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World of Bluegrass 2018

The International Bluegrass Music Association conference, awards ceremony, Bluegrass Ramble and World of Bluegrass is in Raleigh, NC, Sept. 25-29, 2018. Find our stories here.

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Wide Open Bluegrass and the International Bluegrass Music Association’s business conference have tons of activities and events throughout the week. Here are some highlights and music schedules.

The association also has its annual awards ceremony Thursday.

For complete details and tickets, go to ibma.org and wideopenbluegrass.com.

Note that acts and times are subject to change.

IBMA Conference

The International Bluegrass Music Association’s business conference is at the Raleigh Convention Center Tuesday through Thursday. There will be sessions for bluegrass professionals, including artists, record labels, agents, publishers and more. There also is Tuesday’s keynote address by Jamie Dailey, a gig fair, song critique session and showcases. Advance registration is required for many events or conference registration.

Bluegrass Ramble

Performers will be spread out at concerts Tuesday through Thursday at Architect Bar, Kings, Lincoln Theater, Marriott Chancellor Ballroom, Marriott Congressional Ballroom, Marriott State Ballroom, The Pour House, Raleigh Convention Center, Vintage Church. Passes for nonmembers are $30 for a single day or $75 for a three-day pass or $25 and $60 for IBMA members. Admission is included for IBMA conference attendees.

Wide Open Bluegrass

Main Stage: Shows are Friday and Saturday at Red Hat Amphitheater. Single-day tickets start at $50 for IBMA members, $60 for the general public. Two-day passes start at $80 for IBMA members and $100 for nonmembers. Children 12 and younger free with paying adults (general admission.)

Wide Open Bluegrass Streetfest: Free shows on stages on Fayetteville Street and around downtown Raleigh.

The Venues

Architect Bar & Social House: 108 1/2 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. architectbar.com

Kings: 14 W. Martin St., Raleigh. kingsraleigh.com

Lincoln Theatre: 126 E. Cabarrus St., Raleigh. lincolntheatre.com

The Pour House: 224 S. Blount St., Raleigh. thepourhousemusichall.com

Raleigh Marriott City Center: 500 Fayetteville St. Mall, Raleigh.

Raleigh Convention Center: 500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh. raleighconvention.com

Red Hat Amphitheater: 500 S. McDowell St, Raleigh. redhatamphitheater.com

Vintage Church: 118 S. Person St., Raleigh. vintagenc.com

Monday, Sept. 24

The third annual Shout & Shine: A Celebration of Diversity in Bluegrass once was a part of the Bluegrass Ramble, but now is its own event. It’s a fine way to set the tone for keeping your ears and minds wide open all week long. Hosted by local traditional music nonprofit PineCone and website The Bluegrass Situation, the ticketed event explores the crossroads of blues and bluegrass and is a fundraiser for the Music Maker Relief Foundation and IBMA’s Bluegrass Trust Fund. Featured artists include Che Apalache, The Glorifying Vines Sisters, Missy Raines, Amythyst Kiah and Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons. Tickets are $25 at shoutandshine.brownpapertickets.com.

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Tuesday, Sept. 25

8 a.m. to 5 p.m., IBMA Business Conference, Raleigh Convention Center

4 p.m. Keynote Reception and address by Jamie Dailey, Raleigh Convention Center, 4th Floor Ballroom.

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The International Bluegrass Music Association’s business conference is at the Raleigh Convention Center Tuesday through Thursday with a keynote address from Jamie Dailey, left, of Dailey & Vincent. Courtesy of daileyandvincent.com

Bluegrass Ramble concerts

Architect Bar & Social House: Starts at 7 p.m. The Trailblazers, Missy Raines, Jeff Scroggins & Colorado, Flats and Sharps, George Jackson Band

Kings: Starts at 7 p.m. Colebrook Road, Lonesome Ace Stringband, Kristi Stanley & Running Blind, Songwriters in the Round with Jerry Salley, Mark Brinkman & Shannon Slaughter, Band of Kelleys, Kristy Cox

