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Steve Martin, Steep Canyon Rangers to play Wide Open Bluegrass fest

Posted July 17

Steve Martin receives the International Bluegrass Music's Distinguished Achievement Award in Raleigh on Oct. 1, 2015.

— Steve Martin will once again join the Steep Canyon Rangers on stage at the International Bluegrass Music Association's Wide Open Bluegrass festival in downtown Raleigh this fall.

The actor and musician was given the prestigious IBMA's Distinguished Achievement Award in 2015. Martin has been playing banjo since he was a teen and has often incorporated it into his comedy performances, including his time on "Saturday Night Live." Martin, who has toured with Steep Canyon Rangers and Edie Brickell, has won five Grammy Awards and three IBMA awards.

IBMA's lineup for its main stage at Red Hat Amphitheater also includes Jerry Douglas and Sam Bush, a Tribute to The Country Gentlemen featuring Jon Randall, Mark Schatz and Charlie Cushman, Béla Fleck with Abigail Washburn and Hot Rize. Other main stage performers include The Infamous Stringdusters' Wide Open Jam, The Travelin’ McCourys, Balsam Range, Lonesome River Band and Sierra Hull.

Wide Open Bluegrass is Sept. 29-30 in downtown Raleigh and is part of the annual World of Bluegrass event.

World of Bluegrass encompasses four events: the IBMA Business Conference, Sept. 26-28; the Bluegrass Ramble, an innovative series of showcases, taking place Sept. 26-28 at various downtown Raleigh venues and the Raleigh Convention Center and the 28th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 28.

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Single-day, general admission for performances at Red Hat Amphitheater during Wide Open Bluegrass starts at $60 for the general public and $50 for IBMA members.

Wide Open Bluegrass also includes a free street festival.


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