World of Bluegrass Schedule Announced; Hotel Reservations, Registration & Ticket Sales Launch March 1

Buy Tickets Online or call 1-888-GET-IBMA, and then make your hotel reservations

Registration for IBMA’s World of Bluegrass Events and hotel reservations will open March 1, 2013, for bluegrass music’s annual industry gathering and family reunion in Raleigh, North Carolina. The five-day event will feature the best in bluegrass networking, showcasing and professional development, with lower prices across the board for all tickets and hotel rates.

Please call 1-888-GET-IBMA or go to www.ibma.org to purchase World of Bluegrass Registration, IBMA Awards tickets and Wide Open Bluegrass weekend festival passes and Showcase Passes—and then call or go online to make reservations in our hotel block with discounted rates. We’ll be starting with four-night minimum stays at The Sheraton Raleigh Hotel and the Raleigh Marriott City Center.

The business conference part of World of Bluegrass will feature new tracks for music presenters, emerging bands and youth, along with expanded showcase opportunities and a pro-active effort to reach out to new attendees in the roots music community, as well as local bluegrass fans in the Carolina region.

The festival portion of the week on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27-28 will be called “Wide Open Bluegrass” this year. Attendees will hear bands that play full throttle, “wide open,” driving, traditional-edged bluegrass alongside edgy bands that draw from old-time string band, progressive, classical and jamgrass influences.

The entire community in the Raleigh is eagerly awaiting our arrival for World of Bluegrass, and plans are in the works already for banners in the street, fireworks, a North Carolina Pork Barbecue Championship, a street fair surrounding IBMA weekend events, presentations at local schools, youth events, free transportation and shuttles around town, music in local clubs and cafes, camping at the nearby fairgrounds with full RV hook ups and showers…and more.

World of Bluegrass 2013 will take place at the Greater Raleigh Convention Center, the Progress Energy Theater for the Performing Arts, and the Red Hat Amphitheater—all within easy walking distance. Evening and After Hours Showcases will take place at one of the anchor hotels, plus stages at five more venues in town (just blocks away, or a five-minute ride on the “R-Line” bus).

We’re getting started with ticket sales much earlier this year, so keep an eye on your email In Box and ibma.org for exciting updates and new details throughout the summer. We will be emailing more detailed info about registration, ticket sales and hotel reservations in late February, for the March 1 start date.

You won’t want to miss IBMA’s first World of Bluegrass in Raleigh!

IBMA WORLD OF BLUEGRASS 2013: Raleigh, N.C.

Tuesday, Sept. 24

10 am-8 pm                  Registration Open

10 am-noon                  Leadership Bluegrass Alumni Masterclass

Noon                             Orientation for Attendees

1-2 pm                          Keynote Address

2:30-5 pm                     Seminars

6 pm – 2 am                 Artist Showcases & After Hours Hospitality Suites

Wednesday, Sept. 25

8 am-9 pm                    Registration Open

9-10 am                        Story Telling Sessions

10-10:30 am                 Check in for Music Presenters Day

10:30 am-Noon             Seminars

10:30 am-Noon             Talent Buyer Pitching Event

Noon-1:30 pm               Showcase Lunch, Momentum Awards presented

1:30-6 p.m.                   Exhibit Hall open

3-4 pm                          Seminars

3-6 pm                          Artist Showcases

6-7:30 pm                     Receptions (DJ & Artists, Songwriters & Producers, Agents & Talent Buyers)

6 pm – 2 am                  Artist Showcases & After Hours Hospitality Suites

Thursday, Sept. 26

8 am-5 pm                    Registration Open

9-10 am                        Storytelling Session

9-11 am                        Seminars

10-11 am.                     Gig Fair

11 am-1 pm                  Special Awards Luncheon

1-5 p.m.                        Exhibit Hall open

1-4 pm                          Seminars

2-3 pm                          Song Demo Listening Session

3-4 pm                          Songwriter Showcase

4-5 pm                          Song Circles

5:30-7 pm                     Nominees & Press Reception, “Blue” Carpet

7:30-10 pm                   International Bluegrass Music Awards (Progress Energy, Memorial Theater)

10 pm-1 am                   Post Awards Show party

10 pm-2 am                   Artist Showcases & After Hours Hospitality Suites

Friday, Sept. 27

8 am-10 pm                  Wide Open Bluegrass Ticket Sales open

10-11 am                      Town Hall Meeting

10 am-7 pm                   Exhibit Hall open

Noon – 6 p.m.               Wide Open Bluegrass stage 1 open (Conv Ctr Ballroom)

11 am-Noon                  Emerging Band Track Check in, group session

Noon-2 pm                    Seminars, Celebrity Jams

Noon – 6 p.m.               Wide Open Bluegrass Street Fair

6 - 11 pm                      Fan Fest stage 2 open (Red Hat Amphitheater)

Noon-6 pm                    Workshop Stage open

1-3 pm                          Emerging Bands program block 1

3-5 pm                          Emerging Bands program block 2

6 pm – 2 am                 Artist Showcases & After Hours Hospitality Suites

Saturday, Sept. 28

8 am-10 pm                   Wide Open Bluegrass Ticket Sales open

9 am-6 pm                     Street Fair, North Carolina Pork Barbecue Competition winners announced at noon

noon – 6 p.m.                Wide Open Bluegrass stage 1 open (Conv Ctr Ballroom)

10 am-7 pm                   Exhibit Hall open

11 am-Noon                  IBMA Youth Council Event Check-in, group session

Noon-2 pm                    Seminars, Celebrity Jams

6-11 p.m.                      Wide Open Bluegrass stage 2 open (Red Hat Amphitheater)

Noon-5 pm                    Workshop Stage (Conv Ctr foyer)

1-3 pm                          Youth program block 1

3-5 pm                          Youth program block 2

5-6 p.m.                        Youth Showcase

6 pm – 2 am                  Artist Showcases & After Hours Hospitality Suites

 

*Times and events subject to change.