The Del McCoury Band, Leftover Salmon to headline Lightning Bug Festival

Lightning Bug Music Festival is held at Sunset Hill Farm County Park.

VALPARAISO — Grammy Award-winning bluegrass group The Del McCoury Band and jamgrass pioneers Leftover Salmon will headline this year's Lightning Bug Music Festival.

After a hiatus last year, the Lightning Bug festival returns from noon until dusk July 2 at Sunset Hill Farm County Park in Valparaiso. There will be local food, craft beer and a full slate of bluegrass and jam band groups.

Chicago-based Special Consensus returns to play the festival, which has raised more than $15,000 over the past few years to bring inner city kids to nature programs at the Dunes Learning Center in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Blues starlet Shemekia Copeland and Chester Brown also will perform at this year's fest. 

Headliner The Del McCoury Band has released 16 albums since 1992, worked with renowned artists like Steve Earle, won a Grammy in 2006 and was named Entertainer of the Year at the 1999 International Bluegrass Music Awards. The jam band Leftover Salmon hails from Boulder, Colorado, and pioneered what it calls Polyethnic Cajun Slamgrass.

Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the gate. Kids younger than 12 are admitted free if accompanied by an adult.

All the proceeds go to the Dunes Learning Center and Duneland Family YMCA.

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