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.