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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.
Wide Open Bluegrass and the International Bluegrass Music Association’s business conference have tons of activities and events throughout the week.
Here are Tuesday’s highlights.
Note that acts and times are subject to change.
▪ 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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. Advance registration is required for many events.
▪ 4 p.m. Keynote Reception and address by Jamie Dailey, Raleigh Convention Center, 4th Floor Ballroom. Dailey has won several awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association in the past decade as half of superstar bluegrass duo Dailey & Vincent. The group was inducted in the Grand Ole Opry in 2017.
He’s also a veteran of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. In Dailey & Vincent’s first year of eligibility, they won six IBMA Awards for entertainer, vocal group and emerging artist of the year. They have won several more since then and won a Grammy Award in 2011 for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. Dailey’s 2018 keynote speech will most likely be tied into the theme of this year’s IBMA conference, “Branding Bluegrass.”
Business conference registration is required to attend the keynote. See worldofbluegrass.org for details.
▪ The Bluegrass Ramble kicks off today and continues through Thursday at the following venues. 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.
Our Picks Today
Man About a Horse
Founded over beers in 2014 by two musician neighbors who longed to play bluegrass, this Philadelphia band takes what it calls a “newgrass Americana” approach to its energetic originals as well as its innovative covers, which have included Radiohead’s “Electioneering” and the Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love.” Fresh off taking first prize in the FreshGrass Festival’s band contest and nominated for a 2018 Momentum Award from IBMA, this is a band you’ll want to see about.
Where to see them: 8 p.m., Pour House, Bluegrass Ramble. Also playing Wednesday, 11 p.m., Marriott Chancellor Ballroom, Bluegrass Ramble
Jeff Scroggins & Colorado
Their state of origin is right there in the name, and as you might expect, this band (nominated for Emerging Artist of the Year) brings something a little different to the traditional bluegrass sound. Frontman and banjo player Jeff Scroggins lists Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton among his influences, and it won’t take long to see where that leads. His son Tristan Scroggins plays mandolin in the band. Scroggins, in his early 20s, has already become known as a standout musician as well as a deep thinker and eloquent writer about the state of bluegrass. With band members who have been heavily awarded and pull from the traditions of multiple regions, Jeff Scroggins & Colorado puts on an energetic and wide-ranging set.
Where to see them: 9 p.m., Architect Bar & Social House, Bluegrass Ramble. Also, Thursday at midnight (they appear on Wednesday’s schedule) in the Marriott State Ballroom AB, Bluegrass Ramble; and Friday, 2:30 p.m., City Plaza Stage, Streetfest
Lonesome Ace Stringband
This trio from Toronto aims to bring old-time music to modern-day ears. While they have a vast repertoire of timeless tunes — some standards, some you’ve likely never heard before — their latest album showcases original songs that mix right in. This is the band’s second year as an IBMA showcase artist (the first was 2015), and fiddle player John Showman showcased in 2014 with another band, the more alt-country flavored New Country Rehab. You’ll want to get hip to why they keep getting invited back.
Where to see them: 8 p.m., King’s, Bluegrass Ramble; 1 a.m. (Wednesday), Marriott State Ballroom AB
You’re going to hear about Mile Twelve a lot this week — three of the band’s five members have been nominated for Momentum Awards on their instruments, and another as a vocalist. They won last year’s band Momentum Award, and they’re nominated as an Emerging Artist of the Year and for an Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year. With a successful debut album behind them and a new one in the works to be produced by Bryan Sutton, they have plenty of material for high-energy, fresh-sounding sets no matter where they pop up.
Where to see them: 10:30 p.m., Marriott State Ballroom AB, Bluegrass Ramble; Midnight, Lincoln Theater, Bluegrass Ramble. Also playing Wednesday, 11:30 p.m., Marriott State Ballroom AB, Bluegrass Ramble; Friday, 3:45 p.m., City Plaza, Streetfest
Charm City Junction
At first glance, you can tell there’s something different about this Baltimore band — namely, the absence of a guitar, and the presence of an accordion. Patrick McAvinue on fiddle, Brad Kolodner on banjo, Sean McComiskey on accordion, and Alex Lacquement on upright bass each have earned acclaim in their own right, but together their flavor of bluegrass, infused with old-time and Celtic elements, is earning a lot of buzz as well as bookings.
Where to see them: 7 p.m., Raleigh Convention Center, Room 304, Bluegrass Ramble; 10 p.m., Marriott State Ballroom AB, Bluegrass Ramble
Bluegrass Ramble concerts
Architect Bar & Social House: 108 1/2 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. Architectbar.com. Starts at 7 p.m. The Trailblazers, Missy Raines, Jeff Scroggins & Colorado, Flats and Sharps, George Jackson Band
Kings: 14 W. Martin St., Raleigh. Kingsraleigh.com. 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 Theatre: 126 E. Cabarrus St., Raleigh. lincolntheatre.com. 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
Raleigh Marriott City Center: 500 Fayetteville St. Mall, Raleigh. 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
The Pour House: 224 S. Blount St., Raleigh. Thepourhousemusichall.com. Starts at 7 p.m. The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers, Man About a Horse, Hawktail, Lonely Heartstring Band, Swift Creek, FY5
Raleigh Convention Center: 500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh. Raleighconvention.com. 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: 118 S. Person St., Raleigh. vintagenc.com. Starts at 7 p.m. Cedar Hill, Jig Jam, The Band of Kelleys, The Churchmen, Kristy Cox, Amanda Cook, Colebrook Road, Thomm Jutz