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PAW PAW, West Virginia (June 3, 2009) — The slate of performers for the Avalonfest ’09 has been released. Avalonfest is a music, arts & craft festival held each year at the beautiful Avalon Resort, nestled on a mountainside in the Panhandle of West Virginia. The 12th annual Avalonfest runs from Friday August 7 through August 9. The organizers are anticipating an even larger crowd than last year’s extremely successful Avalonfest ’08. The Avalon Mountain Stage on the front lawn is once again being prepared to present the audience with another lively and entertaining musical event.

The current schedule from Friday through Sunday treats the audience to an eclectic mix of musical styles with performances by David Roth, Coyote Run, Buskin and Batteau, The Guy Mendilow Band, Mambo Combo, Stephanie Corby, Anansegromma, Dede Wyland, Randy Barrett and Mama Tried, David Glaser, 3 Penny Acre, Jennie Avila, Robbie Limon Band and Kaydi Johnson. Several of the performers take the stage multiple times over the 3-day festival.

Because Avalon Resort is a full service resort with lodging and a large campground, many folks start their Avalonfest weekend early.  For those who do come early there will be a special performance by the trio Hot Soup on Thursday evening. The trio’s musical diversity has made them a long-time fan-favorite at Avalon. Hot Soup was the headliner at the 10th annual Avalonfest.

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Music engagements for Muslim Voices: Arts & Ideas include Youssou N’Dour, Aissawa Ensemble, Al Taybah Ensemble, Parissa, Kamilya Jubran, Brahim Fribgane, Adam Matta, zerobridge, Craig Adams and the Voices of New Orleans, and Faiz Ali Faiz

Just added! New York premiere of I Bring What I Love, a documentary about Youssou N’Dour, followed by a performance by the artist

Ten-day, multi-venue arts festival and conference includes artists from India, Indonesia, Iran, Kuwait, Morocco, Pakistan, Palestine, Senegal, Syria, and the U.S.

New York, NY/April 8, 2009— Asia Society, BAM, and NYU Center for Dialogues announce the music programming for Muslim Voices: Arts & Ideas — the unprecedented ten-day festival and conference taking place June 5–14, 2009 throughout New York City. Muslim Voices: Arts & Ideas celebrates the extraordinary range of artistic expression in the Muslim world with more than 100 artists from as far away as Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and as near Brooklyn. In addition to music, the festival features theater, films, exhibitions, talks, and other events, ranging from the traditional to the contemporary. The full festival press release and line-up can be found at www.MuslimVoicesFestival.org.

Muslim Voices: Arts & Ideas
June 5–14, 2009

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Sacred Music Traditions Convene in Spectacular Venues
throughout the Ancient City

An Inspiration to U2 and others,
Festival Concerts Run May 29-June 6

Globally, the fractiousness, warfare, and ever-intensifying political rhetoric of our era often makes it seem as if there are unbridgeable chasms between cultures that no amount of effort or good intention can surmount. However, the first Gulf War also inspired the extraordinary Fès Festival of World Sacred Music in Fès, Morocco in 1994. Now in its 15th year, the festival brings together celebrated artists from Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Hindu and other faiths to perform sacred music and to offer in these concerts, in a spirit of mutual respect and collaboration, a glimmer of hope during a dark time. Bypassing issues and arguments, cultural differences and divides, the audience is connected only by music, which speaks the language of the heart.

The 2009 Festival, which takes place in and around the ancient medina in Fès, runs from May 29th to June 6th. A must-do festival for world music insiders throughout Europe, the Fès Festival of World Sacred Music resonates now with Americans who have elected a new President whose background includes Muslim and African traditions.

The festival’s profile will also get a boost in the U.S. this March with the release of U2’s new CD No Line on the Horizon, much of which was inspired by their visit to the Fès Festival in 2007. “Fès is a holy place for musicians,” says Bono, the group’s singer. “We came to pay tribute, and to learn.” The festival’s influence is reflected in the CD package’s photo of the band overlooking the medina, and in the song “Fez: Being Born.” (The group will begin their U.S. tour in Chicago on September 12th) (more…)

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WILKESBORO, N.C.  (April 26, 2009)–As the last notes of music rang out over the hillside and crews began dismantling stages, preliminary estimates showed that over the festival’s four days more than 70,000 music fans filled the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro for MerleFest 2009, presented by Lowe’s.  The weather in western North Carolina felt more like summer than spring, with sunny days and high temperatures in the ’80s.  One storm blew through on Friday evening, delaying some of the performances for just a few minutes.

