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World of Bluegrass/IBMA Awards/Wide Open Bluegrass return Sept. 27-Oct. 1 to Raleigh, North Carolina

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This year’s World of Bluegrass/IBMA Awards/Wide Open Bluegrass events return to Raleigh, North Carolina, on Sept. 27 – Oct. 1.  Following is the Business Conference schedule, the Red Hat concert schedule and the Bluegrass Ramble schedule. The IBMA Awards are set for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Duke Energy Center and will be hosted by Dan Tyminski and Sierra Hull.

World of Bluegrass Business Conference schedule: (Subject to change.)

Tuesday, September 27:


11:15 a.m.     Music Industry 101

Booking Yourself Without an Agent

Industry Overview

Publishing 101

Take the Fear Out of the Offer

Dealing with Stress and Anxiety


1:00 p.m.       Current Music Licensing Issues Created by Streaming Services

Grammy Panel

How to Build a Band

Planning a Recording

Creating Well with Others



2:15 p.m.         Gig Fair (Moved from its former Thursday spot.)


4:00 p.m.         Keynote address and reception


6:00 p.m.         World of Bluegrass/Ramble kick-off party featuring Lonesome River Band at the Lincoln Theater


Wednesday, September 28:


8:30 a.m.       What is Your Digital Legacy?

Bluegrass Belongs to Us: Creating an Inclusive Environment at Your Event, Gig and In Your Career

Plugging In

Turning Writer’s Block into a Stepping Stone


9:00 a.m.  – 5:00 p.m.       Health Fair


9: 45 a.m.       Sound-alikes Litigation

Getting and Executing the Big Interview

Getting to Know Sound Exchange

The Power of Language

Musical Theater for Bluegrass Songwriters


11:00 a.m.       Momentum Awards Luncheon


1:00 p.m.         B2B Conference Expo


2:00 p.m.         DJ Taping Sessions


2:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Sponsored Showcases


2:30 p.m.         Song Critique Session


5:00 p.m.         Songwriters Meet and Greet, Agent/Talent Buyer Reception, International Meet and Greet,

and ETSU Alumni and Friends Reception


Thursday, September 29:


8:30 a.m.        Booking Your Band Outside of Bluegrass

Using Economic Impact Studies to Build Success and Meaningful Partnerships

Using Effective Teaching to Enhance Career and Community

Getting Cuts and Getting Paid

Booking a 300-500 Seat Room is Challenging!


9:00 a.m.  – 5:00 p.m.       Health Fair


9:45 a.m.         Town Hall Meeting


11:00 a.m.       Distinguished Achievement Awards Luncheon


1:00 p.m.         B2B Conference Expo


1:00 p.m.         Songwriter Showcase


2:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Official IBMA Showcases


3:00 p.m.         Song Circles


7:30 p.m.         IBMA Awards Show at the Duke Energy Center


The Red Hat performance schedule for Friday, September 30: (subject to change)


Doors open at 10:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.       Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands with special guest Alice Gerrard

12:15 p.m.       Peter Rowan Band

1:30                 Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives

2:45                 Dailey & Vincent

4:15                 Soggy Bottom Boys featuring Dan Tyminski, Barry Bales, Ron Block, Mike Compton, Stuart Duncan, Pat Enright, Jerry Douglas

5:45                 Jerry Douglas presents the Earls of Leicester

7:30                 Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

9:30                 Nitty Gritty Dirt Band


The Red Hat performance schedule for Saturday, October 1: (subject to change)


Doors open at 10:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.       Becky Buller Band

12:15 p.m.       Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out

1:30                 John Cowan with Darin & Brook Aldridge and Friends

2:50                 Larry Sparks & The Lonesome Ramblers

4:20                 The Kruger Brothers and Symphony of the Mountains present “Spirit of the Rockies”

6:00                 Greensky Bluegrass

7:45                 Steep Canyon Rangers

9:30                 Del McCoury Band




The 2016 Bluegrass Ramble schedule:


Architect Bar & Social House:  (108 East Hargett Street)


Tuesday, September 27:

7:00        Annie Lou

8:00        Kaia Kater

9:00        The Unseen Strangers


Wednesday, September 28:

7:00        Zoe & Cloyd

8:00        10 String Symphony

9:00        Missy Raines & the New Hip


Kings: (14 West Martin Street)


Tuesday, September 27:

7:00        Run Boy Run

8:00        Carolina Blue

9:00        Bill and the Belles


Wednesday, September 28:

7:00        Hannah Shira Naiman

8:00        Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike

9:00        Tim Carter & Bang Bang


Lincoln Theater: (126 East Cabarrus Street)


Tuesday, September 27:

6:00        World of Bluegrass Kick-off Party with The Lonesome River Band

7:00        Joe K. Walsh & Sweet Loam

8:00        Red Wine

9:00        Hot Buttered Rum


Wednesday, September 28:

7:00        The Lil’ Smokies

8:00        Molly Tuttle Band

9:00        Town Mountain


Pour House: (224 South Blount Street)


Tuesday, September 27:

7:00        Cardboard Fox

8:00        Jenni Lyn

9:00        High Plains Jamboree


Wednesday, September 28:

7:00         Hackensaw Boys

8:00        Old Salt Union

9:00        Trout Steak Revival


Raleigh Convention Center Masters Workshop Stage (500 South Salisbury)


Tuesday, September 27:

7:00        Old Salt Union

7:35        Tellico

8:10        10 String Symphony

8:45        Missy Raines & the New Hip

9:20        Molly Tuttle Band


Wednesday, September 28:

7:00        Cardboard Fox

7:35        Run Boy Run

8:10        The Loose Strings Band

8:45        Jenni Lyn

9:20        Hot Buttered Rum


Raleigh Convention Center (500 South Salisbury)


Tuesday, September 27:

7:00        Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike    Room 304

7:35        Zoe & Cloyd                                    Room 305

8:10        Steep Ravine                                  Room 306

8:45        Trout Steak Revival                       Room 307

9:20        The Lil’ Smokies                             Room 308


Wednesday, September 28:

7:00        High Plains Jamboree       Room 304

7:35        Bill and the Bells               Room 304

8:10        The Honey Dewdrops      Room 304

8:45        Annie Lou                           Room 304

9:20        John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band   Room 304


Vintage Church:


Tuesday, September 27:

7:00        The Loose Strings Band

8:00        The Honey Dewdrops

9:00        John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band


Wednesday, Septemer 28:

7:00        The Andrew Collins Trio

8:00        Steep Ravine

9:00        Tellico


In addition, you can learn more about each band at:




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