Wide Open Bluegrass

IBMA's World Of Bluegrass Week 2014 Raleigh, North Carolina:

September 30-October 4, 2014, featuring: Wide Open Bluegrass (weekend festival) Friday and Saturday, October 3 & 4, 2014
Tickets on sale to the general public and members at the following links:

Nashville, TN (April 17, 2014) — The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) has announced the artists selected for the Bluegrass Ramble, an innovative series of showcases that will take place at select venues throughout downtown Raleigh, North Carolina during IBMA’s World of Bluegrass 2014 event, September 30 – Oct 4. 
More information at IBMA.org 


“At year's end I was looking back at the good things that happened in my life in 2013. One of them, actually the very best one, was my visit to Raleigh to attend the IBMA World of Bluegrass convention. 


Raleigh was just so unbelievably perfect in every way. The people I met on your streets were so pleasant, informative and genuinely friendly and helpful. The city itself was very attractive, clean and welcoming. 


You folks must have all worked plenty of overtime to make it all happen. So I will take this opportunity, though you, to say thank you to all that participated in that marvelous week. For sure, Raleigh rules!”


Myrna Riquier
Natchaug Music Publishing
Chaplin, CT 06235




Chatham County Line - "Living in Raleigh Now"



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.

Bluegrass Ramble
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..

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.