Raleigh, N.C. — The Aug. 13 nomination show for this year's International Bluegrass Music Awards will mark start the countdown to the 25th annual awards ceremony in October, and Raleigh-area fans can join the celebration at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.
The museum's Daily Planet Cafe will host a free viewing party and concert Aug. 13 starting at 5:45 p.m. Visitors can watch as bluegrass artists and songwriters Sam Bush and Jim Lauderdale announce the nominees from Franklin, Tenn., then listen to a live performance by North Carolina bluegrass band Diamond Creek.
The event is free, but tickets are required, and they are available from PineCone-Piedmont Council of Traditional Music.
Those nominees are then headed to Raleigh for the 25th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards to be presented in Raleigh’s Memorial Auditorium at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 2. Grammy Award winners Lee Ann Womack and Jerry Douglas are hosts of the show.
The IBMA Awards are the capstone of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) World of Bluegrass event Sept. 30 - Oct. 4 which includes both free and ticketed events around the city including the Wide Open Bluegrass Street Festival Oct. 3 and 4.