Raleigh, N.C. — Local bluegrass fans gathered at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences on Wednesday to view the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards nominations and prepare for the annual event that will hit Raleigh in less than two months.
The IBMA Awards will be held Thursday, Oct. 2, at Raleigh's Memorial Auditorium. It will be hosted by Grammy award winners country vocalist Lee Ann Womack and musician Jerry Douglas.
People crowded the Raleigh museum on Wednesday to watch the nominations via a live stream from Franklin, Tenn.
Cindy Baucom, of Elkin, cheered as her and her husband's names were read out as nominees. Baucom is a producer and broadcaster of the nationally syndicated radio show Knee Deep in Bluegrass. She and her husband, Terry Baucom, were nominated in best recorded event category for "Martha White, Lester & Earl."
Cindy Baucom was in Raleigh to attend a meeting of the IBMA Board of Directors. A winner in the same category last year, she was hoping they could score a nomination this year.
Get a full list of nominations at the IBMA Awards website.
Following the nominations, local bluegrass band Diamond Creek performed at the museum's Daily Planet Cafe.
The awards ceremony is part of the IBMA World of Bluegrass event, which offers free and ticketed events Sept. 30 - Oct. 4 in downtown Raleigh.
Highlights of the event include:
- IBMA Business Conference Sept. 30 - Oct. 2
- IBMA Awards Oct. 2
- Wide Open Bluegrass Oct. 3-4 (which includes free events and ticketed performances)
- Bluegrass Ramble, an innovative series of showcases, Sept. 30-Oct. 2
Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau executive vice president Lorne Gold said while Wide Open Bluegrass event is held in Raleigh, it is really a statewide celebration.
"We feel North Carolina has a great bluegrass tradition," Gold said.
The economic impact from last year's festival was significant. Gold said about 154,000 people attended the festival and helped created a $10 million economic impact in the city.
Tickets for all of the IBMA events in Raleigh are on sale through the association's website.
Note: WRAL is a sponsor of the IBMA Wide Open Bluegrass event.