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The Ramble Fest bluegrass music festival is debuting in Harford County this weekend

An all-new bluegrass music festival is kicking off this weekend in Harford County.

Taking place at Camp Ramblewood in Darlington, The Ramble Festival has been a “labor of love,” for organizers Jason “J” Hubert and Brandon “Brick” Lohr. The pair are both avid music lovers and first met at a festival in 2017.

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“One of the things that [Hubert] and I both have seen over the years is the power of live music,” Lohr said, “to bring people together and to create community.”

Over the course of the three-day event, 31 bluegrass, jam and high-energy brass bands, will perform across three stages from Friday through Sunday, .

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Lohr said he first had the idea of putting a festival together last year while hiking the Appalachian Trail. But his idea wasn’t for just a festival, but for a festival with a specific mission.

He explained: “A mission that is based on bringing people together in really creating community and the strong ties that bind us together that we find when we go to music festivals…

“The things that we love the most [are] the connections we make with other humans, and whether that’s in front of a stage or whether that’s around the campfire, those were the things that have always really resonated with us as to the reason why we actually go to festivals.”

A variety of options are available. There are general admission weekend passes ($250) and single-day passes ($80-100), as well as RV passes and cabins, for a variety of sizes.

Lohr said the measure of success for the festival isn’t how many tickets they sell, since they are a first-time festival, but of their ability to foster that feeling of community they’ve felt at music festivals in the past and they missed during the heights of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I want them to roll off site and feel like they’re leaving home, not like they’re going home,” Lohr said. “And if we are successful this year, that is going to be the single largest measure of success.”

Hubert said they were inspired by the Lunar Bay Music and Arts Festival that debuted in the county almost 10 years ago.

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“We’ve graciously picked up the torch,” Hubert said.

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Of the several dozen performers, a handful are from the area, including Charm City Junction, Caleb Stine and the Dirty Grass Players. There will also be “buskers” on-site, or people who play their music in a public area. Festival attendees are also encouraged to bring their own instruments to the festival.

“We’re doing everything we can to support musicians and the local community and give them a leg up if there’s any way we can do it,” Lohr said.

Planning a first-year festival is not easy, a feat Hubert compared to climbing a mountain.

‘Every climb, you have the distinct possibility of really hurting yourself or dying,” he said, “And then once you get to the top you’re like, ‘Man, that was a lot of fun. I can’t wait to do that again’ …

“Nothing has been simple, Hubert said, “but [I’m] having the time of my life, and I can’t wait to do it again next year.”

More information can be found on the festival website: https://www.ramblefestival.com/


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