If you’re planning on heading out to Wilkesboro, NC for MerleFest 2005 on April 28 – May 1, you may want to buy your tickets now and save a few bucks. The annual celebration of bluegrass and tradition-based music began as a memorial to Doc Watson’s late son and performing partner, Merle. Along with Doc, Bela Fleck, Alison Kraus & Union Station, Sam Bush, Vassar Clements, Earl Scruggs, Ricky Skaggs, Tim O’Brien, The Chieftains, Del McCoury, Buddy Miller and Loretta Lynn are just a few of the heavy hitters playing this year’s fest. Up-and-coming performers include Donna the Buffalo, The Duhks, King Wilkie and Allison Moorer. They are still looking for volunteers and camping sites are available.