Wide Open Bluegrass adds more family fun, to feature Wake Forest sisters
Posted September 28, 2016
All eyes in the bluegrass music world will be on downtown Raleigh this weekend for the Wide Open Bluegrass and World of Bluegrass Weekend Festival.
There are two parts to the weekend. The World of Bluegrass is a business conference, trade show and performance opportunity for bluegrass musicians from all over. Tickets are available.
But the event also includes a slew of free concerts and activities on Friday and Saturday at venues across downtown.
This year, the very popular festival expanded its footprint and now includes a family fun and picnic area and kids zone in front of Memorial Auditorium. You'll also find the J.A.M. Stage there, featuring up-and-coming musicians. Another youth stage is a couple of blocks away on the outdoor plaza outside the Convention Center.
This year, the event has a really effective website so you can easily tease out what you might need tickets for and what events are free.
I did want to highlight one of the acts on the J.A.M. stage. They are the incredibly talented Lang Sisters from Wake Forest with guest fiddler Ruth Shumway. The group is scheduled to perform on the stage from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., Friday.
The teens just finished recording their first CD, which is available on their website. The younger sister, Jessica, 14, also was named to the esteemed IBMA Kids on Bluegrass ensemble, which will perform on the youth stage at 5 p.m., Friday, and again at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, on the City Plaza stage. (Older sister Chloe is a freshman at Meredith College and had some conflicts).
This week, the two will also be performing at a restaurant and RDU International Airport to welcome out of town visitors. Congrats to these talented girls!