On the list of music festivals to be held in Raleigh this fall, IBMA Bluegrass Live Reaching milestones this week.
Combining street festival and musical extravaganza, this event attracts bluegrass fans, musicians, producers and industry professionals downtown to be a part of this annual celebration.
Pat Morris, CEO of the International Bluegrass Music Association, is happy to be back in Raleigh for the 10th year. He said Raleigh has become a frequent destination for the Bluegrass Festival due to its rich history with the genre and the city’s accessibility and walkability.
“I think Raleigh was a visionary in how things were designed,” Morris told The News & Observer.
The IBMA’s World of Bluegrass begins September 27 and runs through October 1. Event – Conference, Awards Show, Concerts, Free Bluegrass Live! Street Festival – It is one of the biggest festivals in Raleigh and routinely attracts thousands of people to the area.
Bluegrass Live! It stretches along Fayetteville Street, giving attendees the freedom to walk downtown streets to interact with vendors and pop-up jam sessions.
Morris said the event is slated to happen rainy or sunny, “but we always hope to shine.”
However, rain from Hurricane Ian is expected to hit the Triangle this weekend, just as the Free Street Festival begins. In 2015, IBMA moved the entire event indoors to the Raleigh Convention Center due to Hurricane Joaquin.
“We are ready to make the necessary changes to this weekend’s festival and will share updates as we have them,” Morris said Monday.
IBMA spokeswoman Jodi McDonough said attendees will be notified of event updates as they occur. It did not specify how attendees would be notified.
Since the IBMA moved its annual week of events to Raleigh, attendance has continued to climb before the pandemic. In 2019, more than 218,000 people came to Raleigh, generating $18.65 million in total direct economic impact, according to the Great Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau. The amount does not include spending by local residents.
Last year’s festival saw a drop in attendance returning to concerts and in-person events as the region began to emerge from the pandemic. The Visitors Bureau reported that the events attracted more than 101,000 people and generated more than $5.7 million. There was a vaccine required for some events, including the conference, ticketed concerts and award shows.
The festival will take place in Raleigh until 2024 after the IBMA and the city of Raleigh extended their contract, The N&O reported.
IBMA Business Conference, The week kicks off, an annual gathering of music industry professionals working with and for bluegrass musicians. This indoor event kicks off Tuesday at the Raleigh Convention Center with speaker sessions and a focus on professional development.
Tuesday also marks the beginning IBMA’s Bluegrass Ramble. This three-night concert series opens the stage for lesser-known performers looking to break into the scene. Performances are held at venues including the Raleigh Convention Center, Jimmy V, Lincoln Theatre, Burr House and Old Church.
Tickets are required in the form of a one-day pass or a week-long pass.
“It’s a great opportunity to see a whole variety of music from our show bands,” Morris said.
On Thursday, Morris and his team prepare for the “Biggest Night of Bluegrass” in IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards. Musicians and industry leaders will be honored for their contributions to the art form.
“It’s one of the most influential events in the industry,” Morris said.
The View tickets It takes place at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Billy Strings, Del McCurry Band, The Po ‘Ramblin’ Boys, Sister Sadie, Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway nominated for the prestigious Artist of the Year award. All but the strings will perform at the award ceremony.
The awards show includes the induction of influential bluegrass artists into the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame. And this year, it includes instrumentalist/vocalist Norman Blake; on-air character and recording artist Paul “Moon” Mullins; and Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Peter Rowan.
Friday and Saturday Bluegrass Live!where attendees can listen to live performances in Red Hat Amphitheater One of the biggest names of Bluegrass. Molly Tuttle and the Golden Highway, Jerry’s Douglas Band, Sierra Hull, and The Infamous Stringdusters are all set to headline the shows this weekend. Shows at Red Hat begin at 5 p.m. every night.
“It’s very well-balanced music,” Morris said.
Additional stages It will be placed in and around Fayetteville Streetstarting at the North End near the Capitol and ending near the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, for the Free Street Festival.
Bluegrass Live! It also features an art market, activities for children, and a range of vendors selling arts and crafts, food, and more. There is a beer garden near Come Hear NC Stage in front of the Duke Energy Center.
Free shows start at 12 pm and last until 11 pm
The festival is free to the public, Although tickets are recommended for shows at the Red Hat Amphitheater to guarantee seats. Reserved seats are $50 per night.
“We try to have a lot of variety, different styles,” Morris said. “Great variety of bands and voices.”
Morris said he was particularly excited to welcome a new generation of fans to the bluegrass scene.
“We get new fans every year,” Morris said. “Everyone is a part of it and everyone is welcome.”
red hat runway display schedule
here it is a program For shows at Red Hat Coliseum September 30th and October 1st. Show times are subject to change.
For a complete music schedule, go to worldofbluegrass.org/festival.
Friday 30 September
5 pm twisted pine
6 pm Balsam mountain range
7:05 PM Peter Rowan’s band Bluegrass
8:10 pm Molly Tuttle and the Golden Highway
9:30 pm Jerry Douglas band with special guests
Saturday 1 October
5 pm Della May
6 pm Dan Teminsky Band
7:05 PM Dom Flemons & Shultz’s Dream Featuring B.E. Farrow, Dante’ Pope and Tray Wellington
8:10 pm Sierra Hal
9:30 pm Notorious Stringdusters
Local traffic will be able to access Building 500 from Fayetteville Street for the duration of the event.
The following routes will be closed from 6pm on September 29 until 7am on October 2.
▪ Fayetteville Street between Hargate Street and Lenoir Street
▪ Martin Street between South Salisbury Street and South Wilmington Street
▪ Davie Street between South Salisbury Street and South Wilmington Street
▪ South Street between South Salisbury Street and South Wilmington Street
▪ Cabarrus Street between South McDowell Street and South Salisbury Street
▪ Gale Street between West Cabarrus Street and the south entrance to the parking deck
The following routes will be closed from 6am on September 29 until 7am on October 2:
▪ Lenoir Street between South Salisbury Street and South Wilmington Street
▪ Lenoir Street between South Dawson Street and South McDowell Street
For other information, go to worldofbluegrass.org.
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