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MerleFest to Sponsor Showcases During World of Bluegrass

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IBMA Bluegrass Ramble 2014Wilkesboro, NC -- North Carolina's MerleFest, considered one of the premier music festivals in the country, will sponsor a diverse collection of artists showcasing their music as part of the Bluegrass Ramble during the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)'s World of Bluegrass multi-day event in Raleigh, N.C., this fall.

The Bluegrass Ramble is IBMA's innovative series of showcases in clubs and restaurants throughout downtown Raleigh and at the Raleigh Convention Center; fans can take in over 150 performances from September 30 to October 2.

The MerleFest-sponsored showcases during the Ramble will take place at the Vintage Church in Raleigh's Longview Center, at 118 S. Person Street, each night (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday). Scheduled to perform during those shows are Ash Breeze, the Barefoot Movement, Al Batten & The Bluegrass Reunion, Mark Bumgarner, Chatham County Line, the Cockman Family, Lynda Dawson & Pattie Hopkins, Flatt Lonesome, the Grass Cats, Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, Irene Kelley, Jim Lauderdale, MIPSO, Moore Brothers Band, Nu-Blu, the Rambling Rooks, Red June, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Spinney Brothers, Steep Canyon Rangers, Donna Ulisse, and Unspoken Tradition.

"MerleFest is excited to once again to be hosting a showcase during the International Bluegrass Music Association's World of Bluegrass showcase, the Bluegrass Ramble," said Steve Johnson, MerleFest's artist relations manager. "With World of Bluegrass' move to Raleigh, we felt it was important to be part of the event and even more important to be a showcase host, so we'll return to the Longview Center again this year. We have a wide variety of artists planned over the course of the week - and don't be surprised if you see a few of the bands that perform at our showcase make their way to MerleFest 2015."

Admission to the Bluegrass Ramble evening showcases is available to both IBMA Business Conference attendees (must show conference badge) and to the general public, via Bluegrass Ramble showcase passes, which may be purchased per day or as a three-day package: http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/performanceSearch.jsp?performance_id=1....

A bonus for Ramble attendees: the Bluegrass Express, a dedicated transportation system provided by the city of Raleigh, will run nonstop between IBMA World of Bluegrass hotels and all Ramble venues (including the Longview Center) from 7 p.m.-2 a.m. For more information about the Bluegrass Ramble, visit the IBMA's website: https://ibma.org/world-of-bluegrass/bluegrass-ramble

MerleFest, considered one of the premier music festivals in the country, is an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans held on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of the son of the late American music legend Doc Watson, renowned guitarist Eddy Merle Watson. MerleFest is a celebration of "traditional plus" music, a unique mix of music based on the traditional, roots-oriented sounds of the Appalachian region, including bluegrass and old-time music, and expanded to include Americana, country, blues, rock and many other styles. The festival hosts a diverse mix of artists on its 13 stages during the course of the four-day event. The annual event has become the primary fundraiser for the WCC Endowment Corporation, funding scholarships, capital projects and other educational needs.

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