MerleFest 2005 happens Thursday, April 28, through Sunday, May 1, at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, N.C. General-admission day passes are $35/Thursday, $45/Friday, $50/Saturday and $40/Sunday. General-admission weekend passes are $125/Friday through Sunday, $145/Thursday through Sunday. For information about assigned-seating passes and passes with camping privileges, and to order tickets, get directions, or view a complete schedule, see www.merlefest.org or call (800) 343-7857.
Headliners on Watson Stage
8:10-9:10 p.m.: Loretta Lynn
10:50 p.m.-11:55 p.m.: John Cowan Band
7:25-8:25: The Duhks
9 p.m.-10:20 p.m.: Jerry Douglas
4 p.m.-4:55 p.m.: Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder
6-7 p.m.: Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys Reunion with Peter Rowan, host; Earl Scruggs; Vassar Clements; Bobby Hicks; Del McCoury; Tater Tate; Richard Greene; Jim Shumate; Tony Ellis; and Roland White.
7:25-8:25 p.m.: The Chieftains w/Jerry Douglas; Del McCoury; Buddy Miller; Ricky Skaggs; and Earl Scruggs.
8:50-9:50 p.m.: Sam Bush
3:20-4:20 p.m.: John Hiatt
5-6:40 p.m.: Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas