This year's festival is May 6 and 7 and boasts a sensational line up of music from across the country including critically acclaimed all female bluegrass band, Della Mae, and noted festival band, The Travelin' McCourys. Mipso, Hip Abduction, Trongone Band, Honeycutters, Sol Driven Train and Taylor Winchester are also appearing. New this year at the NCBMF is a Songwriters Stage featuring up and coming performers Tony Eltora, Sara Rachele, and Jared Allan. The NCBMF was voted Best Festival in Charlotte (2014) by Charlotte's Creative Loafing, Best Festival for Adults (2015) by Lake Norman Currents Magazine and was included in Southern Living/The Daily South- Things you Need to Know in the South (2014). Charlotte Magazine chose The NCBMF as one of the Best of the Best at the BOB awards in 2015. The event has also been recognized by Elevate Lifestyle Magazine and The Charlotte Observer.