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IBMA's “Bluegrass Ramble” Showcase Artists Selecfted

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IBMA LogoNashville, TN (June 5, 2013) — Artists have been selected for the “Bluegrass Ramble” showcases, which will take place at seven different venues throughout downtown Raleigh, North Carolina during the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)’s World of Bluegrass 2013 event, September 24-28.

Selected by the IBMA Showcase Selection Committee, the Bluegrass Ramble Showcase artists are: Dave Adkins & Republik Steele, The Bankesters, Breaking Grass, Travers Chandler & Avery County, Kristy Cox & Calder Highway, Cumberland Gap Connection, Detour, Bill Evans, Bradford Lee Folk & The Bluegrass Playboys, Front Country, Grasstowne, The Gravy Boys Band, Todd Grebe and Cold Country, Growling Old Men, Henhouse Prowlers, The Honey Dewdrops, Kathy Kallick Band, Kickin’ Grass Band, Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, Red Wine, Kevin Richardson & Cuttin’ Edge, Southern Raised, Johnny Staats & The Delivery Boys, The Steel Wheels, The Stray Birds, Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line, The Toy Hearts, Wildfire, Jeanette & Johnny Williams, and Wood & Wire.

IBMA’s “Bluegrass Ramble” showcases, produced by Ben Surratt and Cindy Baucom. will take place from 6 pm - 2 am on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 24-25 on seven stages, and on six stages from 10 pm - 2 am Thursday – Saturday, Sept. 26-28.


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“In recent years privately hosted showcases during the World of Bluegrass event have become so popular that they have conflicted with our official showcase schedule,” IBMA Executive Director Nancy Cardwell said. “Rather than compete with our own members, we’ve decided to join forces this year, presenting official showcase bands several times during the week and also making room for co-sponsor hosted bands in line-ups.”

“Bluegrass Ramble” showcase co-sponsors confirmed so far include KCA Artists, MerleFest, Christmas in the Smokies, Mountain Home Music, Class Act Entertainment, Jon Boy & Billy Inc., McCoury Music & Rainmaker Productions, The Foundation for Bluegrass Music, Quicksilver Entertainment, Folk Alliance International, TG2 Artists, Make Welcome Entertainment, Jason Grub, Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival, Dark Shadow Recording, IBMA Foreign Affairs (“The first letter in IBMA is ours!”), Texas Bluegrass Showcase, SteelBridge Insurance, and Jordan Entertainment, with several more co-sponsors pending.

“World of Bluegrass will be a week-long live bluegrass experience, with lots of bands playing every night,” Cardwell continued. “If you miss a showcase band on Tuesday night, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to catch that same band on Wednesday or later in the week. In addition to conference attendees, we expect a lot of local interest in showcase wristbands—for bluegrass fans in the Raleigh area who work or go to school until 5 p.m. and want to come out in the evenings to hear some great bluegrass music.”

The “Bluegrass Ramble” showcases will be held in the following venues:

Admission to showcases is available to both IBMA Business Conference attendees (with ID) and to the general public, via “Bluegrass Ramble” showcase wristbands, or a per-venue, per-night fee at the door. Additional details on the “Bluegrass Ramble” showcases are available at www.worldofbluegrass.org

Those interested in co-sponsoring a “Bluegrass Ramble” showcases may contact Nancy Cardwell at IBMA: (615) 256-3222 - 888-GET-IBMA - nancyc@ibma.org.

IBMA’s World of Bluegrass 2013 event consists of three main parts: the Business Conference, which runs Tuesday through Thursday, Sept. 24-26, the 24th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, scheduled for Thursday evening, Sept. 26, and the music festival – newly re-named Wide Open Bluegrass – which takes place Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27-28.

IBMA – the International Bluegrass Music Association – is the professional trade organization for the global bluegrass music community. The organization’s three-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.

For more details and to purchase tickets/register for World of Bluegrass 2013, IBMA Awards, Wide Open Bluegrass weekend festival and Bluegrass Ramble showcase passes, lodging and camping options, and more, visit www.ibma.org or call 1-888-GET-IBMA. To purchase festival tickets, go to ETix.com or call 8888-GET-IBMA.

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