Saturday, May 20: 1-5pm
Sunday, May 21: 1-5pm
Our biggest, most rollicking fundraiser of the year, Bourbon & Bluegrass, returns with a fabulous line up, bourbon, delicious food, lawn games, preservation tours of the Cottage, and more!
The event will be headlined by Dom Flemons, The American Songster®, both days with performances by Letitia VanSant and the Fly Birds (Saturday), and Adeem the Artist and Nora Brown (Sunday).
Culinary highlights include Rocklands Barbeque, J&J Taqueria, Goodie’s Frozen Custards & Treats, Lattimore’s Funnel Cakes, and Timber Pizza.
This year’s event will feature Heritage Barbers on hand to style your beard to rival Lincoln’s.
Dom Flemon’s has a new album, Traveling Wildfire, that builds on his love of Americana and demonstrates his talent as a songwriter with themes of hope, humor and survival that resonate with the story of President Lincoln’s Cottage.
PREORDER THE ALBUM & GET YOUR DOM FLEMONS MERCHANDISE HERE!
About the artists:
Dom Flemons, The American Songster® (May 20 & May 21)
GRAMMY Award Winner, Two-Time EMMY Nominee, 2020 U.S. Artists Fellow Dom Flemons, The American Songster®, is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, actor, slam poet, music scholar, historian, and record collector. He is considered an expert player on the banjo, guitar, harmonica, jug, percussion, quills, fife and rhythm bones. Flemons was selected for the prestigious 2020 United States Artists Fellowship Award for the Traditional Arts category which was generously supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Read his Full bio here.
Letitia VanSant (Saturday, May 20)
Letitia VanSant’s lyrics are as personal as they are political, tracing questions of power into the human heart. With sparse indie folk arrangements fortifying a distinctly intimate vocal style, her stage presence is down-to-earth and immediate. Paste Magazine named her among 10 Artists to Watch in 2020, BBC Radio says she is “a fascinating new artist,” and PopMatters called her “a consummate reflection of a rising Americana star.” Her songwriting has earned several awards, including the Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Competition. VanSant’s debut album Gut It to the Studs established her as an emerging talent on the Americana scene and propelled her on her first UK/European tour. Its follow-up Circadian was released February 21, 2020.
The Fly Birds (Saturday May 20)
“The Fly Birds: Free range mountain sirens. Personal, passionate, petulant, praising; longing, losing, lamenting, lazing; crowing, crooning, caring and craving… it’s all there when The Fly Birds perform.”
The Fly Birds are an award-winning musical embodiment of Alternative Bluegrass & Appalachia based out of Winchester, Virginia. They’ve navigated the music industry for 6 years, their voices and melodies soaring to new heights together. This unique and original band is comprised of Elizabeth Baker on banjo, Mary Dunlap on bass, Sarah Twigg on guitar and Crystal Shipley on fiddle. They released their first full length original album, “The Band is Causing Problems,” in 2020 and released their second album, “The Band is Playing Covers” in 2023. Together they make a memorable sound certain to make you tap your feet and sing along!
*1st place bluegrass band at 2021 Watermelon Pickers Fest
*1st place winners of the 2019 DCBU Mid Atlantic Bluegrass Band Contest
Adeem the Artist (Sunday, May 21)
From their earliest self-released EPs to 2021’s Cast-Iron Pansexual—the album that earned praise from Rolling Stone and American Songwriter for its examination of faith, sexual identity, and self-acceptance—Adeem the Artist has continued to build a following by blending Appalachian musical influences and poetic flair with a healthy dose of comedic instinct.
Read their full bio here.
Nora Brown (Sunday, May 21)
Nora Brown plays traditional music with a focus on Southern Appalachian banjo and guitar playing. She has played numerous venues and festivals in the US and Europe including the Newport Folk Festival, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Trans-Pecos Festival of Love in Marfa Texas, and Folk Holidays in the Czech Republic. She has performed on NPR’s Tiny Desk, TED Salon, WNYC’s Dolly Parton’s America Podcast and an official showcase at the 2022 Americana Fest in Nashville. Since 2019 she has released 3 albums on Brooklyn’s own Jalopy Records Label and all records have charted on the Billboard Bluegrass Charts during the first week of release. The New Yorker called her most recent record Long Time To Be Gone – “A disarming collection of traditional laments and exquisite banjo instrumentals”.
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