MerleFest - It's almost here. The festival gates open Thursday, April 26, at 2:30 pm. There's still time to make your plans to attend.
"MerleFest was founded in 1988 in Memory of Eddy Merle Watson as a fundraiser for Wilkes Community College and to celebrate 'traditional plus' music." (MerleFest Mission Statement)
Merle Watson's father, the legendary Doc Watson, performs on the Traditional Stage at MerleFest 2011.
For 25 years, MerleFest has been the premier music festival celebrating Americana and American roots music. For four days, the festival takes over the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, NC, with fourteen stages and nearly 100 artists. (The complete 2012 lineup is on the MerleFest website here.)
As a music fan, I love the opportunity to hear such a wide variety of performers - from the very famous to those I've never heard of before.
As an event photographer, I love wandering the Wilkes Community College campus capturing the experience.
And as a volunteer with listener-supported community radio station WDVX, I look forward to helping staff the radio station's booth, making new friends and visiting with old ones.
I'll have more to say about MerleFest over the next few days and new notes and photos from the festival as it progresses.