World of Bluegrass blog
Posted by David Menconi on October 21, 2014
If you attended World of Bluegrass earlier this month and thought the crowds in downtown Raleigh were noticeably bigger than last year, you weren’t imagining it.
The overall five-day attendance for the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass festival came to more than 180,000 people.
That’s nearly 29 percent more than last year’s total of 140,000, and the biggest crowd Raleigh has ever seen – bigger by far than the 138,000 drawn by the 2011 NHL All-Star Game and fan festival. While the hockey game’s events generated more direct visitor spending ($11.4 million), this year’s World of Bluegrass topped it in almost every other measure.
Posted by David Menconi on September 22, 2013
To conclude our pre-IBMA “Bluegrass for Beginners” countdown, Steve Martin teams up with Brevard’s Steep Canyon Rangers for “Atheists Don’t Have No Songs.”
Posted by David Menconi on September 21, 2013
As performed by father of bluegrass Bill Monroe, the African-American spiritual "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" is number 11 in our pre-IBMA "Bluegrass for Beginners" countdown.
Posted by David Menconi on September 20, 2013
The great Ralph Stanley’s version of “Man of Constant Sorrow” is the 10th installment in our pre-IBMA “Bluegrass for Beginners” countdown.
Posted by David Menconi on September 19, 2013
“I Wonder Where You Are Tonight,” as performed by the pedigree-rich Jim and Jesse McReynolds, is our ninth of 12 songs in pre-IBMA “Bluegrass for Beginners” survey.
Posted by David Menconi on September 18, 2013
Flatt & Scruggs’ “Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms,” a recast version of an old Monroe Brothers tune, is the eighth of 12 selections in our “Bluegrass for Beginners” countdown.
Posted on September 17, 2013
“I Wonder How the Old Folks Are at Home” is number seven in our pre-IBMA “Bluegrass for Beginners” countdown.