Merlefest 2024

Now for something completely unrelated to astronomy or nature – music! I attended Merlefest at Wilkesboro Community College this weekend. MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of Eddy Merle Watson as a fundraiser for Wilkes Community College and to celebrate ‘traditional plus’ music. 100 bands, 11 stages and 7,000 fans attended the four day event. Although mostly a bluegrass event, there was plenty of rock, jazz and blues as well. The 30 minute video below contains short clips of many of the performances and of the casual pop-up jam sessions that are one of the hallmarks of the event. Plan ahead of you want to attend next year – I had to stay in a RV in a bakery parking lot I found on Airbnb!

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