The Infamous Stringdusters will host this year’s show on Sept. 30 at 7:30pm ET

Show will feature performances from Sister Sadie, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, The Del McCoury Band, Balsam Range, The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, and the Infamous Stringdusters, special performances honoring the IBMA Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame inductees … and much more 


Nashville, TN, Sept 13, 2021 – The Infamous Stringdusters will host and perform at the 32nd Annual IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards presented by Yamaha, which will take place at Raleigh, NC’s Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts on Sept 30 at 7:30pm ET. 

“Entertainer of the Year” nominees – The Del McCoury Band, Balsam Range, and The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys – will perform at this year’s show, as well as the reigning 2020 “Entertainer of the Year” and “Vocal Group of the Year” winner (and 2021 Vocal Group nominee): Sister Sadie. The show will also feature a performance by another nominee for “Vocal Group of the Year” – Darin & Brooke Aldridge.

The Stoneman Family, Lynn Morris, and Alison Krauss will be inducted into the IBMA Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame at this year’s show, and special pairings are also planned to honor this year’s inductees including performances by Donna and Roni Stoneman and a Lynn Morris tribute. Additionally, a special all-star performance is planned for the Awards show finale.

“This show has been a pleasure to produce,” said Brian McNamara, producer of this year’s Awards show. “I’ve been so impressed by how eager all of the IBMA team and the performers have been to pivot and create an entirely new live program paired with a strong virtual element. It’s a testament to how the people in the bluegrass community are focused on pulling together to make great live music that can be enjoyed in person or virtually.”

“We are so pleased to once again have a live IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards Show and have focused on delivering a safe return to live bluegrass at this year’s World of Bluegrass,” said Pat Morris, executive director of IBMA. “It should prove to be a very exciting Awards show with the Infamous Stringdusters as our 2021 hosts, and we look forward to all of the performances and special Hall of Fame inductions.

GRAMMY® Award-winning quintet the Infamous StringdustersAndy Falco [guitar], Chris Pandolfi [banjo], Andy Hall [dobro], Jeremy Garrett [fiddle], and Travis Book [double bass]—have musical influences that truly run the gamut, but their common denominator is certainly bluegrass — the sound that has in essence defined the course of their career. The recipient of numerous IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards, the band’s most recent album, their 11th, is A Tribute to Bill Monroe, released on Americana Vibes.

“We’ve had a close relationship with IBMA since the inception of the Infamous Stringdusters,” said the band in a statement. “In many ways, it’s where we got our start. And now we’re honored to be the host for this year’s Awards show.”.

Tickets are available for this year’s Awards show:

Proof of vaccination (without exceptions) and masks will be required for attendance at this year’s Awards show. For more information on the IBMA World of Bluegrass safety protocols, please visit the Health and Safety page on the IBMA World of Bluegrass website.

The audio for the show will air on SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction channel, and livestream three ways: IBMA’s Facebook Live, YouTube, and via Swapcard, the official event platform for IBMA World of Bluegrass. Virtual passes for Swapcard, including a FREE Music Pass, are on sale now:

Other Awards sponsors include: Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum, BMI, Boston Bluegrass Union, Compass Records, Deering Banjo Company, D’Addario, Recording Academy, Ron & Nancy McFarlane

More info about IBMA World of Bluegrass and the IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC Festival 

IBMA World of Bluegrass is a five-day annual bluegrass music homecoming and convention. World of Bluegrass encompasses four events: the IBMA Business Conference, September 28-30; the IBMA Bluegrass Ramble, an innovative series of showcases, taking place September 28-30 in downtown Raleigh and at the Raleigh Convention Center; the 32nd Annual IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards sponsored by Yamaha, scheduled for Thursday evening, September 30; and IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC, Oct. 1-2, a two-day festival that features the best of the best in bluegrass today, benefiting the IBMA Trust Fund—a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that assists bluegrass professionals during financial emergencies—and introducing the music to thousands of new fans every year.

As in years past, events during World of Bluegrass will take place at the Raleigh Convention Center, the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, the Red Hat Amphitheater and at various venues in town.

Volunteer for IBMA Bluegrass Live! and other World of Bluegrass events: 

Learn more about accessibility efforts that are part of the whole World of Bluegrass, including IBMA Bluegrass Live!:

IBMA – the International Bluegrass Music Association – is the non-profit music association that connects, educates, and empowers bluegrass professionals and enthusiasts, honoring tradition and encouraging innovation in the bluegrass community worldwide.

Yamaha, the presenting sponsor of the 32nd Annual IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards, began manufacturing classical guitars in the early 1940s, expanding to steel-string acoustic guitars by 1966, the year in which they began distributing guitars internationally. The master luthiers at the Yamaha Custom Shop, located in Los Angeles, CA, also design and build some of the world’s finest acoustic guitars for Yamaha artists.

PineCone, the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, is the largest, most active presenter of home-grown music in the state. Since 2013, PineCone has served as the official Local Host organization for the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and its World of Bluegrass events, and as the producers of the two-day IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC. Founded in 1984 with a mission to preserve, present and promote all forms of traditional music, dance and other folk performing arts, PineCone programs highlight and celebrate the rich and diverse musical heritage of Raleigh and the greater Piedmont region by focusing on music traditions that have been passed down informally through generations within our various cultural communities. PineCone presents more than 200 programs annually, including concerts, youth programs, participatory jams and sessions, workshops, documentary projects, a weekly radio show and more.

Raleigh Convention and Performing Arts Complex — The Raleigh Convention & Performing Arts Complex is home to four pristine venues in Raleigh, North Carolina. Owned and operated by the City of Raleigh, the Raleigh Convention Center, the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, and Red Hat Amphitheater are located within a two-block radius in the heart of Downtown Raleigh and welcome approximately one million visitors annually. Nearby, the City of Raleigh-owned Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek welcomes roughly 300,000 people each season.

Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau (Visit Raleigh) — As the official destination marketing organization for Wake County, the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau (Visit Raleigh), is responsible for promoting Wake County as an attractive travel destination and enhancing its public image as a dynamic place to live and work. Through the impact of travel, the organization strengthens the economic position of and provide opportunity for people throughout Wake County. Raleigh, N.C./Wake County welcomes nearly 18 million visitors annually whose spending tops $2.9 billion. The visitor economy supports more than 28,000 local jobs in Wake County and generates $284 million in state and local tax revenues, saving each Wake County household $727 in taxes annually.

PNC Bank, National Association, is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). PNC is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of retail and business banking including a full range of lending products; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. For information about PNC, visit

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The City of Raleigh — The City of Raleigh is the capital of North Carolina, home to several colleges and universities, with a vibrant performing arts community. Fueled by an impressive mix of education, ingenuity and collaboration, North Carolina’s capital city has become an internationally recognized leader in life science and technology innovation.

Set amongst the backdrop of our Capitol, the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts has stood as a historic and cultural focal point in Downtown Raleigh since 1932. It has played host to Broadway classics, rock legends and major political figures while maintaining an emphasis on education of the arts and artists housed within Raleigh’s community. With four separate event spaces available, the breadth and depth of events past, present and future has made this Raleigh’s Premier Arts Venue.

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