrass Undergrass (psychedelic bluegrass from Atlanta); Albannach (tribal pipe and drum band from Scotland); Holy Ghost Tent Revival (a mix of bluegrass and punk Americana from Greensboro, NC); Oneside (bluegrass fusion from Boston) and singer Rebecca Jean Smith (honky tonk funk from Atlanta).
Doors open at 3:30 PM; first band goes on at 4:15 PM; and music lasts until 11 PM. Sunflower Fest tickets are on sale for $40 per person online; special prices are available for students with current school ID. Door price is $45. Children under 12 are free. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Festival website.