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by Britt Chester

Upcoming shows you should check out

MERLEFEST

Thursday-Sunday, April 23-26, 1328 S. Collegiate Drive, Wilkesboro, 800.343.7857

MerleFest is arguably the largest festival North Carolina sees every single year. Its lineup consists of some of the biggest acts in the world of bluegrass, folk, and funk – to name only a few of the genres on display for the duration of the festival – and is also a reason for people to move to North Carolina. Its influence runs as deep as its roots, which date back to 1988 when the first MerleFest was held. This is going to be 27 years in the making. Raising money for Wilkes Community College, the festival this year brags Trampled By Turtles, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Lee Ann Womack, The Avett Brothers, Hot Rize, The Honey Dew Drops, and Donna the Buffalo”¦ and that’s a mere drop in the moonshine bucket of the whole line-up. There are 13 stages spread out over the entire festival, meaning scheduling can be of some importance if there are acts that you are very particular about seeing. But really, this is the festival you don’t want to miss. Fancy yourself a fan of all music? We’ll see you in the middle of the field. Ticket prices vary from $45 (single-day) up to $150 (four-day) and there are many price points in between. Festivities get kicked off on Thursday afternoon.

HOLY GHOST TENT REVIVAL

Saturday, April 25, The Blind Tiger, Greensboro, 336.272.9888

Holy Ghost Tent Revival’s music sounds as if you have traveled to the mountains, crashed a party with copious beer and friends of all kinds.

Holy Ghost Tent Revival started in Greensboro around 2007, returning often to play shows to their growing fan base. Yet it’s been a while since they’ve been back and what have they missed the most? “We miss the ol cuss! Can’t wait for this show. Mainly the friendships. We miss our ol’ buzzes. Phil, the Blind Tiger sound guy. And, of course, Josh King.” Holy Ghost is made up of one Nova Scotian, one Scrantonian, one Laurinburger, one Durhamite and two Greensborians.

The opening performer, Josh King, calls Greensboro home and has performed in numerous bands, namely Roseland and House of Fools. He started playing music seriously, and booking shows at the age of 15.

You can catch him performing at open mic nights in downtown Greensboro or grabbing a beer with his buddies at Beer Co. King has also just recently started playing with Carri Smithey and The Ends. So many people who know King always have great things to say about him, and HGTR did not fall short.

“We’ve known Josh for years and have always looked up to him as a musician. He is as down to earth as they get and can sing like a dangerous angel. Love the guy and respect the hell out of him. We thought no one better to share the stage with than the ol’ Hot Dog!” exclaimed one of the members of HGTR.

King said of HGTR, “[They are] so different! Years ago when I first heard them I loved it. It was a sound I had never really heard before. It’s refreshing to know new sounds can be made.” HGTR has a song called “My Heart Is Yours, Honey” which is full of passionate and hyped up energy. Once you start listening to them perform you just can’t help but smile, you can’t help but dance, and you can’t help but love these guys.

Tickets to the show cost $8 if you purchase early, and go up to $10 day of the show.

Doors open at 8 p.m. with music scheduled to start around 10 p.m. ! – Rebecca Harrelson

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