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Coachella Adds Days and Country Music

November 27, 2006

One of the most popular of the West Coast summer music bashes, the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, California is adding a day, bringing the shindig's total to three. To balance Coachella's decidedly alternative/rock vibe, the group is launching a "country" music festival for the first weekend in May. Although the announced headliners (among them George Strait and Kenny Chesney) have both feet in Hot Country-land, many of the other artists scheduled for the first Coachella country fest are familiar to Folk Alley fans - including Lucinda Williams, Ricky Skaggs, Abigail Washburn's Sparrow Quartet, Emmylou Harris and Nickel Creek. They're even planning on inviting A Prairie Home Companion's Garrison Keillor for the storytelling stage. Details as they become available.

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 5:47 PM | Comments (0)

MerleFest Tickets Now On Sale

Tickets for what many consider to be the U.S.'s premiere bluegrass and traditional music festival went on sale Nov. 14. MerleFest 2007 is the 20th annual event (launched at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina in honor of the late Merle Watson, son and musical partner of Doc Watson) and will be held on April 26-29. Among the many luminaries lending their talents this year: Sam Bush, Cherryholmes, Elvis Costello, Donna the Buffalo, Jerry Douglas, the Duhks, Bela Fleck, Uncle Earl, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Earl Scruggs, Marty Stuart, Pam Tillis, the Infamous Stringdusters, Jim Lauderdale, Robinella, the Waybacks, and lots more. Camping is available. Entries to the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest must be received by March 4, 2007.

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 5:36 PM | Comments (0)

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