Meet the MerleFest 2020 Acoustic Kids!

MerleFest 2020 Canceled In response to directives from North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and growing concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Wilkes County officials have cancelled all mass gatherings of more than 100 people in Wilkes County through the end of April. Therefore, MerleFest 2020 has been cancelled. While this decision is disappointing for all of us,…

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Acoustic Kids Registration Form – MerleFest

Registration for this year’s event is Feb. 1 – March 15, or until the showcases are full, whichever comes first! Register early!!

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Acoustic Kids at MerleFest 2017

(c)MerleFest 2017. Photo by Matt GuerrantWhat a whirlwind! MerleFest‘s 30th anniversary was jam-packed with awesome music – and 5 solid hours of it was provided by our Acoustic Kids! Check out the MerleFest official photographers’ album on Flickr.#merlefest #acoustickids

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Acoustic Kids – MerleFest

Last weekend in April, Wilkesboro, NC

MerleFest Acoustic Kids Photos (…a work in Progress): On Flickr – On andymay.com

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2020: Our 20th year at MerleFest!!

Acoustic Kids has been a part of the MerleFest every year since 2001. Each year, we host three 1.5-hour showcases and a 25-minute Acoustic Kids Ambassadors set. The showcases are on Friday evening (Austin Stage), Saturday morning (Dance Stage), and Saturday afternoon (Maye’s Pit Stage), and the Ambassadors are on the Cabin Stage at Saturday evening. Registration opens Feb. 1 each year.

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Meet the Acoustic Kids Ambassadors – MerleFest, 2016

Conlan Kerschner ♦ Silas Powell ♦ Ruth Shumway ♦ Cane Mill Road   ♦   Gravel Road Bluegrass Band   ♦    ShadowGrass   ♦   Strictly Strings

The Acoustic Kids Ambassadors program debuted at MerleFest in 2014. With a showcase on the Cabin Stage in front of a main-stage audience, the Ambassadors is intended to give our most advanced participants a chance to perform in a larger setting, give the audience a taste of what we mean when we say, “The music’s in good handsTM,” and serve as outreach for the larger Acoustic Kids Program. This is the first year we have had bands as Ambassadors – and we have four of them. Along with our three individual performers. That’s a lot of talent in one 25-minute showcase!  Video of past AKA shows: 2015  ♦   2014

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