July 4 has long been a big holiday in the bluegrass world. Major festivals abound, and most every local and regional band has a fair, pig pickin’ or backyard party to play. Somehow, summer and bluegrass music just go hand in hand.
One of the staples this past ten years has been Red, White & Bluegrass in Morganton, NC. Since 2010, the fest had been running five days up to Independence Day – including a big fireworks display to close things out – but the 2014 schedule presented them something of a dilemma. With the 4th landing on a Friday, a festival running five days leading up to that date would have ended up Monday-Friday with no weekend days at all.
So festival manager Gary Leonhardt decided to push back a week, and go to a three day format. This year they will run June 26-28, at the same location (Catawba Meadows Park), and try to cram all the music and fun into a compressed schedule.
They still promise plenty of headline acts, and the 2014 ticket prices reflect the shorter duration.
All the details can be found on their web site.
Category: Bluegrass festival/concert news
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John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.
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