Annapolis Baygrass Music Festival Announces 2023 Lineup: YMSB, Railroad Earth, Keller & the Keels, more! - Festy GoNuts!

Annapolis Baygrass Music Festival Announces 2023 Lineup: YMSB, Railroad Earth, Keller & the Keels, more!

Apr 6, 2023Lineup Announcements

Annapolis Baygrass Music Festival Announces 2023 Lineup and Ticket Information

Yonder Mountain String Band, Railroad Earth, Keller & the Keels, and Melvin Seales & JGB to headline the festival at Sandy Point State Park in MD, Sept. 30 – Oct. 1, 2023. TICKETS ON SALE 4/11


We were super excited about last year’s announcement of Annapolis Baygrass Music Festival – a brand new music festival outside of Annapolis, Maryland, at Sandy Point State Park.

For some former East-coasters such as ourselves, the festival had so much appeal – local seafood, fresh oysters, and regional craft beverages – all on the beaches of Sandy Point State Park in the shadow of the iconic Annapolis Bay Bridge. PLUS, the entire festival had a mission to help protect and restore the treasured Chesapeake Bay.

Which is why we were so bummed when Hurricane Ian meandered up the coast and forced the cancellation of the inaugural festival last year.

BUT, much to our delight, Annapolis Baygrass Music Festival is BACK – and even BIGGER and BETTER!

The 2023 lineup brings back 2022 planned headliner Yonder Mountain String Band, and this time they are joined by Railroad Earth and Keller & the Keels.  Also new to 2023 are the iconic Melvin Seals and JGB!

Other new-to-2023 Baygrass artists include Fruition, Lindsay Lou (playing a set with her band, and hanging around all weekend as ‘Artist at Large’), and Arkansauce.

Returning to the roster from the 2022 Baygrass lineup are Cabinet, Cris Jacobs (who will be performing a rare show with Smooth Kentucky), Jon Stickley Trio, The Dirty Grass Players, Geraldine, The High & Wides, and Wicked Sycamore.


Along with this amazing lineup, Baygrass will feature artist workshops, activities for the whole family, and, once again, a local culinary and craft beverage experience that will make Baygrass much more than a music festival.

The festival promises more info to come – but expect all of the offerings that were on tap for 2022, and even more to draw you to the area.  With hotel packages and travel info on the way, think of Annapolis Baygrass Festival as a destination festival and a chance to explore the amazing Eastern Shore and the Chesapeake Bay.


Tickets to Annapolis Baygrass go on sale on April 11 at  




Annapolis Baygrass Music Festival 2023 Lineup

Annapolis Baygrass Music Festival Announces Full Lineup, Ticket Info

Tickets go on sale April 11, 2023 for the 2-day festival at Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis, MD – September 30 & October 1, 2023. 

Featuring Yonder Mountain String Band, Railroad Earth, Keller & The Keels, Melvin Seals & JGB, Fruition, Lindsay Lou, Cabinet, more!


Annapolis, MD – Annapolis Baygrass Music Festival has announced the exciting lineup for its 2-day beachfront music festival at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis, MD on September 30 and October 1, 2023.

By celebrating the best in regional and national bluegrass, jamgrass, and Americana music, the festival expects to attract fans from across the region as well as throughout the country to enjoy the special destination of Annapolis, Maryland, and the entire Chesapeake Bay area. 

Annapolis Baygrass Music Festival headliners include Yonder Mountain String Band, Railroad Earth, Keller & The Keels, and Melvin Seals & JGB. 

Other national touring bands include Fruition, Lindsay Lou (band & artist at large) Cabinet, Cris Jacobs & Smooth Kentucky, Jon Stickley Trio, Arkansauce, The Dirty Grass Players, The High & Wides, Wicked Sycamore and the Baygrass House Band – Geraldine.

Sandy Point State Park provides a perfect backdrop for this one-of-a-kind beachfront festival.  Attendees will enjoy music on 2 alternating stages, with stunning views of the Chesapeake Bay and ample space to spread out and enjoy themselves in comfort and style.

Annapolis Baygrass will also feature locally curated culinary options, including fresh lump crab cakes, roasted and raw oysters, gourmet BBQ, wood-fired pizzas, and vegetarian delicacies. Attendees will enjoy tasty microbrews at the Baytoberfest Beer Garden and fresh craft cocktails, mocktails and wines at the waterfront Blue Crab Beach Bar provided by local and regional beverage partners.

An exceptional VIP option will be available for those wishing to upgrade their experience with exclusive viewing areas, dining and lounge pavilion, chef-prepared hot meals, fresh-shucked oysters, snacks, free beverages, VIP parking, private entrance and more.  

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Annapolis Baygrass is a family-friendly event, with plenty of offerings for all ages.  Activities include interactive artist and conservation workshops, yoga classes, beach and yard games, a Kidzone, a craft vendor village and more.

More than a music festival, Annapolis Baygrass maintains a dual mission – to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay and to support local Mental Health Awareness programs.

Baygrass’ environmental ethos is evidenced in its adoption of the sustainability model, making it one of the only green festivals in Maryland. 

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“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 festival co-founder Ron Peremel.  “We created a unique music festival where just by having fun you’re helping the Bay. As we like to say: Every Jam Saves the Bay!

To increase Mental Health Awareness and connect the public to wellness resources, the festival has partnered with VA Way, a non-profit organization run by Baygrass co-founder John Way, an Army Veteran and a Certified Veteran MHFA (Mental Health First Aid) Instructor.

“I have attended hundreds of shows and festivals for over 20 years and have seen firsthand how music has the power to heal the mind. We have a rare opportunity with Baygrass to bring important mental health information to a large audience in an incredibly positive and supportive setting,” says Way.


For more information about the Annapolis Baygrass Music Festival, including the full lineup and ticket sales, visit the festival’s website at


TICKETS ON SALE  April 11, 2023 at 10 AM ET







About Annapolis Baygrass Music Festival

Annapolis Baygrass Music Festival was founded in 2022 by Ron Peremel, John Way, and Ron Katz, who share a passion for music, a love of the local region, and a desire to give back to the community by creating a music festival with a purpose.

The festival’s primary missions are to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay and to promote Mental Health Awareness and education.  A part of all proceeds from ticket, food, beverage and merchandise sales will go to Maryland-based non-profit organizations.  

Baygrass was designed from day one to be environmentally responsible by implementing multiple Green Initiatives. Actions to reduce the festival’s environmental footprint include using local food vendors and ingredients, compostable plates and utensils, reusable steel cups, refillable water stations, and a “no single-use plastic water bottles” policy. 

By celebrating the local region, giving back to the community, and curating the best lineups of national artists, Annapolis Baygrass Music Festival aims to be a pillar in the local music scene and an annual music festival tradition for years to come!

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