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Reserved Seating Sold Out for Oct 4 Wide Open Bluegrass

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Wide Open Bluegrass 2014Nashville, TN -- Reserved tickets are sold out for the Saturday, October 4 ticketed portion of the upcoming two-day Wide Open Bluegrass festival, and less than 70 reserved tickets remain for Friday, October 3. General admission tickets are still available for both October 3 (approximately 1600) and October 4 (approximately 1300), but are expected to sell out in advance of the weekend, like last year.

Wide Open Bluegrass, presented by PNC, is part of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass event in Raleigh, North Carolina; the ticketed concerts for both days will take place at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater and the Raleigh Convention Center.

“We heard complaints last year from people who were expecting to purchase festival tickets at the door and were turned away,” said William Lewis, Wide Open Bluegrass producer and Executive Director of PineCone. “Prior to 2013, waiting to purchase at the door was an option. However, with this year’s festival ticket sales outpacing last year’s sales to-date, we are encouraging people to take advantage of the advance purchase option in order to guarantee entry.“

The ticketed portion of the weekend’s Wide Open Bluegrass Festival is just one of several ways that music fans can experience bluegrass during that week’s World of Bluegrass event. In addition to the free Street Festival portion of weekend festival, tickets are going fast for the following events:

Bluegrass Ramble:
This is IBMA’s innovative series of showcases in clubs and restaurants throughout downtown Raleigh and at the Raleigh Convention Center; fans can take in over 150 performances from September 30-October 2. New in 2014 – and provided by the city of Raleigh - is a dedicated transportation system, the Bluegrass Express, running nonstop between hotels and Ramble venues, 7 p.m.-2 a.m. The full Ramble schedule, a list of the venues and links to all of the artists involved in the Bluegrass Ramble is available at
The International Bluegrass Awards show:
This highly anticipated Awards show will be held in Raleigh’s historic Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, October 2. Hosted this year by Lee Ann Womack and Jerry Douglas, the Bluegrass Awards recognize outstanding achievement and pioneering efforts in the genre as determined by professionals in the bluegrass music industry. Held annually since 1986, today almost two dozen awards are handed out to recognize the top achievements across the industry.

Those wishing to obtain Award Show tickets, Bluegrass Ramble Showcase passes, IBMA Business Conference registration, tickets for the ticketed portion of Wide Open Bluegrass (which takes place at Red Hat Amphitheater and Raleigh Convention Center Ballroom Stages) and hotel reservations should go to IBMA’s website, Additional details and pricing information are available at the 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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