IBMA World of Bluegrass

Wide_Open_Bluegrass_2013_21The International Bluegrass Music Association will be hosting a celebration Sept. 26-30, 2017, in downtown Raleigh. Here's a rundown of events happening and how you can grab tickets to the shows!

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Wide Open Bluegrass Ramble (Sept. 26-28)

Where? Various downtown Raleigh music venues and the Raleigh Convention Center

  • More than 200 showcase performances
  • Two official showcase stages in the Raleigh Convention Center
  • Hop the Bluegrass Express, which runs nonstop between hotels and the Bluegrass Ramble venues between 7 p.m. and 2 a.m.

Price: Single Day passes are $25 for IBMA members and $30 for non-members. Full passes for all Bluegrass Ramble shows are $60 for IBMA members and $75 for non-members. Tickets are available through the IBMA website.

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IBMA Business Conference (Sept. 26-28)
Where? Raleigh Convention Center

  • Seminars, panels and workshops on festivals, touring, merchandise, radio, digital media, contract negotiation and more.
  • Free band website consultations
  • Special events, including the Gig Fair (like speed dating for artists and talent buyers), DJ Taping Session, and Song Critique Session

Price: It is $250 for the full conference for IBMA Members, while non-members pay $295. Single day tickets are available for $100 for members and $110 for non-members. Those prices go up after Sept. 22, so buy early. Tickets are available through the IBMA website.


The International Bluegrass Music Awards (Sept. 28)

Where? Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts' Memorial Auditorium

  • Features outstanding performances by the best in bluegrass and once-in-a-lifetime moments

Price: Tickets range from $60 to $110 for non-IBMA members. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster or at the Duke Energy Center box office.


Wide Open Bluegrass (Sept. 29-30)

Where? Red Hat Amphitheater

  • Urban bluegrass festival in the heart of downtown Raleigh
  • Features traditional and acoustic music on three stages
  • Performers include Steep Canyon Rangers, Jerry Douglas, Marty Stuart

Price: General admission tickets start at $80 for both days for IBMA members and $100 for non-members. Single day tickets are $50 for IBMA members and $60 for non members. Reserved seats run about $20 more and there are discounts on general admission tickets for children 14 years and younger. Tickets are available through the IBMA website.


Wide Open Bluegrass Street Festival (Sept. 29-30)

Where? Downtown Raleigh

  • Free festival featuring four live music stages
  • Youth talent stage
  • NC Whole Hog Barbecue State Championship held during the festival
  • Dance Tent
  • WOB Art Market

Price: It's free!

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