Upcoming DCBU Events

SAVE THE DATE! The 7th DC Bluegrass Festival will be held March 9 & 10, 2018, at the Tysons Sheraton Hotel. We’re pleased to announce that the lineup will include the Tim O’Brien Band, the Gibson Brothers, the Becky Buller Band, the Molly Tuttle Band, and Jeff Scroggins & Colorado; check dcbluegrassfest.org for updates.

The third DCBU Fall Picknic will be held on Sunday, October 8, 2017, at the Takoma Park VFW, home of the long-running DCBU Takoma Park VFW Bluegrass Jam on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of every month. Bring your instruments, your friends, and your favorite side dish; DCBU will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, and soft drinks, with beer available at the VFW bar.

Past DCBU Events

A big THANK YOU to all to the fans who came out, all the bands for putting on such great shows, Troy Jones for his great sound work, all the kind folks at the Sheraton Tysons Hotel, all the MCs and competition judges, all the sponsors and vendors, and most of all, the hard-working volunteers who gave their time and effort to making the 2017 DC Bluegrass Festival possible! Visit the DCBU Facebook page for pics and videos from the 2017 festival.

Hazel Dickens and Alice GerrardCongratulations to the winners of the 2017 Hazel Dickens Song Contest! Hear the winning songs at http://dcbu.org/hazel-dickens-song-contest/.

The winners are:
1st: “All the Old Men Are Gone” – Pam Gadd, Joelton, TN
2nd: “Friend and a Friend” – Korby Lenker and Molly Tuttle, Nashville, TN
3rd: “Looking for Sunshine” – Gina Clowes, Winchester, VA

Honorable Mentions
“Jesus, Drive the Train” – Carley Arrowood, Union Mills, NC, and Becky Buller, Manchester, TN
“Ain’t No Good Goodbye” – Louisa Branscomb, White, GA, and Teresa Neal, Austin, TX
“Carolina” – Bruce Jepson, Warren, NJ

1st place winner Pam Gadd performed “All the Old Men are Gone” at the DC Bluegrass Festival on March 11, 2017, in Tysons Corner, VA.

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How to Hear Bluegrass Country Radio

As of June 20, 2017, Bluegrass Country ceased broadcasting on 105.5FM in the DC area. The station can still be heard on 88.5FM HD channel 2 and streaming online at www.bluegrasscountry.org. The digital signal is both better quality and reaches a much larger broadcast area. Find out more about how to listen here.

What is the DC Bluegrass Union?

The DC Bluegrass Union is an all-volunteer, 501(c)3 non-profit organization serving Washington, DC and surrounding areas in much of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. It is an area historically rich in bluegrass music’s development, and we strive to help inform, educate, connect and broaden its very active community of performers, fans, venues and promoters. Resources for all of them are found on this website. Our other activities include open jams, performances, and our annual DC Bluegrass Festival. Learn more on this website, on Facebook, and on Twitter — and welcome!