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Tuesday, September 27
 

8:00am

8:00am

Instrument Check and Lost & Found
Tuesday September 27, 2016 8:00am - Wednesday September 28, 2016 2:00am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 202 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

10:00am

New Attendee Orientation

Is it your first time at IBMA? First time as a conference attendee? Have no fear. We've got you covered. Hang out with a group of veterans  to ask questions, plan your schedule, get tips, and get acclimated. Coffee drinking optional but highly recommended. 

 

Moderators
avatar for Kimber Ludiker

Kimber Ludiker

Born of fiddle playing parents in Spokane, WA, Kimber Ludiker is a 5th generation fiddle player who finally picked one up at the age of 3. With 11 combined family National Fiddle Championships, Kimber holds 3 herself. She is a multi-instrumentalist, picking up the cello, mandolin... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Christina Crowley

Christina Crowley

Agent, Crossover Touring
Christina Crowley is a Booking Agent at Crossover Touring, where she books the Southeast and Midwestern US territory for a roster of roots artists including Del McCoury, David Grisman, O'Connor Band featuring Mark O'Connor, Gibson Brothers, Sierra Hull, Hot Rize, Bryan Sutton Band... Read More →
avatar for Jeremy Darrow

Jeremy Darrow

Artist, Front Country
From Nashville to the grasslands of Tibet, Jeremy Darrow travels the globe playing bass in the boundary-breaking band Front Country.
avatar for Ken Irwin

Ken Irwin

Ken Irwin is a co-founder of Rounder Records. As part of the Rounder A&R team, he was responsible for the signings of Alison Krauss, the SteelDrivers, the Gibson Brothers, the Lonely Heartstring Band. Sierra Hull, Hazel Dickens, James King, Del McCoury. Della Mae and many others... Read More →


Tuesday September 27, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 304 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

11:15am

Music Industry 101
Besides recordings, how can you make money in the music business? Entertainment attorney and author Rob Monath discusses how to license and monetize creative property beyond just the music. He will highlight other creative property that can be used to fund a musical career.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Monath

Robert Monath

Mr. Monath's practice focuses on the protection and development of intellectual property. He handles legal and business matters involving copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and related areas for a wide range of clients in music, publishing, arts, entertainment, business, health... Read More →
avatar for Ron Raxter

Ron Raxter

Mr. Raxter retired after practicing law for almost 40 years. His practice included advising non-profit arts organizations. He was a founder of two non-profit arts organizations, the Apple Chill Cloggers and PineCone. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of PineCone, the Education... Read More →


11:15am

Booking Yourself Without an Agent
Every band needs to work, but very few new groups have an agent right away, and many successful bands choose to handle their own booking. Learn how to book yourself effectively from a panel of artists who have done it themselves

Moderators
avatar for Daniel Routh

Daniel Routh

Co-Owner, Nu-Blu
Daniel Routh. Daniel is the engineer of all things business, from marketing to miles behind the wheel, and engineering to effort required to put a band on the map, Daniel is the tireless conductor of the Nu-Blu train. Starting with a Sears and Roebuck guitar at age 12 and bluegrass... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Joe Newberry

Joe Newberry

Showcase Artist, Compton & Newberry
Known far and wide for his powerful banjo playing, Joe Newberry is also a prize-winning guitarist, songwriter, and singer. A frequent guest on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, he was recently featured on the Transatlantic Sessions tour of the U.K., and the Merlefest... Read More →
avatar for James Reams

James Reams

James Reams has been the bandleader for James Reams & The Barnstormers for over 20 years. Nominated by IBMA in 2002 as Emerging Artist of the Year and Recording Event of the Year, this nationally-known band provides a contemporary take on traditional bluegrass; blending it with innovation... Read More →


Tuesday September 27, 2016 11:15am - 12:15pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 304 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

11:15am

Industry Overview

You are ridiculously musically talented. Now what? In this Industry Overview, we'll take a look at what's needed to set yourself up for success in the music industry. Our panelists have experience with booking/promoting, publicity, social media, label representation, consulting, project management, artist management, and more. You'll hear from a complete DIY artist as well. Some reading material will be provided ahead of time so we can quickly get to practical application. Bring your questions and scenarios! 


