World of Bluegrass is the annual bluegrass music homecoming, scheduled Sept. 30 to Oct. 4 in Raleigh. The week features four separate events and hundreds of offerings for every bluegrass professional and music fan! If bluegrass music moves you, come to the conference that moves bluegrass music.
The IBMA Business Conference is the premier industry event and trade show for bluegrass professionals scheduled Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. ibma.org/world-of-bluegrass/business-conference
Wide Open Bluegrass (Friday, Oct. 3 to Saturday, Oct. 4) features the best in our traditional and acoustic music community on three stages in downtown Raleigh and at the Raleigh Convention Center! This includes both free stages and ticketed festival performances. Proceeds support the Bluegrass Trust Fund. ibma.org/world-of-bluegrass/wide-open-bluegrass
The 25th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards Show on Thursday evening, Oct. 2, is the biggest night on the bluegrass Calendar, recognizing outstanding achievement and pioneering efforts in the genre. ibma.org/world-of-bluegrass/awards
Official showcase performances at the IBMA’s annual World of Bluegrass Business Conference is the Bluegrass Ramble, Tuesday, Sept 30 to Thursday, Oct. 2 form the premier platform for introducing talent and new music to the bluegrass community. ibma.org/world-of-bluegrass/bluegrass-ramble
The IBMA is excited to present its first annual IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival during World of Bluegrass Week Tuesday, Sept. 30 to Saturday, Oct. 4 in Raleigh. ibma.org/world-of-bluegrass/film-festival
The Talent Buyer Focus is designed to connect talent buyers, agents, artists, and managers, offering new events to provide more networking, socializing, and business opportunities. ibma.org/world-of-bluegrass/talent-buyer-focus
To celebrate the 75th birthday of one of the most respected artists in contemporary bluegrass, a special 90-minute set, “Del McCoury Band with special guests Lee Ann Womack and Keller Williams,” is set for Saturday, October 4 during the Wide Open Bluegrass festival. Wide Open Bluegrass is part of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass.
The set, scheduled to take place at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater, will be presented in three segments:
7 to 7:30 p.m. Travelin’ McCourys with Keller Williams
7:30 to 8 p.m. Del McCoury Band
8 to 8:30 p.m. Del McCoury Band with Lee Ann Womack
“Since Del McCoury turned 75 this year, it is the perfect time for Wide Open Bluegrass to celebrate one of our most beloved performers,” said William Lewis, Executive Director of PineCone (the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music) and Wide Open Bluegrass producer. “Del and the Del McCoury Band have a unique ability to appeal to music lovers of all stripes, including fans of traditional bluegrass, jamgrass and country. Whether playing before a diverse crowd at Bonnaroo or at his own DelFest, Del McCoury remains one of the best global ambassadors we have for bluegrass music.”
Artists that have been previously announced for Wide Open Bluegrass (Fri., Oct 2 to Saturday, Oct. 4) include Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby with Kentucky Thunder, Hot Rize (with Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers), Yonder Mountain String Band, Gibson Brothers, Steep Canyon Rangers, Jerry Douglas presents The Earls of Leicester, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Balsam Range, Lonesome River Band, Chatham County Line, Noam Pikelny & Stuart Duncan, Della Mae, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, The Grascals, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Special Consensus, Town Mountain, The Deadly Gentlemen, James King Band, Larry Stephenson Band, Mustered Courage, The Roys, The Davidson Brothers, Jesse McReynolds, Bobby Hicks, Sierra Hull, The Kruger Brothers with Kontras Quartet’s world premiere of new concerto “Lucid Dreamer” and the Wide Open Jam, featuring the superstar lineup of Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Edgar Meyer, Bryan Sutton and Stuart Duncan.
Womack’s performance with Del McCoury will come at the end of a busy week for the Grammy winner at World of Bluegrass 2014. The country vocalist will join fellow Grammy recipient, musician Jerry Douglas, to host IBMA’s 25th annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, scheduled Thursday, Oct. 2 at Raleigh’s Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. The Way I’m Livin’, her much anticipated roots music project on the Sugar Hill label, continues to receive positive reviews from esteemed media outlets like The Wall Street Journal, RollingStone.com and USA Today.
Those wishing to obtain tickets for the ticketed portion of Wide Open Bluegrass (which takes place at Red Hat Amphitheater and Raleigh Convention Center Ballroom Stages), Bluegrass Ramble Showcase passes, IBMA Business Conference registration, IBMA Award Show tickets and hotel reservations should visit IBMA’s website at ibma.org. Special offers are available if you join IBMA. To learn more visit ibma.org/membership/join-or-renew and ibma.org/world-of-bluegrass
Single day general admission for the ticketed portion of Wide Open Bluegrass starts as low as $50, with a three-day Bluegrass Ramble pass available for $75.
For its second year in Raleigh, Wide Open Bluegrass will be presented by PNC; the National Supporting Sponsor is D’Addario Strings. A portion of proceeds from Wide Open Bluegrass go to the Bluegrass Trust Fund, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to individuals in the bluegrass music community in times of emergency need.
IBMA – the International Bluegrass Music Association – is the professional trade organization for the global bluegrass music community. The organization’s six-year stay in Raleigh is the result of a partnership with The Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau, PineCone — The Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, the City of Raleigh and a local organizing committee.
Performers for the free Street Festival portion of Wide Open Bluegrass will be announced in the coming weeks.