MerleFest hits Wilkesboro Thursday to Sunday
by Anna Oakes
The MerleFest music festival takes place in Wilkesboro this Thursday through Sunday, April 24 to 27 -- the 27th annual tribute to the music and lives of Doc and Merle Watson of Deep Gap.
Gates at Wilkes Community College open on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. and on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m.
Single-day tickets are $40 on Thursday, $55 on Friday, $60 on Saturday and $45 on Sunday, with discounts available for three- and four-day passes. Children 12 and younger are admitted free with a paid adult. Parking and shuttle buses for the festival are free.
The festival -- one of the premier Americana music festivals in the country -- features more than 130 acts performing on 13 stages. The genres exhibited at MerleFest include bluegrass, old-time, Americana, country, blues, rock, jazz, world and fusions of all these and more.
In addition, the festival features multiple activities and performances for children; dozens of vendors of food, merchandise, arts and crafts and instruments; square dancing and other called dances at the Dance Tent; and much more.
The festival attracts nearly 80,000 music fans each year and serves as a fundraiser for the Wilkes Community College Endowment Corporation, funding scholarships, capital projects and other educational needs.
For more information, visit http://www.merlefest.org, call 1-800-343-7857 or follow MerleFest on Facebook and Twitter.