Speakers
avatar for Claire Armbruster

Claire Armbruster

Principal/Founder, Planning Stages
Claire Armbruster’s love of bluegrass music began at a New Grass Revival concert at a place called ‘Green Acres’, an off-the-beaten-path venue in the foothills of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains near her hometown of Hickory, NC. It was a life changing experience. Soon... Read More →
avatar for Christina Crowley

Christina Crowley

Agent, Crossover Touring
Christina Crowley is a Booking Agent at Crossover Touring, where she books the Southeast and Midwestern US territory for a roster of roots artists including Del McCoury, David Grisman, O'Connor Band featuring Mark O'Connor, Gibson Brothers, Sierra Hull, Hot Rize, Bryan Sutton Band... Read More →
avatar for Larry Stephenson

Larry Stephenson

Stephenson has been at the helm of the Larry Stephenson band since 1989. He was inducted into the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996 and has been named SPGBMA male vocalist of the year. He also received IBMA Recorded Event of the Year awards in 2010. SPGMA Album of the Year... Read More →
avatar for John Virant

John Virant

During his younger days while peers were playing sports John would use blocks to build record stores for his Weebles. Fast forward to teenage years which he spent listening to all types of music and attending every concert possible. John got a B.A. from New York University then made... Read More →


11:15am

International Travel & Touring Logistics
Traveling with instruments & product, dealing with multiple countries and languages, work permits, promoters, etc

Moderators
avatar for Jeremy Darrow

Jeremy Darrow

Artist, Front Country
From Nashville to the grasslands of Tibet, Jeremy Darrow travels the globe playing bass in the boundary-breaking band Front Country.

Tuesday September 27, 2016 11:15am - 12:15pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 307 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

11:15am

Publishing 101
Hosted by song-plugger and publisher guru Sherrill Blackman of Nashville, Tenn. He and his team will give you the skinny on the PROs, setting up your publishing company, basic licensing and more.

Moderators
avatar for Sherrill Blackman

Sherrill Blackman

All bios were already submitted to IBMA several weeks ago.

Speakers
avatar for Dave Adkins

Dave Adkins

There is no mistaking the powerful raw vocals by singer, songwriter and guitarist Dave Adkins. His significant chart success, coupled with his stellar live performances, have made him one of most talked about artist in bluegrass music. Dave contributed six original songs to his latest... Read More →
avatar for Camilla Kleindienst

Camilla Kleindienst

Camilla Kleindienst made the move to Nashville in 1999 with her husband, bluegrass mandolin picker and songwriter, Daniel Kleindienst. Determination to advance and years of hard work has developed Banner Music into a respected music publishing and production company with nine staff... Read More →
avatar for Jimmy Metts

Jimmy Metts

Jimmy Metts is a 30 year music industry veteran having worked everywhere from startup companies to majors [Famous Music (Paramount Pictures), Curb, Malaco Records, Starstruck (Reba McEntire) ]. Engineer, producer working with Antique Persuasion (Brandon Rickman, Jenee Fleenor & Brennen... Read More →
avatar for Jon Weisberger

Jon Weisberger

Artist, Use Your Words Music
The first IBMA Songwriter of the Year, Jon Weisberger has co-written some of the most widely-aired songs in bluegrass, including “All The Ways I’m Gone,” “Final Farewell,” “If That Was Love” and other #1s for Chris Jones & The Night Drivers. His songs have been recorded... Read More →


11:15am

Take the Fear Out of the Offer
Learn how to establish market value and evaluate ROI on
an artist to determine whether you write or pass.