Lincoln Theater: Starts at 6 p.m. Kick-off party with surprise guest, Circus No. 9, The Barefoot Movement, Special Consensus, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Davidson Brothers, Mile Twelve

Marriott Chancellor Ballroom: Starts at 10 p.m. The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers, The Kody Norris Show, Kristi Stanley & Running Blind, Wood Belly, Cane Mill Road, David Davis and Warrior River Boys

Marriott Congressional Ballroom: Starts at 10 p.m. Garrett Newton Band, Lorraine Jordan’s Carolina Road, Sideline, Special Consensus, Kody Norris Show

Marriott State Ballroom AB: Starts at 10 p.m. Charm City Junction, Mile Twelve, Special Consensus, John Reischman & the Jaybirds, The Lonely Heartstring Band, Front Country, Lonesome Ace Stringband

Pour House: Starts at 7 p.m. The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers, Man About a Horse, Hawktail, Lonely Heartstring Band, Swift Creek, FY5

Raleigh Convention Center Masters Workshop Stage: Starts at 7 p.m.: Amanda Cook, David Davis & The Warrior River Boys, The Honey Dewdrops, The Plate Scrapers, Wood & Wire

Raleigh Convention Center, Room 304: Charm City Junction, Ashleigh Caudill, Appalachian Road Show, Kim Robins and 40 Years Late, Bill and the Belles

Vintage Church: Starts at 7 p.m. Cedar Hill, Jig Jam, The Band of Kelleys, The Churchmen, Kristy Cox, Amanda Cook, Colebrook Road, Thomm Jutz

Wednesday, Sept. 26

9 a.m. to 5 p.m., IBMA Business Conference, Raleigh Convention Center

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The Honey Dewdrops perform Tuesday, Sept. 25th, at the Raleigh Convention Center Masters Workshop Stage. Meredith Mashburn

Bluegrass Ramble concerts

Architect Bar & Social House: Starts at 7 p.m. The Honey Dewdrops, Bill and the Belles, Ashleigh Caudill, The Nessie Expedition, JigJam, Williamson Branch

Kings: Starts at 7 p.m. Flats and Sharps, Amanda Cook, Hoot n Holler, Songwriters in the Round with Sarah Siskind, Milan Miller & Thomm Jutz, Appalachian Road Show CD Release Party

Lincoln Theater: Starts at 7 p.m. The Wooks, John Reischman and the Jaybirds, Wood & Wire, Front Country, Po’ Ramblin Boys, Hawktail

Marriott Chancellor Ballroom: Starts at 10 p.m. The Band of Kelleys, Niall Toner Band, Man About a Horse, Rebekah Long, The Jakobs Ferry Stragglers, Ross Nickers and the Night Jammers, Carolina Blue, The Price Sisters

Marriott Congressional Ballroom: Starts at 10 p.m. Chris Jones & the Night Drivers, Hank, Pattie & the Current, Sugar & the Mint, Circus No. 9

Marriott State Ballroom AB: Starts at 10 p.m. Hawktail, The Lonely Heartstring Band, Highland Travelers, Mile Twelve, Jeff Scroggins & Colorado, Vickie Vaughn Band, Barefoot Movement

Marriott State Ballroom D: Starts at 10 p.m. Crying Uncle, Amanda Cook, The Price Sisters, Bluegrass Outlaws, Brad Hudson, The Kody Norris Show, BBQ Bluegrass, Dewey & Leslie Brown

Pour House: Starts at 7 p.m. The Plate Scrapers, Appalachian Road Show, Davidson Brothers, Chris Eldridge, Kenny & Amanda Smith, Wood & Wire

Raleigh Convention Center Masters Workshop Stage: Starts at 7 p.m. The Band of Kelleys, The Trailblazers, Colebrook Road, Hawktail, Special Consensus

Raleigh Convention Center Room 304: Starts at 7 p.m. Cedar Hill, Kristi Stanley & Running Blind, Circus No. 9, The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers, Missy Raines

Vintage Church: Starts at 7 p.m. Kim Robins and 40 Years Late, David Davis & The Warrior River Boys, Rebekah Long, Kristy Cox, Colebrook Road, ClayBank, Amanda Cook, The Highland Travelers

Thursday, Sept. 27

9 a.m. to 5 p.m., IBMA Business Conference, Raleigh Convention Center

7:30 p.m. The 29th annual IBMA Awards Show will be hosted by Hot Rize at Memorial Hall in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets start at $62.

