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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

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

David Menconi: 919-829-4759, @NCDavidMenconi