MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of Eddy Merle Watson, son of American music legend, Doc Watson. It is a celebration of ‘traditional plus’ music, a unique mix of music based on traditional Appalachian sounds and various other styles. MerleFest is considered one of the premier music festivals in the country, serving as an annual homecoming for musicians and fans alike. MerleFest 2018 will take place April 26th through April 29th on the Wilkes Community College campus in Wilkes, North Carolina.
The festival hosts numerous artists, performing on 13 stages during the course of the four-day event. Tickets for 4-day reserved seating, 4-day general admission, 3-day general admission, and single-day tickets are currently on sale. Early Bird pricing can save you a few dollars if you book now. The annual event has become the primary fundraiser for the WCC Endowment Corporation, funding scholarships, capital projects and other educational needs.
The 2018 lineup will include the diverse talents of artists such as Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson, Robert Earl Keen, Sam Bush, The Devil Makes Three, Jim Lauderdale, Peter Rowan, The Barefoot Movement, The Lonely Heartstring Band, and many, many others. Visitors attend to experience the special moments of MerleFest that can only happen here. It may be two unexpected musicians collaborating, a chance encounter with someone famous watching the show, or a special set that has touched everyone in the audience. In the past, some major artists have graced the stage at MerleFest. From the Zac Brown Band and Lee Ann Womack to Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson, there is always an abundance of talent at the festival.
When you're not jammin' to the music at one of the stages, you can peruse vendor booths, shop for memorabilia, and access the internet at a charging station, at the Shoppes at MerleFest. If you're planning to bring the little ones along to MerleFest, The Little Pickers Family Area offers fun, games, and storytelling to keep them busy before the next set. Acoustic Kids Showcases is a place where young pickers and singers of any skill level can perform on a festival stage in a supportive environment, while Pickin' Place is a venue devoted to anyone who is interested in pickin' and grinnin'!
Aside from the music, MerleFest is a great opportunity to show support of Wilkes Community College. By participating in the Doc Watson Student Emergency Fund, you can help students that might have otherwise had to drop out of school due to hardships. Thus far, 64 students have been assisted with the Doc Watson Student Emergency Fund to help with their educational expenses.
If you're interested in attending any or all of MerleFest, AAA Travel can make your arrangements. Our expert agents can book your hotel stay and help you obtain tickets to the shows. Call 1-800-444-8691 or visit your local travel branch for more information today.