Music from the Mountains to the Coast

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Article Published: May. 22, 2013 | Modified: May. 22, 2013
Music from the Mountains to the Coast

The Avett Brothers’ Bob Crawford performs at MerleFest 2013. MerleFest and The Mast Farm Inn in Valle Crucis will host the N.C. Bluegrass Pavilion at the 2013 IBMA World of Bluegrass, offering a variety of workshops, videos and music with a focus on North Carolina-based musicians and events.

Photo by Frank Ruggiero



Wilkesboro’s MerleFest and Valle Crucis’s Mast Farm Inn will present the the North Carolina Bluegrass Pavilion, Music from the Mountains to the Coast, at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass 2013.

The World of Bluegrass is IBMA’s annual convention and awards ceremony, all rolled into one musical experience.

The North Carolina Bluegrass Pavilion will offer a variety of workshops, videos and music during the week of World of Bluegrass in Raleigh Sept. 22 to 28.

The pavilion’s focus will be to highlight North Carolina-based musicians and events, while encouraging visitors to sit and gather information first-hand during special appearances by artists and event producers from across North Carolina. The pavilion will be located at the Raleigh Convention Center exhibit hall area.

“We are excited to partner with IBMA and The Mast Farm Inn on the pavilion,” MerleFest festival director Ted Hagaman said. “We are looking forward to a great week of music and to offering a sample of MerleFest to the bluegrass music community at both the pavilion and Longview Center during our time in Raleigh.”

During the evening hours of World of Bluegrass, the North Carolina Bluegrass Pavilion will extend to The Longview Center, which is co-hosted with the International Bluegrass Music Association in conjunction with MerleFest, The Mast Farm Inn and Pinecastle Records, and will spotlight the talents of bands from across North Carolina and beyond. More information will be provided on the talent lineup and hours soon.

“This is a great way to showcase the music of our state and involve our music friends from around the world in learning more about North Carolina,” Mast Farm Inn owner Henri Deschamps said. “We expect the pavilion will be a great meeting point for all World of Bluegrass attendees and a good opportunity to hear some great music by North Carolina artists.”

For more information, visit http://www.themastfarminn.com/world-of-bluegrass and http://www.merlefest.org.
MerleFest, considered one of the premier music festivals in the country, is an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans held on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro. The festival was founded in 1988 in memory of the late Eddy Merle Watson, son of American music legend Doc Watson, who died May 29, 2012.

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 more than 90 artists on 14 stages during the course of the four-day event. The annual event has become the primary fundraiser for the WCC Endowment Corporation, funding scholarships, capital projects and other educational needs.

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