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IBMA Soundcheck with Sierra Hull

Sierra Hull and her band run through a song during their soundcheck for the 2016 IBMA Awards Show at Raleigh, N.C.’s Memorial Auditorium, Wednesday night, Sept. 28, 2016.
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Sierra Hull and her band run through a song during their soundcheck for the 2016 IBMA Awards Show at Raleigh, N.C.’s Memorial Auditorium, Wednesday night, Sept. 28, 2016.

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.

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Abigail Washburn and Bela Fleck

*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.

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Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver perform at Raleigh, NC's Red Hat Amphitheater stage Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 during the IBMA Wide Open Bluegrass concerts. Scott Sharpe ssharpe@newsobserver.com

*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).

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IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year Sierra Hull gets a quick backstage hug from her banjo player after she received her award at the IBMA award ceremony in Raleigh, N.C. Scott Sharpe ssharpe@newsobserver.com

*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.

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Charli Robertson plays fiddle as IBMA Vocal Group of the Year Flatt Lonesome performs on the City Plaza Stage at Wide Open Bluegrass Saturday afternoon, Oct. 1, 2016 in Raleigh, N.C. Scott Sharpe ssharpe@newsobserver.com

*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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