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Full Schedule for IBMA's Bluegrass Ramble Announced

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IBMA Raleigh, NC 2013Nashville, TN (August 22, 2013) - The full schedule of the International Bluegrass Music Association's “Bluegrass Ramble” showcases has been announced; the showcases 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.

“In recent years, the showcases have become one of the most popular aspects of World of Bluegrass,” IBMA Executive Director Nancy Cardwell said. “World of Bluegrass 2013 in Raleigh will be a week-long, live bluegrass experience with an exciting and diverse smorgasbord of bands playing every night.”

“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,” Cardwell added.

Admission to showcases is available to both IBMA Business Conference attendees and to the general public, via “Bluegrass Ramble” showcase wristbands, or a per-venue, per-night fee at the door. The Thursday night Ramble showcase at the Tir Na Nog will be a separately ticketed fundraiser “After Party” for the Foundation for Bluegrass Music.

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, on six stages from 10 pm - 2 am Thursday – Friday, Sept. 26-27, and on five stages Saturday night, Sept. 28, from 10 pm – 2 am. (See schedule below for times and locations. Artists and performance times are subject to change – for updated schedules, go to www.ibma.org )

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

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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