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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 Thursday highlights.
▪ 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.
Hailing from Raleigh, New Reveille puts a delightfully dark spin on Americana. There’s a distinct rock vibe, but also a cello in the mix among all the traditional stringband instruments and layered vocals, giving them a sound all their own. Their brand new album, “The Keep,” is getting a lot of buzz, a wakeup call, perhaps, that hard-driving Americana is still alive and well.
Where to see them: 11 p.m., King’s, Bluegrass Ramble
The Songs of John Hartford
Matt Combs, Mike Compton, Chris Sharp, Rachel Baiman, Scott Simontacchi and guests will play the songs of John Hartford, who won Grammy Awards in three different decades and influenced countless bluegrass and Americana musicians, including Gillian Welch, the Avett Brothers and many more. Expect to hear Hartford standards including “Gentle on My Mind” and “Tall Buildings” as well as tunes you may have never heard before, but will hit your ears like classics.
Where to see them: 11 p.m., Architect Bar & Social House, Bluegrass Ramble
Yes, they’ll be barefoot, but you’ll hardly notice once you hear the powerhouse vocals of frontwoman Noah Wall, who met mandolin player Tommy Norris in their senior year of high school in Oxford, NC. The quartet features fiery instrumentals, rich harmonies and a sharp sense of humor that makes their shows just right for kicking off your shoes and feeling right at home.
Where to find them: 11:30 p.m., Marriott State Ballroom D
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