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Wide Open Bluegrass Festival 2013Nashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) is getting ready for the newly-named Wide Open Bluegrass festival, to be held at the Raleigh, NC Convention Center and Amphitheater on September 27th and 28th. The new event to take place in the new location for World of Bluegrass promises to be exciting and the best yet. Raleigh is supporting and welcoming the IBMA to their city and they are certainly making the IBMA welcome.

The initial slate of artists scheduled to perform at the Wide Open Bluegrass festival include a special collaboration between bluegrass giants Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Béla Fleck, Alison Krauss, Del McCouryand Tony Rice, a performance from one of the most anticipated tours of the summer, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers Featuring Edie Brickell and the acclaimed Punch Brothers, with their first appearance at the IBMA festival. See below for the current stage schedule.

Serving as onstage“mistress of ceremonies” for the Wide Open Bluegrass festival is celebrated banjo player/songwriter Abigail Washburn. 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. The International Bluegrass Music Association – IBMA – is the professional trade organization for the global bluegrass music community.

“With a new host city on the horizon for our annual World of Bluegrass gathering, it was the perfecttime for IBMA to assemble a spectacular, one-of-a-kind artistic lineup to celebrate the move,” said IBMA Executive Director, Nancy Cardwell.

IBMA’s World of Bluegrass 2013 will take place at the Raleigh Convention Center, the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Red Hat Amphitheater—all within easy walking distance of each other. Evening showcases will take place at the Raleigh Convention Center and at various venues in town.

Tickets for the Wide Open Bluegrass festival will go on sale May 15 for IBMA members and May 29 for the general public. Bluegrass fans can join IBMA in order to take advantage of early ticket availability and member discount rates, by calling 1-888-GET-IBMA or going to

Wide Open Bluegrass Festival Main Stages
September 27-28, 2013

Friday, September 27

Raleigh Convention Center Stage (doors open at 9:00 AM)
10:00-10:30 AM Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road
10:40-11:10 AM The Spinney Brothers
11:20-11:50 AM Rob Ickes & Jim Hurst
Noon-12:30 PM Marty Raybon & Full Circle
12:401:10 PM Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
1:20-1:50 PM Claire Lynch Band
2:00-2:30 PM Blue Highway
2:40-4:00 PM Balsam Range with The Boxcars
Red Hat Amphitheater Stage (doors open at Noon)
1:00-1:45 PM The Grass Cats
2:00-2:45 PM Druha Trava
3:00-3:45 PM The SteelDrivers
4:00-5:00 PM Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
5:15-6:15 PM Greensky Bluegrass
6:30-7:30 PM The Del McCoury Band
7:45-9:00 PM Punch Brothers
9:30-11:00 PM Epic Collaboration with Alison Krauss, Del McCoury, Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, Tony Rice, Jerry Douglas, and Mark Schatz


Saturday, September 28

Raleigh Convention Center Stage (doors open at 9:00 AM)
10:00-10:30 AM Nu-Blu
10:40-11:10 AM Audie Blaylock & Redline
11:20-11:50 AM Dale Ann Bradley
Noon-12:30 PM Darin & Brooke Aldridge
12:401:10 PM Detour
1:20-1:50 PM Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
2:00-2:30 PM Travelin' McCourys
2:40-3:10 PM Peter Rowan
3:20-4:00 PM Kruger Brothers with the Kontras Quartet, "Appalachian Concerto"
Red Hat Amphitheater Stage (doors open at Noon)
1:00-1:45 PM Kickin' Grass Band
2:00-2:45 PM The Gibson Brothers
3:00-3:45 PM Della Mae
4:00-5:00 PM Dailey & Vincent featuring Statler Brother Jimmy Fortune
5:15-6:15 PM Bela Fleck, Danny Paisley, Ronnie McCoury, Jason Carter, and Alan Bartram
6:30-7:30 PM Seldom Scene
7:45-9:00 PM The Infamous Stringdusters
9:30-11:00 PM Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell

*Schedule subject to Change without notice.
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