Hagfest Northwest Comes to Coeur d' Alene!

Hagfest 2021: Annual Merle Haggard Tribute comes to Coeur D’Alene 

Hagfest is an annual tributary concert held in memory of the beloved country singer, Merle Haggard. 

The 4th Annual Hagfest is set to be held on April 10th at the Lake City Center. As always, The Inland Northwest Country Music Association will be sponsoring the Merle Haggard Tribute in Coeur D’Alene. The event has been scheduled according to two different performance timings, one at 3 pm and the other at 7 pm. Interested parties can purchase their Hagfest Northwest tickets through Eventbrite at www.Hagfest.org. 

The most recent Hagfest was in 2019 at the Bing Crosby Theater in Spokane. Hagfest is a tribute and musical celebration of country legend Merle Haggard who passed away on April 6th, 2016 at the age of 79. Musicians and top performers from all over the Northwest join Hagfest to perform, celebrate, and indulge in the music of the popular country singer. Fans of all ages join the show to reminisce about their cherished country idol. 

Host, Rusty Jackson will bring together some of the area's finest singers and players to perform and pay tribute to “The Hag” for a night of beautiful musical memories and stories about the life of Merle Haggard and his journey from Bakersfield to San Quentin to the top of the country charts! Fans in the northwest consider Merle as perhaps the greatest country singer-songwriter of all time as people of all ages come to sit back, relax, and hear some really great country music. 

About Merle Haggard: 

Merle Ronald Haggard was born during the Great Depression in Oildale, California. He is an American country singer, songwriter, guitarist, and fiddler. Born April 6th, 1937, Merle Haggard lived on for 79 years and died on April 6th, 2016. He was one of the most prominent country artists to emerge in the 1960s. 

His music was mainly hardcore country, but time and again Haggard enjoyed pushing his musical boundaries. As a performer, singer, and musician he was countlessly influencing other artists in the industry. In terms of personal life, Merle had a troubled childhood that led him to be incarcerated multiple times at a young age. After his father's death, Merle became rebellious which landed him in several juvenile detention centers as an attempt by his mother to ease out his behavior. 

Merle recorded his first song for tally records in 1963 which soon became a national hit early in 1964. Ever since then, Haggard started recording singles and by late 1965, he recruited a backing band and named them the Strangers. Between the 1960s to the 1980s, he released 38 number one hits and continued to release successful albums in the 2000s. He received many awards for his music before his death on his 79th birthday due to double pneumonia.

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