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Steve Martin returning to Wide Open Bluegrass


Steve Martin will give this year’s World of Bluegrass a little extra star power. The banjo-playing funnyman is the most high-profile addition to the just-released ticketed main-stage schedule for Wide Open Bluegrass, Sept. 29-30 at downtown Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater.

Martin’s last IBMA appearance was in 2015, when he accepted a Distinguished Acheivement Award but did not perform. This time, he’ll appear onstage with frequent collaborators the Steep Canyon Rangers, the Grammy-winning bluegrass band from Brevard. This is billed as Martin and the Rangers’ sole performance together this year in support of their upcoming album - cleverly titled “The Long-Awaited Album,” due for release Sept. 22.

The other acts announced this go-round are Kruger Brothers with Kontras Quartet, locals Chatham County Line, Molly Tuttle and an all-star tribute to Country Gentlemen. The complete schedule, including the lineup of acts released back in May, is below.

Single-day tickets start at $50 for IBMA members, $60 for the general public. For details, see ibma.org.

Friday, Sept. 29

noon - Molly Tuttle

1:15 p.m. - Kruger Brothers with Kontras Quartet

3 p.m. - Flatt Lonesome

4 p.m. - Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

5 p.m. - O’Connor Band

6:30 p.m. - Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn

8:30 p.m. - Country Gentlemen tribute featuring Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush

9:30 p.m. - Wide Open Jam with Infamous Stringdusters

IBMA Momentum Award winner Molly Tuttle and her band peform Townes Van Zandt's 'White Freightliner Blues' at The Lincoln Theater in Raleigh, N.C. Wendesday night, Sept. 28, 2016.

Saturday, Sept. 30

noon - Sister Sadie

1 p.m. - Chatham County Line

2 p.m. - Bluegrass 45

3 p.m. - Sierra Hull

4 p.m. - Lonesome River Band

5 p.m. - Balsam Range

6:30 p.m. - Travelin’ McCourys

8 p.m. - Hot Rize

9:45 p.m. - Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Steve Martin

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.

David Menconi: 919-829-4759, @NCDavidMenconi