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September 3, 2014

Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest offers great acts playin' real good for free

Even if you don't buy a ticket to the paid part of World of Bluegrass, there's plenty of action on the streets for free that weekend. Event organizers released the lineup for Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest, which will offer free concerts by big-name acts.

One of the final puzzle pieces for the upcoming World of Bluegrass is now in place: The lineup for Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest, the free street-festival portion of the program. There will be a half-dozen large and small stages throughout downtown Raleigh the weekend of Oct. 3-4, where you’ll be able to see many of the acts playing paid venues, but for free -- including Gibson Brothers, Chatham County Line, Compton & Newberry, Balsam Range, Kruger Brothers, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Boxcars and a whole bunch more. For the complete schedule and lineup showing who plays when and where, check here.

Meanwhile, to recap other elements of the bluegrass program, here are North Carolina’s IBMA Award nominees; the list of all the big main-stage performers; some details about the keynote speaker for the IBMA convention; the list of club acts playing the “Bluegrass Ramble”; and the “Bluegrass Ramble” schedule.

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