Organizers of this year’s International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)’s World of Bluegrass announced an exciting line-up for the five-day event, scheduled Tuesday, September 29 to Saturday, October 3 in downtown Raleigh.
Alison Krauss & Union Station Featuring Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush Band, Jerry Douglas Presents Earls of Leicester, The Gibson Brothers, Blue Highway, and O’Connor Family Band will round out the list of performers at Red Hat Amphitheater during Wide Open Bluegrass, the weekend festival that takes place as part of the World of Bluegrass event.
Performers previously announced for Red Hat Amphitheater at this year’s Wide Open Bluegrass, presented by PNC, include Steep Canyon Rangers, The Infamous Stringdusters, Balsam Range, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, The Wailin’ Jennys, The Kruger Brothers (with special guests), The Claire Lynch Band, Flatt Lonesome, Band of Ruhks, and performances from the critically acclaimed Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited project. The full Wide Open Bluegrass lineup at Red Hat Amphitheater can be found at ibma.org.
Wide Open Bluegrass includes both ticketed main stage performances at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater and the free Street Festival. Up to half of the net proceeds from the ticket sales of Red Hat Amphitheater 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.
The free Street Festival will include more than 80 bands, five music stages, a dance tent, vendors, an arts market, concessions, youth performances and activities – including programming set up by IBMA’s Youth Council, and programs in the Raleigh Convention Center, including free access to the Exhibit Hall, a Masters Workshop Stage, and more.
The North Carolina Arts Council is sponsoring a stage of musicians from the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North on Martin Street. (Check back for details!)
The full list of performers for the Street Festival will be announced in the coming months; once announced, the free Street Festival lineup will be available at www.wideopenbluegrass.com.
Wide Open Bluegrass is part of IBMA’s World of Bluegrass event, a five-day annual bluegrass music homecoming and convention. World of Bluegrass also includes the IBMA Business Conference, September 29 – October 1; the 26th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, scheduled for Thursday evening, October 1, and the Bluegrass Ramble, an innovative series of showcases, taking place September 29 – October 1.
The North Carolina Pork Council announced that the Whole Hog Barbecue Championship –a weekend of bluegrass-flavored fun for the whole family – will be part of the World of Bluegrass festivities for a third year.
The annual cooking championship is the culmination of a series of 20 to 25 local barbecue competitions. These qualifying cook-offs are conducted as part of community events in cities and towns across North Carolina from March to October. Spectators will be able to watch the entire aromatic cooking process in the parking area between the Raleigh Convention Center and the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. The Pork Council will once again donate the authentic, championship North Carolina pork barbecue to the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, who will sell it in sandwiches to around 4,000 bluegrass fans. It will be first-come, first-served in the outdoor, downtown setting.
“The interest in bluegrass is soaring across the country, as is underscored by the extraordinary success of the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass in Raleigh,” said IBMA’s Paul Schiminger, Executive Director. “This year, the IBMA and the City of Raleigh are preparing another ‘can’t miss’ experience, with an entire week of activities, events and performances celebrating and highlighting this important art form. For the business conference, we’ve added more band showcases, along with more educational and networking content for professionals to enhance their careers. We have another sparkling Awards Show planned to present the top talent in bluegrass as recognized by their peers. And finally, this year’s Wide Open Bluegrass festival at the end of the week celebrates our music by offering fans another incredible line-up of performers, including Alison Krauss & Union Station.”
Events during World of Bluegrass will take place at the Greater Raleigh Convention Center, the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, the Red Hat Amphitheater and at various venues in town.
Single day general admission for performances at Red Hat Amphitheater during Wide Open Bluegrass starts as low as $50 for the general public and $40 for IBMA members. Additional details and pricing information – including member discounts – for Red Hat Amphitheater performances, Bluegrass Ramble Showcase passes, IBMA Business Conference registration, IBMA Award Show tickets and hotel reservations are available at IBMA’s website, ibma.org.
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, The Raleigh Convention Center, PineCone—The Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, the City of Raleigh and a local organizing committee.