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MerleFest and the Mast Farm Inn present the North Carolina Bluegrass Pavilion

MerleFest, presented by Lowe’s and slated for April 24-27, 2014, along with the Mast Farm Inn, a Historic Hotels of America® located in Valle Crucis, North Carolina, are proud to announce that they will present the The North Carolina Bluegrass Pavilion, Music from The Mountains to The Coast, at IBMA’s World of Bluegrass 2013.  The North Carolina Bluegrass Pavilion will offer a variety of workshops, videos and music during the week of World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, North Carolina, September 22-28, 2013.

The pavilion's focus will be to highlight North Carolina-based musicians and events. The pavilion will encourage visitors to sit and gather information first-hand during special appearances by artists and event producers from across North Carolina. The pavilion will be located at the Raleigh Convention Center exhibit hall area. It will be open to the public on Sept. 26, from 1-5 p.m. and Sept. 27-28 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

“We are excited to partner with IBMA and The Mast Farm Inn on the pavilion. We are looking forward to a great week of music and to offering a sample of MerleFest to the bluegrass music community at both the pavilion and Longview Center during our time in Raleigh” says Ted Hagaman, MerleFest festival director.   
 
During the evening hours of World of Bluegrass, the North Carolina Bluegrass Pavilion will extend to The Longview Center, which is co-hosted with the International Bluegrass Music Association,in conjunction with MerleFest, the Mast Farm Inn and Pinecastle Records, and will spotlight the talents of bands from across North Carolina and beyond. More information will be provided on the talent lineup and hours soon.   
 
“This is a great way to showcase the music of our state and involve our music friends from around the world in learning more about North Carolina,” said Henri Deschamps of the Mast Farm Inn. “We expect the pavilion will be a great meeting point for all World of Bluegrass attendees and a good opportunity to hear some great music by North Carolina artists.”    
 
For more information visit www.themastfarminn.com/world-of-bluegrass and www.merlefest.org.   
 
MerleFest, considered one of the premier music festivals in the country, is an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans held on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of the late Eddy Merle Watson, son of American music legend Doc Watson who passed away May 29, 2012. MerleFest is a celebration of “traditional plus” music, a unique mix of music based on the traditional, roots-oriented sounds of the Appalachian region, including bluegrass and old-time music, and expanded to include Americana, country, blues, rock and many other styles. The festival hosts over 90 artists, performing on 14 stages during the course of the four-day event. The annual event has become the primary fundraiser for the WCC Endowment Corporation, funding scholarships, capital projects and other educational needs.   
 
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