Founded in 1988 in memory of Eddy Merle Watson, son of Doc Watson, MerleFest is considered a premier Americana music festival. A Come Hear North Carolina Musicians Stage is being sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Natural & Cultural Resources for the festival. Held on the campus of Wilkes Community College, the event serves as an annual homecoming for musicians and music fans. Every year, MerleFest curates a lineup of ‘traditional plus’ music, a unique mix of the traditional sounds of the Appalachian bluegrass and old-time music and country, blues, rock and Americana.
Since 2004, Moogfest has been a forum for the exchange of ideas by artists, futurists, inventors, entrepreneurs, and scientists. Moogfest is a tribute to analog synthesizer pioneer, Dr. Robert Moog, and the profound influence his inventions have had on how we hear the world over the last 60 years.
The Ocean City Community, founded in 1949, was the only place African Americans could purchase coastal property in North Carolina, 15 years before the Civil Rights Act was passed. In 2009 the Ocean City Beach Council conceived the idea of a summertime family celebration to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Ocean City community.
With over 120 bands across 3 days in September, Hopscotch is known for adventurous lineups, memorable performances, and a fan-friendly atmosphere. From large outdoor main stages in Raleigh City Plaza and Red Hat Amphitheatre to intimate club shows, the festival features music in almost every genre imaginable – rock, hip-hop, metal, folk, electronic, experimental, and more – and its schedule highlights this diversity every year.