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Bluegrass Ramble concerts

Architect Bar & Social House: Starts at 7 p.m. Shannon Baker, The Magnolia Project, Grass Street, Ellis Dyson & The Shambles, Matt Combs, Mike Compton, Chris Sharp, Rachel Baiman, Scott Simontacchi and guests play the songs of John Hartford

Kings: Starts at 7 p.m. Beer and Banjos All Stars, Nixon, Blevins & Gage, The Carolina Pinecones, Drive Time, New Reveille

Lincoln Theater: Starts at 7 p.m. Steady Drive, Karen Smedley & Three Jack Jenny, Sideline, Hank, Pattie & The Current, Recording Academy Afterparty emceed by Jim Lauderdale

Marriott Chancellor Ballroom: Starts at 10 p.m. Hoot and Holler, Edgar Loudermilk Band featuring Jeff Autry, Karen Smedley & Three Jack Jenny, Sideline

Marriott Congressional Ballroom: Starts at 11 p.m. The Family Sowell, Nick Chandler & Delivered, Chosen Road Carolina Blue, Backline

Marriott State Ballroom AB: Starts at 10 p.m. Kim Robins, Kevin Prater Band, Colebrook Road, Mike Mitchell “Small Town” album release concert, That Dalton Gang

Marriott State Ballroom D: Starts at 10 p.m. Jubilee, The Baker Family, Rebekah Long, Barefoot Movement, Christian Davis, Nick Chandler, BBQ Bluegrass, Kristy Cox

Pour House: Starts at 7 p.m. Sugar on Fire, The Garrett Newton Band, Counterclockwise String Band, Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, Alecia Nugent, Cane Mill Road

Vintage Church: Starts at 7 p.m. Sweet Potatoe Pie, The Gingersnaps, Salt and Light, Fireside Collective, The King James Boys, New County Grass, Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, Amanda Cook Band

Friday, Sept. 28

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. World of Bluegrass Expo: Vendors, gear and products for music fans. It’s open to the public Friday and Saturday.

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. New Hall of Fame Members Spotlight: Conversation with Ricky Skaggs and Paul Williams

Wide Open Bluegrass

Main Stage, Red Hat Amphitheater

2 p.m. — Michel Cleveland & Flamekeeper

3 p.m. — Flatt Lonesome

4:15 p.m. — “The Trust”: Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Balsam Range, Lonesome River Band, Donna Ulisse, Chris Jones & Night Drivers, Sideline, Love Canon

6:15 p.m. — Tommy Emmanuel with Bryan Sutton, Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley, Jack Pearson

7:45 p.m. — Earls of Leicester

9:30 p.m. — Special collaboration: Alison Brown, Becky Buller, Sierra Hull, Missy Raines and Molly Tuttle, with guest appearances by Gillian Welch and Rhiannon Giddens.

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The Earls of Leicester will perform Friday at Ralegh’s Red Hat Amphitheater during the IBMA Wide Open Bluegrass. 2016 News & Observer File Photo ssharpe@newsobserver.com

