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Initial Lineup and Midnight Jam Announced for MerleFest 2018

MerleFestWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, presented by Window World, is proud to announce the initial lineup for MerleFest 2018, which will be held April 26 - 29. The annual homecoming of musicians and music fans returns to the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The complete lineup for MerleFest 2018 will be announced over the next few months. Today's lineup announcement includes legendary artist Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson, Robert Earl Keen, The Devil Makes Three, Balsam Range and the Atlanta Pops Orchestra Ensemble, "Mission Temple Fireworks Revival" featuring Paul Thorn & Band, the Blind Boys of Alabama and the McCrary Sisters, and many more. The 2018 Midnight Jam presented by The Bluegrass Situation on Saturday, April 28th will start at 10:30 p.m. and run well past midnight, with special hosts Town Mountain and Jim Lauderdale. This very popular after-hours hootenanny gathers many performers from the festival for impromptu artistic collaborations and one-of-a-kind superstar jams that have become legendary in the festival’s history.

The Infamous Stringdusters Added To Jam In The Trees

The Infamous StringdustersAsheville, NC -- The 2nd Annual Jam In The Trees is thrilled to announce the addition of The Infamous Stringdusters to the lineup which includes some incredible acts that have already been annonced: Acoustic Syndicate, Peter Rowan, Larry Keel, Tim O'Brien, Jim Lauderdale, Underhill Rose, and Ken Tizzard. The 2017 event takes place Friday and Saturday, August 25-26th, 2017 at Pisgah Brewing Company in Black Mountain, NC. More artists are being added as the event approaches.

BBU Announces Fall Jam'n Weekend Coming Nov. 18-20

Boston Bluegrass UnionThe Boston Bluegrass Union (BBU) is happy to announce the seventh Jam'n Weekend at the historic Colonial Inn in Concord, MA. The dates are November 18-20, 2016. Just like the previous Jam'n Weekends, this is an indoor "non-festival" where you can jam all weekend long or attend instructor-led jams and free workshops (with your paid registration). The workshop and jam schedule will be posted soon.

Travis Tritt Joins Chris Stapleton on Charlie Daniels 80th Birthday Volunteer Jam

Travis TrittNashville, TN -- Country crooner Travis Tritt will be joining Chris Stapleton, Kid Rock and Larry The Cable Guy to celebrate with Charlie Daniels at his 80th Birthday Volunteer Jam on November 30 at Bridgestone Arena. Tritt, known for hits like “Here’s A Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares),” “It’s A Great Day to Be Alive,” “Anymore,” “Help Me Hold On” and more, will join Daniels on stage for what will be remembered as one of the best Volunteer Jams to date. Tickets for the much anticipated event are on sale now at all Ticketmaster locations and the Bridgestone Arena Box Office. Ticket prices start at $25.00.

Marathon Jam - A National Day of Service for Musicians, Feb 27

Marathon Jam 2016The Marathon Jam is a twelve hour musical event founded in Chapel Hill, NC, that raises money to help the families of injured Soldiers and First Responders. In eight years, The Marathon Jam has raised over $100,000 for the Ft. Bragg Fisher House and Marathon Jams in ten other states have raised over one half Million Dollars for Fisher Houses around the country.

Bakersfield's Great 48 Jam is Second Weekend of January

Bakersfield Great 48 JamThe California Bluegrass Association's Bakersfield Great 48 Jam takes place January 7 through 10, 2016 at the Bakersfield DoubleTree Hotel. Once again the California Bluegrass Association is happy to announce the upcoming Great 48 Hour Jam, which will be held at the Bakersfield DoubleTree Hotel January 7 through 10, 2016. Note that this year the event will take place on the second weekend, rather than the first weekend of January. The DoubleTree one of the nicest hotels in the region and is a wonderful venue for the event.

Boston Bluegrass Union’s Jam’n this November 20-22 in Concord, MA

The Colonial InnBBU’s Jam’n is less than three weeks away! The dates are November 20-22, 2015. Our special block of rooms at the Colonial Inn is ending this Friday, November 6th, so if you’d like to stay over, call the Colonial Inn this week for a special rate of $149. The Colonial Inn has recently renovated their rooms, and you can reserve your room by calling the Colonial Inn directly at (877) 425-2081. Don't forget to mention whether you prefer a picking room or non-picking room.

