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The Hillbenders Respond to Colorado’s Front Range Disaster

The HillbendersWith deep roots planted in Colorado, and a love for the state and people sowed over years, The Hillbenders have announced they will be hosting the Foothills Flood Relief Benefit - Working Together to Help Colorado's Front Range, on Thursday, Oct. 24 at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville, AR. The benefit will include special guests, the Cindy Woolf & Mark Bilyeu Band featuring Jody Bilyeu (of Big Smith). Together they hope to bring more light, hope, and support to a place with people that means so much.

Steep Canyon Rangers’ Mountain Song Festival Raises Over $50,000

Steep Canyon RangersThis past weekend, the Steep Canyon Rangers presided over their 8th annual Mountain Song festival in Brevard, North Carolina. The festival, which the group founded in 2006, is an annual fundraiser that benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County, NC. This year’s event, which took place over September 13th and 14th, boasted a lineup that included some of the finest musicians on the contemporary bluegrass and acoustic music scene, including Balsam Range, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Shawn Camp, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, The O’Brien Three featuring Tim & Mollie O’Brien with Rich Moore, Shannon Whitworth, and the Steep Canyon Rangers.

Museum Has Raised $78 Million, Seeks Final $20 Million

Working On A Building CMHoFNashville, TN -- The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s capital campaign, which will finance the institution’s 200,000-square-foot expansion, has reached nearly $78 million, Museum Director Kyle Young announced today. Construction on the nearly $100 million project, which will take the museum’s footprint from 140,000 square feet to more than 350,000 square feet, took shape in June 2011 and will be completed in March 2014.

Upcoming Fundraiser Event to Support The New International Bluegrass Music Center

Bill Monroe by Aaron KizerOwensboro, KY -- On July 25 th, sports celebrities native to Owensboro, Kentucky -- NASCAR legends Darrell and Michael Waltrip, world champion Moto GP Nicky Hayden "The Kentucky Kid" and brothers Tommy and Roger, NBA superstar Rex Chapman, Major Leaguer Brad Wilkerson, Kentucky basketball superstar Bobby Watson and Basketball Hall of Famer Cliff Hagan -- will be honored as inductees to the Owensboro Walk of Fame. The tribute will occur at the Hometown Heroes Celebrity Golf Scramble to benefit the new International Bluegrass Music Center. It is sponsored by the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention and Visitors Bureau. This event includes a golf scramble at the Owensboro Country Club followed by a reception hosted by the City of Owensboro including entertainment by these renowned Bluegrass musicians: Christian Sedelmyer, Todd Phillips, Scott Simontacchi, and David Golden.

Bluegrass for Babies - Healthy Kids for a Brighter Future

Bluegrass for Babies 2013Cincinnati, OH -- Bluegrass Music has always been charitable -- especially when it comes to kids. Bluegrass for Babies was launched as an annual bluegrass music benefit concert in 2009, Bluegrass for Babies has evolved into an organization that provides tools, resources, and year-round special events centered on helping parents create an environment to raise healthy children, right from the start.

International Bluegrass Music Museum Website Gets a New Look

International Bluegrass Music MuseumThe International Bluegrass Music Museum has had a long time presence on the Internet going back to the mid '90s when Bob Cherry of Cybergrass created their first site in 1966. He also created the first IBMA website at about the same time. The museum continues to evolve on the Internet as they progressed through 17 years of a web presence. This is a long time in Internet terms. The new site is clean, easy to navigate, and reflects the excellence that the International Bluegrass Music Museum strives for.

Dave Vaught Needs Your Support with Illness

Listen To The MusicBristol, TN/VA -- Founding member of the fun filled bluegrass music group, The VW Boys, Dave Vaught is in need of your support to fight a recently diagnosed illness. Dave is a professional magician who has brought joy the literally tens of thousands of people,especially children over the past three and a half decades. As a musician with the VW Boys, he brings more joy with his singing and guitar playing. He has worked extensively in the public school system with the "Dare Program" to help fight drugs with our youth. Now, he needs your help with the costs of his expensive medical costs.

The Roys Join the Honor One Campaign

The Roys Honor One campaignNashville, TN -- Country music stars The Roys, Lucas Hoge, Danielle Peck, Jett Williams, Buddy Jewell and Andy Griggs recently provided their support to the newly launched "HonorOne Campaign" by recording public service announcements and detailing their personal experiences with the military.

Joel Sweeney and the Banjo: from Africa to Appomattox to America

Joel Sweeney and the BanjoAppomattox is the birthplace of Joel Sweeney and the rest of his banjo playing kith and kin. The Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, along with a newly created friends group, without which this could not happen, and Mark Weems of the North Carolina School of Traditional Music, are planning a celebration of Sweeney, the Africans he learned from and the banjo. The Joel Sweeney and the Banjo: from Africa to Appomattox to America Festival is scheduled to take place Friday and Saturday May 10-11th 2013.

Song of the Mountains Dr. Ralph Stanley Dinner March 29th

Dr. Ralph StanleyMarion, VA- The Lincoln Theatre and Song of the Mountains announces an exclusive evening to honor Dr. Ralph Stanley & his grandson Nathan Stanley on Friday, March 29, 2013. Held at the President’s House at Emory and Henry College, this event offers the opportunity to get to know Dr. Stanley while enjoying a superior dinner in an elegant setting.

ROMP Bluegrass Music Festival to Feature Premier Acts

Romp LineupThe International Bluegrass Music Museum is proud to announce the line-up for the epic 10th Anniversary of ROMP. An international event, ROMP features legendary, traditional bluegrass alongside the far-flung roots and branches of bluegrass music. Rather than being a strictly bluegrass festival, it is a festival held strictly in support of the Bluegrass Museum.

27th Annual KPFA Grateful Dead Marathon

Sycamore Slough String BandOakland, CA --Longtime host of KPFA’s Dead to the World, David Gans, is a busy guy: working on a new book, performing solo and with others – and as always at this time of year – combing through music collections (his own and others), preparing for the annual phenomenon known as the Grateful Dead Marathon. Now in its 27th year, this fundraiser for KPFA is a 16-hour extravaganza hailed by Deadheads and music lovers around the world, who can access the fun via the airwaves and streaming on the web. The Marathon is scheduled for Saturday, February 23, 9:00am - Sunday, February, 24 1:00am on KPFA-FM, 94.1.

Annual Shindig Fundraising Concert on Saturday December 1st

Davdi Holt and the Lightning BoltsJoin the Folk Heritage Committee for a warm, festive evening at the annual fundraising concert for Shindig on the Green, featuring headliner David Holt and the Lightning Bolts plus mountain dulcimer virtuoso Don Pedi, Saturday December 1st at 7:00pm in the Upper Anderson Auditorium at Montreat Conference Center.

MeadowGrass Fundraiser Tickets Increase May 12

MeadowGrassThis year's lineup is the best yet and we can't wait for these bands to assemble at Meadowgrass – it's a one of a kind event you can't miss! We are expecting sold out shows so don't wait to get your tickets! Buy them now, before prices increase on May 12, at


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