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MerleFest ShowcasesWilkesboro, NC -- North Carolina’s MerleFest, considered one of the premier music festivals in the country, will sponsor a diverse collection of artists showcasing their music as part of the Bluegrass Ramble during the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)’s World of Bluegrass multi-day event in Raleigh, N.C., this fall.

The Bluegrass Ramble 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 29 to October 1.

The MerleFest-sponsored showcases during the Ramble will take place at the Vintage Church (formerly named the Longview Center) at 118 S. Person Street, each night (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday). Scheduled to perform during those shows are Blue Mafia, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Jim Lauderdale, Barefoot Movement, Jon Stickley Trio, Locust Honey, MIPSO, The April Verch Band, Kristy Cox, Hank Smith and Lindsey Tims, The Gravy Boys and The Slocan Ramblers. (Complete Vintage Church lineup can be found at the end of this release.)

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Jim Lauderdale, Blue Mafia, Barefoot Movement and MIPSO are among the artists performing at the MerleFest-sponsored Bluegrass Ramble shows in Raleigh, N.C., from Sept. 29-Oct. 1

“MerleFest is excited to once again to be hosting a showcase during the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass showcase, the Bluegrass Ramble,” said Steve Johnson, MerleFest’s artist relations manager. “With World of Bluegrass’ move to Raleigh, we felt it was important to be part of the event and even more important to be a showcase host, so we’ll return to the Longview Center again this year. We have a wide variety of artists planned over the course of the week – and don’t be surprised if you see a few of the bands that perform at our showcase make their way to MerleFest 2016.”

Admission to the Bluegrass Ramble evening showcases is available to both IBMA Business Conference attendees (must show conference badge) and to the general public, via Bluegrass Ramble showcase passes, which may be purchased per day or as a three-day package:

A bonus for Ramble attendees: the Bluegrass Express, a dedicated transportation system provided by the city of Raleigh, will run nonstop between IBMA World of Bluegrass hotels and all Ramble venues (including Vintage Church) from 7 p.m.-2 a.m.

For more information about the Bluegrass Ramble, visit the IBMA’s website: For more information, including dates and lineup details, about MerleFest 2016, visit

MerleFest, considered one of the premier music festivals in the country, is an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans held on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of the son of the late American music legend Doc Watson, renowned guitarist Eddy Merle Watson. MerleFest is a celebration of "traditional plus" music, a unique mix of traditional, roots-oriented sounds of the Appalachian region, including old-time, classic country, bluegrass, folk and gospel and blues, and expanded to include Americana, classic rock and many other styles. The festival hosts a diverse mix of artists on its 13 stages during the course of the four-day event. MerleFest has become the primary fundraiser for the WCC Endowment Corporation, funding scholarships, capital projects and other educational needs.

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