Dr. Banjo Says Picking Season is Coming. Want to Jam?

Annie SavageRight about this time of year, many pickers start thinking "This summer I'm going to show my stuff as a musician." If you're starting to get those thoughts, I'd like you to know of a way to help that to actually happen. No, it's not a new music book or DVD (though we do offer those) ... it's an opportunity to come together with others like yourself, in your area -- people with the same goals -- and start making music together.

Seventh Annual Marathon Jam Saturday, March 21st

Marathon Jam at Chapel HillThe 7th annual Marathon Jam for the Ft Bragg Fisher House will be held Saturday, March 21st from 1 PM to 1 AM at the American Legion Post 6 in Chapel Hill, NC! Once again founder John Santa and his fellow Marathon Jammers are playing music for twelve straight hours to raise money to support the families of injured soldiers! every single tax deductible penny we receive will stay here in North Carolina, as it has every year!

Marathon Jam at Chapel Hill – Feb 28

Marathon Jam at Chapel HillOnce again we welcome Marathon Jam at Chapel Hill founder John Santa and his fellow Marathon Jammers as they play music for 12 straight hours to raise money to support the families of injured soldiers at the American Legion. This annual event just keeps getting bigger, better and more support. Last year's Chapel Hill 2014 Marathon Jam raised $18,000 for the Ft Bragg Fisher House.

January Jams Returns to Abingdon with National Acts

Greensky BluegrassAbingdon, VA- Barter Theatre and the Abingdon Music Experience team up for the 3rd annual January Jams Series, January 9th through 29th. Grammy Award winning and nationally recognized artists will perform a total of 7 concerts to run on Fridays and Saturdays during January. With beloved icons like The Blind Boys of Alabama or Grammy Award-winner Mavis Staples, as well as the hottest up-and-coming artists like Ben Sollee and Greensky Bluegrass and more, the series offers something for everyone.

Creekside Jam with Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush and Rhonda Vincent

Rhonda VincentLouisville, Ky. —The Parklands of Floyds Fork, one of the nation’s largest and most ambitious public park projects, will host three major touring acts at its first ticketed concert event. Creekside Jam, a Parklands Benefit, will feature Grammy Award®-winning artists Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Sam Bush and Rhonda Vincent for an authentically Kentucky summer concert experience.

Ricky Skaggs Jams with The Marshall Tucker Band

Ricky Skaggs & Marshall TuckerNashville, TN -- Thousands of fans in attendance at last week's 2014 CMA Music Festival Kick-off Concert in Nashville, Tennessee were in for a special treat during The Marshall Tucker Band's (MTB) hour-long Riverfront set. The legendary Southern Rock group performed on the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage, awing fans as they ripped through many of their hit songs before introducing their surprise guest, former CMA Entertainer of the Year, Ricky Skaggs.

Get Wild and Wooly at the Smoked Country Jam

James Reams & The BarnstormersJames Reams & The Barnstormers, the band that was nominated by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2002 as Emerging Artist of the Year, will be performing at the Smoked Country Jam on Saturday, June 21st along with Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass as well as The Hillbilly Gypsies and many more. The festival runs June 19-21 and is held at the Quiet Oaks Campground in Cross Fork, PA (just 65 miles north of Williamsport, PA). Tickets can be purchased online through Purple Pass. For more information about camping call 877-722-2674.

Bluegrass Jam Sessions Return to Elkton, Virginia

Elkton JamThe Elkton Bluegrass Jam Sessions are held every Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 pm running to May 13th and returning in the fall after festival season. Listeners as well as pickers of all ages and abilities are welcome. There is no dress code, so just come as you are! The acoustic Jams are free and open to the public. A Bluegrass Jam session, like its Jazz cousin, is the practice of creating music by ear without written notation. It’s the creation of instant performing art and has been going on in the valleys, mountains, cabins, garages and front porches of eastern Rockingham County for over two hundred seventy-five years. Typically, musicians, young and old come together, take turns around the circle and play a variety of songs. These songs include instrumental pieces with individual solo breaks and bluegrass, traditional country or gospel songs often sung in 3-part harmony.

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