Vote For The Best JamGrass Fesitval

FESTIVAAALLL!!!The nominations are in and the poll is live! would like to attend at least one festival in 2014, but there are so many great options available we’re hoping you can help us decide. What is the best JamGrass festival?

If a festival you’d like to see isn’t included, make sure the use the write-in feature and comment on the post to encourage others to do the same. Rules for consideration when writing in responses, nominated events:

  • Must present a lineup with a significant amount of bluegrass-inspired artists
  • Have a reasonable level of national awareness/reputation

Polls will close at 11:59 PM ET on 3/10/2014. The undisputed champion of the JamGrass festival circuit will be announced at, Facebook and Twitter.

Thanks in advanced for participating!


23 thoughts on “Vote For The Best JamGrass Fesitval

  1. Trevor Shaw

    DelFest is awesome but No Dusters no dice. 3 Sisters is a free no brainer of a fest but no camping soo. Harvest is always awesome but one week apart from the Festy soo makes it complicated. The Festy is the greatest festival ever, but it’s more of a party than a festival (one of the things that makes it so great) and may be a stretch to call it a bluegrass festival because it frequently has several acts that are not bluegrass. NWSS always appears out of this world, but it’s on the opposite side of the country requiring air planes and show sherpa’s adding to the complications. WWG looks awesome, but it’s COLD and requires airplanes. Telluride may take the cake enough even to justify airplanes and show sherpas. Grey Fox always good. The others strictly depend on the lineups. If I could only pick one it would be The Festy of course, but wow why not pick your favorite child for number two? That’s a tough call

    1. Christian Schaumann

      Check out the Aiken Bluegrass Festival killer line up , air conditioned rest rooms, family friendly, full hook ups for RVs , Tons of primitive camping , parking on site , dogs welcome also very affordable

  2. Ray Lawrence Jr.

    The John Hartofrd Memorial festival all about jam sessions and making music. One of the few festivals where if you need a picker to help on your set, you will more than likely have a few friends help you add those needed musicians. This is what bluegrass is really all about, music and bringing people together through music and this festival is all that and more. More info at

    1. Heidi

      JHMF is a friendly place to be-lots of picking, iconic setting at Bean Blossom, and lots of youngsters in the fray showing their chops. It’s also great because the hired artists also go out and jam with folks-win-win all around.

  3. Scottie G

    Surprised The John Hartford Memorial Fest wasn’t on the list, but be sure to visit the website.. I’ve been each year and it has become an annual tradition. The jams are 24hrs, its kid friendly, the folks are kind, you can rage till sun-up or nap wherever,whenever… Walk around and join a circle.. Camp,fish, … Meet some great people… Full on win for all ages and walks of life… Family Friendly ;D

  4. Dave Himes Post author

    Where were all these votes for John Hartford during the nomination period? It was on our shortlist but didn’t receive any nominations! At any rate, the fest has been added to the poll. 43 write-in votes were received for JHMF when it was added, so those were added to the total count. They’ll be deducted from the write-in tally at the end. Keep voting!

  5. Mark

    If you have never been to the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park do yourself a favor. The place is magical. Multiple stages, the amphitheater is constructed in an old sinkhole. The river is spring fed. The music is consistently amazing. The campground picking sessions are many and great, often packed with headliners staying the weekend. Best venue ever!

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  7. Ernie Hill

    I go to several festivals each year. John Hartford is the best mix of Roots music ever. It’s all about celebrating the life, music and legacy of one of our most beloved songwriters. Stage acts roam the grounds and jam. Kids, dogs, there’s even a songwriting contest and old time fiddle contest! The atmosphere is easy and the mood is a mellow groove. This is the most laid back festival in America:0).

  8. Tom Burkhart

    The John Hartford Memorial Festival has a wonderful mix of great Jam Grass and Old Time bands playing in one of the best festival parks in the country. Bean Blossom and the Bill Monroe Memorial Park are totally jammed with bluegrass history being created by the father of bluegrass himself. The Hartford Festival is so friendly and laid back, you could be more comfortable there then your own home. Dogs are welcome and you can bring all your own food and drinks if you like. You can even rent a golf cart and drive between the three stages and watch the shows from your cart. Hope to see lots of new folks there this year!

  9. Norbert Garvey

    Bluegrass and Bean Blossom, in the beautiful bucolic hills of Brown County, Indiana. Mix in the music of John Hartford, add a mix of great talent from across the land and you have pure magic. It doesn’t get any better.
    Norbert Garvey


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