Friday, 5 September 2014

IBMA's World of Bluegrass 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina - will you be there?

 IBMA's World of Bluegrass 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina
Tuesday, September 30th - Saturday, October 4th, 2014

The city of Raleigh, North Carolina and the Bluegrass world are preparing for the IBMA World of Bluegrass event - the second year that this has been held in Raleigh.
Over the five days of the World of Bluegrass so much takes place from the Bluegrass Music Awards, Wide Open Bluegrass, the Bluegrass Ramble and the StreetFest; as Donna Ulisse says in this video 'the opportunities are endless'.


The Bluegrass Music Awards are always an exciting time for all of the nominees and fans but this year, this is especially exciting for the EBMA as the EBMA will be receiving a Distinguished Achievement Award which will be collected by  EBMA Chairperson Angelika Torrie along with Rienk Janssen, Christopher Howard-Williams and Chris Keenan.
Taking place on Friday, October 3rd and Saturday October 4th, Wide Open Bluegrass brings together some of the biggest names in Bluegrass with shows at the Raleigh Convention Center and Red Hat Amphitheater.
The Bluegrass Ramble is held over five night and seven stages - more information about the Ramble and how to buy tickets can be found here.
The StreetFest is a free event and features 80 bands on multiple stages, a dance tent, concessions...a Bluegrass jamboree. From a European perspective, and of particular interest, is that Irish bands I Draw Slow and Cup O'Joe will be appearing. I Draw Slow have been appearing in the US at festivals such as MerleFest and Pickathon. Cup O'Joe are the only non-US band that have been invited to appear on the Youth Stage.