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IBMA: The “Bluegrass Ramble” cometh

Summer hasn’t even started yet, but fall will be here before you know it -- and the annual World of Bluegrass festivities, Sept. 29-Oct. 3 in downtown Raleigh. The International Bluegrass Music Association has released its initial slate of acts playing the “Bluegrass Ramble” nightclub showcase part of the program, which is below. There will also be lots more acts than this playing co-sponsored, afternoon and after-hours showcases; plus the free street festival and Wide Open Bluegrass headliners at Red Hat Amphitheater.

April Verch

Ash Breeze Band

Big Virginia Sky

Blue Mafia

Bradford Lee Folk and the Bluegrass Playboys

Caribou Mountain Collective

Charm City Junction

Chris Henry and The Hardcore Grass


Donna Hughes

Front Country

Gold Heart

Greg Blake

Hank Smith & Lindsey Tims

Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys


Rex McGee

Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley

Ryan Cavanaugh

Songs of the Fall

Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle


The Lonesome Ace Stringband

The Missy Werner Band

The Original Five

The Steel Wheels

The Tyler Williams Band

Unspoken Tradition

Vickie Vaughn Band

Wood & Wire