Bluegrass on the Grass Festival

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Check out our interview with Fletcher Bright,
Fiddler for the Bluegrass on the Grass Festival’s house band, the Dismembered Tennesseans!

“Do you know that song “I was country when country wasn’t cool”? I can remember the father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe, his popularity would come and go. At times he was so hard up he’d have to do a pickup band when he got to town. But he kept doing his music and remained pure to it and I think a lot of the fans are the same way. They just love that bluegrass sound. It’s a bit addictive and it has a drive that is hard to match. People experiment on the edges of the music but it hasn’t really changed that much. We can perform tunes that came out in the ‘50s and they’re still good. Also, bluegrass used to be very regional but that’s no longer the case. We’ve played in California and in Oregon where it is very popular. It now has a national audience.” – Fletcher Bright


Bosler Hall on the Academic Quad, Dickinson College 201 W. High St.. Carlisle, PA 17013 Walking directions: Enter on West High Street between North College and North West Streets.

About the Festival

Seating is open. Free admission. Bike racks available throughout campus. The lawn can be accessed starting at 8:00 AM on the day of the festival. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. A wide array of vendors will sell food ranging from french fries to Thai food, plus non-alcoholic drinks. Restrooms will be available. Dickinson College is a smoke-free campus. Festival is held rain or shine. Get ready for great music!

Saturday, July 9th, 2016

12:00 PM – 8:00 PM

2016 Lineup

The Dismembered Tennesseans

Charm City Junction

The Coaltown Rounders

High Fidelity

Big Country Bluegrass


In the fall of 1995, Susan Nichols, associate dean of academic affairs, and Paul Riggs ’85, executive assistant to the president, asked Davis Tracy, then Director of the Counseling Center, to consider offering a summer bluegrass concert on campus.

Early Bluegrass on the Grass Festivals.“I asked them, ‘Do you mean play in one or host one?’ They said, ‘yes,’ ” Tracy recalls with a chuckle. The advisor to college radio station WDCV had never organized a music festival, but he was game.

In July 1996, on the lawn beside the Weiss Center for Performing Arts, Tracy and his band, Country Bob and the Barbeque Boys, took the stage and performed to a crowd of about 200. The Bluegrass on the Grass Festival was born!

Support the Festival!

Bluegrass 2013_325A portion of the Bluegrass on the Grass Festival is supported by Dickinson College. We welcome the support of patrons who enjoy the music and share our goals of cultivating, sharing and sustaining American Musical genres.

You may reach us by contacting the Festival Director, Davis Tracy at his email address, tracy at