Moderators
avatar for Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson

Event Producer, MerleFest
Steve Johnson, co-host of MerleFest Radio Hour, currently works as the Artist Relations Manager for Wilkes Community College/ MerleFest. Prior to joining Wilkes Community College, Johnson was the President and CEO of Mountain Music Entertainment, an artist management and publicity... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jeremiah Jenkins

Jeremiah Jenkins

Jeremiah Jenkins is Managing Partner of Black Bear Productions, which produces the Red Wing Roots Music Festival, hosted by The Steel Wheels in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Over the last 15 years he has produced hundreds of concerts and festivals at various venues in Virginia... Read More →
avatar for Jean Spivey

Jean Spivey

Event Producer, Old Settler's Music Festival
Jean Spivey is Executive Director of Old Settler’s Music Festival, a four day, four stage roots music festival located just outside Austin, Texas. Showcasing 30+ artists, the event draws 17,000 people over the weekend. As the only full-time staff member, she directs most aspects... Read More →


Tuesday September 27, 2016 11:15am - 12:15pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 402 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

11:15am

Dealing with Stress and Anxiety

Stress and anxiety are issues with which we all struggle to varying degrees, but no one seems willing to discuss these problems and how to work past them. Whether on stage or behind the scenes, you are not alone in feeling overwhelmed. Led by some of the premiere figures in today’s bluegrass scene, this panel will be beneficial to everyone seeking help in handling the other “S-word."


Moderators
avatar for Kelsi Harrigill

Kelsi Harrigill

Flatt Lonesome
Kelsi Harrigill is a founding member of the 2012 IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year, Flatt Lonesome. She sings, plays mandolin, and writes songs for the band, which is nominated for five 2016 IBMA Awards. Overcoming her battles with anxiety helped inspire her to write the IBMA and Dove-nominated... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Doyle Lawson

Doyle Lawson

Doyle Lawson & Quciksilver
Doyle Lawson has been one of the premiere figures in bluegrass music for over fifty years. His resume includes stints with Jimmy Martin & The Sunny Mountain Boys, J.D.Crowe & The Kentucky Mountain Boys, The Country Gentlemen, and The Bluegrass Album Band. In 1979, he founded Doyle... Read More →
avatar for Andrea Roberts

Andrea Roberts

Andrea Roberts Agency
Andrea Roberts is the head of The Andrea Roberts Agency, which handles booking duties for The Grascals, Flatt Lonesome, Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle, and more. As a touring artist, she has performed with Special Consensus, Jimmy Martin, Bill Monroe, and more. She was a founding member... Read More →
avatar for Josh Swift

Josh Swift

Josh Swift is one of the leading dobro players in bluegrass today. He has been a member of the award-winning Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver for over a decade. He is also a renowned studio engineer, and has engineered the past Quicksilver albums. He is a current nominee for Dobro Player... Read More →


Tuesday September 27, 2016 11:15am - 12:15pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306 C

1:00pm

Current Music Licensing Issues Created by Streaming Services
Entertainment law bloggers David Oxenford and Coe Ramsey discuss how the music licensing system is being impacted by streaming, which is overtaking other forms of music consumption. How will artists get paid? How are the music industry battles for diminishing revenue streams being played out?

Speakers
avatar for David Oxenford

David Oxenford

David Oxenford is a partner in the DC law firm Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP. He represents broadcasters and digital media companies on regulatory, transactional and intellectual property (including music rights) matters. David is the editor and principal writer of the Broadcast Law... Read More →
avatar for Coe W. Ramsey

Coe W. Ramsey

Partner, Brooks Pierce
Coe has a diverse entertainment practice that includes matters related to music, radio, film, television, and publishing. His passion for broadcasting and music stems from his years of experience in the industry as a DJ, re-mixer, and producer. A former mix show DJ for Greensboro... Read More →


1:00pm

How to Build a Band
A band is a great place to make music. To make it more than just a party, it also needs to be a business. This session will delve into what it takes to build and maintain a working band. We’ll focus on the vast majority of bands that do not have a complete team of agents, managers, and publicists, but rather, have to find a way to keep the lights on with none or only some of these people. Panelists include band leaders who have long track records of maintaining successful bands in a variety of situations.  