Even in a tough economy, attendance on Thursday was the 5th highest on a Thursday in the festival’s history.  On Friday, MerleFest experienced the 4th highest Friday attendance, while Saturday’s numbers were on par with Saturday of 2008.  At the time of this release, Sunday’s final numbers were not available.

“We have had an incredible weekend, with so many dedicated fans taking advantage of the beautiful weather and enjoying a wide range of musical performances,” says festival director Ted Hagaman. “Reports from surveys and interviews with fans tell us that our attendees took advantage of the entertainment value that we take pride in offering every year.  With over 95 artists performing on 15 stages over the four days of the festival, in addition to a variety of activities and shopping, there was truly something for everyone.  We’re grateful to the folks of Wilkes County, to everyone who works here at the college, to all of our volunteers, and of course the fans, for making our 22nd festival another one worthy of the history books.”

MerleFest honors the memory of Eddy Merle Watson and the musical contributions of Doc, Merle and the entire Watson family. The event started in 1988 and is the biggest fund-raiser for the college.

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July 10-12, 2009
Cannonsburgh Pioneer Village Park
(Located on Front St, behind the Broad St. Shoney’s)
Murfreesboro, TN

For more information: www.uncledavemacondays.com (615) 893-6565  (Chamber of Commerce)  or salt27@aol.com

2009 Heritage Award Winners
Joe and Janice Birchfield of the Roan Mountain Hilltoppers
Award presented on main stage Sat., July 11 at 5 p.m.

2009 Trailblazer Award Winner
Old Time Buckdancer Thomas Maupin
Award presented on main stage Fri., July 10 at 7 p.m.

Uncle Dave Macon Days is a a FREE admission, three-day, family oriented traditional music festival and competition. Nearly $15,000 in prize money is at stake.  There is a small entrance fee for contests. Three national titles are presented:  Old Time Banjo (first place includes a new Deering Banjo), Old Time Buckcancing and Old Time Clogging.

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4th Annual Bears Picnic, Laurelton, PA: Lincoln Park (Westend Fairgrounds), August 14-17

Info: A Bears Picnic is a family oriented festival in the mountains of central Pa. 3 days of music, art, crafts, workshops and camping. This year we are back at Lincoln Park, this 45 acre venue features running water, clean flush tiolets, late night music, and much more. Very kind atmosphere. Past performers include, Darkstar Orchestra, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Melvin Seals & JGB Band, Donna Jean & the Tricksters, Peter Rowan, & Tony Rice Quartet, Railroad Earth, Moonalice w/Jack Cassidy and many more.

2009 Artists: Steve Kimock Crazy Engine (Steve Kimock, Melvin Seals, Janis Wallin, John Morgan Kimock, Cheryl Rucker and Shirley Starks), New Riders of the Purple Sage, Stir Fried, The Spikedrivers, The Hickory Project, Splintered Sunlight, Willie Jack & the Northern Light, Cabinet, Dakini, Swamp Daddies, The Kind Buds, The Backwoods Experiment, Erthan, more tba!

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Annual gathering of global music with New Mexican flavor a Southwest destination

First artists announced; Early bird tickets on sale now

Albuquerque, NM (April 16, 2009) –  Albuquerque will once again be dancing to the rhythms of world music’s brightest stars this September!   ¡Globalquerque!, New Mexico’s 5th Annual Celebration of World Music and Culture, will take place September 25 and 26, 2009 at the beautiful National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) located on the banks of the Rio Grande.

Called a “Top Ten End of Summer Destination Event” by The Los Angeles Times, ¡Globalquerque! has quickly made its mark as a unique event in the Rocky Mountain/Southwest region, and is one of America’s fastest-growing world music festivals.

The festival’s first confirmed artists demonstrate ¡Globalquerque!’s goals of bringing fresh, frontline musicians from across the globe.  Väsen with Darol Anger and Mike Marshall is an exciting new collaboration between Sweden’s premier folk group and America’s virtuosic acoustic duo, forging Appalachian fiddle tunes with the nyckelharpa & polskas of Sweden.  The frisky band Little Cow, named for frontman László Kollár’s popular animations, churns Balkan, Romani (gypsy), ska and rock into a poetic pop, high-energy mix. Indian Ocean is a visionary ensemble from India that fuses contemporary elements with improvisational Indian classical music.

