March music festivals spotlight Irish and Bluegrass culture

Gwen Woolf

If you like rock music, beer, and celebrating all things Irish, ShamrockFest is for you. Organizers call the March 12 event “the biggest St. Paddy’s Day party in Washington D.C.”

16-03 Music Fest Irish VilMore than 30 Irish rock bands, disc jockeys, and performers will appear on six stages at RFK Stadium between 3:00pm and 11:00pm. There also will be Irish dancers, bag pipers, an Irish Village with crafts, a “Hot Kilted Legs Contest,” party games, and carnival rides.

Bands performing include Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly, Vanilla Ice, Street Dogs,
Scythian, Go Go Gadjet, The Fighting Jamesons, The Rocks, Celkilt, Dublin 5, Fish Out of Water, and more.

Food and American and Irish-inspired cider
and beer, including gluten-free beer, will be available.

This is the 17th year for the festival, which is promoted by Red Frog Events.


A change of pace

If American bluegrass music is more your style, check out the Wilmington Winter Bluegrass Festival, March 18–20. The event will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, located at 630 Naamans Road in Claymont, Del.

The event’s host band is Cold Chocolate. Other bands in the line-up include Volume Five, Gold Heart, Cindy G., Blue Mafia, and Feinberg Brothers.

Besides performances on the main stage, there will be workshop stages.

The festival’s mission is to educate the public about bluegrass and pass on the tradition to the next generation.

The organization also sponsors a youth scholarship program.


About the festivals:

What: Shamrock Fest

When: March 12

Where: RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.



What: Wilmington Winter Bluegrass Festival

When: March 18–20

Where: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Claymont, Del.

Tickets/info: 302-730-4065,

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