Speakers
avatar for Laurie Lewis

Laurie Lewis

Laurie Lewis is a renowned singer, songwriter, fiddler, bandleader, producer and educator. A California native, she has played since 1986 with her musical partner, mandolinist Tom Rozum. Twice voted IBMA's Female Vocalist of the Year, her rendition of “Who Will Watch the Home Place... Read More →
avatar for Kimber Ludiker

Kimber Ludiker

Born of fiddle playing parents in Spokane, WA, Kimber Ludiker is a 5th generation fiddle player who finally picked one up at the age of 3. With 11 combined family National Fiddle Championships, Kimber holds 3 herself. She is a multi-instrumentalist, picking up the cello, mandolin... Read More →
avatar for Larry Stephenson

Larry Stephenson

Stephenson has been at the helm of the Larry Stephenson band since 1989. He was inducted into the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996 and has been named SPGBMA male vocalist of the year. He also received IBMA Recorded Event of the Year awards in 2010. SPGMA Album of the Year... Read More →
avatar for Pete Wernick

Pete Wernick

founder/CEO, Wernick Method
Pete (Dr. Banjo) is an innovative banjo player, teacher and author, songwriter, and former 15-year President of IBMA. In 1978 he founded Hot Rize, and in 1980 started 30 years of banjo camps. He now recruits teachers to learn the Wernick Method, helping people learn to jam and develop... Read More →


1:00pm

Planning a Recording
Time is of the essence, and expensive, when recording and releasing an album. Carefulvplanning can help you to make the most of your project before, during, and after release. Avpanel of industry experts from a variety of phases of production will discuss how to bet setyourself up for successful tracking and release.

Moderators
avatar for Bil VornDick

Bil VornDick

Committee Member P&E Wing NARAS, and AESNashville. Co-Author of Master Delivery Recommendations of Recorded Media. Advisory Board of 3 Colleges. International Advisory Council member Playing For Change, Engineer, Producer, Publisher,Songwriter. Just a guy having fun and giving ba... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Greg Cahill

Greg Cahill

Band leader/Banjo player, Special Consensus
GREG CAHILL co-founded Special Consensus in Chicago in 1975 and has continued to tour nationally and internationally since forming the band. He has appeared on all 18 of the Special Consensus recordings, on numerous recordings by other artists and on many national television and radio... Read More →
avatar for Mark Freeman

Mark Freeman

Record Label, Rebel Records
Mark Freeman is the president of Rebel Records and has served in that role since 2010. There was never a day when bluegrass music was not a part of Mark’s life as he is the son of IBMA Hall of Famer David Freeman, who bought Rebel Records in 1980. Mark joined the family business... Read More →


1:00pm

The GRAMMY Awards: Passion, Purpose, Community

Please join members of The Recording Academy® Nashville Chapter staff, Alicia Warwick, Executive Director, and Laura Crawford, Membership Manager, along with GRAMMY® winner Jerry Douglas, as they discuss the importance of being involved in The Recording Academy community. Find out how your participation in the GRAMMY Awards submission and voting process is critical to ensuring the best recordings each year receive a nomination. In addition to honoring artists during Music’s Biggest Night®, The Recording Academy supports creators through its many programs including MusiCares®, The GRAMMY Foundation® and important GRAMMY advocacy initiatives.


Moderators
avatar for Jon Weisberger

Jon Weisberger

Artist, Use Your Words Music
The first IBMA Songwriter of the Year, Jon Weisberger has co-written some of the most widely-aired songs in bluegrass, including “All The Ways I’m Gone,” “Final Farewell,” “If That Was Love” and other #1s for Chris Jones & The Night Drivers. His songs have been recorded... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Laura Crawford

Laura Crawford

Laura serves as the Membership Manager at the Recording Academy Nashville Chapter, where she has spent the last six years. In this role, Laura also oversees the GRAMMY U program, which provides educational opportunities for college students pursuing a career in music. Laura is an... Read More →
avatar for Jerry Douglas

