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World of Bluegrass Registration & Ticket Sales Launch March 1

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World of Bluegrass 2013Registration for International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) World of Bluegrass Events and hotel reservations will open March 1, 2013, for bluegrass music’s annual industry gathering and family reunion in Raleigh, North Carolina. The five-day event will feature the best in bluegrass music networking, showcasing and professional development, with lower prices across the board for all tickets and hotel rates.

Please call 1-888-GET-IBMA or go to to purchase World of Bluegrass Registration, IBMA Awards tickets and Wide Open Bluegrass weekend festival passes and Showcase Passes—and then call or go online to make reservations in our hotel block with discounted rates. They will be starting with four-night minimum stays at The Sheraton Raleigh Hotel and the Raleigh Marriott City Center.

The business conference part of World of Bluegrass will feature new tracks for music presenters, emerging bands and youth, along with expanded showcase opportunities and a pro-active effort to reach out to new attendees in the roots music community, as well as local bluegrass fans in the Carolina region.

The festival portion of the week on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27-28 will be called “Wide Open Bluegrass” this year. Attendees will hear bands that play full throttle, “wide open,” driving, traditional-edged bluegrass alongside edgy bands that draw from old-time string band, progressive, classical and jamgrass influences.

The entire community in the Raleigh is eagerly awaiting our arrival for World of Bluegrass, and plans are in the works already for banners in the street, fireworks, a North Carolina Pork Barbecue Championship, a street fair surrounding IBMA weekend events, presentations at local schools, youth events, free transportation and shuttles around town, music in local clubs and cafes, camping at the nearby fairgrounds with full RV hook ups and showers…and more.

World of Bluegrass 2013 will take place at the Greater Raleigh Convention Center, the Progress Energy Theater for the Performing Arts, and the Red Hat Amphitheater—all within easy walking distance. Evening and After Hours Showcases will take place at one of the anchor hotels, plus stages at five more venues in town (just blocks away, or a five-minute ride on the “R-Line” bus).

The IBMA is getting started with ticket sales much earlier this year, so keep an eye on your email In Box and for exciting updates and new details throughout the summer. We will be emailing more detailed info about registration, ticket sales and hotel reservations in late February, for the March 1 start date.

You won’t want to miss IBMA’s first World of Bluegrass in Raleigh! A full schedule is available at IBMA's World of Bluegrass Page.

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