[UPDATE 6/7/21]: Organizers for MerleFest revealed the festival’s full lineup on Monday, adding Charley Crockett, We Banjo 3, The Milk Carton Kids, JOHNNYSWIM, and many more to the already expansive lineup. These latest, and final, additions join previously announced headliners including Sturgill Simpson, Tedeschi Trucks, Melissa Etheridge, Mavis Staples, and more.
Set to take place September 13th–19th at Wilkesboro Community College in North Carolina, the full lineup now hosts Margo Price, LeAnn Rimes, Shovels & Rope, Balsam Range, Amythyst Kiah, Adam Traum, Banknotes, Bill and the Belles, Brittney Spencer, Cane Mill Road, Carol Rifkin, Charles Welch, Chatham Rabbits, Cordovas, Creole Stomp with Dennis Stroughmatt, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, and Donna the Buffalo,
Also set to perform are Happy Traum, Hogslop String Band, Iron Horse Bluegrass, Jack Lawrence, Jeff Little Trio, Jim Lauderdale, Jody Carroll, Joe Smothers, Joe Troop (of Che Apalache), John Cowan, Kelsey Waldon, Kruger Brothers, Laura Boosinger, Mark Bumgarner, Mary Flower, Mitch Greenhill & String Madness, Moore Brothers, Nefesh Mountain, Oliver Hazard, One Fret Over, Paul Thorn, Pete & Joan Wernick, Peter Rowan & Free Mexican Airforce with Los Texmaniacs, Piedmont Bluz, Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, Presley Barker, Rev. Robert Jones, Robbie Fulks, Roy Book Binder, Sam Bush Band, Sam Williams, Sarah Shook & The Disarmers, Scythian, Shinyribs, Sierra Ferrell, Smitty and the Jumpstarters, Sweet Potato Pie, T. Michael Coleman, Terrapin Creek, The Barefoot Movement, The Cleverlys, The InterACTive Theatre of Jef, The Local Boys, The Waybacks, Tommy Emmanuel, Tony Williamson, Wayne Henderson, Wyld Fern, Yasmin Williams and Zoe & Cloyd.
Tickets for MerfleFest 2021 will go on sale Thursday, June 1oth at 10 a.m. ET. For additional details, visit the event website.
[5/24/21]: MerleFest has added to its previously-announced lineup with the addition of Sturgill Simpson, Margo Price, Shovels and Rope, and many more. These additions bolster the lineup headed by Tedeschi Trucks, Melissa Etheridge, Mavis Staples, and more, all set to appear at Wilkesboro Community College in North Carolina September 16th–19th.
Also included in Monday’s lineup expansion were Balsam Range, Jim Lauderdale, John Cowan Music, Peter Rowan’s Free Mexican Air Force with Los Texmaniacs, Amythyst Kiah, Yasmin Williams, and Brittney Spencer. Tickets for MerleFest go on sale on June 10th via the event website. Scroll down to see the full expanded lineup.
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[5/12/21]: MerleFest has announced the artist lineup for its return in September of this year. The 2021 edition of MerleFest, set to take place from September 16th–19th at Wilkesboro, NC’s Wilkesboro Community College, the 2021 edition of MerleFest marks the festival’s first installment since June of 2019. The 2020 edition of the event was among the first festivals to be canceled in early 2020 as the pandemic began to spread, and the event’s new June 2021 dates were later pushed to September.
The 2021 edition of MerleFest, presented by Window World, will feature performances by the stripped-down, rotating Tedeschi Trucks lineup that will be hitting the road this summer (Friday) as well as LeAnn Rimes (Friday), Sam Bush (Saturday), Melissa Etheridge (Sunday), and Mavis Staples (Sunday). Other scheduled MerleFest 2021 performers include Donna The Buffalo (all four dates), Scythian (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday), and The Waybacks (Friday and Saturday).
Additional artists scheduled to perform at the annual roots festival in the Blue Ridge Mountains will be announced in the coming weeks.
MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of Eddy Merle Watson as a fundraiser for Wilkes Community College and to celebrate ‘traditional plus’ music.
Tickets for MerleFest go on sale on June 10th via the event website. Check out the initial 2021 artist lineup below.
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