Wide Open Bluegrass Street Festival

City Plaza Stage

Noon-12:45 p.m. — Cane Mill Road

1:15-2 p.m. — Fireside Collective

2:30-3:15 p.m. — Jeff Scroggins & Colorado

3:45-4:30 p.m. — Mile Twelve

5-5:45 p.m. — Joe Mullins & Radio Ramblers

6:15-7:15 p.m. — Sister Sadie

7:45-9 p.m. — Special Consensus

9:30-11 p.m. — Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

Davie Street Stage

12:15 p.m. — Piney Woods Boys

1:30 p.m. — Kinney Rorrer & the New North Carolina Ramblers

2:45 p.m. — Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road

4 p.m. — Hank, Pattie & the Current

5:15 p.m. — Riley Baugus

5:30-7:30 p.m. — ShadowGrass

8 p.m. — Tony Williamson & Friends

9:45 p.m. — Kruger Brothers

Hargett Street Stage

12:30-1:15 p.m. — Kristy Cox

1:45-2:30 p.m. — Bill and the Belles

3-3:45 p.m. — Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons

4 :15-5 p.m. — FY5

5:30-6:15 p.m. — Jim Lauderdale

6:45-7:45 p.m. — Donna Ulisse

8:15-9:15 p.m. — Chris Jones & Night Drivers

9:45-11 p.m. — Town Mountain

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Capitol Stage

12:15-1 p.m. — Amanda Cook

1:30-2:15 p.m. — Johnny & Jeanette Williams

2:45-3:30 p.m. — Compton & Newberry

4-4:45 p.m. — Tim O’Brien with Jan Fabricius

5:15-6 p.m. — Nick Forster

6:30-7:30 p.m. — Amythyst Kiah

8-9:15 p.m. — Lonesome River Band

9:45-11 p.m. — Balsam Range

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Dance Tent

Noon-1:30 p.m. — Square dance with Rodney Sutton (calling) and Hoot and Holler

2-2:45 p.m. — Dwight Hawkins & Piedmont Highballers

3:15-4:30 p.m. — Contra dance with Beth Molaro (calling) and Steamshovel

5-5:45 p.m. — Clogging workshop with Rodney Sutton (calling) and Hoot and Holler

6:15-7 p.m. — Clogging performance with Apple Chill Cloggers, Patrick Walsh & Friends

7:30-9 p.m. — Open dance with Che Apalache

9:30-11 p.m. — Open dance with Po’ Ramblin’ Boys

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Members of the Cane Creek Cloggers will perform in the Dance Tent Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. 2015 News & Observer File Photo newsobserver.com

Junior Appalachian Musicians (J.A.M.) at Martin Street

Noon-12:45 p.m. — Eliza Meyer

1-1:45 p.m. — Blackberry Jam

2-2:45 p.m. — Sweet Potato Pie Kids

3-3:45 p.m. — Henderson JAM Kids

4-4:45 p.m. — ShadowGrass

5-5:45 p.m. — Ella & Mary

6-6:45 p.m. — Burnett Sisters

7-7:45 p.m. — Cane Mill Road

Youth Stage at Raleigh Convention Center Plaza

Noon-12:45 p.m. — Baker Family

1-1:45 p.m. — Southern Strings

2-3:45 p.m. — Kids on Bluegrass

4-4:45 p.m. — Arcadian Wild

5-5:45 p.m. — Blue Js

6-6:45 p.m. — Salt and Light

7-7:35 p.m. — University of Louisiana at Lafayette “Vermilion Express”

7:45-8:15 p.m. — EKU Bluegrass Ensemble

8:25-9 p.m. — Clemson Bluegrass Ensemble

9:10-9:45 p.m. — Morehead State University

9:55-10:30 p.m. — Glenville State College



Saturday, Sept. 29

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. World of Bluegrass Expo: This is where you’ll find vendors, gear and products for music fans. It’s open to the public Friday and Saturday.

Wide Open Bluegrass

Main Stage, Red Hat Amphitheater

2 p.m. — Volume Five

3 p.m. — Laurie Lewis & Friends

4:15 p.m. — Gibson Brothers

6:15 p.m. Chatham County Line & Friends: Mandolin Orange, Bobby Britt, Mipso’s Libby Rodenbough, Joe Newberry, Mike Compton

7:45 p.m. — Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder with special guest Patty Loveless

9:30 p.m. — Leftover Salmon’s Wide Open Jam with Sam Bush, John Cowan and other guests

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The Lonely Heartstring Band has multiple shows including one at the Marriott State Ballroom AB on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. Courtesy of lonelyheartstringband.com

