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Head to Raleigh for some Wide Open Bluegrass Oct. 3-4

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On the heels of last night’s International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards, you can catch many of the winners performing today, Oct. 3, and Saturday, Oct. 4, in Raleigh at Wide Open Bluegrass, part of the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass annual event.

The main stages in the Raleigh Convention Center and Red Hat Amphitheater will play host to some of the best bluegrass lineups around including Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Edgar Meyer, Bryan Sutton, & Stuart Duncan; Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby; a world premiere of a new concerto by The Kruger Brothers and the Kontras Quartet, among others, according to the website. The other half of Wide Open Bluegrass is a free Street Festival from noon until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, which includes four music stages, a youth talent stage, the North Carolina Whole Hog Barbecue State Championship, Dance Tent, and more.

Here’s the lineup:

Raleigh Convention Center Ballroom Stage


  • Musterd Courage
  • James King Band
  • The Roys
  • The Deadly Gentlemen
  • Town Mountain
  • Jerry Douglas presents The Earls of Leicester with Shawn Camp, Tim O’Brien, Johnny Warren, Charlie Cushman and Barry Bales


Red Hat Amphitheater Stage

(doors open at 10 AM)

  • Balsam Range
  • Chatham County Line
  • Sierra Hull
  • Lonesome River Band
  • The Gibson Brothers
  • Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn
  • Steep Canyon Rangers
  • Hot Rize featuring Red Knuckles & The Trailblazers
  • Wide Open Jam with Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Bryan Sutton, Edgar Meyer, and Stuart Duncan


Saturday, October 4, 2014

Raleigh Convention Center Ballroom Stage

(doors open at 9:00 AM)

  • Davidson Brothers
  • Special Consensus
  • Larry Stephenson Band
  • Jesse McReynolds
  • Bobby Hicks, Tony Williamson, Ron Shuffler and special guests
  • Kruger Brothers with Kontras Quartet, world premiere of new concerto “Lucid Dreamer”

Red Hat Amphitheater Stage

  • Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice
  • Della Mae
  • The Grascals
  • Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
  • Noam Pikelny & Stuart Duncan
  • Yonder Mountain String Band
  • Del McCoury Band with special guests Lee Ann Womack and Keller Williams
  • Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby with Kentucky Thunder

Visit the official website for times, tickets and more information.

Wide Open Bluegrass

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