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Rocky Mountain Old Time Festival this July 9-12

Roan Mountain HilltoppersBerthoud, CO -- Bring your instrument and your dancing shoes to the sixth annual Rocky Mountain Old Time Music Festival to be held on July 9 to July 12, at Parrish Ranch near Berthoud, Colorado. The festival showcases traditional forms of fiddle and banjo music with performances by the nation’s best old time groups, workshops for musicians of all levels, and square dances for the entire family.

Crooked Road's Mountains of Music Homecoming June 12-20

The Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music HomecomingThe Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming is a nine-day, region-wide celebration of the communities in Southwest Virginia – their traditional music, and all their many cultural and natural assets. The event includes Crooked Road concerts in over 30 communities, dozens of cultural experiences throughout the region, and over 70 existing traditional music related concerts, jam sessions, and festivals.

15th Annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Lineup Announced

Steve EarlBristol, VA/TN -- Birthplace of Country Music (BCM), parent organization of Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, revealed a stellar lineup of artists for the 15th annual festival. The 3-day music celebration honoring Bristol’s unique music history as the site of the legendary 1927 Bristol Sessions will be held September 18 — 20, 2015 in Historic Downtown Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia.

The Ellnora Guitar Festival Unveils 2015 Artist Lineup

Punch BrothersUrbana, IL -- On September 10, 11, and 12, 2015, a stunning display of the world’s most remarkable and significant guitarists will gather for the sixth installment of ELLNORA - The Guitar Festival, presented by Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Situated in a vibrant micro-urban setting, the internationally recognized, biennial event features, “a prodigious array of the world’s most distinctive and influential guitarists” (Premier Guitar) from around the globe, including for 2015 artists rooted in Mali, Australia, China, Spain, Palestine, India, Mexico, and from throughout the United States. 2015 performing artists include Punch Brothers, Bela and Abigail Fleck, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage and outstanding artists from almost all genres. This is the festival of the guitar.

Huck Finn Bluegrass Festival Adds Kids Academy

Huck Finn JubileeOntario, CA -- Organizers of the Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival, the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau, is proud to announce in addition to some of the greatest national headlining bluegrass names on stage, a Kids Academy and Kids Games have been added to the 3-day event. Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park in Ontario will be the site for this annual event June 12 thru 14, 2015 when thousands of bluegrass and jamgrass fans arrive to partake in a family friendly festival that celebrates traditional music, education, activities, and the evolution of bluegrass music.

The Big Bang Of Country Music To Come Full Circle at HoustonFest

Orthophonic Joy CoverTourism and Music Industry representatives announced a special showcase to be presented at HoustonFest on May 1 & 2, 2015. HoustonFest will hold a special showcase of historic importance. The group recently announced the creation of Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited CD project. Eleven of the 17 artists performing on this historic CD project will be appearing at HoustonFest 2015.

Memphis in May by Sugarlands Distilling to Feature Bluegrass and More

Béla Fleck and Abigail WashburnGatlinburg, TN -- Sugarlands Distilling Company, crafters of award winning Smoky Mountain moonshine, has partnered with the Memphis in May International Festival in 2015 to be the exclusive moonshine for the festival. For the second year in a row, Sugarlands Distilling Company will be offering signature Sugarlands Shine cocktails during Memphis in May events. The Beale Street Music Festival features all styles of music including bluegrass, Americana, roots, jazz, folk and more.

MerleFest 2015 to Feature Special Sets and Collaborations

MerleFestWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, presented by Window World and taking place April 23-26, 2015, will boast a number of special collaborations and performances at this year’s festival. As regular attendees of the celebrated festival know, these “MerleFest Moments” – as they’re often called – are a frequent result of the artistic, collective spirit of this special yearly musical gathering.

Telluride Bluegrass Single-Day Lineup Artists Added

Sam Bush Go Pro - Photo credit Brett SchreckengostLyons, CO -- Less than 100 days til' Festivaaaaal! Yes, in just 99 days the annual pilgrimage of Festivarian Nation to Telluride culminates with the opening drone of bagpipes, the running of tarps, and the glorious reverberation of banjo and fiddle. For 4 days festivarians will dance, smile, listen and marvel at the great acoustic adventure of Telluride Bluegrass.

MerleFest 2015 Continues Popular Acoustic Kids Showcases

MerleFestWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, presented by Window World and slated for April 23-26, 2015, is pleased to announce the return of the Acoustic Kids Showcases to the 2015 festival. Young pickers and singers are encouraged to apply before the April 1 deadline in order to perform during the showcases. The Acoustic Kids Showcases allow the next generation of pickers, singers and other traditional-style performers to highlight their talents for music fans at the four-day festival.

Old Settler's Music Festival Announces 2015 Schedule

Old Settler's Music FestivalAustin, TX -- The Old Settler’s Music Festival, now in its 28th year, has finalized another outstanding schedule of roots, bluegrass and Americana artists for the four-day event. The festival takes place Thursday, April 16 through Sunday, April 19, at the Salt Lick Barbecue Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch, in the Texas hill country south of Austin on FM 1826. Performers include the Mavericks, Robert Earl Keen, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Shinyribs, Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express, Sam Bush, JD McPherson, Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis, Hot Rize, Jake Shimabukuro and the McCrary Sisters. (See full schedule below.)

MerleFest 2015 Adds Willie Watson,The Steel Wheels to Lineup

Willie WatsonWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, presented by Window World and slated for April 23-26, 2015, has added Willie Watson and The Steel Wheels to its 2015 lineup. Additionally, The Steel Wheels will host the Midnight Jam. The four-day event, an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans, will once again take place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. MerleFest is known for its unique mix of traditional, roots-oriented music from the Appalachian region, including bluegrass and old-time music, Americana, blues, country, Celtic, Cajun, cowboy, zydeco, rock and many other styles that the late Doc Watson referred to as “traditional plus.”

High Honors for Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2015Bristol, VA/TN -- Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion (BRRR) music festival has been designated one of Southeast Tourism Society's (STS) Top 20 Events. The best events across 12 southeastern states compete to receive the prestigious Top 20 Events designation.

Steep Canyon Rangers Join MerleFest Lineup

Steep Canyon RangersWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, presented by Window World and slated for April 23-26, 2015, has announced Dwight Yoakam, Steep Canyon Rangers and Shannon Whitworth as part of the music festival’s lineup. The four-day event, an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans, will take place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. MerleFest is known for its unique mix of traditional, roots-oriented music from the Appalachian region, including bluegrass, old-time, Americana, blues, country, Celtic, Cajun, cowboy, zydeco, rock and many other styles that the late Doc Watson referred to as “traditional plus.”

19th Dahlonega's Bear Festival Lineup Announced

Bear on the Square"I'm very excited about the bands performing on the Bear Main Stage this year. Our concerts will feature both the 2012 and 2013 Telluride Band Contest winners, as well as a number of new musicians and old favorites," said Glenda Pender, president of Bear on the Square Mountain Festival, which will take place in Dahlonega the weekend of April 18-19. Pender also does the booking for the Main Stage concerts at the yearly event.

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