Merlefest 2021 Photography


Merlefest 2021 In Photos by Bryce Lafoon, Light Shifter Studios

Wilkesboro, NC

Sep16, 2021- Sep19, 2021

the Doc Watson stage Merlefest 2021

Can you believe we are back to having live shows again?  It had been 559 days since I had been to a live show.   When I heard that I was gonna be an official photographer for Merlefest I was excited but a little nervous that the event might not happen with the rise of the delta covid varient.    Luckily things came together and I was able to capture this wonderful event for my first time.  I have heard thru the grapevine how great this home grown music festival was and I needed to see for myself.   Merlefest was unlike any event or festival I have ever been to before.    Here are some of my favorite photos from 2021’s Merlefest held September 16-19 at Wilkes Community College.

LeeANn Rhymes

LeeAnn Rhymes concert Merlefest

Merlefest Photos 2021

Lee Ann Rhymes at Merlefest

The Cleverlys

The Cleverlys perform at Merlefest

The Cleverlys Bluegrass photos


Mavis Staples

Mavis Staples at Merlefest

Mavis Staples in North Carolina

Samantha Snyder

Samantha Snyder at Merlefest


Scythian at Merlefest Merlefest Concert Photos

Scythian Concert Merlefest

Gangsta Grass

Gangsta Grass at Merlefest

The Cordovas

THe Cordovas at Merlefest

Donna the Buffalo

Donna the Buffalo Concert Photography

North Carolina Concert Photographers

Rev. Robert Jones

Robert Jones on the Cabin Stage Merlefest 2021

Robbie Fulks

Robbie Folks Merlefest

The Barefoot MovementThe Barefoot Movement at Merlefest

Andrew Scotchie and the River Rats

Sturgill Simpson

Sturgill Simpson Concert Merlefest

Sturgil Simpson plays at Merlefest

Sam Bush

Sam Bush at Merlefest

Into the Fog

Into the Fog at Merlefest

Local Boys

Local Boys at Merlefest

Kelsey Waldon

Kelsey Waldon at Merlefest

Tedeschi Trucks Band

Tedeschi Trucks Band Music Photos

North Carolina Music Festivals

Tedeschi Trucks at Merlefest, North Carolina

Charlie Crockett

Charlie Crockett at Merlefest

Jim Lauderdale

Jim Lauderdale plays Merlefest

Sierra Ferrell

Sierra Ferrell performs at Merlefest 2021

Sierra Ferrell at Merlefest 2021

Presley Barker

Presley Barker plays at Merlefest

Margo Price

Margo Price at Merlefest

Margo Price at Merlefest 2021

Merlefest 2021 Concert Photography

Margo Price and husband

Margo Price at Merlefest

Merlefest will be returning April 28- May 1, 2022.     For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit the following page:


Bryce is a Wedding and Portrait Photographer from Asheville, North Carolina.   Bryce is passionate about photography and enjoys photographing musicians and festivals.   To view more of Bryce’s work,  please visit the following webpage

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