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IBMA Youth Council Announces Youth Stage Bands to Play Wide Open Bluegrass

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Youth StageNashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association Youth Council has chosen the ten bands who will perform on the Youth Stage at the Wide Open Bluegrass Street Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina on Friday, October 3 and Saturday, October 4 as part of the World of Bluegrass event.

“I am so excited to see the Youth Council working together to encourage youth in the bluegrass community,” said Youth Council Chair Andy Rigney. “ It has been a true honor to work with the teens on the Youth Council. You can thank them for most of the great youth opportunities at World of Bluegrass this year.”

The final lineup for the Youth Stage is subject to change. There were just under 50 applicants to play this year’s Youth Stage. The bands were selected by the Youth Council, which is made up of five executive youth members from across the U.S., and led by Chair Andy Rigney, based in Nashville, TN. IBMA Board Member Danny Clark, and IBMA staff liaison Taylor Coughlin lend guidance and support.

The following bands have been invited to perform:

Along with programming the Youth Stage, the IBMA Youth Council has planned activities for youth throughout the World of Bluegrass week. Beginning Wednesday, the Youth will host a kick-off party with ice breakers, jamming, and free food at 5 p.m. inside the Raleigh Convention Center. Youth-focused seminars, band drop-ins including Michael Cleveland, IIIrd Time Out, and Lonesome River Band, as well as jamming are also scheduled Thursday through Saturday. The final schedule is subject to change, and final details will be available on the World of Bluegrass app, on in the coming weeks.

For more information on the Youth Council, visit The Youth Page on

Tickets, registration and passes for all aspects of World of Bluegrass – as well as additional information and scheduled for all events - are available through IBMA’s website.

IBMA – the International Bluegrass Music Association – is the professional trade organization for the global bluegrass music community. The organization’s six-year stay in Raleigh is the result of a partnership with The Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau, PineCone—The Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, the City of Raleigh and a local organizing committee.
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