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30 reasons to attend MerleFest’s 30th anniversary of making music, memories

MerleFest, one of the top Americana roots festivals, is known for its unique mix of traditional, roots-oriented music from the Appalachian region, including bluegrass and old-time music and four days of making memories, Americana, blues, country, Celtic, Cajun, cowboy, zydeco, rock and many other styles known as “traditional plus.” The festival, presented by Window World, is celebrating its 30th anniversary April 27-30, 2017, at in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Founded in 1988 by the late, great Doc Watson in memory of his son Eddy Merle Watson as a fundraiser for Wilkes Community College. Tickets are available here.

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Delfest 2017 final lineup announced

The good folks over at Delfest have announced the final lineup for the 10th-annual event set for Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-28, 2017, just outside Cumberland, Maryland

The lineup includes Railroad Earth, Tim O’Brien, The Gibson Brothers (special trio set: Leigh & Eric Gibson and Mike Barber), Red Knuckles & The Trailblazers, River Whyless, Dead Man Winter feat. Dave Simonett from (Trampled By Turtles), Cris Jacobs, The Broomestix, Dead Winter Carpenters, The Ballroom Thieves, Head For the Hills, Ghost of Paul Revere, Kitchen Dwellers and Grand Ole’ Ditch have all been added to the DelFest lineup. Sierra Hull, Billy Strings and Bryan Sutton will be Artists-at-Large and Pete Wernick, Nick Forster and Joe Craven will all lead workshops. See the full lineup here.

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MerleFest adds The Avett Brothers, Chatham County Line, Mandolin Orange, Steep Canyon Rangers and Sierra Hull to 30th anniversary lineup

From the good folks at MerleFest:

WILKESBORO, N.C.  – MerleFest, presented by Window World and slated for April 27-30, 2017, is proud to announce six more additions to the 2017 lineup: The Avett Brothers, Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, Chatham County Line Electric Holiday, Mandolin Orange, Steep Canyon Rangers and Sierra Hull.

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Steep Canyon Rangers riding unique blend of musical genres into The Festy, Brewster Walk this weekend

Despite headlining and playing to a mammoth crowd at last weekend’s International Bluegrass Music Association’s annual gathering in Raleigh, the boys from Brevard, North Carolina, better known as the Steep Canyon Rangers, have disqualified themselves from most likely ever winning another IBMA entertainer of the year award. Continue reading


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Rooster Walk, ART officially join forces

Frequent readers of this blog know that two of my favorite music-related venues are Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival and the historic Rives Theatre in uptown Martinsville, Virginia.

Johnny Buck, co-founder and executive director of Rooster Walk, announced today that the two nonprofits are officially joining forces.

From the press release, “The boards of Rooster Walk Inc. and Arts at the Rives Theatre (ART), who already often work together to bring live music and arts events to Martinsville-Henry County, recently voted to formalize their relationship by combining under the Rooster Walk umbrella.

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UPDATE: Steep Canyon Rangers head indoors to the Rives Theatre to headline Brewster Walk on Saturday, Oct. 8

WEATHER-RELATED UPDATE FROM ROOSTER WALK FOLKS: Hurricane be damned, we’re throwing a keg party with a Grammy winning band! Brewster Walk is moving INSIDE the Rives Theatre. Beers, bands and buddies all under one roof! Also, VIPs now get unlimited pours!! Schedule remains the same (see pic below). Tix still avail VIP $50 / GA $30 / grab em locally at Rising Sun Breads, Daily Grind Coffee House & Cafe – Martinsville or online at www.roosterwalk.com. See ya Saturday!

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From the good folks at Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival:

The second annual Brewster Walk Craft Beer Festival & Concerts will take place Saturday, Oct. 8, in uptown Martinsville, Virginia, on the street in front of the Rives Theatre, 215 E. Church St.

The event will feature more than 60 craft beers, plus live performances from the Steep Canyon Rangers, The Trongone Band and Relacksachian.

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11th Annual Mountain Song Festival set for Sept. 9-11 in Brevard, North Carolina

11th Annual Mountain Song Festival — three days of bluegrass, roots and Americana music  — is set for Sept. 9-11, 2016, in Brevard, North Carolina. Day passes range from $34-$56.

The main stage for the Steep Canyon Rangers hosted event is in Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium on the campus of Brevard Music Center, a beautiful open air, covered venue.

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