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Ole Smoky Distillery Announces 2017 Summer of ‘Shine Entertainment Series

Ole Smoky Summer of ShineGatlinburg, TN -- Ole Smoky Distillery LLC, the world’s most visited distillery, announced the launch of their 2017 entertainment series, Summer of ‘Shine. From music performances to family bonding activities, there will be a little something for everyone. Ole Smoky is kicking off this fun-filled season with the announcement of three major musical acts: Boxmasters, Survivorman and The Soggy Bottom Boys.

Bluegrass Music Returns to Burning Man with Your Help

Root Pile BluegrassCamp Rootpile -- We are a group people who love to go to Burning Man, but we don't like the music there, and we are sure there are other people there who don't either, so we bring high quality professional live Bluegrass music to Burning Man at camp Rootpile. We need a large circus style tent to have our nightly concerts and we also need to buy inexpensive mandolins, banjos, guitars and fiddles to teach dusty Burners how to play Bluegrass on the instruments we bring for our daily beginner workshops. Help us!!!!!

Adkins & Loudermilk to Host 1st Halloween BooGrass Bash

Adkins & LoudermilkAnderson, SC -- Adkins & Loudermilk will host the inaugural Anderson County Halloween BooGrass Bash October 29-31, 2015. Feel free to wear your best Halloween costume for the BooGrass Bash Costume Party and enjoy the spooktacular performances by: Lonesome River Band, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Marty Raybon & Full Circle, Adkins & Loudermillk, Balsam Range, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, The Boxcars, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Flatt Lonesome, Sideline, Marksmen Quartet, and more.

Blue Ridge Acoustic Uprising April 11th & 12th

Blue Ridge Acoustic UprisingThe 2nd Annual Blue Ridge Acoustic Uprising will be held April 11th and 12th at the Wytheville Meeting Center in Wytheville, VA. Thirty-three bluegrass, old time and Americana bands will be showcasing their talents on stage and there is a wide array of other events scheduled at the gathering. The Appalachian Cultural Music which is a non-profit organization presents the Blue Ridge Acoustic Uprising each year at the Wytheville Meeting Center which is adjacent to Wytheville Community College.

Tony Trischka, Jesse McReynolds, Tim Stafford at WAMFEST

Tim StaffordMadison, NJ -- WAMFEST 2013, a Words and Music Festival hits the campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University October 28 through October 30th. Monday October 28th is a bluegrass celebration featuring Tony Trischka, Tim Stafford and Jesse McReynolds held at the Wilson Auditorium in Hackensack. October 29-30 the event will also feature Roseanne Cash and Loudon Wainwright III on the college’s Madison campus. The entire festival is free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to register at http://fduwamfest2013.eventbrite.com/ Information is also available on the WAMFEST facebook page.

Bluegrass, Antiques and ATV's, Oh My

Museum of Appalachia HomecomingClinton, TN -- What do bluegrass music, antiques and all terrain vehicles have in common? They will be featured at three premier events happening in Anderson County, Tennessee this October. The 34th annual Tennessee Fall Homecoming, October 11-13, 2013 at the Museum of Appalachia, will feature more than 400 bluegrass and traditional musicians, singers, cloggers, and buck dancers.

Alan Jackson Is First Performer Announced for MerleFest

Alan JacksonWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, presented by Lowe’s and slated for April 24-27, 2014, kicks off its 27th year with the announcement that country superstar Alan Jackson will be part of the festival’s Thursday schedule. MerleFest, a four-day event that is an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans, will once again take place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Jackson is the first performer announced for the MerleFest 2014 lineup.

2013 Walnut Valley Festival Competition Winners Announced

Walnut Valley 2013Winfield, KS -- The 2013 Walnut Valley Festival is over. The flags and tents are coming down. Affectionately known as just "Winfield" by many of the annual attendees, this festival and the national music instrument finals are a highlight of the season. The various instrument competitions are finally over and the winners have been announced. Walnut Valley Festival offers attendees great entertainment and artists but, its probably the most famous for its various national and international instrument championships. Many of those competitions focus on the very instruments found in bluegrass music. Banjo, Flat Pick Guitar, Mandolin, Old-Time Fiddle and more attract musicians from around the globe to compete for the various awards.

