It’s time to get your tickets for the 30th year of MerleFest, and this year’s lineup is the business.
First, some history: MerleFest, named to honor the memory of Doc Watson’s late son, Eddy Merle Watson, was hosted by the legendary Doc Watson himself prior to his death. The gathering happens on the last weekend of April on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, and is consistently one of the largest music festivals in the nation. MerleFest offers a mix of traditional and contemporary roots music, a blend that Doc himself called “traditional plus”–bluegrass, contemporary acoustic, blues, folk, old-time music, zydeco, jazz, country, Celtic, Americana, and rock n’ roll spread across 13 different stages and held over a four day period.
Next year, the event will occur from April 27-30, 2017, and promises a star-studded lineup that will be revealed over the next few months. The first announcement for the 2017 lineup includes Zac Brown Band with a very special acoustic set, Del McCoury Band, Jim Lauderdale, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Peter Rowan, Mountain Heart–and many more, which can be found here: merlefest.org/lineup/.
Tickets for MerleFest 2017 are on sale now and may be purchased at MerleFest.org or by calling 1-800-343-7857. A three-tiered pricing structure is again offered for MerleFest 2017. Early Bird Tier 1 ticket discount is available starting November 17, 2016, through February 12, 2017. Early Bird Tier 2 ticket discount will run from February 13, 2017, through April 27, 2017. The third price tier will be gate pricing. Fans are encouraged to take advantage of the extended early bird discount!
Stay tuned for more news!