Tuesday, April 1, 2014

North Carolina Music Festivals

With the start of spring and major music festivals like Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza months away, North Carolina has a number of music festivals in the upcoming weeks that are sure to satisfy all of your musical needs.  The Triangle Beat has you covered on who is playing when and where.


If you are looking for an opportunity to experience great music and coastal living, the Azalea Music Festival is the place to be.  Located in Wilmington, NC, this five day event is sure to provide visitors with a snapshot of what makes Wilmington one of North Carolina's most popular destinations.  The Azalea Festival is a celebration of Wilmington's rich history, local artists, and great music.  Known for bringing in artists like the Avett Brothers and Brad Paisley, this year's lineup is highlighted by a night of country music stars followed by a performance from one of the greatest rock bands and live performers today.  On Thursday, April 10, the country music trio of Justin Moore, Randy Hauser, and Josh Thompson will be taking the stage.  On Friday and Saturday, Widespread Panic will play a two-night show to conclude this year's festival.  Known as one of the greatest jam bands, Widespread Panic is sure to bring a performance to the Azalea Festival that will be unlike any other.  Ticket information and more can be found at www.ncazaleafestival.org.


Located just miles outside of Chapel Hill, the Shikori Hills Grassroots Festival will get under way on April 17.  Known for being a musical escape from everyday life in the Triangle, Shikori Hill's lineup features a wide range of acts that will provide yet another great festival experience.  Highlighting this year's festival are the Indigo Girls, The Del McCoury Band, and Donna the Buffalo.  Other artists performing over the 4 days include Ben Sollee, Big Fat Gap, Phil Cook and The Guitarheels and many more.  In addition to the great music you'll find at Shikori Hills, there will be several local craft and food vendors to help you make the most of Shikori Hills. Ticket and festival information can be found at www.shikorihillsgrassroots.org.


Proclaimed as the synthesis of technology, art and music, Moogfest 2014 is set to provide a wide arrangement of entertainment for all those looking to check out Asheville during this five day event. Created in 2004 to honor the contributions to electronic music by Bob Moog, this year's festival is providing participants with more talent than ever.  Not only will there be a focus on great music by the likes of Kraftwork 3D, M.I.A, Pet Shop Boys, Dan Deacon, and Flying Lotus, this year features more opportunities for the exchanging of ideas through the inclusion of discussion panels, workshops, and film.  Moogfest offers a wide variety of ticket packages and day passes for those interested in being a part of what is sure to be a unique experience. For tickets and other information, check out www.moogfest.com.


Originally started to honor Merle Watson in 1988, the MerleFest Music Festival is celebrating 25 years of great music this year.  Nestled in the hills of Wilkes county, Wilkes Community College serves as the grounds for this family friendly event. The festival will be host to over 130 different acts covering the span of the four day festival with several big name acts headlining each evening.  Starting with Thursday, the release of a bluegrass album this past year brings Alan Jackson to MerleFest as well as The Carolina Chocolate Drops and Holly Williams.  Friday is highlighted by the Steep Canyon Rangers, Keller Williams, and Old Crow Medicine Show.  Saturday features Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, who will be playing at Merlefest for the first time since 2008. Closing out the festival on Sunday will be a special performance by Merle Haggard, Jim Avett, Dailey and Vincent, and local artist Mandolin Orange.  Tickets for MerleFest are still available at www.merlefest.org.

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