This year’s Merlefest on the Road showcase will feature breakout bluegrass and Americana stars Mark Bumgarner, Locust Honey, and Jonathan Byrd and the Pickup Cowboys during a 7:30 p.m. show Thursday at Isis Music Hall.

The show will offer a taste of Merlefest 2017, the popular Americana music festival founded by the legendary musician Doc Watson, which is coming up in April. The event will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year.

-Mark Bumgarner blends roots country, bluegrass and rockin’ hillbilly blues to create a true Southern Americana sound.

-Locust Honey offers rotating instrumentation of fiddles, open-back banjos, and acoustic guitars,

-Jonathan Byrd and the Pickup Cowboys bring to the stage hell-raising sing-alongs and heartbreaking ballads.

“Bluegrass and Americana music has always held a special place in our hearts – it was music that inspired us to pursue opening the venue,” said Lillianna Woody, who co-owns Isis Music Hall with her husband Scott and their children Josephine, Harris and Martin.

“MerleFest has helped music lovers, venues, and musicians come together to showcase their unique sound and style. We are honored to host MerleFest on the Road this year and look forward to an amazing night of music.”

For info on Merlefest on the Road and to pick up your tickets for the Isis Music Hall show, visit isisasheville.com or MerleFest.com. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Doors open at 5 pm, and the show starts at 7:30.

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