Wide Open Bluegrass Street Festival

City Plaza Stage

Noon-12:45 p.m. — Danny Paisley & Southern Grass

1:15-2 p.m. — Davidson Brothers

2:30-3:15 p.m. — Kids on Bluegrass

3:45-4:30 p.m. — Terry Baucom’s Dukes of Drive

5-5:45 p.m. — Kenny & Amanda Smith

6:15-7:15 p.m. — Darin & Brooke Aldridge

7:45-9 p.m. — Lonely Heartstring Band

9:30-11 p.m. — Alison Brown Band

Davie Street Stage

12:15-1 p.m. — Zoe & Cloyd

1:30-2:15 p.m. — Burnett Sisters

2:45-3:30 p.m. — Dewey & Leslie Brown and the Carolina Gentlemen

4-4:45 p.m. — Mark Kuykendall, Bobby Hicks & Asheville Bluegrass

5:15-6 p.m. — Jeff Little Trio

6:30-7:30 p.m. — Strictly Clean and Decent

8-9:15 p.m. — Carolina Blue Band

9:45-11 p.m. — Harris Brothers

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Hargett Street Stage

12:30-1:15 p.m. — Carolina PineCones

1:45-2:30 p.m. — Diamond Creek

3-3:45 p.m. — Loose Strings Band

4:15-5 p.m. — Tommy Edwards & Bluegrass Experience

5:30-6:15 p.m. — ClayBank

6:45-7:45 p.m. — Sideline

8:15-9:15 p.m. — Wood & Wire

9:45-11 p.m. — Alan Bibey & Grasstowne

Capitol Stage

12:15-1 p.m. — McLain Family Band (50th anniversary)

1:30-2:15 p.m. — Nu-Blu

2:45-3:30 p.m. — David Davis & Warrior River Boys

4-4:45 p.m. — Tatiana Hargreaves with Hoot and Holler

5:15-6 p.m. — Nefesh Mountain

6:30-7:30 p.m. — Hubby Jenkins

8-9:15 p.m. — Front Country

9:45-11 p.m. — Unspoken Tradition

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Dance Tent

Noon-2 p.m. — Family square dance with Ruth Pershing (calling) and Hogs & Dawgs

2:30-3:45 p.m. — Clogging performance/workshop with Green Grass Cloggers, Little Stony Nighthawks

4:15-5:45 p.m. — Contra dance with Beth Molaro (calling) and Steamshovel

6:15-7 p.m. — Clogging performance with Cane Creek Cloggers, Deep Valley Drifters

7:30-9 p.m. — Contra dance with Jack Mitchell (calling) and Rip the Calico

9:30-11 p.m. — Open dance with Love Canon

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That Dalton Gang is one of several youth acts that will perform on the Youth Stage at the Raleigh Convention Center Plaza Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. Courtesy of thatdaltongang.com

Junior Appalachian Musicians (J.A.M.) at Martin Street

11-11:45 a.m. — Ashe JAM Band

Noon-12:45 p.m. — One Fret Over

1-1:45 p.m. — Junior Appalachian Musicians Band

2-2:45 p.m. — Possum on a Whale

3-3:45 p.m. — Karlie Keepfer & Smokey Holler

4-4:45 p.m. — Carl Johnson & JAM Allstars featuring Jonah Graves

5-5:45 p.m. — Carolina PineCones

6-6:45 p.m. — Cane Mill Road

7-7:45 p.m. — ShadowGrass

Youth Stage at Raleigh Convention Center Plaza

Noon-12:45 p.m. — That Dalton Gang

1-1:45 p.m. — Crying Uncle

2-2:45 p.m. — Cane Mill Road

3-3:45 p.m. — Dixie Jubilee

4-4:45 p.m. — ShadowGrass

5-5:35 p.m. — Carolina Bluegrass (UNC-Chapel Hill)

5:45-6:20 p.m. — Pellissippi State Community College

6:30-7:05 p.m. — Colorado College

7:15-7:45 p.m. — Warren Wilson College Bluegrass Band

7:55-8:25 p.m. — Walters State Community College, High Lonesome Senate

8:35-9:10 p.m. — East Tennessee State University Bluegrass Pride Band

9:20-9:55 p.m. — Kentucky School of Bluegrass & Traditional Music

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Stacy Chandler contributed.

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