Your day-by-day guide to a week of bluegrass

September 21, 2013 

Want to try to hear every band that will be playing during the Wide Open Bluegrass week? Good luck. There are so many shows at so many venues, we don’t think it’s possible. •  But you can map out a schedule that will help you hear some of the world’s top bluegrass musicians over a five-day period. The Thursday International Bluegrass Music Awards, the nightly Bluegrass Ramble Concerts and the Friday and Saturday Main Stage concerts are ticketed events. Go to ibma.org for ticket information. The Friday and Saturday Street Festival Concerts are free.

Ones to watch

Boston-based Della Mae, which will play at the Red Hat Amphitheater at 3 p.m. Saturday, has the standard instrumentation for a five-piece bluegrass band. But one thing isn’t so standard for bluegrass: all the members are women. Their new album, “This World Oft Can Be,” was released in spring, and then they took a six-week tour of central Asia as part of a cultural exchange. If you’re trying to figure out which band member is Della Mae, by the way, give up. The name comes from an Osbourne Brothers song lyric. Suggested songs: “Empire” and “Maybeline.”

Dale Ann Bradley, who performs at the Raleigh Convention Center at 11:20 a.m. Saturday, won IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year honors five of the past six years. She’s nominated again this year, so expect to hear some serious singing. She’s known for her own compositions as well as unexpected (but highly successful) covers of pop songs – including U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and Seals and Croft’s “Summer Breeze.” Suggested song: “Somewhere South of Crazy.”

Think bluegrass is only big in America? Since 1991, Druhá Tráva has blended bluegrass, folk and rock from its home base in the Czech Republic. The name means “second grass,” a nod to their ability to push traditional bluegrass in new directions. Druhá Tráva, which plays at 2 p.m. Friday at Red Hat Amphitheater, performs its own songs (in English and Czech) as well as covers both classic and contemporary. Suggested songs: “Shuttle to Bethlehem” and “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.”

Schedule

Tuesday

IBMA Business Conference

Raleigh Convention Center, Noon-5:30 p.m.

Bluegrass Ramble Evening Concerts

6 p.m.-2 a.m.

Lincoln Theatre – The Stray Birds, The Steel Wheels, Wildfire, Detour, Dave Adkins and Republik Steele, The Roys, IIIrd Tyme Out, Lonesome River Band.

Long View Center – Wood & Wire, Kristy Cox & Calder Highway, The Honey Dewdrops, The Gravy Boys, Niall Toner, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Wildfire, Grits & Soul

Tir Na Nog – Cumberland Gap Connection, Front Country, The Birdhive Boys, The Toy Hearts, Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, The Grass Cats, Nu-Blu, The Bankesters.

Pour House – Travers Chandler and Avery County, Bradford Lee Folk and the Bluegrass Playboys, Todd Grebe and Cold Country, Johnny Staats and the Delivery Boys, Finnders & Youngberg, Phoebe Hunt, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Town Mountain.

Kings – The Bankesters, The Vickie Vaughn Band, Henhouse Prowlers, Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line, Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, Cumberland Gap Connection, Grasstowne, Todd Grebe and Cold Country.

Architect Bar and Social Club – Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys, Jeanette & Johnny Williams, Kathy Kallick Band, The Stray Birds, Travers Chandler and Avery County, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Red Wine, The Deadly Gentlemen.

Raleigh Convention Center – Kickin Grass, Southern Raised, Front Country.

Wednesday

IBMA Business Conference

Raleigh Convention Center, 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Bluegrass Ramble Concert

1:30 p.m.-6 p.m.

Raleigh Convention Center – Kathy Kallick Band, Dave Adkins and Republik Steele, Vickie Vaughn Band, Bill Evans, Wood & Wire, Jeanette & Johnny Williams.

Bluegrass Ramble Evening Concerts

6 p.m.-2 a.m.

Lincoln Theatre – Bradford Lee Folk and The Bluegrass Playboys, The Birdhive Boys, Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line, Vickie Vaughn Band, Peter Rowan, Rob Ickes & Jim Hurst, Steep Canyon Rangers, Della Mae.

Long View Center – Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, Bill Evans, Kathy Kallick Band, Henhouse Prowlers, Mark Newton & Steve Thomas, Steep Canyon Rangers, Nu-Blu, Town Mountain.

Tir Na Nog – Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys, The Gravy Boys, The Honey Dewdrops, Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, The James King Band, Wildfire, Niall Toner.

Pour House – Detour, Kickin Grass, Johnny Staats and the Delivery Boys, Red Wine, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, The Boxcars, Balsam Range, John Driskell Hopkins.

Kings – Travers Chandler and Avery County, The Steel Wheels, Dave Adkins and Republik Steele, Phoebe Hunt, Town Mountain, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Finnders & Youngberg.

Architect Bar and Social Club – The Honey Dewdrops, The Stray Birds, Todd Grebe and Cold Country, Kristy Cox & Calder Highway, Reno & Harrell, Terry Baucom.

Thursday

IBMA Business Conference

Raleigh Convention Center, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

International Bluegrass Music Awards

Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 7:30-10 p.m.

Bluegrass Ramble Evening Concerts

10 p.m.-2 a.m.

Lincoln Theatre – The Rambling Rooks, The Gibson Brothers, The Del McCoury Band.

Long View Center – The Steel Wheels, The Karl Shifflett and Big Country Show, Balsam Range and John Driskell Hopkins, The Boxcars.

Tir Na Nog – Cumberland Band, Blue Highway, Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys, Kevin Richardson & Cuttin Edge.

