Del Yeah Fest? You know what we say to that

We heard about this first from the Black Mountain Music Scene, and it sounds damn cool. WNCW and McCoury Music are planning the first ever Del Yeah weekend (over Labor Day weekend). Two days, two venues, bands not all announced, but will feature (obviously) the Del McCoury Band.

From the news release:

“Initial plans include shows on September 4 and 5 featuring the award-winning Del McCoury Band and their friends in the Emmitt-Nershi Band, along with a full complement of yet-to-be-named artists (including regional favorites), presented at the Pisgah Brewing Company (Black Mountain) and the U.S. National Whitewater Center (Charlotte) respectively.

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.

‘We’re really excited about the ‘Del Yeah’ idea,’ said the Del McCoury Band’s manager, Stan Strickland. ‘For ‘Del Yeah,’ we want to create a festival atmosphere in an outdoor setting or otherwise non-traditional venue, and we think that the Pisgah Brewery and the U.S. National Whitewater Center are perfect locations to kick off the concept. The Pisgah has a large outdoor performance area that’ll hold up to 2,500 people, and the Whitewater Center is a great family destination that will allow us to mix music with their many sporting and outdoor activities, creating an event like no other.”

A half-century veteran of traditional bluegrass who was recently honored with a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, Del McCoury has also welcomed the flowering of a variety of new string music styles. His own DelFest, which recently concluded its third successful year, has served up everything from his own hard-core bluegrass to jam bands, sacred steel, old and new style string band music and more, paving the way for the still more innovative ‘Del Yeah’ Weekend.

Joining The Del McCoury Band will be The Emmitt-Nershi Band, which exemplifies one of the most exciting strains of modern bluegrass and related music. Led by Drew Emmitt and Bill Nershi, linchpins of the legendary jam bands Leftover Salmon and String Cheese Incident respectively, both men have filled stadiums with high profile, ‘grass-flavored rock’n’roll. Together, they’ve blazed new trails with a high-powered, rock- and jazz-flavored brand of bluegrass that has earned them critical acclaim and legions of young fans around the country.”

Tickets for both events will be $20 advance, and $25 day of show. For more information, check


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9 thoughts on “Del Yeah Fest? You know what we say to that

  1. dave

    Sounds awesome, but seems to me that this could have been scheduled away from LAAFF festival. Quite the crossover of audiences, I would think.

  2. Jeff

    Yes it looks awesome but yes it is LAAFF weekend. It’s also Burning Man. What to do, what do.. ??

  3. ashevillain7

    Not sure what the problem is here… The Del Yeah show @ Pisgah is on the 4th, LAAFF is on the 5th.

  4. The new outdoor stage at Pisgah Brewing is a fantastic setting for big shows like this. The huge stage is all wooden construction with huge tree trunks for support columns. Music lovers can enjoy the concert sitting under the trees or down by the creek. Plenty of grassy areas and room for the kids to roam and play.
    I’m predicting we’re going to be seeing lots more big name acts performing at Pisgah.

  5. Thunder

    Del @ Pisgah on Sat. and LAAFF downtown on Sun. – rest on Mon. (Labor Day) – sounds like a plan for me.

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