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Charm City Bluegrass Festival grows from one-day event to year-round celebration of the genre

Charm City Bluegrass Festival grows from one-day event to year-round celebration of the genre

While most attendees of the Charm City Bluegrass Festival arrive as full-fledged fans of the music, co-founder Phil Chorney still sees his fair share of conversion cases during the annual event.

“People often [wrongly] associate bluegrass with ‘The Beverly Hillbillies,’” Chorney said. “But coming to the festival, a lot of times they leave getting it. They start to embrace it, and find the little pieces of that world that relate to them.”

That’s one of the many reasons Charm City Bluegrass Festival continues to grow. Saturday’s iteration is expected to draw its largest audience — nearly 4,000 people, Chorney said — with a lineup headlined by Brooklyn, N.Y., quartet the Lone...

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