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Milton Harkey's 21st Bluegrass First Class Festival Feb 19-21

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Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme OutAsheville, NC -- Milton Harkey is proud to announce the 21st annual Bluegrass First Class to be held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Crowne Plaza Resort located in Asheville, North Carolina. The Sunday Morning Gospel Show is free and open to all attendees from 8AM to 10AM at the Showcase Stage.

In an intimate, up close and personal setting, this event features many nationally known performers. Many of the area’s finest musicians from the hot local bluegrass scene, along with new, up and coming bands, will be on hand for an unparalleled weekend of superb music performances. In addition to the Main Stage shows, many artists will entertain audiences in the cozy Showcase Stage, providing fans with an opportunity to listen to the music of these musicians in a close, intimate setting.

This 2016 lineup includes Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Sideline, Appalachian Fire, Jan Johansson, Gena Britt & Friends, Dailey & Vincent, Seldom Scene, Flatt Lonesome, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Carolina Blue and more to come!

Up close and personal you’ll be with your friends - right in the middle of the stars, with all conveniences nearby. The entire hotel will be dedicated to bluegrass for the weekend. All rooms will be occupied by bluegrass fans; and all of the facility’s meeting rooms will be set aside for picking and jamming. There is a “quiet” block consisting of sleeping rooms set aside for those who wish to relax in a no-jamming zone. Appalachian Fire will be conducting a free Kids Academy workshop on Saturday for ages 16 and under.

For complete band lineup and to download the flyer, visit

All hotel reservations are two nights minimum stay (Friday and Saturday) and a minimum of two 2-Day tickets per room. All tickets must be purchased prior to check in (even if you have advance reservations). If you have Crowne Plaza reservations you will be guaranteed the availability to purchase a minimum of two (2) and a maximum of four (4) tickets per room reserved. The Crowne Plaza will make every effort to accommodate specific room requests and will make every effort to provide you with early morning check in upon arrival. REMEMBER: Hotel rooms at the Crowne Plaza Resort will go quickly, so be sure to make your reservations now! Those purchasing tickets or wanting additional information, contact Milton Harkey at (828) 275-8650. Overflow Hotels are available. All Single-Day and 2- Day tickets are a “VIP ALL Access Pass” and allow entry to both the afternoon and evening performances.

VIP ALL ACCESS ticket prices: $49/person/Fri.- $49/ person/Sat. and $98 (plus tax) for Two Days are available in advance and at the door (based on availability). Crowne Plaza hotel room rates are the same price as last year and include up to four people in one room for the same price.

Tickets & Reserved Seating are available now and sold on a first come first served basis online or by phone. You may order tickets online from our secure website For weekend/daily tickets by phone and info contact Milton Harkey at 828-275-8650. For hotel reservations contact Crowne Plaza Resort, Asheville directly at 800-733-3211

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