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Nestled between the banks of the historic Anacostia River, one of D.C.’s premier benefit music festivals will return to Kingman and Heritage Islands Park in Northeast for the 9th year to join the District in celebrating the Year of the Anacostia on Saturday, June 9.

The Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival has a long history of representing musical talent that hail from all wards of the city, surrounding regions, backgrounds, cultures, genders, old and young and this year will be no exception.

With their most diverse lineup yet, including a majority of bands fronted by either a woman and/or a person of color, the performances will highlight the complex roots of bluegrass, folk and Americana.

Headlining the day will be Gangstagrass, Cris Jacobs and a showcase of The American Songster Revue featuring Dom Flemons, Guy Davis, Amythyst Kiah and more.

The lineup will also feature Dori Freeman, Crys Matthews, The Gina Clowes Project, Babeo Baggins, Wild Common, The Dirty Grass Players, The High and Wides, Letitia VanSant and The Fly Birds.

Also on the ticket are Elena & Los Fulanos, Bearcat Wildcat, Moose Jaw, The Gin Rickys, Boaty Otis, Under the Oak, The Sunrise Review, Rock Creek Revival, David James, FunSho, The Wildmans, Jahnel Daliya, Cramer, Reed Appleseed, NEFFY, The Iris Bell Jonny Grave and Odetta Hartman.

The festival will sell local food from well-known food trucks, craft beer from Sierra Nevada and Atlas Brew Works and cocktails from Tito’s Vodka, with fun for all ages including various outdoor activities, a kids’ zone with Baba Ras D and Soolah Hoops and more.

In partnership with the DPW and DOEE, the event serves as the premier zero-waste festival in the District and has successfully reduced landfill waste by over 80 percent through composting, recycling, limiting the use of paper products and encouraging the use of low-emission transportation.

The Festival serves as a benefit for Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region, an organization that has worked to inspire and educate disadvantaged youth and young adults in the D.C. region for over 15 years through hands-on education and job training.

The Foundation operates Kingman Island for use as a public recreation space, nature preserve and “living classroom” for hands-on environmental education programs for underserved area schools.

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Sarafina Wright –Washington Informer Staff Writer

Sarafina Wright is a staff writer at the Washington Informer where she covers business, community events, education, health and politics. She also serves as the editor-in-chief of the WI Bridge, the Informer’s...

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