MerleFest tickets now on sale
The box office for MerleFest 2010 ticket sales opened Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m.
Ticket purchases can be made on the Web at http://www.merlefest.org or by calling 1-800-343-7857. MerleFest 2010, presented by Lowe's, will celebrate its 23rd year from April 29 through May 2, 2010.
With more than 75 acts performing on 15 stages during the course of the event, MerleFest is considered an entertainment value. An early bird ticket discount is available through March 12, 2010. A complete list of confirmed performers is available at http://www.merlefest.org.
Fans aren't the only ones excited about MerleFest. The Avett Brothers, performing on Sunday, May 2, said, "We have attended MerleFest, as fans and as performers, since 1994. There is not a finer or more welcoming music festival in the country. Those who make their way to Wilkes Community College for the event this year will find, as they would any year, a sincere and friendly place where the music is as colorful and beautiful as the North Carolina countryside that leads them there. MerleFest offers four days of absolute quality for the music-loving family. For us, in terms of performance, it is very much like coming home."
Paul Barrere of Little Feat, performing on Friday, April 30, said, "What a great honor to be booked at MerleFest, the annual tribute to the music of Doc and Merle Watson. I've heard from our good friend, Vince Herman, that this is the festival to play, and stay, and just pick your brains out, so here's hoping that we have a day off to meander about and jam with the best bluegrass pickers around."
MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of Eddy Merle Watson as a fundraiser for Wilkes Community College and a celebration of "traditional plus" music. Scheduled for April 29 through May 2, 2010, the event is held on the campus of Wilkes Community college in Wilkesboro.