"We look forward to welcoming the bluegrass community to North Carolina."

- ~PineCone, Piedmont Council of Traditional Music

"Absolutely loved the Wide Open Bluegrass!!! So glad it was in Raleigh, it was the perfect setting."

- Bob Walden

"This festival was awesome. For someone that hates crowds, the logistics for parking and moving around to all the events was unbeatable. Raleigh and Wide Open Bluegrass did an outstanding job! Del McCoury, Daley and Vincent were great. I'll be back next year for sure. Thanks!!!"

- Mike Perkins

"I think this is the best IBMA week I've ever attended!!!!"

- Martino Coppo (Red Wine)

"Catching up with friends from lots of different organizations and bands, as well as The North Carolina Bluegrass Pavillion, of course!"

- Sonic Pie Productions

"Looking forward to welcoming music fans from all over the country to our beautiful city, and excited for my Swift Creed bandmates and I to meet some of our heroes."

- Swift Creek Band

"This was my second visit to IBMA in two years, and I must admit, I was like a kid in a candy shop. Both main stages held the best lineups of great music that I could have imagined. The stages set up downtown, and in fact, the entire downtown area was wonderful. The city seemed to treat IBMA as royalty. Parking was a snap at $7.00 in the covered garage right next door, and that was good for all day, both Friday and Saturday. All in all, a wonderful experience for any bluegrass lover!"

- Chuck Spratt

"We had a great time and felt like the energy surrounding the event was really good and palpableā€¦ We felt welcomed from the moment we arrived at the hotel in Raleigh..."

- John Jorgenson

"It is quite an honor for Steep Canyon Rangers to be hosting the International Bluegrass Music Awardssaid Steep Canyon s guitar player and vocalist Woody Platt. We are a North Carolina-based band and we are excited to see the event take place in Raleigh. We hope to do our part to help make the event successful."

- Steep Canyon Rangers, Raleigh, NC

"One of the best events -- anywhere ever!"

- Craig Jarvis

"We had a great time. Raleigh truly hit a home run!"

- Tim Surrett (of Balsam Range)

"Looking forward to visiting Raleigh for the first time. It looks like they're really rolling out the Red Carpet for IBMA! I think we're going to enjoy some good old fashioned hospitality and of course, lots of World Class Bluegrass music! Yee Haw! "

- Stacy Conley

"Looking forward to Greensky Bluegrass, the collaborations, and championship BBQ. And being able to walk to it all from my place"

- Dustin Traylor

"It was a fantastic weekend. We enjoyed the family friendly atmosphere all over downtown. We felt very safe and loved walking from venue to venue."

- Carol Lynn Foster

"The whole week was actually lots of fun: great street atmosphere, wonderful crowd, excellent organization, nice venues, lots of great jamming and a warm welcoming feel from the whole city and the community!!"

- Martino Coppo (Red Wine)

"It was a great week in Raleigh. Exceeded my expectations!"

- John Everhart, Keith Case Associates

"This was my 5th IBMA and by far my favorite. I love that the showcases were in actual venues so a diverse crowd could attend."

- Lindsay Rilko (Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellies)

"Great event, looking forward to next year!"

- Dan Soceanu

"Looking forward to meeting more NC folks!"

- Janice Brooks