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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 Wednesday’s highlights.

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

Note that acts and times are subject to change.

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

Our picks

Circus No. 9

There’s a generous helping of jazz under the big top with Circus No. 9, and they lean toward the jammier side of ’grass, but they don’t really like to be hemmed in by genres. Whatever their sound is, they play it well (Two members are nominated for instrumental Momentum Awards this year). At their live shows, expect lots of improvisation and lots of fun.

Where to find them: 8:10 p.m., Raleigh Convention Center, Room 304, Bluegrass Ramble; 1 a.m., Marriott Congressional Ballroom, Bluegrass Ramble


If you follow roots music, you’ve likely seen the members of Hawktail before, separately, in bands including Punch Brothers, Dave Rawlings Machine and Crooked Still. You may have heard them at various points on the public radio show “Live From Here.” In this configuration, fiddle player Brittany Haas, bassist Paul Kowert, guitarist Jordan Tice, and mandolin player Dominick Leslie combine forces for instrumental tunes that are by turns sprightly and somber, traditional and groundbreaking, bringing instrumental music into a new era.

Where you can see them: 8:45 p.m., Raleigh Convention Center Masters Workshop Stage, Bluegrass Ramble; 10 p.m., Marriott State Ballroom AB, Bluegrass Ramble; Midnight, Lincoln Theater, Bluegrass Ramble

Po’ Ramblin’ Boys

These guys are keeping traditional bluegrass alive, right down to the bus they tour in, a 1965 GM 4016 that once belonged to Vince Combs & The Shade Tree Grass. They’re also creating a name for themselves the old-fashioned way – touring hard and putting on consistently entertaining shows, including at last year’s World of Bluegrass. If you missed them then, now’s the time to catch up. Newly signed to Rounder Records and nominated for IBMA’s Emerging Artist award, they’re about to be big.

Where you can see them: 11 p.m., Lincoln Theater, Bluegrass Ramble

Appalachian Road Show

This project from Barry Abernathy and Darrell Webb celebrates the history, culture and music of the Appalachian Mountains. Expect plenty of dance tunes, along with a dose of history between songs. The 11 p.m. show is a party to celebrate the release of the group’s album next month.

Where to see them: 8 p.m., Pour House, Bluegrass Ramble; 11 p.m., King’s, Bluegrass Ramble

Hank Pattie and the Current
Hank, Pattie and The Current meld old and new, keeping busy. Gabriel Nelson

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

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