The lineup of musicians continues to grow for the much-anticipated Earl Scruggs Music Festival.
The celebration on Sept. 4-5, 2020, at Tryon International Equestian Center welcomes legendary recording artists such as Marty Stuart and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, among others, paying tribute to the late Cleveland County native Earl Scruggs and his impact on music.
“We are bringing some incredible Americana and bluegrass artists to the festival, many of whom personally knew Earl Scruggs. All of them were influenced by him and his music in some way,” said Earl Scruggs Center Executive Director Mary Beth Martin. “This community and part of the state has a long history of producing great musicians and appreciating good music, so we want to celebrate that tradition with the inaugural Earl Scruggs Music Festival.”
Here’s five things about the event:
1. One day, two day, weekend and VIP packages are now on sale. There are varying price levels, from $250 for VIP experiences with free food and artist meet-and-greet opportunities, to $50 arena general admission tickets. To buy tickets and see the options, visit EarlScruggsMusicFestival.com or call 828-863-1000.
2. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jim Lauderdale, Chatham County Line, and the Earls of Leicester were recently added to the lineup. Artists already announced to appear are Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives, Jerry Douglas, Alison Brown, Dom Flemons, Radney Foster, The Barefoot Movement, Darin and Brooke Aldridge, The Po Ramblin’ Boys, and Unspoken Tradition. These recording artists will perform over two days at the festival.
3. A team is making it happen, led by Earl Scruggs’ nephew, JT Scruggs, as festival director. Mary Beth Martin and David Kester of WNCW radio are co-assistant festival directors. Joining them is artistic director and festival consultant Steve Johnson, a manager and agent in North Carolina, and social media manager Maggie Rainwater, whose grandfather played with Earl Scruggs in The Foggy Mountain Boys.
4. In addition to the main stage performances on Sept. 4-5, 2020, there’s after-hours festivities on the festival grounds that will require a separate ticket. Those tickets are available soon. Reservations for tent and RV camping are now available.
5. The festival is a collaboration of the Earl Scruggs Center in Shelby and WNCW radio station on the campus of Isothermal Community College in Spindale. The Tryon International Equestrian Center is where it will be, located in Mill Spring. The facility welcomes equestrians and fans throughout the year for events including professional show jumping.