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Thu, Apr 25


Wilkes Community College

Merle Fest

MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of Eddy Merle Watson as a fundraiser for Wilkes Community College and to celebrate ‘traditional plus’ music.

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Merle Fest
Merle Fest

Time & Location

Apr 25, 2024, 1:30 PM – Apr 28, 2024, 5:30 PM

Wilkes Community College, 1328 S Collegiate Dr, Wilkesboro, NC 28697, USA

About the event

MerleFest, considered one of the premier music festivals in the country,  serves as an annual homecoming for musicians and music fans. Held on  the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina,  MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of the late Eddy Merle Watson,  son of American music legend Doc Watson. MerleFest is a celebration of  “traditional plus” music, a unique mix of music based on the  traditional, roots-oriented sounds of the Appalachian region, including  bluegrass and old-time music, and expanded to include Americana,  country, blues, rock and many other styles. The festival hosts numerous  artists, performing on 12 stages during the course of the four-day  event. The annual event has become the primary fundraiser for the WCC  Foundation, funding scholarships, capital projects, and other  educational needs.

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