Jerry Douglas

Dobro master and 14-time Grammy winner Jerry Douglas is to the resonator guitar what Jimi Hendrix was to the electric guitar: elevating, transforming, and reinventing the instrument in countless ways. In addition to being widely recognized as the foremost master of the Dobro, Jerry... Read More →
avatar for Ken Irwin

Ken Irwin

Ken Irwin is a co-founder of Rounder Records. As part of the Rounder A&R team, he was responsible for the signings of Alison Krauss, the SteelDrivers, the Gibson Brothers, the Lonely Heartstring Band. Sierra Hull, Hazel Dickens, James King, Del McCoury. Della Mae and many others... Read More →
avatar for Alicia Warwick

Alicia Warwick

Warwick is the Executive Director of the Recording Academy Nashville Chapter. She’s been with the Academy for more than nine years where she oversees all day-to-day events, initiatives and operations for the Nashville office. Prior to working at the Recording Academy, Warwick served... Read More →


1:00pm

Creating Well With Others
Get the skinny on how successful co-writing happens from the best in our industry. There’s more to it than making an appointment and a pot of coffee. This was such a popular session last year that we had to bring it back. 

Moderators
avatar for Rick Lang

Rick Lang

Artist
A native of New Hampshire, award-winning songwriter Rick Lang has | become well known in the Bluegrass community and beyond. His songs | have been covered by some of the most renowned artists in Bluegrass | music, Southern Gospel and even the Jazz world. | Rick's release "Look... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Becky Buller

Becky Buller

Showcase Artist, Becky Buller
Becky Buller has penned songs for some of the best in Bluegrass, including the Infamous Stringdusters, Ricky Skaggs, even the title cut of Special Consensus’ album Scratch Gravel Road, a 2013 Bluegrass Grammy nominee. She tours with The Becky Buller Band and is currently working... Read More →
avatar for George Clements

George Clements

Showcase Artist, The Lonely Heartstring Band
Central Massachusetts native George Clements is a singer/songwriter steeped in the American folk tradition who believes in the power of song to bring positive change to communities around the world. He began playing guitar when he was ten years old and has been pursuing a life in... Read More →
avatar for Chris Jones

Chris Jones

Lead Driver, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers
Chris Jones has been recording his own songs since the early 1980s, as well as having songs recorded by numerous other artists including the Gibson Brothers, the Infamous Stringdusters, and Sideline. In 2007 Chris was awarded IBMA’s Song of the Year for “Fork in the Road.” He... Read More →


1:00pm

Contracts
What to strike, what to write in, and the nitty gritty of video and live stream releases. Also included: Riders and the legal obligations when creating and selling live recordings.

Speakers
avatar for Christina Crowley

Christina Crowley

Agent, Crossover Touring
Christina Crowley is a Booking Agent at Crossover Touring, where she books the Southeast and Midwestern US territory for a roster of roots artists including Del McCoury, David Grisman, O'Connor Band featuring Mark O'Connor, Gibson Brothers, Sierra Hull, Hot Rize, Bryan Sutton Band... Read More →
avatar for Mickey Gamble

Mickey Gamble

Owner and President of Crossroads Entertainment & Marketing, Inc., which includes label imprints Mountain Home Music, Organic Records, and Horizon Records.
avatar for Francesca Huffman

Francesca Huffman

Contracts coordinator for of Crossroads Entertainment & Marketing, Inc.
avatar for Katie Keller

Katie Keller

Marketing Director, International Bluegrass Music Museum
Katie is the Marketing Director at the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, KY. She has over ten years of marketing and social media experience, including her work for the Museum, and it's annual fundraiser, ROMP Festival.


Tuesday September 27, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306 C

2:15pm

Gig Fair
The event, a rare meet-and-greet opportunity in the midst of a hectic and fast-paced music industry event,serves as an organized information exchange for emerging artists and event producers. We envision the GigFair as a first step in building business relationships, and it has become one of the most popular events of theWorld of Bluegrass week!

