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MerleFest 2014 Celebrates Another Successful Year

Old Crow Medicine Show by Gordor BurnsWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, presented by Lowe’s, has come to a close for another year. Early estimates show that, from its start on Thursday, April 24, to its close on Sunday, April 27, aggregate participation over the festival’s four days exceeded 76,000 participants, staying comparable with last year’s numbers. MerleFest, held on the campus of Wilkes Community College, is the primary fundraiser for the WCC Endowment Corporation, funding scholarships, capital projects and other educational needs.

Tower Hill Club hosting JamGrass SpringFest

JamGrass SpringFestLaconia, NH -- Weirs Beach - The Tower Hill Club, located at290 Lakeside Ave, Laconia, New Hampshire will host the inaugural JamGrass Spring Festival and canned food drive on Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12, from 6 p.m. until 1 a.m. on both nights.

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper Play Griff Grass Benefit

Michael Cleveland and FlamekeeperMichael Cleveland & Flamekeeper are honored to take part in a special day of bluegrass to benefit Randy Griffith, father of Flamekeeper bassist Tyler Griffith, who has been having some health issues. The event will take place on March 22nd and begins at 12noon. Several bands will perform throughout the day and Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper will perform at 5:00pm ET. Admission is $10 at the door.

Fisher House Marathan Jam Posts $15,000 Challenge

Fisher HouseJohn Santa, founder of the Marathon Jam campaign to raise money for the Fisher House, happily announced that they have broken $12,000 for the Fort Bragg Fisher House. Now the question is, can they break $13,000 or, do they dare to dream for that $15,000 mark? Yes. Not only can they dream but, your contributions can help them reach their goal. While the official Marathon Jam was held February 22nd, that doesn't mean you still can't contribute and, better yet, plan for next year too. Visit for details on how you can help this fine project.

Steve Thomas Thanks Attendees of “Ashes of Love” Benefit Concert

Steve & Janet ThomasNashville, TN -- Beloved Nashville entertainer Steve Thomas wishes to thank all that participated and attended the Ashes of Love Benefit concert held Thursday night in Nashville. Proceeds from the event were presented to Steve and his wife Janet who suffered extensive house damage from a chimney fire on New Year’s Eve. The “Ashes of Love” benefit concert was sponsored by: David and Adrienne Kirkey of Eagle Canyon Music in Lebanon, TN; Pinecastle Records, and Corey Frizzell Portrait Artist.

Bluegrass Festival to Benefit Convoy of Hope

Convoy of HopeSpringfield, MO -- The Eighth Annual Bluegrass Festival for Convoy of Hope will be held Saturday, March 1, at River Bluff Fellowship, 2655 E. Farm Road 188 in Ozark, Missouri. This event, presented by Mark and Gene’s Believer’s Bluegrass, will feature gospel and bluegrass bands including The Dean Family, Potters Wheel, Red Bridge, The New Horizons, Brightwater Junction, Lonesome Road, Casey & The Atta Boys, Jimmie Allison & The Ozark Rounders, Bob & Alta Courtney and The Missouri Boatride Bluegrass.

Bluegrass for Babies 2014 Presents All-Star Band

Kowike Creek Bluegrass BandNashville, TN -- Friends, hunting buddies and bluegrass all-stars got together last month as “The Kowike Creek All-Star Bluegrass Band” for Bluegrass for Babies, in what’s becoming an annual tradition to benefit The Children’s Hospital at Midtown Medical Center in Columbus, Ga.

Artists Added to “Ashes of Love” Steve Thomas Benefit

Sierra HullNashville, TN -- Sierra Hull and Kathy Chiavola have been added to the “Ashes of Love” benefit concert for Steve Thomas & Family taking place Thursday, February 20th at the Ernest Tubb Troubadour Theater located at 2416 Music Valley Drive in Nashville. Parking is free. Doors will open at 6:00 pm and the concert begins at 6:45 pm. Proceeds go to acclaimed Nashville musician Steve Thomas and his wife Janet who suffered extensive house damage from a chimney fire on New Year’s Eve.

