At the Pearl Street Warehouse, hear  Trapper Schoepp (free show) on May 22 and the Surreal McCoys on May 31.

Now I Play Along Too (NIPAT) is a not-for-profit that focuses on improving the lives of disadvantaged children through the gift of music – providing funding for instruments and lessons to enable them to practice and perform.  Pearl Street Warehouse hosts the NIPAT In-the-Round Tour featuring Bradley Rhodes, Steve Everett, Brent Shuttleworth and David Borne on May 19.

Live bluegrass played and sung by live bluegrassers, Sunday in the park.  It’s the DC Bluegrass Union’s Spring Pick-nic at Cherry Hill Park in Falls Church, VA on Sunday May 19 from 2 to 6 pm.  If you’re a picker, bring your instrument and join in.  But musicians love audiences, so listeners are welcome too.  DCBU will provide burgers, hot dogs and sodas and welcomes everyone to bring a side dish to share.  This is also a good time to renew your DCBU membership, or join the regional organization dedicated to promoting and preserving bluegrass music in the DC area.  For more information, go to

With over 400 performers on seven stages, the two-day Washington Folk Festival offers something for everyone – music, dance, crafts – even some bluegrass and old-time bands.  The annual event is held June 1 and 2 from noon to 7 pm at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd in Glen Echo, MD.  It’s free and all the venues are covered so come rain or shine.  Parking is limited so there’s free satellite parking at the GEICO parking lot, 5260 Western Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD.  There’s a free shuttle from the lot to the park.  Click here for a full schedule of events.

The inaugural Lucketts Bluegrass Festival is scheduled for September 14.  Headliners include The Grascals, Michael Cleveland and  Flamekeeper, The Hillbilly Gypsies, and Man about a Horse.  For information, go to

Summer is the time for bluegrass festivals!  Check our festival roundup for events in your area.