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MerleFest 2015 Continues Popular Acoustic Kids Showcases

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MerleFestWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, presented by Window World and slated for April 23-26, 2015, is pleased to announce the return of the Acoustic Kids Showcases to the 2015 festival. Young pickers and singers are encouraged to apply before the April 1 deadline in order to perform during the showcases. The Acoustic Kids Showcases allow the next generation of pickers, singers and other traditional-style performers to highlight their talents for music fans at the four-day festival.

These showcases, which played to standing-room-only crowds in 2014, reflect an elevation and encouragement of talented young performers that have been part of the festival from its early days. Hosted by performer and beloved MerleFest veteran Andy May, these showcases will provide an opportunity for young performers through age 16, regardless of skill level, to perform in a supportive environment.

Participants selected will be notified by April 15. Selection is not based on how advanced a child’s performance might be, but rather it is based on a child's confidence in performing at his or her level. In fact, beginners are encouraged to apply.

A printable application for the Acoustic Kids Showcases, and additional instructions and details about the showcases, may be found at www.MerleFest.org/YouthShowcases/. This year, you may also apply online at http://andymay.com/acoustic-kids-application-MerleFest-2015/.

The Acoustic Kids Showcases will be held on Friday on the Austin Stage 5:30-7:00 p.m. and again on Saturday on the Dance Stage 10:00-11:30 a.m. and the Mayes Pit 3:45-5:15 p.m. Additionally, from among this year’s pool of applicants for the Acoustic Kids Showcases, several performers will be chosen for a special “Acoustic Kids Ambassadors” performance hosted by Andy May on the Cabin Stage on Saturday, 6:20-6:45 p.m.

Andy May is well known to MerleFest fans as a singer, songwriter, guitarist, mandolinist, producer, educator and visual artist. His Acoustic Kids Showcases have given hundreds of young performers supportive performance opportunities for over 20 years.

Now available for download is the MerleFest mobile app, being offered at no charge to users, features the MerleFest lineup and stage schedules, artist biographies, map, announcements, social media links and more. The app allows users to plan for their entire MerleFest experience. Users who currently have the MerleFest mobile app will receive a prompt on their phones to download the 2015 version of the app. The app is compatible with Android and iOS platforms. A bonus for MerleFest fans: once downloaded, the app will be fully functional without having connection to phone service.

The current MerleFest 2015 lineup and stage schedules are viewable at www.MerleFest.org/lineup. Tickets for MerleFest 2015 may be purchased at www.MerleFest.org or by calling 1-800-343-7857. An Early Bird discount is now available through April 22, 2015. Fans are encouraged to take advantage of the extended early bird discount.

MerleFest, considered one of the premier music festivals in the country, is an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans held on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of the son of the late American music legend Doc Watson, renowned guitarist Eddy Merle Watson. MerleFest is a celebration of "traditional plus" music, a unique mix of music based on the traditional, roots-oriented sounds of the Appalachian region, including bluegrass and old-time music, and expanded to include Americana, country, blues, rock and many other styles. The festival hosts a diverse mix of artists on its 13 stages during the course of the four-day event. The annual event has become the primary fundraiser for the WCC Endowment Corporation, funding scholarships, capital projects and other educational needs.

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