Congratulations to the following acts who have been invited by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) to perform as part of the Bluegrass Ramble Showcase, which will take place at the Raleigh Convention Center and six different venues throughout downtown Raleigh, Tuesday through Saturday of World of Bluegrass. The Bluegrass Ramble Showcase is the remiere opportunity to introduce talent and new music at IBMA’s annual World of Bluegrass conference comes in the form of “official” showcase performances which help the music industry assembled discover emerging new bands, as well as established bands with new music or new personnel.
In Raleigh, North Carolina this year, each showcase band will perform two or three times during World of Bluegrass week. The showcase fee after being invited was lowered to $500/group which still includes full attendee registration for band members and a complimentary booth in the exhibit hall.
Thirty showcase artists are invited for World of Bluegrass 2013. Each official showcase act will perform twice, and possibly three times during World of Bluegrass Week in some combination of following areas: the Raleigh Convention Center, evening showcase rooms at the Marriott or Sheraton hotels, evening showcases at five in-town venues, or as a part of the weekend street fair. There will also be opportunities for merchandise sales and, potentially, a share in showcase-generated revenues after off-site venue expenses are covered.
The thirty artists selected include some new names and some that have been around for quite a while. The list from the IBMA includes Dave Adkins & Republik Steele, The Bankesters, Breaking Grass, Travers Chandler & Avery County, Kristy Cox & Calder Highway, Cumberland Gap Connection, Detour, Bill Evans, Bradford Lee Folk & The Bluegrass Playboys, Front Country, Grasstowne, The Gravy Boys Band, Todd Grebe and Cold Country, Growling Old Men, Henhouse Prowlers, The Honey Dewdrops, Kathy Kallick Band, Kickin’ Grass Band, Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, Red Wine, Kevin Richardson & Cuttin’ Edge, Southern Raised, Johnny Staats & The Delivery Boys, The Steel Wheels, The Stray Birds, Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line, The Toy Hearts, Wildfire, Jeanette & Johnny Williams, and Wood & Wire
IBMA Showcase bands are chosen in a juried selection process that takes into consideration every applicant’s entertainment value, level of professionalism, potential appeal and quality of work. There are generally more than 100 acts who apply every year.
The showcases are designed to introduce any one or all of the following to the bluegrass industry:
The board-appointed Talent Committee’s selection process involves a fair, but subjective evaluation based on the information presented by each applicant. Depending on the number of acts which apply, the selection process takes approximately three months. IBMA makes the full selection criteria available upon request.