Many more musicians will be named in the coming months.

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(Kerrville, Tex.) – April 17, 2009 – The Kerrville Folk Festival at Quiet Valley Ranch, nine miles south of the Texas Hill Country resort community Kerrville, announces an exciting 2009 festival schedule for its 38th annual event. Once again this legendary songwriter’s festival will run for 18 straight days, from Thursday, May 21 through Sunday, June 7, 2009. The entire weekend of May 29 – 31 will be broadcast live on Sirius XM Radio, The Village (XM 15), hosted by Mary Sue Twohy. For information and tickets please go to www.kerrvillefolkfestival.com.

This year’s talent-packed festival lineup includes Kerrville Folk Festival newcomers such as Norton Buffalo & Friends (May 21), Rich DelGrosso (May 29), Butch Morgan (May 31), Jaime Michaels (May 24), and David Llewellyn (May 25). There’s also an impressive list of artists returning after a hiatus including, among others, Tish Hinojosa (June 5), The Folk Brothers: Jack Hardy & David Massengill (May 22), The Limeliters (May 29), Kevin Connolly (June 6), Berkley Hart (May 24), Michael Hearne & SXSW (June 5), and Cliff Eberhardt (May 25).

Of course the talent doesn’t stop there… the Kerrville Folk Festival will once again present diverse audience favorites such as Ruthie Foster (June 7), Terri Hendrix (May 30), Guy Forsyth (May 23), the Austin Lounge Lizards (May 22), Trout Fishing in America (May 29), Ray Wylie Hubbard (May 31), Johnsmith (May 30), Shake Russell Trio (June 5), Band of Heathens (May 24), Ellis Paul (May 29), Kevin Welch (May 21), Jimmy LaFave (May 23), Peter Yarrow (May 23), Susan Gibson (May 21), Bruce Robison (May 30),  Shelley King (May 25), and Walt & Tina Wilkins (May 24) along with dozens of other renowned artists.

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Live Oak Music FestivalFundraiser to Support KCBX Public Radio

San Luis Obispo/Santa Barbara – It’s the 21st Annual Live Oak Music Festival, a three day concert and camping event held every year on Father’s Day weekend in the beautiful and peaceful hills off Hwy 154, above Santa Barbara, California. This year’s festival will be held on June 19, 20, and 21, 2009. 100% of Live Oak proceeds go to support San Luis Obispo’s KCBX Public Radio, a non-profit organization!

Musical artists are booked and confirmed! Grammy Winning Rodney Crowell, Anonymous 4 with Darol Anger and Scott Nygaard, Grammy Winning Americana the subdudes, 2008 Grammy winning bluegrass album of the year – Jim Lauderdale Bluegrass Band, Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women, Old Blind Dogs, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Amanda Shaw & The Cute Guys, Girlyman, Masanga Marimba Ensemble Music of Zimbabwe & Latin America… and more to come!

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The Northwest’s premier acoustic music festival, The Northwest String Summit, returns for its eighth year to beautiful Horning’s Hideout in North Plains, Oregon, on July 17-18-19. The family friendly event boasts three days of nearly all-acoustic music, culminating each night with main stage performances from musical hosts Yonder Mountain String Band, this year joined by special guest Danny Barnes (Danny Barnes with Bad Livers, Tim O’Brien Band). Yonder Mountain String Band has been called the fastest growing acoustic band in history.

Also on the bill for the 2009 String Summit are The Del McCoury Band; Väsen – Sweden’s premier acoustic trio with guests Darol Anger (David Grisman Quintet, Psychograss) and Mike Marshall, (David Grisman Quintet, Psychograss); The Infamous String Dusters; Abalone Dots (all female acoustic band from Sweden); Bad Livers; Greensky Bluegrass; Strings for Industry with Darol Anger, Scott Law, Tye North (Leftover Salmon), Carlton Jackson; P. Whipped w/ Bryn Davies, Sharon Gilchrest and Megan McCormick; Hickster w/Benny “Burle” Galloway; Taarka and this year’s super jam, to be hosted by Danny Barnes, with Rob and Ronnie McCoury.  Past year’s Super Jam performers have included Bill Frisell, Chris Thile, David Grisman, Vassar Clements, Nick Forster, Jerry Douglas and Tim O’Brien.

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