Come to the 2016 Cherokee Bluegrass Music Festival June 2 - 4 | Cherokee, NC

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Come to the 2016 Cherokee Bluegrass Music Festival June 2 - 4

The Cherokee Bluegrass Festival will be serving up a full weekend of live bluegrass music June 2 – 4, 2016. If you are looking to hear some great music and have some toe-tapping fun in beautiful Cherokee, North Carolina, come out for this three-day event, which will feature some of the finest bluegrass musicians found anywhere today. Norman Adams, the producer of the Cherokee Bluegrass Festival promises that everyone who attends will enjoy “good clean family entertainment” and “non stop music.” The festival will take place rain or shine under a covered pavilion at the Happy Holiday RV Village and Campground in Cherokee.

Hear “The Best of the Best”

Adams first heard bluegrass while listening to the Grand Ole Opry when he was a boy. He is now 81 and has been promoting bluegrass performances over half his life. “Because I love the music” is the one simple reason Adams gives for why he has been producing bluegrass shows for so many years.

He said that this year’s lineup is “the best of the best,” including Rhonda Vincent, who has been playing bluegrass music since she was 9 years old. Adams says Vincent “keeps getting better” every year. He also mentioned that veteran performer Larry Sparks (known as the King of Bluegrass Soul) should not be missed. Sparks has a “lonesome voice like no other,” said Adams. Grand Ole Opry star Mike Snider, who tells jokes that keep the crowd laughing in between songs, will make an appearance, as well as The Gibson Brothers, who were named International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)  Entertainer of the Year in 2012 and 2013. Another well loved act, Balsam Range, (from nearby Haywood County in Western North Carolina) won the IBMA Entertainer of the Year in 2014.


On all three days of the festival, the entertainment begins at 12:00pm and goes until 11:00pm. Here is the daily lineup of talented acts that will be appearing as part of this year’s Cherokee Bluegrass Festival:

Thursday, June 2nd

Flatt Lonesome (IBMA Emerging Artist-2014), The Marksmen, The Spinney Brothers, Audie Blaylock & Redline, The Gibson Brothers (IBMA Entertainer of the Year 2012 & 2013) and The Band of Ruhks.

Friday, June 3

Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad, The Little Roy Lizzy Show, Marty Raybon & Full Circle, The Crowe Brothers and Rhonda Vincent (Queen of Bluegrass and IBMA Female Vocalist seven straight years) and The Rage. Also featured will be Country Music Legend Gene Watson and The Farewell Party Band performing one 90-minute show at 9:00pm with special guest, Rhonda Vincent.

Saturday, June 4

Big Country Bluegrass, Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, Goldwing Express, The Grascals, Balsam Range, Larry Sparks and Grand Ole Opry Star, and Mike Snider will perform one 90-minute show beginning at 8:30pm.

The Venue

Happy Holiday RV Village and Campground, 1553 Wolfetown Road Cherokee, NC 28719

Ticket Info

Daily ticket prices are $40.00 for adults in advance until May 27th, then $45.00 at the gate. A 3-day adult ticket is $90.00 in advance and $95.00 at the gate. Tickets for children ages 7-13 are $15.00 per day or 3 days for $45.00 in advance and $50.00 at the gate. Children under 7 are free when accompanied by parents. Tickets may be ordered online at or by calling 706-864-7203.

Make the Bluegrass Festival Part of a Trip to Cherokee

When you come for the Bluegrass Festival, don’t miss the opportunity to do some of the other fun and amazing things to do and see in Cherokee, NC. Our site will help you find a place to stay in Cherokee or even plan your trip.

Photos of Balsam Range, Rhonda Vincent, Gene Watson, and Mike Snider provided by Adams Bluegrass. 

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