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Acoustic Kids Showcases

Acoustic Kids Showcases with Andy May
(formerly known as Youth Showcases) 


Once again MerleFest is offering showcases for youg musicians.  THESE ARE SHOWCASES, NOT CONTESTS!  They are opportunities for young pickers and singers of any skill level (through age 16) to perform on the festival stage in a supportive environment.  Those with related skills, such as traditional dance or storytelling, are also encouraged to apply.  Accompanists may be any age, and bands are eligible as long as at least one featured performer is 16 years of age or younger.

As a show, the Acoustic Kids Showcases are not for kids only - they are for music lovers of all ages.  Come applaud the efforts of the next generation of pickers, singers, and traditional-style dancers.  You will be treated to an Opry-style stream of young entertainers who will warm your heart and take your breath away. And you'll come away knowing that the future of our music is in good hands.Youth Showcase 7 


Friday, April 25 - Austin Stage in Alumni Hall - 5:00pm-6:00pm
     Doc and Merle Watson Performing Arts Showcase:  Acoustic Kids

Saturday, April 26 - Dance Stage - 10:00am-11:30am
     Acoustic Kids Showcases

Saturday, April 26 - Cabin Stage - 3:05pm-3:30pm
     Acoustic Kids Ambassadors

Saturday, April 26 - Little Pickers Stage - 4:30pm - 5:30pm
     Acoustic Kids Showcases



Application deadline is passed and is closed for MerleFest 2014

 For instruction and notes, click here

  • Application Deadline:  April 1, 2014
  • Please help us get the word out. 
    Send this page to any eligible young musicians you know who may be interested in applying for the Acoustic Kids Showcases.


Participation in the Acoustic Kids Showcases does not give you or your family members free admission to the festival.  Everyone over the age of 12 must purchase a ticket, and children under the age of 12 are admitted free only if accompanied by a paying adult. 

For more information about the history and philosophy behind Andy May's youth performance showcases, please visit www.acoustickids.com 


Highlights from MerleFest 2013 

 Youth Showcase 2013 - 1    Youth Showcase 2013 - 2        
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