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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.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 17 Lineup Announced

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 17Now in its 17th year, the free and large Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival held in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park has announced the lineup for this year's event. The free Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival is a gathering featuring over 90 acts on 7 stages performing over 3 days. This year's event is to honor Patricia Christina “Chris” Hellman – artist, ballerina, philanthropist and wife of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass founder Warren Hellman. Chris Hellman passed away on Saturday, February 4th of this year. Warren passed away December 18, 2011.

Old Settler's Music Festival Moving to New Lockhart Site

Old Settler's Music FestivalAustin, Texas -- The Old Settler's Music Festival will move to a new site starting with the April 19-22, 2018 festival. The 30-year-old organization was surprised and disappointed to receive a letter on Aug. 8 from Scott Roberts, owner of the Salt Lick Barbecue Pavilion in Driftwood, informing the board that the property would not host the festival in 2018. The festival has been held on that site and the accompanying Camp Ben McCulloch since 2002.

Clinch Mountain Music Festival Concerts at the Carter Fold

Rob Ickes & Trey HensleyHiltons, VA -- Clinch Mountain Music Fest is gearing up for its 12th annual celebration of mountain music in Scott County, Virginia, on Friday, June 16 & Saturday, June 17, 2017. The goal of Clinch Mountain Music Fest is to preserve and perpetuate the heritage of the Appalachian region through its' music. Admission to the festival's shows at the Fold is $10 for each concert, $2 for children 6-11, and under 6 free. Doors at the Carter Fold open at 6 p.m., and the shows kick off at 7:30 p.m.

2017 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Lineup Announced

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunin 2016Bristol, VA/TN -- The Birthplace of Country Music (BCM) has released the initial lineup for it’s 17th annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival, to be held September 15-17, 2017. This year, the festival gets even better than previous years. Headlining the Reunion will be Dwight Yoakam. Other hot acts will include Jerry Douglas and the Earls of Leicester, Rodney Crowell, The Infamous Stringdusters, The SteelDrivers, Mark O'Connor and the O'Connor Band, Judah & The Lion and a host of other fine artists covering many styles. Buy your tickets here.

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn; O'Connor Band Added to FolkWest Lineup

Béla Fleck & Abigail WashburnPagosa Springs, CO -- Sure, in the abstract, a banjo duo might seem like a musical concept beset by limitations. But when the banjo players cast in those roles are Abigail Washburn and Béla Fleck—she with the earthy sophistication of a postmodern, old-time singer-songwriter, he with the virtuosic, jazz-to-classical ingenuity of an iconic instrumentalist and composer with bluegrass roots— it's a different matter entirely.

10th Annual Delfest Initial Lineup Announced

DelFest 2017Trey Anastasio Band, Gov’t Mule, Bela Fleck, Leftover Salmon, Hot Rize, and The Infamous Stringdusters are just a few of the fantastic acts coming to the family reunion in Cumberland for the 10th Annual DelFest. Teen, Kids, On-site RV, Dry RV, Vehicle, and DELuxe packages went on sale Tuesday, January 10th so hurry while they're still available. This 10th Anniversary event takes place May 25-28 in Cumberland, Marylannd.

Boston’s Celtic Music Festival Returns to Harvard Square

Bonston Celtic Music FestCambridge, MA -- Passim’s BCMFest (Boston’s Celtic Music Festival), an annual showcase for the Greater Boston area’s rich trove of Celtic music and dance, returns to Harvard Square January 13-14, 2017 for a weekend of performances and interactive events. Specially priced Early Bird full festival passes are available from November 16 – 30.

Ricky Skaggs and Sammy Shelor Join Lineup for A Show for Joe

Sammy ShelorGalax, VA -- Some of the biggest names in folk, bluegrass, and Americana, including the finest dobro player in contemporary acoustic music and the most highly decorated female musician of all time, will come together to honor the late Joe Wilson on Friday, September 2, 2016, at the Blue Ridge Music Center, milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

AmericanaFest Announces Final Round of Showcases

Dwight YoakamNashville, TN -- The Americana Music Association has unveiled its final round of artists to perform during the 17th Annual Americana Music Festival & Conference, AmericanaFest, to be held in Nashville from September 20-25. The lineup, which features icons, innovators, and up-and-comers, underscores Americana's perennially formative place in the world's musical landscape.

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Day Schedule Released

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunin 2016Bristol, VA/TN -- The Birthplace of Country Music (BCM) has released the day schedule for it’s 16th annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival, to be held September 16-18, 2016. With the release of the schedule, single-day passes are also now available for purchase. Buy your tickets here.

Deep Roots Mountain Revival Lineup and Activities

Deep Roots Mountain Revival FestivalMasontown, WV) - Deep Roots Mountain Revival Festival is proud to announce the daily performance schedule for its inaugural music and arts festival on September 15-18, 2016. Top-tier bluegrass, jam band, rock and country acts will convene on the legendary Marvin’s Mountaintop in Masontown, WV, the original site for the All Good Festival.

42nd Annual Carter Fold Festival August 5 & 6

Carter Family FoldHiltons, VA -- In the classic mountain ballad “Rank Strangers,” the narrator bemoans the changes that have occurred in his cherished home place. The fact that those changes do occur was brought home to music lovers worldwide with the death of Dr. Ralph Stanley recently. The Stanley Brothers version of “Rank Strangers” is undoubtedly the gold standard for this haunting ballad. Author Thomas Wolfe, himself from Appalachia, wrote that “you can’t go home again.” Some folks may say that modernization happens slower in Appalachia – and it does. When it does happen, it can feel as though the sacred musical traditions we grew up with are fading away.

Wood Brothers, Aoife O’Donovan Headline "Celebrate Brooklyn!"

The Wood BrothersNew York -- On July 16, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival is pleased to present a night of sublime harmonies and extraordinary musicianship, headlined by “masters of soulful folk” (Paste) The Wood Brothers and featuring Aoife O’Donovan, whose latest record The Magic Hour “evokes the reverberant chamber pop obsessions of Grizzly Bear and the lush austerity of Alison Krauss”(The New York Times). The shape-shifting M.C. Taylor, a.k.a. Hiss Golden Messenger, a musician with a voice that’s “craggy and wounded, but it soars in his broken sort of way” (Stereogum), kicks it off with a solo set. The concert, which takes place at the Prospect Park Bandshell (9thSt. & Prospect Park West) is free to the public (with a suggested $5 contribution at the gate) and begins at 7:00 P.M.

Clinch Mountain Music Fest Saturday at Carter Family Fold

New Ballard's Branchy BogtrottersHiltons, VA -- Clinch Mountain Music Fest is ready for its 11th annual celebration of mountain music in Scott County, Virginia, on Saturday, June 18, 2016. The goal of Clinch Mountain Music Fest is to preserve and perpetuate the heritage of the Appalachian region through its’ music. Admission to the festival’s concerts is $10 for adults, $2 for children 6-11, and under 6 free. Doors at the Carter Fold open at 5 p.m., and the show kicks off a bit early at 7:00 p.m. – 30 minutes earlier than our normal start time.

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