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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 


“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"



July 8, 2014
Show Hosts Announced for the 25th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards


Nashville, TN - Grammy-winning country vocalist Lee Ann Womack and Grammy-winning musician Jerry Douglas will host the IBMA's 25th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, scheduled for October 2 at Raleigh, North Carolina’s Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Read Full Press Release.

June 24, 2014
Additional Artists Announced for IBMA's Wide Open Bluegrass


Nashville, TN — Additional artists have been announced for the Wide Open Bluegrass festival, which takes place October 3-4 in Raleigh, North Carolina; the list includes Yonder Mountain String Band, 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 and The Davidson Brothers. Read Full Press Release.

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June 16, 2014
Wide Open Bluegrass Art Market Seeks Entries. Application Deadline: July 14, 2014


Raleigh, NC - Visual artists and fine crafters interested in displaying their wares at the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival Art Market have until July 14, 2014 to submit their artwork for consideration. Complete guidelines and criteria are availble on the Artsplosure website:; Applicants are required to complete the application process online via entrythingy.

June 10, 2014
Kruger Brothers To Debut New Concerto At IBMA’s World Of Bluegrass 2014


“Lucid Dreamer” will be performed with the Kontras Quartet at the Raleigh Convention Center on October 4 as part of the Wide Open Bluegrass festival. Read more.

June 10, 2014
Bela Fleck to Deliver Keynote Address at IBMA’s World of Bluegrass 2014


 Nashville, TN — Bela Fleck, one of the most celebrated and innovative banjo players in contemporary music, will deliver the keynote address during the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass 2014 event, which takes place September 30 – October 4 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Read more

May 13, 2014 (read full press release)
Announcements include a three-year extension of the event’s stay in Raleigh, NCPC’s Whole Hog Barbecue Championship and PNC returning as presenting sponsor of the Wide Open Bluegrass festival!

Initial List of Festival Performers
• Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder with Bruce Hornsby
• Del McCoury Band with special guests
• The return of Hot Rize
• Gibson Brothers
• Steep Canyon Rangers
• Sierra Hull
• Wide Open Jam featuring the superstar lineup of Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Edgar Meyer, Bryan Sutton & Stuart Duncan

Official Hashtags
#WOB, #IBMA, #Raleigh

Press Info
Judy McDonough - JEMMedia (615) 243-5994

General Info
Taylor Coughlin - 
IBMA (615) 256-3222

Sponsorship Info
Susan Woelkers
  - (ticketed World of Bluegrass events), 615-497-4801

Bob Sar  - (free Street Festival events), (919) 789-3160

About IBMA’s World of Bluegrass
World of Bluegrass week is the annual homecoming for the bluegrass music community, taking place September 30-October 4, 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina. World of Bluegrass features three separate events: the IBMA Business Conference (Sept. 30 - Oct. 2) that focuses on development and networking for bluegrass professionals, the International Bluegrass Music Awards (Thursday, Oct. 2) and Wide Open Bluegrass (Oct. 3-4), 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 – 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.