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Wide Open Main Stage: 1st Round of Headliners Announced

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Wide Open BluegrassNashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) has announced their first round of artists to be performing at the Wide Open Main Stage during their World of Bluegrass trade show's weekend festival. World of Bluegrass will take place place September 26-28 and the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival immediately follows on September 29-30 weekend.

Wide Open Bluegrass is the urban bluegrass music festival that closes out the IBMA's World of Bluegrass week in beautiful downtown Raleigh! The festival (formerly known as FanFest) features the best in our traditional and acoustic music community. Up to half of the net proceeds support the Bluegrass Trust Fund, a non-profit organization helping bluegrass professionals in times of need.

In addition to the stellar ticketed main stage, the festival now includes a FREE street festival. For the 5th year, Raleigh will host 90+ bands on 5 stages for your enjoyment. There will also be a dance tent, local artisans, food trucks, youth performances, and more! Don’t miss the Master’s Workshop Stage inside Raleigh Convention Center. There will be plenty of free jamming for your listening pleasure.

The first round headliners include some of the finest bluegrass artists on the planet. Attendees will get to experience first hand:

  • The Infamous Stringdusters present the Wide Open Jam
  • Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn
  • Hot Rize
  • The Travelin' McCourys
  • The O'Connor Band featuring Mark O'Connor
  • Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
  • Balsam Range
  • Lonesome River Band Celebrating their 35th Anniversary!
  • Sierra Hull
  • Sister Sadie
  • Flatt Lonesome
  • Bluegrass 45 Celebrating their 50th Anniversary!

The Main Stage of Wide Open Bluegrass has proven to be a hot ticket, so be sure to get your membership today and take advantage of early ticket sales and discounts. Don’t miss a note of the action! Tickets are available online HERE.

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