2nd Annual Del Yeah Weekend
Featuring The Del McCoury Band
Cornmeal, Drew Emmitt, Danny Barnes & The David Mayfield Parade
plus Welfare Liners in Athens & Smokey's Farmland Band in Black Mountain
Labor Day Weekend
Friday, September 2nd
Saturday, September 3rd
Pisgah Brewing Company
Black Mountain, NC
Del Yeah is back and bigger than before! After a very successful 2010 labor day weekend with over 2500 fans in attendance, Del McCoury music is excited to announce the 2ndannual ‘Del Yeah’ weekend - a multi-day, multi-venue ‘happening’ taking place over Labor Day weekend, 2011 in North Carolina and Georgia. The idea of Del Yeah is to create a festival atmosphere in an outdoor setting or otherwise non-traditional venue complete with impromptu jams and unscheduled collaborations.
Initial plans include shows on September 2nd and 3rd featuring the award-winning Del McCoury Band and their friends Cornmeal, Drew Emmitt, Danny Barnes & David Mayfield Parade presented at Terrapin Brewery in Athens, GA and Pisgah Brewing Company in Black Mountain, NC. Shows will be programmed for a full afternoon and evening’s worth of music and entertainment, culminating in closing jam sessions that will have audiences on the edge of their seats or dancing to the music all night long.
Del McCoury Band:
Led by a living bluegrass legend (whom The Washington Post alls a "national treasure") and featuring four immensely skilled musicians (including sons Ronnie on mandolin and Rob on banjo, with Jason Carter on fiddle and Alan Bartram on bass), The Del McCouryBand has rightfully received numerous accolades including more than three dozen International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, a Grammy, and multiple Grammy nominations. This world-class ensemble performs original and traditional compositions with eloquent harmonies and "ferocious, purebred musicianship" (USA Today) that has earned them a wide range of fans, from their diverse group of "Del-Heads" to such respected musicians as Steve Earle, David Grisman and members of Phish and The String Cheese Incident. In 2008, Del started his own music festival, and DelFest has quickly become one of the premiere music festivals on the east coast. The band also regularly appears at some of the top festivals in the country including Newport Folk Festival, New Orleans Jazz Fest, Bonnaroo, Philadelphia Folk Fest, High Sierra, Grey Fox, and Austin City Limits Fest.
Formed over 10 years ago, Cornmeal has grown from humble beginnings into a nationally recognized live music institution. 10 years together is no simple task these days, especially when the last five have seen the band spending over half the year on the road. Heavily influenced by American roots and folk music, Cornmeal blends lightning fast tempos and impeccable harmonies into an unrivaled live performance that continues to expand upon the five-piece acoustic-electric groups’ vast musical repertoire. While steeped in the tradition of John Hartford and New Grass Revival, Cornmeal continues to forge their own path, pushing the boundaries of bluegrass, Americana and folk for a whole new generation of music lovers. With a rapidly growing fan base and ever-evolving sound, Cornmeal challenges the recipe of the bluegrass sound and live performance.
Revered as one of the most energetic and innovative mandolin players on the jamband/newgrass scene today, Emmitt’s “inestimable talents” (An Honest Tune) don’t end with just the instruments that can be picked. Holding the wheel steady on acoustic and electric slide mandolin, acoustic and electric guitar and mandola Emmitt also showcases on recent solo albums superlative storytelling and versatile vocal abilities. Drew Emmitt is best known for his over 20 years with Leftover Salmon and also the past few years with The Emmitt-Nershi Band
Part Southern gentleman, part humble artist, Barnes is being more than a bit self-effacing with this statement. Widely regarded as one of the most innovative and genre-bending artists of his craft, Barnes’ musical interests are both varied and adventurous, and he incorporates that versatility into progressive approach to an instrument that is musically polarizing and steeped in tradition. Although he demonstrates an appreciation for the history of the bluegrass, country, and folk music from which the banjo’s reputation was born, his inventive take is what truly separates him from his contemporaries…using the banjo as his ‘weapon of choice’ to play non-traditional music like rock, fusion, and jazz with electronic percussion and loop elements.
Who: Del Yeah featuring The Del McCoury Band, Cornmeal, Drew Emmitt, Danny Barnes, and The David Mayfield Parade (plus Welfare Liners in Athens and Smokey's Farmland Band in Black Mountain)
Where and Friday, September 2nd at Terrapin Brewery – Athens, GA
Where: Saturday, September 3rd at Pisgah Brewing Company – Black Mountain, NC