Ricky Skaggs (Eleven-time IBMA award winner) and his band Kentucky Thunder will be one of the featured performers for this years Wide Open Bluegrass Festival, scheduled for downtown Raleigh, NC, Friday September 30th – Saturday October 1st. Wide Open Bluegrass is just a part of the IBMA’s conference which gets under way on Tuesday, September 27th. The street fest is free, and open to the public, while the conference is for member/pass holders. Additional ticketed performances will take place in the Red Hat amphitheater with proceeds going to benefit the IBMA-operated Bluegrass Trust Fund.
“Wide Open Bluegrass is a remarkable event and an economic boon for our region,” said Jim Hansen, PNC regional president of Eastern Carolinas. PNC is in it’s fourth year as presenting sponsor. “Great performers and events are the hallmark of the festival, and this year is no exception.” Dailey & Vincent, Earls of Leicester, Marty Stuart, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, John Cowan, and Steep Canyon Rangers are just a few of the featured entertainers.
The Raleigh Convention Center plays host to the five day IBMA conference which features industry related seminars, exhibit hall, and the 27th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, scheduled for Thursday, September 29.
For full line ups and ticketing information, visit www.IBMA.org.