IBMA Guitar Player of the Year Molly Tuttle and her band play in the California Bluegrass Association suite Friday night, Sept. 30, 2017 after playing two shows earlier in the day at Wide Open Bluegrass.
John DeLuca and his wife Sandy, who are both visually impaired, had guides with them while attending Wide Open Bluegrass in downtown Raleigh Friday, Sept. 29 2017. PineCone, the organization that produces Wide Open Bluegrass in conjunction with the International Bluegrass Music Association, is providing guides to the visually impaired to the outdoor festival on request.
The Glorifying Vines Sisters got on a plane for the first time in August to travel to a festival performance in Lugano, Switzerland with the Music Maker Relief Foundation. The gospel group will be performing at Wide Open Bluegrass Friday night.
American musician Rhiannon Giddens, formerly of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, delivered a powerful keynote speech at the Raleigh Convention Center to kick off IBMA's World of Bluegrass on Tuesday Sept. 26, 2017. She declared that the question today is not how to make bluegrass more diverse, but how to "bring the diversity back to bluegrass."
Rhiannon Giddens plays "Pretty Little Girl" with Giri and Uma Peters, two kids of Indian descent from Nashville who were one of the hits of last week's World of Bluegrass festival in Raleigh. After reading that Carolina Chocolate Drops had inspired Uma to take up banjo, Giddens arranged a meeting at their home in Nashville and stayed about two hours, teaching them songs, history and musical techniques.
Lillian Werbin of Elderly Instruments talks about the most expensive instrument the company brought to the IBMA trade expo this year. It's a Gibson TB-18/TB12 Conversion banjo, priced at $45,000. Anyone who wants to try it out at the trade expo may do so.