MerleFest, which began in 1988, is about the Music, Moments, and Memories.
The Music of MerleFest is "traditional-plus" and Doc Watson himself described it best: "When Merle and I started out we called our music 'traditional-plus,' meaning the traditional music of the Appalachian region plus whatever other styles we were in the mood to play. Since the beginning, the people of the college and I have agreed that the music of MerleFest is 'traditional-plus'."
The Moments of MerleFest are those unique experiences that only happen here. It may be two musicians you never expected to see collaborating, a shooting star over The Watson Stage during an evening's closing set, or that one set that seems to have touched everyone in the audience.