The IBMA World of Bluegrass is returning this year from Sept. 28-Oct. 2 in Raleigh, N.C. as a mostly in-person event, with a virtual component and adjustments to meet health and safety guidelines.
“As our community emerges from some of the most challenging times in modern memory, this year’s IBMA World of Bluegrass takes on added importance,” says Pat Morris, IBMA’s executive director. “We urge everyone who loves bluegrass to be at this fall’s event and re-engage with others, share fresh ideas, and learn innovations – some launched because of the pandemic. Most importantly, it’s the chance to get fully immersed in what we all sorely missed in 2020: live music.”
Performers for the Oct. 1-2 music festival, IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC, have been announced and will include Béla Fleck’s My Bluegrass Heart featuring Michael Cleveland, Sierra Hull, Justin Moses, Mark Schatz and Bryan Sutton, The Del McCoury Band, Steep Canyon Rangers, Yonder Mountain String Band, Jerry Douglas, Edgar Meyer and Odessa Settles, Sister Sadie, and The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys.
The first round of official showcase artists have also been selected for the IBMA Bluegrass Ramble at select venues throughout downtown Raleigh, including Allison de Groot and Tatiana Hargreaves, Armchair Boogie, Bella White, Bowregard, East Nash Grass, Henhouse Prowlers, Liam Purcell and Cane Mill Road, Lindley Creek, MohaviSoul, Rock Hearts, Starlett & Big John, Stillhouse Junkies, The Amanda Cook Band, The Arcadian Wild, The Martin Gilmore Trio, The MilBillies, The New Acoustic Collective, The Sweet Lillies, The Wooks, and Twisted Pine. Additional showcase artists will be announced in the coming weeks.
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