Pour House – Front Country, Finnders & Youngberg, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Hen House Prowlers.

Kings – Earlybird Stringband, Lilly Drumeva/Looping Brothers, Mala & Fryr Moon, Red Wine.

Architect Bar and Social Club – Wood & Wire, Jeanette & Johnny Williams, The Gravy Boys Band, Bradford Lee Folk & Bluegrass Playboys.

Friday

Wide Open Bluegrass Street Festival

Fayetteville Street, Noon-11 p.m. Features the whole hog barbecue championship and music on various stages. The North Carolina Bluegrass Pavilion will be free to the public in the Raleigh Convention Center.

City Plaza Stage – Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa, The Bankesters, The Spinney Bros, Newton & Thomas, Red Wine, The Kruger Brothers, The Boxcars, The SteelDrivers.

Martin Street Stage – Nixon, Blevins & Gage, Al Batten & The Bluegrass Reunion, Big Fat Gap, Bryan Sutton with Courtney Hartman, Red June, The Williamson Brothers, Lou Reid and Carolina, Balsam Range.

Hargett Street Stage – Old Man Luedecke, Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, Jerron Paxton, Finnders & Youngberg, The Stray Birds, The Honeycutters, The Steel Wheels, 23 String Band.

Youth Stage – Regional Junior Appalachian Musicians, Moore Brothers Band, Kids on Bluegrass.

Dance Tent – Square Dance with The Southern String Band, Green Grass Cloggers with Five Points Rounders, Square Dance with Five Points Rounders, Open Dance with Mel Melton & the Wicked Mojos.

Main Stage Concerts

Raleigh Convention Center Stage, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Red Hat Amphitheater, 11:45 a.m.-11 p.m.

Raleigh Convention Center – Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, The Spinney Brothers, Rob Ickes & Jim Hurst, Marty Raybon & Full Circle, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Claire Lynch Band, Blue Highway, Bryan Sutton, Barry Bales, Noam Pikelny, Ronnie McCoury, Gabe Witcher, Balsam Range, The Boxcars.

Red Hat Amphitheater – The Grass Cats, Druhá Tráva, The SteelDrivers, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Greensky Bluegrass, The Del McCoury Band, Punch Brothers. The closing act, at 9:30 p.m., is an epic collaboration with Del McCoury, Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, Tony Rice, Jerry Douglas and Mark Schatz.

Bluegrass Ramble Evening Concerts

10 p.m.-2 a.m.

Lincoln Theatre – Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, Stacy Grubb, The Clay Hess Band, Jett’s Creek.

Long View Center – The Honey Cutters, Kruger Brothers, Kickin Grass, The Moore Brothers.

Tir Na Nog – Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass, The Spinney Brothers.

Pour House – The Rigneys, The Nedski-Mojo Show, The Toy Hearts.

Kings – Jean-Luc Leroux & Co., The Spinney Brothers, Paul Trenwith & Friends, The Looping Bros and Si Kahn.

Saturday

Wide Open Bluegrass Street Festival

Fayetteville Street, Noon-11 p.m. Features the whole hog barbecue championship and music on various stages. The North Carolina Bluegrass Pavilion will be free to the public in the Raleigh Convention Center.

City Plaza Stage – Flatt Lonesome, Grasstowne, Reno & Harrell, Kids on Bluegrass, Jim Lauderdale, John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Chatham County Line.

Martin Street Stage – Iron Mountain Messengers, Samantha Casey & The Bluegrass Jam, Tommy Edwards and The Bluegrass Experience, Si Kahn & Looping Brothers, Snyder Family Band, Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, Terry Baucom, Skip Cherryholmes Quintet.

Hargett Street Stage – Henhouse Prowlers, Erin McDermott, Barefoot Movement, Toy Hearts, Phoebe Hunt, Missy Raines & The New Hip, Mipso, John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band.

Youth Stage – The Willis Clan, Snyder Family Band, Lonesome Meadow, Vicki Vaughn Band, Flatt Lonesome.

Dance Tent – Family Square Dance with The Carolina Catbirds, Apple Chill Cloggers with The Kickin Grass Band, Scythian, Old Habits.

Main Stage Concerts

Raleigh Convention Center Stage, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Red Hat Amphitheater, 11:45 a.m.-11 p.m.

Raleigh Convention Center – Nu-Blu, Audie Blaylock & Redline, Dale Ann Bradley, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Detour, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Travelin’ McCourys, Peter Rowan, Kruger Brothers with the Kontras Quartet.

Red Hat Amphitheater Stage – Kickin’ Grass Band, The Gibson Brothers, Della Mae, Dailey & Vincent featuring Statler Brother Jimmy Fortune, Bela Fleck, Danny Paisley, Ronnie McCoury, Jason Carter, Alan Bartram, Seldom Scene, The Infamous Stringdusters. The closing act, at 9:15 p.m., is Steve Martin and Steep Canyon Rangers, featuring Edie Brickell.

Bluegrass Ramble Evening Concerts

10 p.m.-2 a.m.

Lincoln Theatre – The Wrecked Frets, Constant Change, Al Batten & the Bluegrass Reunion, Bridgetown.

Long View Center – Missy Raines and The New Hip, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Grasstowne, Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road.

Tir Na Nog – Druha Trava, Niall Toner, The Toy Hearts, Kristy Cox & Calder Highway.

Pour House – Dale Ann Bradley, Kruger Brothers, The Looping Bros and Si Kahn, Missy Raines and The New Hip.

Kings – Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, Detour, Kevin Richardson & Cuttin Edge, Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time.

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