2:30pm

2:30pm

4:00pm

Keynote Reception and Address
Speakers
avatar for Marian Leighton-Levy

Marian Leighton-Levy

Marian has spent her entire adult life in the record business, having co-founded Rounder with partners Ken Irwin and Bill Nowlin the year she graduated from college. From a three-person collective, Rounder grew to encompass thousands of artists over a broad range of music in its nearly... Read More →


Tuesday September 27, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Raleigh Convention Center, 4th Floor Ballroom

6:00pm

The Unseens Strangers & Kaia Kater
Sponsors
avatar for MerleFest

MerleFest

MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of Eddy Merle Watson as a fundraiser for Wilkes Community College and to celebrate ‘traditional plus’ music. We are about the MUSIC, MOMENTS and MEMORIES! The MUSIC of MerleFest was best explained by Doc himself: “When Merle and I started... Read More →

Showcase Artists
avatar for Kaia Kater

Kaia Kater

martha@quicksilverproductions.net, Booking: Martha Stracener Dantzic
Kaia Kater is lauded for being one of the youngest performers in the roots scene, and at 22 years old, there’s not much arguing her progeny. But what’s special is that she’s blowing up the roots music scene in spite of her age, not because of it. Her old-time banjo-picking skills... Read More →
avatar for The Unseen Strangers

The Unseen Strangers

booking@unseenstrangers.ca, Booking: Adam Shier, Stranger Music
The Unseen Strangers have ambitiously cultivated a musical identity shaped by good old-fashioned bluegrass, the limitless barrage of contemporary musical influences, and a curious sense of humor. | | Newgrass ambassadors, The Unseen Strangers favor innovation over convention. For... Read More →

Tuesday September 27, 2016 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Vintage Church 118 S Person St, Raleigh, NC 27601

6:00pm

World of Bluegrass Kick-Off Party with The Lonesome River Band
Artists
avatar for Lonesome River Band

Lonesome River Band

Lonesome River Band continues their reputation as one of the most respected names in bluegrass | music. Led by five-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Banjo Player of the Year | and Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer Sammy Shelor, the group holds a powerhouse... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Moonstruck Management

Moonstruck Management

Moonstruck Management is a modern music management company that focuses on the country and bluegrass music business. Moonstruck incorporates artist development, management, growth, and booking into one controlled business. This consolidation creates a seamless model for an artist... Read More →


Tuesday September 27, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Lincoln Theater 126 E Cabarrus St, Raleigh, NC 27601

7:00pm

Old Salt Union
Showcase Artists
avatar for Old Salt Union

Old Salt Union

aggie@atomicmusicgroup.com, Booking: Aggie Gardner
Old Salt Union is known for playing music by their own set of rules. While the men who make up this group are not complete rebels, they are certainly thinking about the future of music. They find influence in the bluegrass roots of The Del McCoury Band and Sam Bush, but also draw... Read More →

7:00pm

Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike
Showcase Artists
avatar for Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike

Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike

Nancyk.cardwell@gmail.com, Booking: Nancy Cardwell, BuckleDown Productions
Valerie Smith has developed a unique style and sound that has rocked the bluegrass world for almost two decades with a string of national and international tours, critically acclaimed recordings, and Grammy, IBMA and Dove Award nominations. Val's vocals are impressive. She has a staggeringly... Read More →

7:00pm

Annie Lou
Showcase Artists
avatar for Annie Lou

Annie Lou

frank@nearnorthmusic.com, Booking: Frank Hoorn, Near North Music
The Annie Lou band is fronted by Vancouver Island based songwriter and instrumentalist Anne Louise Genest, an artist who walks with the spirit of an old storyteller, creating songs steeped in the flavours of oldtime mountain, Appalachian, and traditional country and bluegrass music... Read More →

Tuesday September 27, 2016 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Architect Bar & Social House 108 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601

7:00pm

Cardboard Fox
Showcase Artists
avatar for Cardboard Fox

Cardboard Fox

john.breese@outlook.com, Booking: John Breese
Winners of the 2015 Spiral Earth Award for Best Debut, Cardboard Fox are an exciting new four piece with a fast growing fan base. All four musicians have their roots in bluegrass music but their collective influences reach much further and this shows in their music. Formed in late... Read More →

