By Jesse Wood
From pickin’ and grinnin’ on the back of two flat-bed trailers to annually hosting one of the nation’s premiere festivals in North Wilkesboro, MerleFest has come a long way in its 30-year history.
Though the festival has grown to an incredible size, MerleFest has never out grown its britches, so to speak. The family-friendly festival is still a breeze to enjoy because it’s run so well. For example, consider the ease of navigation with the shuttles sponsored by the local Boy Scout troops, which take you to and from camping and parking sites.
This year’s 30th annual MerleFest is less than two weeks away. The festival takes place from Thursday, April 27 to Sunday, April 30. The weather for MerleFest is looking awesome, according to RaysWeather.com.
As usual, the lineup is star studded. Here’s a taste: Bela Fleck, Zac Brown Band, Transatlantic Sessions hosted by Jerry Douglas and Aly Bain with special guests including James Taylor, The Avett Brothers, Nate Harris and the Spice Creek Ramblers, Chatham County Line, Bryan Sutton Band, Scythian, Mipso and so much more. See the entire lineup here.
MerleFest’s diverse lineup featuring world-class performers is a hallmark of the festival. According to a festival release, “MerleFest is known for its unique mix of traditional, roots-oriented music from the Appalachian region, including bluegrass and old-time music, Americana, blues, country, Celtic, Cajun, cowboy, zydeco, rock and many other styles that the late Doc Watson referred to as ‘traditional plus.'”
For more information about the festival, click to www.merlefest.org. Tickets for MerleFest 2017 are on sale now and may be purchased at MerleFest.org or by calling 1-800-343-7857.
Consider downloading the MerleFest 2017 mobile app for Android and iOS platforms. The app is free, works without phone service once downloaded and features the 2017 lineup and stage schedules, artist biographies, map, announcements, social media links and more.
See ticket pricing info below.
Advance discount tickets are still available. Gate pricing begins on the first day of the festival. For multi-day and single-day general admission, see below. For more info on other packages, click here.
Early Bird Tier-Two Pricing (plus taxes and fees)
Multi-Day General Admission
- 4-Day: $180*
- 3-Day: $155*
*The price beginning on April 27 increases $15
Single-Day General Admission
- Thursday: $50*
- Friday: $65*
- Saturday: $70*
- Sunday: $60*
* The price beginning on April 27 increases $5
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