Moonshiners Plum Hollow Festival May 23rd through May 25th

Plum Hollow FestivalThe 2013 Plum Hollow Festival will be held on Thursday May 23rd through Saturday May 25th (always the LAST weekend in May every year!) Since the transition of claw hammer to the finger picks, bluegrass has gone through many exciting changes. The Plum Hollow Alternative Bluegrass Festival is dedicated to the innovations made by creative artists breaking new ground with an old music.

Joel Sweeney and the Banjo: from Africa to Appomattox to America

Joel Sweeney and the BanjoAppomattox is the birthplace of Joel Sweeney and the rest of his banjo playing kith and kin. The Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, along with a newly created friends group, without which this could not happen, and Mark Weems of the North Carolina School of Traditional Music, are planning a celebration of Sweeney, the Africans he learned from and the banjo. The Joel Sweeney and the Banjo: from Africa to Appomattox to America Festival is scheduled to take place Friday and Saturday May 10-11th 2013.

Strings and Sol 2013 Bluegrass Bands Announced

Yonder Mountain String BandAfter a hugely successful first year, Cloud 9 Adventures today announces the second installment of Strings & Sol, the newest music destination event in the Cloud 9 family, which also includes Mayan Holidaze, Jam Cruise, Holy Ship! and Panic en la Playa. Strings & Sol - set on the white sand beaches of Puerto Morelos on the Riviera Maya, Mexico - runs December 11 - 15, 2013. This unique adventure brings together some of today’s best progressive bluegrass bands for a rollicking string-music vacation like no other.

Wisconsin's 3rd Annual Bluegrass & Roots Festival April 5-7

3rd Annual Bluegrass & Roots FestivalRiver Falls, WI -- The River Falls Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau is pleased to announce the lineup for the Third Annual Bluegrass and Roots Festival April 5-7 in downtown River Falls, Wisconsin. The three days of live Bluegrass, Roots, Cajun, and Americana music will include headliners The Greencards on Friday night and Pert’ Near Sandstone on Saturday night. Other artists include Brian Wicklund and the Barley Jacks, The Ditch Lilies, The Boys n’ The Barrels and the High 48’s. Banjo, guitar and fiddle workshops and jam sessions included.

ACMA Announces Blue Ridge Acoustic Uprising

Blue Ridge Acoustic UprisingThe Appalachian Cultural Music Association (ACMA) announces a new musical gathering for bluegrass, old time and Americana musicians and fans to be held at the Wytheville Meeting Center April 12 & 13, 2013.

Blue Ridge Acoustic Uprising April 12-13, 2013

Blue Ridge Acoustic UprisingThe Appalachian Cultural Music Association announces a new musical gathering for bluegrass, old time and Americana musicians and fans to be held at the Wytheville Meeting Center April 12 & 13, 2013. The purpose of “The ACMA Blue Ridge Acoustic Uprising” is to provide an avenue for the Appalachian Cultural Music Association to celebrate, promote, and recognize bluegrass, old time, gospel, classic country, and Appalachian style music through an annual gathering in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountain region.

28th Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, Feb. 15 - 17

Seldom SceneBoston, MA -- Bluegrass is a music with innovation woven into its very fabric: It’s founding generation drew proudly from traditional songs, ballads, and fiddle tunes, while enlivening them with daring instrumental techniques (Earl Scruggs’ pioneering three-finger banjo roll), new rhythmic foundations (including jazz and blues influences), and haunting high, lonesome harmonies. The 28th Joe Val Bluegrass Festival — presented by the Boston Bluegrass Union (BBU) on Presidents’ Day Weekend, February 15-17, 2013, at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel, Framingham, MA — is a celebration of bluegrass’s inspired blending of past and future.

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