Among the most popular bluegrass festivals in the United States are the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, the World of Bluegrass and the 3 Sisters Bluegrass Music Festival. Bluegrass is a form of American traditional folk music, which is commonly associated with Appalachian music and considered to be a sub genre of country music. It is believed to have English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh roots as well as African-American jazz influences.
The Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado is one of the largest bluegrass gatherings in the United States. For more than 40 years, the festival has been hosting big ticket names, such as Alison Krauss, the Dixie Chicks, Sam Bush, Emmylou Harries, Johnny Cash, Yonder Mountain String Band and Willie Nelson.
The World of Bluegrass Festival is held in Raleigh, North Carolina, and it is considered to be the annual homecoming of the genre. The event is hosted by the International Bluegrass Music Association, which is made up of four separate events: the Wide Open Bluegrass Music Festival, the Bluegrass Ramble, an awards show and a business conference.
In Chattanooga, Tennessee, the 3 Sisters Bluegrass Music Festival is a two-day concert event that also features big names in bluegrass music such as Del McCoury, Sam Bush, The Devil Makes Three and Ricky Skaggs. Other popular music festivals include the MerleFest in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, and the Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival held in Beanblossom, Indiana.