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Bluegrass festival offers free fun, music for all

Posted September 30, 2015
Updated October 1, 2015

Wide Open Bluegrass 2014

UPDATE: Some of the events are moving indoors because of this rainy weather in the forecast. The event's website has details on the latest locations for the performances.

Wide Open Bluegrass spills out across downtown Raleigh streets this week, featuring top performers from around the country.

It's part of the five-day World of Bluegrass, the International Bluegrass Music Association's annual industry event with a business conference, awards show and a lot of bluegrass music. Tickets are required for the main stage concerts at the Red Hat Amphitheatre. Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas; The Sam Bush Band; and the Steep Canyon Rangers are just a few of the names to headline.

But Raleigh streets and the Raleigh Convention Center also are packed with free music and experiences this Friday and Saturday as part of the Wide Open Bluegrass street festival. I've had a great time wandering the streets with my family, taking in the music, the sights and sounds. This is really great family fun.

If you go on Friday, be sure to check out The Lang Sisters, who perform on the J.A.M. Showcase stage next to City Plaza. The young and incredibly talented sisters from Wake Forest will perform from 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Friday.

There's also a youth stage with other young and family performers on Friday and Saturday at Lenoir and Salisbury streets. For kids and everybody else who loves to dance, a dance tent is set up at Fayetteville and Hargett streets.

Finally, nuvonivo, the downtown Raleigh children's clothing boutique, is planning a bunch of free events for families venturing downtown for some bluegrass.

The shop will feature some live music and a free bluegrass-themed music class for babies and kids and their adults. They're also hosting a make-and-take activity at the N.C. Museum of History called "make a paint-stirrer banjo." Nuvonivo's website has the details and full schedule.


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