IBMA World of Bluegrass

The International Bluegrass Music Association will be hosting a celebration Sept. 24-28, 2019, in downtown Raleigh. Here's a rundown of events happening and how you can grab tickets to the shows!

Wide Open Bluegrass Street Festival (Sept. 27-28)

Where? Downtown Raleigh and Red Hat Amphitheater
Highlights:

  • Free festival featuring eight live music stages
  • Youth talent stage
  • NC Whole Hog Barbecue State Championship held during the festival
  • Dance Tent
  • WOB Art Market
  • While admission to Red Hat Amphitheater shows is free, you can purchase reserved seating. The tickets help raise money for the IBMA Trust Fund, a nonprofit that provides emergency support for bluegrass music professionals.

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Wide Open Bluegrass Ramble (Sept. 24-26)

Where? Various downtown Raleigh music venues and the Raleigh Convention Center
Highlights:

  • More than 200 showcase performances
  • Two official showcase stages in the Raleigh Convention Center
  • Hop the Bluegrass Express, which runs nonstop between hotels and the Bluegrass Ramble venues between 7 p.m. and 2 a.m.

Price: Single Day passes are $25 for IBMA members and $30 for non-members. Full passes for all Bluegrass Ramble shows are $60 for IBMA members and $75 for non-members. Tickets are available through the IBMA website.

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IBMA Business Conference (Sept. 24-26)
Where? Raleigh Convention Center
Highlights:

  • Seminars, panels and workshops on festivals, touring, merchandise, radio, digital media, contract negotiation and more.
  • Free band website consultations
  • Special events, including the Gig Fair (like speed dating for artists and talent buyers), DJ Taping Session, and Song Critique Session


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The International Bluegrass Music Awards (Sept. 26)

Where? Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts' Memorial Auditorium
Highlights:

  • Features outstanding performances by the best in bluegrass and once-in-a-lifetime moments