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First Artists Announced for Raleigh, NC's Wide Open Bluegrass

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IBMA World of Bluegrass 2015Nashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) released an initial list of performers for the Wide Open Bluegrass festival, presented by PNC, which takes place October 2-3 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Wide Open Bluegrass includes both ticketed main stage performances at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater and free stages. A portion of proceeds from the ticket sales of Red Hat Amphitheater go to the Bluegrass Trust Fund, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to individuals in the bluegrass music community in times of emergency need.

Artists scheduled to perform at Red Hat Amphitheater on Friday, October 2 include:

  • North Carolina’s Steep Canyon Rangers, recent IBMA “Entertainer of the Year” and Grammy winner
  • Current “Entertainer of the Year” and “Vocal Group of the Year” winner Balsam Range, also from North Carolina
  • Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, current “Instrumental Group of the Year” winner and Grammy nominee
  • The Claire Lynch Band, whose three-time “Female Vocalist of the Year” winner Claire Lynch also shares co-writing credits on last year’s “Song of the Year”
  • Performances from the critically acclaimed Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited project, where Grammy-winning producer Carl Jackson re-imagines the iconic recordings that created the "Big Bang" of country music and catapulted The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers to stardom.

Artists scheduled to perform at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater include Steep Canyon Rangers, The Infamous Stringdusters, Balsam Range, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, The Wailin’ Jennys, The Kruger Brothers (with special guests), The Claire Lynch Band, Flatt Lonesome, Band of Ruhks, and performances from the critically acclaimed Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited project.

Artists scheduled to perform at Red Hat Amphitheater on Saturday, October 3 include:

  • Multiple IBMA winner and Grammy nominee The Infamous Stringdusters
  • Canada’s own The Wailin' Jennys, Juno Award winner and frequent guests on public radio’s A Prairie Home Companion
  • North Carolina-based The Kruger Brothers, whose Wide Open Bluegrass set will include special guests
  • IBMA’s current “Emerging Artist of the Year” recipient Flatt Lonesome
  • Band of Ruhks (formerly known as The Rambling Rooks), featuring Ronnie Bowman, Don Rigsby and Kenny Smith

Additional Red Hat Amphitheater performers will be announced during a press conference on June 18 at the Raleigh venue. Performers for the free stages at Wide Open Bluegrass will be announced later in the summer.

Wide Open Bluegrass is part of IBMA’s World of Bluegrass event, a five-day annual bluegrass music homecoming and convention. World of Bluegrass also includes the IBMA Business Conference, September 29 – October 1; the 26th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, scheduled for Thursday evening, October 1, and the Bluegrass Ramble, an innovative series of showcases, taking place September 29 – October 1.

“The festival’s main stage performances at Red Hat Amphitheater will once again feature a diverse sampling of some of the finest musicians on the planet,” said William Lewis, Executive Director of PineCone (the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music) and Wide Open Bluegrass producer. “More artists will be announced in weeks to come. And in typical Wide Open fashion, there will be plenty of surprises and unique collaborations on stage – a hallmark that has earned this event its ‘must see’ status.”

Single day general admission for performances at Red Hat Amphitheater during Wide Open Bluegrass starts as low as $50 for the general public and $40 for IBMA members. Additional details and pricing information - including member discounts – for Red Hat Amphitheater performances, Bluegrass Ramble Showcase passes, IBMA Business Conference registration, IBMA Award Show tickets and hotel reservations are available at IBMA’s website,

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

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