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MerleFest 2018 continues tradition with acoustic kids showcases

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From the good folks over at MerleFest:
MerleFest 2018, presented by Window World and slated for April 26 – 29, is pleased to announce the return of the Acoustic Kids Showcases to the 2018 festival.
The Acoustic Kids Showcases allow the next generation of pickers and singers to highlight their talents for music fans at the four-day festival. Musicians under the age of 17 are welcome to participate, and we will accept registration forms until the showcases are full or until one week before the festival, whichever comes first.
These showcases, which played to standing-room-only crowds last year, reflect an elevation and encouragement of young musicians that have been part of the festival from its early days. Hosted by performer and beloved MerleFest veteran Andy May, the showcases provide an opportunity for young musicians through age 16 to perform in a supportive environment on a festival stage.

Selection is not based on how advanced a child’s performance might be, but rather it is based on a child’s ability to perform a complete piece in front of an audience. In fact, beginners are encouraged to apply.
Additional instructions and details about the Acoustic Kids Showcases, may be found at You may register online or download a printable form at
The Acoustic Kids Showcases are held on Friday and Saturday on the Austin Stage, Cabin Stage, Dance Stage, and Walker Center (official schedules can be found inside the program or on the MerleFest app). Additionally, from among this year’s pool of applicants, several performers will be chosen for a special “Acoustic Kids Ambassadors” performance hosted by Andy May on the Cabin Stage Saturday evening.
May is well known to MerleFest fans as a singer, songwriter, guitarist, mandolinist, producer, educator and visual artist. His Acoustic Kids Showcases have given many hundreds of young musicians supportive performance opportunities for more than 25 years.
The MerleFest 2018 free mobile app with complete stage schedules will be available on March 1. The complete 2018 lineup may be viewed at
Tickets for the festival may be purchased at or by calling 1-800-343-7857MerleFestoffers a three-tiered pricing structure and encourages fans to take
advantage of the extended early bird discount. Early Bird Tier 2 tickets are available from until April 25. Tickets will be sold using Tier 3 pricing at the gate during the festival.

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