Wednesday, October 31, 2007

MerleFest stage schedule posted

The detailed stage schedule for MerleFest 2008 was released yesterday, providing further reassurance about the continuity of the artistic vision of the festival. The earlier lineup announcement focused on the names. Now we know who has what slots on the featured stages and what special jams and collaborations are planned.

Ted Lehmann will be posting his full analysis in a few days. Some things that jumped out at me:

* Awesome Thursday night lineup on the main stage designed to boost Thursday attendance.
* Bluegrass youth featured with Lovells, Sierra Hull and Bearfoot getting lots of stage time in various combinations
* Bluegrass women aka Merle's Girls featured in jam and individually--Allison Brown, Sierra Hull, Lauried Lewis, Claire Lynch, Sally Van Meter, Rhonda Vincent.
* Interesting collaborations: Infamous Stringdusters-Tim O'Brien, Peter Rowan-Tish Hinojosa, John Cowan-Tony Rice, lots more.
* Waybacks host the midnight jam.
* Watson closers (Thursday-Sunday): Old Crow Medicine Show, Avett Brothers, Levon Helm & The Midnight Ramble with Special Guests, Dan Tyminski Band

Click here to view or download the stage schedule pdfs.


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