BALTIMORE (WJZ)–It all started with just two friends sitting on their porch in Hampden, now it’s a gathering that attracts thousands.

Ron Matz reports if you love bluegrass and folk music, all roads lead to Druid Hill Park on Saturday.

It’s time for the Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival, now in its third year.

“We were kind of kickin’ back on a friend’s porch in Hampden when we came up with the idea that we wanted to have some kind of a pickin’ party,” said Co-Founder Jordan August.

That party is Saturday on the grounds of the Rawlings Conservatory–12 hours of music in its purest form.

“We moved to Druid Hill Park last year. We had a little over two thousand people last year….we had no complaints. Everybody was very happy, the weather was beautiful–the bands were great,” August said

The Travelin McCourys are this year’s headliners. Author Tim Newby says Baltimore in the 50’s  was the center of the bluegrass world.

“In the 50’s in Baltimore you had the “folkies” and middle class educated people who kind of melded together with the migrants coming from the south, so there was a nice mixture. You kind of had the best of both worlds and that’s what made Baltimore special,” said Tim Newby, Bluegrass in Baltimore.

The music will start at 10:00 a.m. Saturday and continue til 10:00 p.m. Officials say more than 3,000 people are expected to attend.

For each ticket sold the festival donates $2.00 to the Rawlings Conservatory.

For more information on the event CLICK HERE.

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