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MerleFest by Day

Following is just a sampling of the artists and special performances planned for each day of MerleFest.

Thursday, April 24
Alan Jackson Carolina Chocolate Drops Holly Williams Scythian The Duhks Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice Josh Farrow Pete Wernick's MerleFest Bluegrass Jam Camp

Friday, April 25
BanjoRama Old Crow Medicine Show Keller Williams and the Travelin' McCourys Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott Balsam Range Lonesome River Band Peter Rowan Band Sutton, Holt & Coleman Missy Raines and The New Hip Todd Snider Donna the Buffalo The Steel Wheels Chris Austin Songwriting Contest Doc and Merle Watson Performing Arts Showcase

Saturday, April 26
Dr. Ralph Stanley Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder Steep Canyon Rangers Sam Bush Band Town Mountain Alison Brown Quartet Peter Rowan The Steel Wheels Della Mae Claire Lynch Band Nora Jane Struthers and the Party Line Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen Niall Toner Band Mark Johnson and Emory Lester "Memories of Doc and Merle" BanjoRama Part Two Hillside Album Hour hosted by The Waybacks Midnight Jam hosted by Scythian

Sunday, April 27
Merle Haggard Dailey & Vincent with Jimmy Fortune Jerry Douglas The Deadly Gentlemen Claire Lynch Band Jim Lauderdale Nashville Bluegrass Band Avett Family Gospel Hour Mandolin Orange Donna the Buffalo Del Rey Overmountain Men Sunday Blues with Roy Book Binder

Originally published: 2014-04-23 16:26:11
Last modified: 2014-04-24 14:01:38

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, call 1-800-343-7857 or follow MerleFest on Facebook and Twitter.