The International Bluegrass Music Association has announced the first round of artists set to perform at their newly-named Wide Open Bluegrass festival to be held September 27-28 at the Raleigh, North Carolina Convention Center and Amphitheater. Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Béla Fleck, Alison Krauss, Del McCoury and Tony Rice, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell and the Punch Brothers are set to perform.
“With a new host city on the horizon for our annual World of Bluegrass gathering, it was the perfect time for IBMA to assemble a spectacular, one-of-a-kind artistic lineup to celebrate the move,” IBMA Executive Director, Nancy Cardwell, said.
Banjo player/songwriter Abigail Washburn will serve as “mistress of ceremonies.” Additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets for the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival go on sale May 15 for IBMA members and May 29 for the general public. Bluegrass fans can join IBMA to take advantage of early ticket availability and member discount rates by calling 1-888-GET-IBMA or visiting www.ibma.org.
The two-day festival is part of IBMA’s annual World of Bluegrass event, bluegrass music’s annual industry gathering and family reunion. Held for the first time in Raleigh, North Carolina, World of Bluegrass runs from September 24-28. For more information, visit www.worldofbluegrass.org.