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Alison Krauss, Vince Gill to play MerleFest 25

Posted February 7, 2012

MerleFest, which is celebrating its 25th year, have announced the lineup for this year's four-day bluegrass festival on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro. 

Here's a look at some of the 90 acts performing on 14 stages during MerleFest April 26-29: Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, Vince Gill, Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, Jim Lauderdale, Steep Canyon Rangers, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Chris Thile with the Punch Brothers, Sam Bush, John Hammond, David Holt, Jerry Douglas, Los Lobos, Nashville Bluegrass Band, Tony Rice Peter Rowan, Marty Stuart and Tut Taylor. 

The annual festival celebrates the memory of musician Eddy Merle Watson, son of American music icon Doc Watson. Watson will take the stage during MerleFest again this year. 

You can buy tickets to MerleFest 25 online or by phone at 800-343-7857. An early bird ticket discount is available through March 12. Single-day passes run from $35-55. 

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  • merletm Feb 8, 2012

    If you have not been to this festival you are missing out on a wonderful time for you and your family. They do not sell alcohol nor allow it on the festival grounds. I started going because I am a female named Merle and wanted to see my name everywhere but I love bluegrass and really have an enjoyable time. There are several different stages and artists appear on them constantly during the day. So do yourself a favor and go you will not regret it.