Bluegrass Musicians, Barbeque Create Perfect Harmony during Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (May 18, 2015) — Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass (May 23-June 7) helps kick off summer with a stellar lineup of bluegrass superstars and a mouth-watering menu of the finest barbeque available anywhere! Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, The Earls of Leicester and J.D. Crowe & The New South are just a small selection of the talented bluegrass pickers taking to the stage during this family-favorite festival.

“It’s no secret that I love to have all these great bluegrass stars at my Barbeque & Bluegrass festival at Dollywood,” Dolly Parton said. “They make some of the sweetest music you’ll ever hear, and I’m so glad we can bring it to the folks who come visit. Everyone also knows I enjoy good southern barbeque, and you can find some of the best around right here at Dollywood. I’m proud of my bluegrass roots, so I truly enjoy sharing all of it with our guests to help kick off the summer.”

The Earls of Leicester (May 23-24) help start the festival on Memorial Day weekend, and the impressive slate of bluegrass talent continues throughout the event.

Rhonda Vincent & The Rage set up shop May 31-June 1, while J.D. Crowe & The New South take the stage June 2-3. Other Barbeque & Bluegrass artists include Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen (May 29-30), Dailey & Vincent (June 4-5) and The Del McCoury Band (June 6-7).

The lineup also includes The Gibson Brothers (May 25-26), The Seldom Scene (May 27-28), Marty Raybon & Full Circle (May 28-29), Blue Highway (May 30-31) and The Boxcars (June 2-4) and many more.

All concerts are free and included with park admission. For a complete lineup of concert performances and showtimes, please visit In all, guests can expect nearly 300 concerts during the festival.

Dollywood’s award-winning food perfectly complements the sounds of bluegrass music’s finest. The aroma of bold barbeque wafts through the air thanks to expertly-prepared pulled pork, smoked sausage and chicken and slabs of ribs. Bountiful barbeque entrees are accompanied by Southern favorites such as baked beans, corn on the cob and more. Guests also can find a number of sweet treats to put an exclamation point on their meal!

From bluegrass favorites and tangy barbeque at Dollywood’s Barbeque and Bluegrass to the park’s award-winning rides and family-friendly atmosphere, there are memory-making moments for every member of the family during Dollywood’s 30th anniversary season!


About The Dollywood Company:   A highly awarded and widely recognized leader in the amusement industry, The Dollywood Company consists of the 150-acre Dollywood theme park; the 35-acre Dollywood’s Splash Country; Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins; and Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort, opening in 2015. As unique as its namesake and owner Dolly Parton, Dollywood is the 2010 Applause Award winner, the theme park industry’s highest accolade; winner of nearly 30 Golden Ticket Awards; and recipient of 24 Brass Ring Awards for Live Entertainment (more than any other theme park in the world). In 2014, Dollywood was named a top three theme park by USA Today. Dollywood, celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2015, is open nine months a year (late March through early January) and offers rides and attractions, shows, and a dozen crafters authentic to the East Tennessee region.  Dollywood’s Splash Country, recognized by the Travel Channel as one of the country’s most beautiful waterparks and named 2009’s Must-See Waterpark by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions, operates from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins offers luxurious cabin accommodations overlooking Dollywood. The 307-room Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort provides guests spectacular mountain views and family-friendly amenities next door to Dollywood theme park and Dollywood’s Splash Country. For more information, call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD or visit Operating days and hours vary.

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