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MusicFest announces lineup

Article Published: Jun. 10, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
MusicFest announces lineup

From right, Doc Watson and grandson Richard Watson perform at last year's MusicFest 'n Sugar Grove.

Photo by Frank Ruggiero

When it comes to summer music, there's nothing quite as sweet as MusicFest 'n Sugar Grove.
And for headliner Doc Watson, that's somewhat of a given.

"There's no greater pleasure than reception from an audience that says, 'We love you,'" the 87-year-old flatpicking legend said in a previous interview. "An audience here is as good as you get. If they love you and want to hear you play, I can't think of any other way to express it."

Watson and other familiar favorites will take the Sugar Grove stage this July, when the MusicFest returns for its 13th year. Scheduled for July 9-10, the celebration of "tradition-plus" music, a term coined by Watson, comes to the historic Old Cove Creek High School for an ever-expanding audience of music-lovers from near and far.

And with festival organizers having just released the 2010 lineup, tickets are now ripe for the picking.

Friday, July 9, features performances from Maura Shawn Scanlin, The Major Sevens, Upright & Breathin', Spirit Fiddle, Bob Tatum and Pattie Kunze, Hay Sugar, He Said She Said, Amantha Mill, Travis Frye and Blue Mountain, The Kruger Bros and The Carolina Chocolate Drops.

Saturday's performances include Southern Exposure, Sweetbriar Jam, Upright & Breathin', Mountain Home, Trevor McKenzie and Friends, Cockman Family, Sound Traveler, Dry Run Bluegrass, Mountain Thunder, Hay Sugar, Spirit Fiddle, Surefire, Sweetbriar Jam, The Snyder Family, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Kruger Bros., and Doc Watson.

Saturday will include the annual songwriters' showcase, while both evenings culminate in an all-encompassing jam with that night's featured talent.

Southern Exposure's solar-powered stage is also returning this year, offering two venues for live music on the festival grounds. But as far as the music goes, there's never been a shortage.

"People actually contact us to see if they can come play," MusicFest co-chairman Travis Rountree said. "A ton of people contact us, usually hearing about it through word of mouth. So, we've kind of got an in."

Music-lovers can get in by visiting, where tickets and more information are available.

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