Wide Open Bluegrass
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Thanks for "pickin' us", and mostly, thanks for pickin' for us, IBMA!!
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Come back and see us next year for IBMA's World Of Bluegrass Week 2014 Raleigh, North Carolina:
September 30-October 4, 2014
Wide Open Bluegrass is the new weekend festival formerly known as IBMA's Fan Fest. It's bigger and bolder and it's outdoors during the nicest time of the year. Get ready for two parts of this huge event. The main stages in the Raleigh Convention Center and Red Hat Amphitheater will host some of the best bluegrass lineups of the fall anywhere in the nation, with Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers, The Gibson Brothers, Punch Brothers, The Infamous Stringdusters and much more. See the full lineup.
The other half of Wide Open Bluegrass is a FREE street festival noon until 11:00PM Friday and Saturday. With three music stages, a youth talent stage, the North Carolina Whole Hog Barbecue State Championship, Dance Tent, and many more things to see, do and eat! For FREE Street Fest band schedule, click HERE.
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Wide Open Bluegrass Festival Main Stages
Artists to appear include:
Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell, Special performance featuring Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Bela Fleck, Alison Krauss, Del McCoury, Tony Rice & Mark Schatz; Punch Brothers, The Infamous Stringdusters; And many more! Full schedule here.
FREE Wide Open Bluegrass Street Festival
The free Wide Open Bluegrass Street Festival will include 50+ bands, three music stages, a high energy dance tent, art vendors, food vendors, youth performances and activities and much more. The street fest will also feature The North Carolina Whole Hog Barbecue State Championship which will make its debut in Raleigh! AND, don’t forget to visit the Music Expo in the Raleigh Convention Center, including the fabulous North Carolina Pavilion in the Expo! Click here for more info on the free portions of this can’t miss festival. More information.
New this year is “The Bluegrass Ramble” (named after a famous Bill Monroe instrumental), where convention attendees and local fans will be able to “ramble” around Raleigh for five nights, sampling great bluegrass music on seven stages. More information here..
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About IBMA’s World of Bluegrass
World of Bluegrass week is the annual homecoming for the bluegrass music community, taking place September 24-28, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina. World of Bluegrass features three separate events: the IBMA Business Conference (Sept. 24-26) that focuses on development and networking for bluegrass professionals, the International Bluegrass Music Awards (Sept. 26) and Wide Open Bluegrass (Sept. 27-28), which will host the best in bluegrass music as well as multiple workshops, jam sessions and activities (ticketed events).
IBMA the International Bluegrass Music Association IBMA.org – is the professional trade organization for the global bluegrass music community. The organization’s three-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.