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World of Bluegrass main stage will be hot, lonesome and cute

This year’s model of the World of Bluegrass continues rolling out, with the announcement of the festival’s main-stage headliners. Among the acts playing Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater as part of the Wide Open Bluegrass program on Sept. 29-30 will be:

*Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, also known as the cutest couple in bluegrass.

*Hot Rize, the venerable Colorado bluegrass band that reunited after more than two decades at the 2014 World of Bluegrass and is still in action.

*Infamous Stringdusters, who will host an all-star “Wide Open Jam.”

*Travelin’ McCourys, spinoff of the Del McCoury Band.

*O’Connor Band, fiddler Mark O’Connor’s family ensemble, who won this year’s best-bluegrass-album Grammy Award after moving to Charlotte in 2016.

*Doyle Lawson, the IBMA Hall of Famer.

*Balsam Range, the Haywood County quintet that has won bushels of IBMA Awards in recent years.

*Lonesome River Band, marking its 35-year anniversary.

*Sierra Hull, who became the first woman to win IBMA’s mandolinist of the year in 2016 (while co-hosting the awards show).

*Sister Sadie, an all-woman supergroup featuring five-time IBMA female vocalist of the year Dale Ann Bradley.

*Flatt Lonesome, rising young group that won three IBMA Awards last year.

*Bluegrass 45, the pioneering Japanese bluegrass group marking its 50-year golden anniversary.

There will be another round of main-stage announcements in July, followed by the lineup and schedule for the free street festival. World of Bluegrass will happen Sept. 26-30 at various venues across downtown Raleigh, including the International Bluegrass Music Association’s annual business conference and the “Bluegrass Ramble” nightclub shows.

David Menconi: 919-829-4759, @NCDavidMenconi

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