The virtual music festival, taking place Oct. 2-3 and accessible for free via the Swapcard event app, features some of the biggest names in bluegrass, as well as unique collaborations and local, regional, and national acts who continue to help bluegrass grow and thrive

Additional artists and complete schedule to be announced in the coming weeks, as well as a special kickoff performance
Capitol Broadcasting Company/WRAL/That Station properties to offer extensive digital, promotional and broadcast support, providing and covering content and viewing opportunities

For the eighth year, PNC Bank returns as the presenting sponsor of IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC

NASHVILLE, Aug 31, 2020 – The International Bluegrass Music Association has announced the lineup for the virtual music festival IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC, taking place Oct. 2-3 as part of this year’s IBMA Virtual World of Bluegrass event.

Special performances by The Travelin’ McCourys with special guest Del McCoury; Steep Canyon Rangers; Jerry Douglas & Odessa Settles; Sierra Hull & Molly Tuttle are just some of the highlights that bluegrass fans can look forward to.

The festival will also feature sets from (in alphabetical order): AJ Lee & Blue Summit; Bowregard; Carolina Blue; Chatham County Line; Chatham Rabbits; Danny Barnes; Dewey & Leslie Brown and The Carolina Gentlemen; Dom Flemons; Earl White String Band; Giri & Uma Peters; Hank, Pattie & The Current; Hard Road Trio with Bill Evans; Kruger Brothers; Lindsay Lou, Phoebe Hunt & Mimi Naja sing the songs of Bluegrass Women; Mountains of Infamous Leftovers (featuring Adam Aijala & Ben Kaufmann of Yonder Mountain, Andy Hall of The Infamous Stringdusters, and Andy Thorn of Leftover Salmon); Sister Sadie; Stephen Mougin & Friends featuring Sam Bush, Becky Buller, Alan Bartram, Ned Luberecki, and Jana Mougin; Tatiana & Alex Hargreaves; Tommy Edwards with Andrew Marlin; Tray Wellington Band; Twisted Pine; and more.

A complete schedule of performance times for the two-day music festival will be announced via social media in the coming weeks, and will be posted online at

Festival performances, as well as the virtual exhibit hall and other special features, can be accessed for free via Swapcard, the official platform for IBMA World of Bluegrass. To access the content at Swapcard, viewers should first register for a free IBMA World of Bluegrass Music Pass at Swapcard also offers viewers an opportunity to make a donation in the amount of their choosing to help support the IBMA organization and its work during these challenging times.

Music content also will be available for free across multiple IBMA channels and partner channels, including exclusive local media partner Capitol Broadcasting Company/WRAL Properties/That Station (as outlined in more detail below).

Beloved Raleigh landmarks, including Raleigh Union StationDuke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, the Raleigh Convention Center, and the rooftop of The Dillon will be prominently featured during some performances by North Carolina bands.

“It’s been inspiring to see this come together,” said David Brower, Executive Director of PineCone, the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, the Raleigh-based non-profit organization that produces the festival. “Of course, we’ll be missing the bluegrass world here in Raleigh ― that’s why so many of the performances were filmed right here, with North Carolina-based performers. We are doing our darndest to give you a glimpse of the city and the music we love.”

PNC Bank returns as the presenting sponsor of IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC.

“The organizers of IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC are working diligently to recreate the spirit of what makes this music festival so special to the Raleigh community and bluegrass music fans everywhere,” said Jim Hansen, PNC regional president for Eastern Carolinas. “While we cannot gather in downtown Raleigh this year, performances by the remarkable lineup of talent announced today will be more accessible than ever.”

Capitol Broadcasting Company properties WRAL-TV, + streaming apps and digital radio “That Station” are supporting IBMA Bluegrass Live! through extensive digital, promotional and broadcast support. Many Bluegrass Live! performances will be streamed on and their Roku, FireTV and Apple TV apps. There will also be a special section on for bluegrass content and select performances. WRAL and That Station will cover and showcase viewing opportunities to viewers and listeners within newscasts and special programming.

“In a year where so much is uncertain, we are proud to partner once again with the IBMA, PineCone and the City of Raleigh as the exclusive media partner for the virtual IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC event and help bring our community together through music. WRAL News will offer extensive coverage of the virtual event, digital streaming radio ‘That Station’ will air performances and a variety of listening and viewing options will be made available on and our streaming apps. More than ever before the ability to leverage our media platforms to help bring Bluegrass to our viewers and listeners is an important community service,” said Joel Davis, WRAL-TV/FOX 50 Vice President and General Manager.

“I’ve seen footage of the performances that have already been filmed, and music fans are going to be blown away!” said Paul Schiminger, Executive Director of IBMA. “We knew it was important – in a year where so much is out of our control – to give you artists and performances that could deliver something special. That’s exactly what’s happening. We’re so proud of this year’s festival, pulled together by a whole community pitching in to make it happen. We cannot wait to share this with you!”

IBMA continues to develop innovative, compelling activities and content for this year’s event, and will be releasing additional information and updates in upcoming weeks. As additional details about IBMA World of Bluegrass 2020 virtual events are solidified, they will be shared across the organization’s social media platforms, through email notification, and on and Updates also will be available via social media platforms and email newsletters of Raleigh partners, including PineCone, the Raleigh Convention Center, and Visit Raleigh.

More info about IBMA World of Bluegrass 2020

IBMA World of Bluegrass 2020 is a virtual bluegrass music homecoming and convention. The IBMA World of Bluegrass 2020 event encompasses four events: the IBMA Business Conference, IBMA Bluegrass Ramble, an innovative series of band showcases, the 31st Annual IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards, and music festival IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC.

According to data released by Visit Raleigh, attendance at IBMA World of Bluegrass has grown by more than 50% since moving to Raleigh in 2013. Over the last seven years combined, the event has attracted more than 1.2 million total attendees and generated more than $80 million in direct economic impact throughout Wake County. Last year’s event (2019) alone saw more than 200 acts perform, 218,000 attendees and generated $18.65 million in direct economic impact.

IBMA continues to offer a Community Resources page at its official website ― ― that offers updated information about COVID-19 that is relevant to the bluegrass community.

About PNC Bank
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

About WRAL-TV’s parent company
Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc. is a diversified communications company which owns and/or operates WRAL-TVWRAL DigitalWRAZ-TVWRAZ DigitalWRAL-FMWRAL-HD2WCMC-FMWCMC-HD1WDNC-AMWCMC-HD2WCMC-HD3WCLY-AMWCMC-HD4MicrospaceWRAL Digital and Wolfpack Sports Properties (a joint venture with Learfield) in Raleigh, NC; WILM-TVWILT-LD and Sunrise Broadcasting in Wilmington, NC; The Durham Bulls Baseball ClubBull City Hospitality, and the American Underground startup hub in Durham, NC; and real estate interests including the American Tobacco Historic District in Durham, NC, and Rocky Mount Mills in Rocky Mount, NC; and Professional Builders Supply (an equity partnership) in Morrisville, NC.

About IBMA
IBMA – the International Bluegrass Music Association – is the nonprofit professional organization for the global bluegrass music community’s successful run in Raleigh is the product of their partnership with The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Raleigh Convention Center, PineCone—The Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, the City of Raleigh and a local organizing committee.


Press Info: Judy McDonough, Karen Campbell Media
[email protected], 615- 243-5994

General Info: Casey Campbell, IBMA
[email protected], 615-256-3222

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