Who's Feeling Young Now?: IBMA Youth Council jams and gels at WOB '13

World of Bluegrass 2013 brought about many new changes for the International Bluegrass Music Association. The new city of Raleigh, and the addition of the free Street Festival aligned with the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival gave an extra appeal to those who don't normally attend World of Bluegrass events. 

But let's get down to the fun part, the cool part: the YOUTH!

All week, the "Who's Feeling Young Now" room (taken from a popular Punch Brothers' song) was open for kids and youth to gather, jam, and hang out.

Here's what happened for youth during World of Bluegrass 2013:

  • Youth Council programmed the Youth Stage on Saturday featuring Ash Breeze Band, The Willis Clan, Lonesome Meadow, Snyder Family Band, Vickie Vaughn Band, and Flatt Lonesome. 
  • The bands Della Mae, Flatt Lonesome, and The Bankesters all came to hang out and jam with the youth. How cool is that?
  • About 60 were in attendance for the kickoff party on Wednesday which had free pizza, soft drinks, and hot jamming.
  • Meeting for those interested in the Youth Council and planning youth activities
  • Bluegrass Youth All Stars, coached by Stephen Mougin, Tony Watt, and Laura Orshaw played at the IBMA Awards Show. The Youth Council were heavily involved in the production of this ensemble. Reps from the Youth Council also handed out trophies onstage at the IBMA Awards Show Sept. 26. . 
  • Kids on Bluegrass - led by Kim Fox - rehearsed during the week and performed at the Wide Open Bluegrass Street Festival on Friday, and the senior KOBG performed at the BMI Nominees Reception before the Awards Show.

Bluegrass Today wrote a terrific article on the happenings which you may read here.

All in all, about 300 came in and out of the "Who's Feeling Young Now" room Wednesday through Saturday of World of Bluegrass. The goals of the Youth Council include speaking collectively for the youth of IBMA, facilitating youth projects and industry mentoring opportunities, and working to share bluegrass music with more young people.

To be kept in the loop with what's going on with the Youth Council, call the IBMA office (615)256-3222, or email Taylor at Taylor@IBMA.org.