KTown Rocks!

KTown loves to Rock! Featuring blues/root rock by The Nighthawks, rockabilly by Dede & The Do-Rights, and dark melodic folk/rock of Eli August & the Abandoned Buildings.


The Nighthawks

Location: KTown Rocks! Stage | 2:00-4:00

The Nighthawks return to the Kensington Day of the Book Festival with their energetic blues and root rock music. A crowd favorite. After 40 years The Nighthawks are still having a Damn Good Time and so will you!

one-dede-and-the-do-rightsDede and the Do-Rights

Location: KTown Rocks! Stage | 11:45-1:45

In the late 40’s and early 50’s, that wild and unpredictable time when roots country careened head-long into the birth of rock ‘n roll, a new sound emerged…a wondrous fusion of some of the best elements of country music and vocal harmonies with an early rock ‘n roll feel.

Dede Wyland, who has forged her musical career in the great world of bluegrass music, joins forces with some of the DC area’s finest classic rockers, Bill Williams, Tom Bowes and Scott McKnight, to present their version of this music for which they have a shared passion.


Eli August and The Abandoned Buildings


Location: La Rambla Stage

The music of Eli August is akin to the waters of a great river. It’s always moving and pushing forward, whether through percussive guitar and banjo, or the urgency of delicately crafted lyrics; the music never looks back.
The Dark Americana music is, at its roots, devoted to romantics and those who reflect upon their days with a certain longing for the past. Eli is often backed by an ever changing East Coast collective called The Abandoned Buildings, who bring rich and earthy orchestrations to the settings imagined in August’s songwriting, from the deep undulations of the ocean, to the quiet mystery of the forest and the openness of the dry and dusty road.
Whether solo, or along with the Abandoned Buildings, Eli will have you tapping your foot, singing along and reminiscing of your own long ago journeys.