Tuesday September 27, 2016 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Pour House 224 S Blount St, Raleigh, NC 27601

7:00pm

Joe K. Walsh & Sweet Loam
Showcase Artists
avatar for Joe K. Walsh

Joe K. Walsh

joe.k.walsh@gmail.com, Booking: Joe Walsh
Hailed by CBC-Newfoundland as “one of the best mandolinists of his generation” and by Nashville’s Music Row Magazine for his “lickety-split mandolin work”, Portland, Maine-based mandolin player Joe K. Walsh is known for his exceptional tone and taste, and his collaborations... Read More →

Tuesday September 27, 2016 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Lincoln Theater 126 E Cabarrus St, Raleigh, NC 27601

7:00pm

Run Boy Run
Showcase Artists
avatar for Run Boy Run

Run Boy Run

mike@bluesunentertainment.com, Booking: Mike Kaiz, Blue Sun Entertainment
Existing comfortably in the tension between tradition and the musical frontier, Tucson five piece Run Boy Run blends bluegrass, folk and the old timey American vernacular with touches of classical and turn of the century details. Their newest album Something to Someone, released on... Read More →

Tuesday September 27, 2016 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Kings 14 W Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601

7:00pm

The Loose Strings Band
Showcase Artists
avatar for The Loose Strings Band

The Loose Strings Band

theloosestringsband@gmail.com, Booking: Teresa Nale
The Loose Strings Band (LSB) is an all girls band, five members ranging in age from fifteen to twenty-two years of age from Galax, Virginia. Once known as a youth band, the girls have now crossed over into the adult league and placed 8th in the adult competition at the 80th Galax... Read More →

Tuesday September 27, 2016 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Vintage Church 118 S Person St, Raleigh, NC 27601

7:35pm

Tellico
Showcase Artists
avatar for Tellico

Tellico

john@americanaagency.com, Booking: John Laird, Americana Agency
Firmly planted in Asheville NC's thriving roots music scene, Tellico is well schooled in bluegrass but with an unbridled organic “Appalachiacana” sound, combining some of the finest voices, songs and instrumental prowess in North Carolina and beyond. With Anya Hinkle's and Stig... Read More →

7:35pm

Zoe & Cloyd
Showcase Artists
avatar for Zoe & Cloyd

Zoe & Cloyd

zoeandcloyd@gmail.com, Booking: John Cloyd Miller
Zoe & Cloyd spring from deep roots in American music. Founding members of the acclaimed Americana trio, Red June and long-time veterans of the Asheville, NC music scene, Natalya Zoe Weinstein and John Cloyd Miller shifted gears to their duet project after the birth of their daughter... Read More →

8:00pm

Carolina Blue
Showcase Artists
avatar for Carolina Blue

Carolina Blue

sbbooking@att.net, Booking: Leslie Brown, Southern Belle Booking
Carolina Blue is a Brevard, NC based band whose roots run deep in the tradition | of Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs. | | The band was formed in 2007 after the | release of the album "Nothing So Blue" by Bobby Powell and Tim Jones. | Carolina Blue won the South Carolina state... Read More →

Tuesday September 27, 2016 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Kings 14 W Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601

8:00pm

Jenni Lyn
Showcase Artists
avatar for Jenni Lyn

Jenni Lyn

daleyjlg@gmail.com, Booking: Jenni Lyn Garner
From baby boomers to millennials, seasoned festival­ goers to country converts, Jenni Lyn’s music offers a current approach to the evolving bluegrass sound, while maintaining the perfect balance of that down­ home comfort. Her broad span of shared experiences and collaborations... Read More →

Tuesday September 27, 2016 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Pour House 224 S Blount St, Raleigh, NC 27601

