On Sept. 21 and 22, the second annual Annapolis Baygrass Festival will occur beside the Chesapeake Bay at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis, Md. Inspired by long summer days and moonlit evenings, the event will coincide with the Fall Equinox, further accentuating the nature of the two-day live music gathering–detailed today with the arrival of its artist lineup. 

Receiving top billing is Otiel & Friends, comprised of namesake Oteil Burbridge and seasoned musicians/ collaborators Melvin Seals, Steve Kimock, Jason Crosby, Johnny Kimock, Tom Guarna, and Lamar Williams Jr. The lineup extends to feature The Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon, Sam Bush, Kitchen Dwellers, Sierra Hull, Daniel Donato’s Cosmic Country, Cris Jacobs & Friends, Trouble No More, and others. 

Trey Anastasio Band horn section members Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman, and tenor saxophonist Ron Holloway serve as the festival’s Artists at Large. The event will feature 14 different musician groups, presented across two alternating stages, in addition to an interactive workshop pavilion. 

“The Annapolis Baygrass Music Festival was born out of our team’s love of progressive bluegrass music, the desire to generate a fun community-oriented vibe and a passion for protecting the Chesapeake Bay,” says co-founder and CEO Ron Peremel. “The Baygrass philosophy is to help people learn about conservation, sustainability, and mental health—in a way that combines education with fun. ’Every Jam Helps a Mind’ and ‘Every Jam Saves the Bay,’ as we like to say!”

For more information and tickets, visit baygrassfestival.com. Watch the 2023 event recap video below.