IBMA World Of Bluegrass Wide Open Stage Lineup Announced

The first round of performers has been announced for the Wide Open Main Stage at the IBMA’s World Of Bluegrass 2017 event. The two-part weekend festival takes place Sept. 26-30 in Raleigh, N.C. during the five-day World of Bluegrass event.

Scheduled to perform at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater on the ticketed Wide Open Main Stage Sept. 29-30 are The Infamous Stringdusters, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Hot Rize, The Travelin’ McCourys, The O’Connor Band featuring Mark O’Connor, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Balsam Range, Lonesome River Band (celebrating their 35th anniversary as a band), Sierra Hull, Sister Sadie, Flatt Lonesome, and the 50th Anniversary of Japanese band Bluegrass 45, featuring the band’s original lineup.

Additional performers for the event will be announced in July.

“Working with our terrific Raleigh partners, we have another exciting Wide Open Bluegrass planned,” said Paul Schiminger, Executive Director of IBMA. ”It is a special experience like no other in the world for our bluegrass community. We are thrilled with the stellar lineup announced today for the Main Stage at the Red Hat Amphitheater. Don’t wait to buy your tickets because, as incredible as it might sound, we still have more amazing artists to be announced! Wide Open Main Stage truly is the jewel of the festival.”

 Wide Open Bluegrass is the principal fundraiser for the Bluegrass Trust Fund, which provides direct financial assistance to bluegrass artists and other industry professionals in times of emergency need.


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