MerleFest 2020

April 23-26, 2020

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.
Headliners
Donna the Buffalo
Trailers
2020 Lineup
  • Willie Nelson & Family
  • Alison Krauss
  • John Prine
  • Melissa Etheridge
  • Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
  • The Marcus King Band
  • Colin Hay
  • Billy Strings
  • The Jerry Douglas Band
  • Sam Bush Band
  • Jim Lauderdale
  • John Cowan
  • Kruger Brothers
  • The Waybacks
  • Scythian
  • Donna the Buffalo
  • Peter Rowan
  • Tommy Emmanuel
  • Christone “Kingfish” Ingram
  • Shinyribs
  • Charley Crockett
  • Darrell Scott
  • The Steel Wheels
  • Gangstagrass
  • Robbie Fulks
  • Amythyst Kiah
  • Cordovas
  • Alison Brown
  • Andy May
  • B Townes
  • Banknotes
  • Bill and the Belles
  • Bryan Sutton
  • Carol Rifkin
  • Charles Welch
  • Chatham Rabbits
  • Che Apalache
  • The Cleverlys
  • Creole Stomp with Dennis Stroughmatt
  • David Holt
  • Fireside Collective
  • Flattop
  • Happy Traum
  • Hogslop String Band
  • The InterACTive Theater of Jef
  • Iron Horse Bluegrass
  • Jack Lawrence
  • Jeff Little Trio
  • Jody Carroll
  • Joe Smothers
  • Kelsey Waldon
  • Ken Crouse
  • Laura Boosinger
  • The Local Boys
  • Los Texmaniacs
  • Mark Bumgarner
  • Mary Flower
  • Mitch Greenhill
  • The Moore Brothers
  • Pete and Joan Wernick
  • Piedmont Bluz
  • Presley Barker
  • Rev. Robert Jones
  • Roy Book Binder
  • Sierra Ferrell
  • String Madness
  • T. Michael Coleman
  • Tony Williamson
  • Wayne Henderson
  • The Williams Brothers
  • Wyld Fern