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First performers announced for Wide Open Bluegrass

Posted May 20, 2015

Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers (of Chapel Hill) play bluegrass music for a sold-out audience at the Durham Performing Arts Center on Saturday, May 21.

IBMA's World of Bluegrass isn't until the fall, but we are already getting a look at the slate of performers coming.

The first group of artists playing Red Hat Amphitheater during Wide Open Bluegrass, the two-day festival during the event, were announced Wednesday.

Wide Open Bluegrass, which also features a free street festival in downtown Raleigh, is Oct. 2-3. Tickets are required for all Red Hat Amphitheater shows. A portion of proceeds go to the Bluegrass Trust Fund, a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to individuals in the bluegrass music community in times of emergency need.

Here's a look at the lineup at Red Hat Amphitheater on Friday, Oct. 2:

  • North Carolina’s Steep Canyon Rangers, recent IBMA “Entertainer of the Year” and Grammy winner
  • Current “Entertainer of the Year” and “Vocal Group of the Year” winner Balsam Range, also from North Carolina
  • Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, current “Instrumental Group of the Year” winner and Grammy nominee
  • The Claire Lynch Band, whose three-time “Female Vocalist of the Year” winner Claire Lynch also shares co-writing credits on last year’s “Song of the Year”
  • Performances from the critically acclaimed Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited project, where Grammy-winning producer Carl Jackson re-imagines the iconic recordings that created the "Big Bang" of country music and catapulted The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers to stardom.

The lineup at Red Hat Amphitheater on Saturday, Oct. 3:

  • Multiple IBMA winner and Grammy nominee The Infamous Stringdusters
  • Canada’s own The Wailin' Jennys, Juno Award winner and frequent guests on public radio’s A Prairie Home Companion
  • North Carolina-based The Kruger Brothers, whose Wide Open Bluegrass set will include special guests
  • IBMA’s current “Emerging Artist of the Year” recipient Flatt Lonesome
  • Band of Ruhks (formerly known as The Rambling Rooks), featuring Ronnie Bowman, Don Rigsby and Kenny Smith

More performers playing Red Hat Amphitheater will be announced during a press conference on June 18. The acts playing the free stages will be announced later this summer.


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