MerleFest 2018

April 26-29, 2018

Wilkesboro, NC

Photo Credit: Devin Ulery
The Scene
Thirty years ago, the legendary Doc Watson founded MerleFest to honor the memory of his son who died in a tragic accident. Now 80,000 fans gather every spring on the campus of Wilkes Community College for America's largest roots festival. Legends mix with newcomers to perform surprising collaborations of bluegrass, folk, and Americana.
Festival Info
Venue: Wilkes Community College

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2018 Lineup
  • Steep Canyon Rangers with Steve Martin
  • Kris Kristofferson
  • Jamey Johnson
  • The Mavericks
  • Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn
  • Robert Earl Keen
  • Rhiannon Giddens
  • Jerry Douglas and Tommy Emmanuel
  • Sam Bush
  • The Devil Makes Three
  • Jim Lauderdale, Buddy Miller, and the North Mississippi Allstars
  • Jim Lauderdale
  • Jerry Douglas Band with John Medeski
  • Jerry Douglas
  • Mandolin Orange
  • Elephant Revival
  • Mission Temple Fireworks Revival
  • Alison Brown
  • Rodney Crowell
  • Brandy Clark
  • Shinyribs
  • Peter Rowan
  • Balsam Range
  • Atlanta Pops Orchestra Ensemble
  • Kruger Brothers
  • The Mastersons
  • We Banjo 3
  • Town Mountain
  • Barefoot Movement
  • Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
  • Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer
  • Hubby Jenkins
  • David Holt
  • Donna the Buffalo
  • Doolin
  • Terry Baucom’s Dukes of Drive
  • Joe Mullins and The Radio Ramblers
  • Jeffrey Foucault
  • Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley
  • My Bubba
  • The Po Ramblin’ Boys
  • Robin & Linda Williams
  • The Lonely Heartstring Band
  • Sideline
  • Carol Rifkin, Jeanette Queen, Mark Queen
  • The Cleverlys
  • Scythian
  • Andy May
  • Banknotes
  • Bob Hill
  • B Townes
  • David Holt and Josh Goforth
  • Bryan Sutton
  • Charles Welch
  • Happy Traum
  • Jack Lawrence
  • Jeff Little Trio
  • Joe Smothers
  • Laura Boosinger & The Midnight Plowboys
  • Mark Bumgarner
  • Mitch Greenhill
  • String Madness
  • Pete Wernick
  • Roy Book Binder
  • T Michael Coleman and Imagine Possums
  • The InterACTive Theatre of Jef
  • The Waybacks
  • Lindsay Lou
  • Tony Williamson Band
  • Wayne Henderson
  • Aaron Burdett
  • Si Kahn & Joe Jencks
  • Cicada Rhythm
  • Dead Horses
  • Jayme Stone’s Folklife
  • Jeanette Williams Band
  • The East Pointers
  • The Way Down Wanderers
  • The Lonesome Ace Stringband
  • Unspoken Tradition
  • Hannah Shira Naiman
  • Rosie & The Rivets
  • Andrew Collins Trio
  • Nu-Blu
  • Susana and Timmy Abell
  • The Note Ropers
  • Richie And Rosie
  • Sarah Jane Scouten
  • Smitty and the JumpStarters
  • Lillian Chase
  • Lori King and Junction 63
  • Mike Aiken Band
  • Wesley Bright & The Honeytones
  • Wayland
  • Fireside Collective
  • Steve and Ruth Smith
  • Piper Jones
  • Savannah Smith and Southern Soul
  • Tennessee Jed Fisher
  • Ted Olson
  • The BattleAxe Band
  • Jody Carroll
  • Ari Eisinger
  • Richard Ray Farrell
  • Erin Harpe
  • Gunner & Smith
  • Cane Mill Road
  • Junior Appalachian Musicians Band
  • The Local Boys
  • Whitewater Bluegrass Company
  • Alberti Flea Circus
  • Ashley Heath and Her Heathens
  • Brynmor
  • Flatland Harmony Experiment
  • Horsemen Let’s Ride
  • Hummingbird Crossing
  • Lauren and Lane
  • The Hackwells
  • The Lang Sisters
  • The Midatlantic
  • The New River Drifters
  • Clinton Ross
  • The Wildmans
  • Bill Mathis
  • Ken Crouse
  • Flattop