MerleFest on the Road concert tour at the Van Dyke Performance Space

– The Blue Ridge Music Center is pleased to be partnering with ArtsGreensboro and Triad Acoustic Stage to host MerleFest on the Road. MerleFest on the Road is an ensemble show with a rotating cast of MerleFest artists representing the festival’s mission of celebrating “traditional plus music.” The show this year features The Way Down Wanderers, The Barefoot Movement, and Andy May. The MerleFest on the road concert tour will be presented at the recently renovated Van Dyke Performance Space located in the Cultural Center in Downtown Greensboro at 8 p.m.

Equal parts fast-paced and soulful, five-piece modern-folk Americana act The Way Down Wanderers draw listeners in with energy, originality, and generosity. Playing, performing, and writing together for just three years, the Wanderers have built an enthusiastic and fast-growing following. Youthful and professionally trained, these young men captivate audiences with soaring instrumentals and foot stomping sing-alongs during their lively stage shows.

The Barefoot Movement has been heralded by CMT Edge as “one of the most promising bands on the bluegrass scene.” With two full length albums, an EP of traditional music, several cross-country tours, and appearances at some of the top bluegrass festivals already under their belt, big things are expected of this young quartet. They received a 2014 Momentum Award, naming them up-and-coming bluegrass “Band of the Year,” by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA).

Veteran singer-songwriter and champion guitarist Andy May has been described as “a troubadour of life.” May infuses his songwriting and shows with his trademark creativity, humor, and consummate musicianship. His music embraces styles from blues to bluegrass, classic country to contemporary folk, and rock-a-billy to roots. He also started and runs the IBMA award-winning record label and production company, Swift River Music.