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Wide Open Bluegrass 2015

Save the Date: Wide Open Bluegrass is October 2-3, 2015! Stay tuned for 2015 Festival updates soon!

Wide Open Bluegrass


NEWS: International Bluegrass Music Association’s 2014 World of Bluegrass Generated $10.8 Million in Direct Visitor Spending for Raleigh and Wake County and welcomed more than 180,000 people. Read full release.



Welcome back to Raleigh IBMA!

- Video: OddFellows - Song: Kick'n Grass Band


2014 IBMA World of Bluegrass Preview


“We’re all glad you came, and rambled ‘round our town”

-Chatham County Line


Wide Open Bluegrass Festival Main Stages


Artists to appear include:
Wide Open Jam featuring Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Edgar Meyer, Bryan Sutton, & Stuart Duncan; Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby; Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby with Kentucky Thunder; Del McCoury Band with special guests Lee Ann Womack and Keller Williams; Hot Rize featuring Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers; Yonder Mountain String Band, and many more!

FREE Wide Open Bluegrass Street Festival

The free Wide Open Bluegrass Street Festival will include 50+ bands, FOUR 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 for the second consecutive year in Raleigh! AND, don’t forget to visit the Music Expo in the Raleigh Convention Center, and the Banjostand in front of the Convention Center with the Sir Walter Raleigh statue! Learn more about the free portions of this can’t miss festival.

Bluegrass Ramble

Enjoy live music throughout downtown Raleigh all week with “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. This year, there will be a dedicated shuttle to help you move between venues, and an extra stage at the Convention Center! Read more about the Bluegrass Ramble.



See All Wide Open Bluegrass Press Releases Here!


September 3, 2014
Full Performance Schedule Announced for Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest

Nashville, TN — The full schedule of artists and performances for Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest, the free street festival portion of Wide Open Bluegrass, has just been announced. The roster of artists performing at Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest, held October 3 and 4 in Raleigh, North Carolina, includes a broad mix of local, national and international bluegrass talent. Read Full Press Release.

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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IBMA’S “Bluegrass Ramble” Showcase Atists Selected

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 

Full Press Release (PDF)



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


Loren Gold  - (free Street Festival events), (919) 645-2669


About IBMA’s World of Bluegrass
World of Bluegrass week is the annual homecoming for the bluegrass music community, taking place September 29-October 3, 2015 in Raleigh, North Carolina. World of Bluegrass features three separate events: the IBMA Business Conference (Sept. 29 - Oct. 1) that focuses on development and networking for bluegrass professionals, the International Bluegrass Music Awards (Thursday, Oct. 1) and Wide Open Bluegrass (Oct. 2-3), 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.