Steve Martin, Edie Brickell, Alison Krauss, others coming to Raleigh bluegrass convention

dmenconi@newsobserver.comMay 1, 2013 

— When the International Bluegrass Music Association’s annual World of Bluegrass convention comes to Raleigh this fall, it will bring some serious star power to town.

The IBMA announced its headline acts for the accompanying Wide Open Bluegrass Festival, happening Sept. 27-28 at downtown Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater with some of the genre’s biggest names. Performers include:

• A collaborative supergroup of Alison Krauss, Del McCoury, Bela Fleck, Tony Rice, Jerry Douglas and Sam Bush.

• Punch Brothers, the eclectic ensemble featuring Nickel Creek mandolinist (and recent MacArthur “Genius Grant” winner) Chris Thile.

• Steep Canyon Rangers, the Grammy-winning Brevard band, backing up humorist/banjoist Steve Martin – and ’80s pop star Edie Brickell.

The overall IBMA convention is Sept. 24-28 in Raleigh, where it commences a three-year run after eight years in Nashville. Last year’s IBMA convention drew a reported 13,600 visitors to Nashville.

Tickets for Wide Open Bluegrass go on sale May 15 for IBMA members and May 29 for the public. For details, call 888-GET-IBMA or visit

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