John Santa Rounding up Marathon Jam 2014 Jammers for Charity

Fisher HouseWell my friends and fellow musicians, it’s that time of year again! For the sixth year in a row, the Chapel Hill American Legion Post 6 and VFW will host their annual fundraising event, The Marathon Jamm for charity! Show your support for our troops and their brave families! You and your instrument can make the world a better place! Play Music - Raise Money. Join the jam. The Marathon Jam is a 12-hour annual jam started in Chapel Hill, N.C. to raise funds for the Ft. Bragg Fisher House Foundation and to honor our military. Primarily of bluegrass music, the "Mostly Bluegrass" Marathon Jam takes place on Saturday Feb 22th 2014, with jams from across the United States and in Baghdad Iraq, Afghanistan and possibly Germany. This is the 6th consecutive year for the Marathon Jam. The Fisher House ( is an organization that supplies room and board to the families of soldiers recovering in VA hospitals away from their homes

Darrell Scott Releases Single to Benefit Arts Education

There's A World of SongRoanoke, VA --Music Lab at Jefferson Center in Roanoke, Va. today announced the release of the There's A World of Song single, available now on iTunes, Amazon, Google Music, Shazam, and more. The single was recorded and produced inside Jefferson Center's professional recording studio and arts education hub, Music Lab. All sales proceeds benefit Jefferson Center's efforts to make music education available at the Music Lab to teens in grades 6-12 who want to learn music production, recording, performance, and all the basics of the music business.

Ashes Of Love Benefit for Steve and Janet Thomas

Steve & Janet Thomas Nashville, TN (January 21, 2014) On New Year’s Eve, acclaimed Nashville musician Steve Thomas and his wife Janet, suffered extensive damage to their house due to chimney fire. The music community has graciously come together to present the “Ashes of Love” benefit concert for them on Thursday, February 20th at the Ernest Tubb Troubadour Theater located at 2416 Music Valley Drive in Nashville. Parking is free. Doors will open at 6:00 pm and the concert will take place from 6:45 pm to 11:00 pm.

Help One of Our Own - Kip Martin Benefit Concert Jan 26

Kip MartinOne of our own bluegrassers, Kip Martin is a life-long lover of music! He has been a practicing musician for 40+ years, mostly devoted to bluegrass. Kip is very sick with liver disease. His kidneys are now failing, though he is comfortable and in palliative care. His wonderful friends are putting on the KIP Martin Benefit concert to help with his medical expenses, shots for Birdie the basset hound, outstanding living expenses and aftercare expenses. Kip has given so much to bluegrass beyond just the music. He's authored history, editorial commentary and opinions on his life with the music and has certainly helped others get started or given a helping hand whenever he could.

Bluegrass for Hospice Event Raises Over $29,000

Larry SparksGreat Mills, MD -- Jay Armsworthy, promoter and creater for Bluegrass for Hospice writes about the big success for this year's event. "On Saturday October 26, 2013 was the 5th year for the Bluegrass for Hospice. It’s a one day Bluegrass music event where all proceeds went toward the Hospice House. The event took in $29,181.68 this year. In 5 years, Bluegrass for Hospice has raised $97,315.00 for the Hospice House. This finally makes this event one of the biggest fundraisers for the Hospice of St. Mary’s."

Donna Ulisse at Woodsongs Coffeehouse Christmas Concert

Donna UlisseDalton, GA -- You are invited to join Woodsongs Coffeehouse in Dalton, Ga for a great evening of music at the Historic Dalton Freight Depot on Saturday December 7th. The first Christmas performance will feature performances from Nashville songwriter and performing artist Donna Ulisse and The Poor Mountain Boys. Also performing will be the Earl Brackin Band.

Hot Rize Flood Benefit at CU Macky Auditorium Nov. 7

Hot RizeOn November 7th at the University of Colorado Macky Auditorium in Boulder, Colorado, bluegrass artists Hot Rize with Red Knuckles & The Trailblazers will be presenting a benefit concert to aid victims of the recent Colorado floods. In mid September, the rains came to Colorado and they just kept on coming. Much of the area north of Denver and around the Boulder region were flooded including Craig Ferguson's famed Planet Bluegrass that hosts the annual RockyGrass bluegrass festival. From Longmont to southern Colorado Springs, 100 miles away, flooding was evident as several inches of rain dropped every hour. Rivers were swollen and washed out roads, bridges and homes.


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