IBMA Announces First Round of Performers for 2017 Wide Open Bluegrass

News posted Sep. 15, 2017 - 4:30 pm
World of Bluegrass 2017

Update, September 15, 2017:

Additional line-up announced:

  • Jerry Douglas and Sam Bush
  • The Kruger Brothers with Kontras Quartet
  • Chatham County Line
  • Molly Tuttle
  • Jesse McReynolds
  • Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Steve Martin.
Original post, June 12, 2017:

Organizers of this year’s International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)’s World of Bluegrass, happening September 26-30 in Raleigh, recently announced the first round of performers for PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass. Wide Open Bluegrass is the two-part weekend festival that takes place during the five-day World of Bluegrass event.

Scheduled to perform at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater on the ticketed Wide Open Main Stage September 29-30 are:

  • Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn;
  • Hot Rize;
  • The Travelin’ McCourys;
  • 2017 Grammy winner The O’Connor Band featuring Mark O’Connor;
  • Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver;
  • Balsam Range;
  • Lonesome River Band (celebrating their 35th anniversary as a band);
  • Sierra Hull;
  • Sister Sadie;
  • Flatt Lonesome;
  • the 50th Anniversary of Japanese band Bluegrass 45; and,
  • Wide Open Jam, hosted by The Infamous Stringdusters.

Additional superstar talent for the Wide Open Main Stage will be announced in July.

Once again, the stars are aligning at the Red Hat Amphitheater for what has become one of the premier showcases of bluegrass talent from around the globe. "In curating this show, we aim to feature the depth and breadth of bluegrass music,” says William Lewis, executive director of PineCone, the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, and producer of Wide Open Bluegrass. “From its rising stars to its most decorated veterans; from its traditional core to its progressive fringes, there is something for everyone’s tastes at the main stage. Spontaneity is a hallmark of live bluegrass performance, and we leave plenty of room for that magic in special guests and unique collaborations. These elements combined make the main stage performances a ‘must see’ event."

Wide Open Bluegrass is the principal fundraiser for the Bluegrass Trust Fund, which provides direct financial assistance to bluegrass artists and other industry professionals in times of emergency need.

"Working with our terrific Raleigh partners, we have another exciting Wide Open Bluegrass planned,” said Paul Schiminger, Executive Director of IBMA. ”It is a special experience like no other in the world for our bluegrass community. We are thrilled with the stellar lineup announced today for the Main Stage at the Red Hat Amphitheater. Don't wait to buy your tickets because, as incredible as it might sound, we still have more amazing artists to be announced! Wide Open Main Stage truly is the jewel of the festival.”

Single-day general admission for performances at Red Hat Amphitheater during Wide Open Bluegrass starts as low as $60 for the general public and $50 for IBMA members. Additional details and pricing information - including member discounts – for Red Hat Amphitheater performances, Bluegrass Ramble Showcase passes, IBMA Business Conference registration, IBMA Award Show tickets and hotel reservations are available at IBMA’s website,

More info about World of Bluegrass and the Wide Open Festival

IBMA’s World of Bluegrass is a five-day annual bluegrass music homecoming and convention that encompasses four events: the IBMA Business Conference, September 26-28; the Bluegrass Ramble, an innovative series of showcases, taking place September 26-28 in downtown Raleigh and at the Raleigh Convention Center; the 28th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, scheduled for Thursday evening, September 28; and PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass, September 29-30, a two-day festival.

The ticketed Wide Open Main Stage features the best of the best in bluegrass today, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Bluegrass Trust Fund. The free Wide Open StreetFest brings bluegrass into the community and introduces the music to thousands of new fans every year.

IBMA - the International Bluegrass Music Association - is the professional trade organization for the global bluegrass music community. The organization’s six-year run in Raleigh is the product of their successful partnership with The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Raleigh Convention Center, PineCone - The Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, the City of Raleigh and a local organizing committee.

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