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MerleFest Partners with Music City Roots for Kickoff Event

Sierra HullNashville, TN -- For the second year in a row, multi-platform concert series “Music City Roots: Live From The Loveless Café” partners with MerleFest for a special kickoff event prior to the North Carolina festival. Set for April 23, 2014, at 7 p.m., Nashville’s “coolest show” will devote an evening to some of the talent appearing at the 27th annual MerleFest.

Performing Arts Showcase to Debut at MerleFest 2014

MerleFestWilkesboro, NC -- A new performance series, the Doc and Merle Watson Performing Arts Showcase, will debut this year at MerleFest, presented by Lowe’s and slated for April 24-27, 2014. The series will join such performances as the “Memories of Doc and Merle” set, as well as the fan-favorite Hillside Album Hour, as part of the four-day festival, held annually on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.

MASS MoCA Announces FreshGrass 2014 Lineup

Bela Fleck & Abigail WashburnNorth Adams, MA -- FreshGrass, MASS MoCA's annual festival of bluegrass and roots music, features a host of well-known, much-loved artists, along with FreshGrass discoveries, in its return to the museum campus in North Adams, Massachusetts, on September 19-21, 2014. This year's lineup is the deepest yet, including The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Railroad Earth, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Sam Bush, The Infamous Stringdusters, David Grisman Sextet, The Gibson Brothers, Alison Brown, Valerie June, Aoife O'Donovan, Rodney Crowell, Sam Amidon, Liam Ó Manolaí, Michael Cleveland,Claire Lynch,Darol Anger, Martha Redbone Roots Project, and more to be announced later in the spring. Last year's FreshGrass Award recipient, Cricket Tell the Weather, will take the stage for a full set. Find the full lineup at www.freshgrass.com

The 18th Suwannee Springfest Schedule Announced

18th Suwanee SpringfestAsheville, NC -- Suwannee Springfest celebrates its 18th year at the magnificent Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL on March 20-23rd. Festivalgoers can enjoy four days of camping and live music, arts and crafts, and a selection of great foods. Suwannee Springfest consistently features some of the world’s finest performers in Roots Rock, Bluegrass & Newgrass, Acoustic Blues, Singer/Songwriter, Cajun/Zydeco, New & Traditional Folk and other forms of American Roots music. Tickets are on sale in advance and at the gate.

MerleFest Expands Acoustic Kids Showcases for 2014

MerleFest YouthWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest – presented by Lowe’s and slated for April 24-27, 2014 – is well-known for its celebration and encouragement of talented young performers. The Acoustic Kids Showcases, a performance platform for the next generation of pickers, singers and traditional-style artists, allows youth to highlight their talents for music fans at the four-day festival. This builds upon the momentum established by the Youth Showcases, which have been mainstays at MerleFest for the past ten years.

Exciting Changes Coming for BCM's Wise, VA, Music Programming

RTE 23Bristol, TN/VA -– Exciting changes are coming to the Birthplace of Country Music®'s summer concert programming in Wise, Va. The RTE 23 Music Festival will be held on Aug. 30, 2014, on the campus of the University of Virginia's College at Wise. This one-day music event will replace the Concert Series at Big Glades organized by Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and coinciding with Bristol's Border Bash concert series, which runs from May through August on the first and third Fridays.

Line-up Additions for John Hartford Memorial Festival Announced

Great American TaxiThe line-up of great bands and artists has been expanded for the 4th Annual John Hartford Memorial Festival, taking place May 29-31, 2014 at the Bill Monroe Music Park and Campground in Bean Blossom, IN. Joining the festival line-up this year will be Great American Taxi, The Freight Hoppers, Sam Grisman (performing with Colin O’Brien), Branded Bluegrass, Chicago Farmer, Jalan Crossland, o Bardo e o Banjo, Woodstove Flapjacks, John Till, Indiana Boys, and The Leadfoot Band.

Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Music Festival Announces 2014 Dates

Harvest Music FestivalThe organizers of Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Music Festival are excited to announce the dates of the ninth annual festival. The magical weekend will take place Oct. 16-18, 2014 at the picturesque Mulberry Mountain near Ozark, Arkansas.

MerleFest Adds Old Crow Medicine Show to the 2014 Lineup

Old Crow Medicine ShowWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, presented by Lowe’s and slated for April 24-27, 2014, announces the addition of Old Crow Medicine Show to the festival’s Friday evening lineup. The four-day event, an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans, will once again take place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. As previously announced via social media to the festival’s fan base, singer-songwriter Holly Williams will also perform at MerleFest 2014.

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Ticket Special Dec 1-31

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2014Here's a great holiday gift idea. Discount Weekend Passes to Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2014 will be offered for $40, December 1-31, 2013, just in time for holiday gift giving. Festival dates will be September 19-21, 2014.

MerleFest 2014 Lineup Expanded to Over 130 Artists

Dr. Ralph StanleyWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, presented by Lowe’s and slated for April 24-27, 2014, is proud to announce the music festival’s initial lineup. The four-day event, an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans, will once again take place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. As in years past, the initial lineup reflects the diversity and quality of performers that are the hallmark of the festival. Thursday night’s schedule includes the previously announced country music superstar Alan Jackson, who will showcase his newly released bluegrass album. Another legend - bluegrass icon Dr. Ralph Stanley - will perform on Saturday evening in the Dr. Ralph Stanley All-Star Jam hosted by Jim Lauderdale. Two of bluegrass music’s biggest names, Dailey & Vincent, will be joined by the Statler Brothers’ Jimmy Fortune to deliver a set of that hallowed band’s biggest hits, complete with the deep, rich harmonies for which all three performers are known.

Initial Line up Announced for 4th John Hartford Memorial Festival

Peter RowanCheers erupted from the crowd as the first line up announcement was made for the 4th Annual John Hartford Memorial Festival (JHMF), during the morning Chompdown at their annual Fall Festival & Pickin’ Party that recently occurred. For those who may not know, Chompdown is a pot luck-style gathering where volunteers cook up fresh food and goodies for all to enjoy, adding a community feel to a public event.

MerleFest Lineup Features IBMA Award-Winning Artists

Steep Canyon RangersWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, presented by Lowe’s and slated for April 24-27, 2014, introduced a sneak peek to its lineup at International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, and many of the artists on the sneak peek lineup brought home IBMA awards. MerleFest was a sponsor for the North Carolina Bluegrass Pavilion at this year's World of Bluegrass. MerleFest, a four-day event that is an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans, will once again take place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.

Virginia’s Musical Heritage Spread Over 4 Day Festival Oct 3rd-6th

Loose StringsAbingdon, VA- The Crooked Road, in partnership with the Town of Abingdon, will hold the 2nd annual music festival devoted to telling the story of The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. On October 3rd-6th, 2013, Abingdon will be filled with the sounds of rich history and musical heritage of Southwest Virginia.

YMSB 8th Annual Harvest Music Festival Lineup Announced

Harvest Music Festival 2013With just under 6 weeks to go before Yonder Mountain String Band’s 8th annual Harvest Music Festival, things are gearing up at the majestic Mulberry Mountain in Ozark, Arkansas, in preparation for this year’s event, October 17-19, 2013. Multi-day passes are on sale and the festival has just released single day tickets for your dancing pleasure. With 4 stages, nearly 100 sets of music, workshops, outdoor activities, including plentiful kid-friendly programs, this year’s Harvest Music Festival is not to be missed.

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