8:00pm

Kaia Kater
Showcase Artists
avatar for Kaia Kater

Kaia Kater

martha@quicksilverproductions.net, Booking: Martha Stracener Dantzic
Kaia Kater is lauded for being one of the youngest performers in the roots scene, and at 22 years old, there’s not much arguing her progeny. But what’s special is that she’s blowing up the roots music scene in spite of her age, not because of it. Her old-time banjo-picking skills... Read More →

Tuesday September 27, 2016 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Architect Bar & Social House 108 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601

8:00pm

Red Wine
Showcase Artists
avatar for Red Wine

Red Wine

mike@classactentertainment.com, Booking: Mike Drudge, Class Act Entertainment
Red Wine is one of the most important European bands, active since 1978, with a style that compasses traditional and contemporary Bluegrass, Country, Gospel, and Swing. | Starting 1984 Red Wine has played all over Europe, performing at major international festivals and playing concerts... Read More →

Tuesday September 27, 2016 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Lincoln Theater 126 E Cabarrus St, Raleigh, NC 27601

8:00pm

The Honey Dewdrops
Showcase Artists
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The Honey Dewdrops

david@thesparrowagency.com, Booking: David Salada, The Sparrow Agency
Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish share more than most couples. As the Honey Dewdrops, they share stages from venues to festivals across North America, stretches of rolling, infinite roadway, and a lot of songs; they share one mic and a hunger to pay attention to what endures. With... Read More →

Tuesday September 27, 2016 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Vintage Church 118 S Person St, Raleigh, NC 27601

8:10pm

10 String Symphony
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10 String Symphony

chris@praterday.com, Booking: Chris Rusk, Prater Day
“They do things with fiddles you wouldn’t expect” NPR All Songs Considered “The Newest and Most Promising Voices in Americana” | | “…a dynamic musical stew that covers a wide spectrum of acoustic-based roots music, hitting on old-time, folk and bluegrass, all delivered... Read More →

8:10pm

Steep Ravine
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Steep Ravine

mark@skylineonline.com, Booking: Mark Lourie, Skyline Music
Steep Ravine's soulful sound takes roots music in compelling new directions. Fusing elements of folk-rock, bluegrass, and jazz, the band continues to enthrall audiences with their uniquely Californian sound. Songwriter Simon Linsteadt (guitar, lead vocals) and Jan Purat (violin, vocals... Read More →

8:45pm

Missy Raines & the New Hip
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Missy Raines & The New Hip

molliefarr@lostbuffaloartists.com, Booking: Mollie Farr, Lost Buffalo Artists
"Raines' vocals bring a gorgeous, nurturing confidence." | -No Depression | "A seductive amalgam of folk, country, bluegrass, and rock, recalling the earliest platters by Lucinda Williams and Rosanne Cash." -ICON Magazine | "Raines is not only a superb bassist... Read More →

8:45pm

Trout Steak Revival
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Trout Steak Revival

drew@ramblewest.com, Booking: Drew Gottlieb
Denver-based Trout Steak Revival has earned a place in the mountain states bluegrass scene, performing to sold-out audiences, winning the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition, placing in the 2012 Rockygrass Band Competition, and even winning an Emmy Award for a soundtrack... Read More →

9:00pm

Bill and the Belles
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Bill and the Belles

billandthebelles@gmail.com, Booking: Grace Van't Hof
With striking three-part harmonies and masterful instrumentation, Bill and the Belles skillfully breathe new life into the sounds of early country music. At the foothills of the Blue Ridge and the forefront of old time music, Bill and the Belles (Johnson City, Tennessee) continue... Read More →

Tuesday September 27, 2016 9:00pm - 9:45pm
Kings 14 W Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601

9:00pm

High Plains Jamboree
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High Plains Jamboree

highplainsband@gmail.com, Booking: Brennen Leigh
High Plains Jamboree is a super group of four stellar singer-songwriter-musicians (Beth Chrisman, Simon Flory, Noel McKay and Brennen Leigh) based in Austin Texas. Featuring three part harmony, fiddle, upright bass, acoustic guitar and mandolin, the foursome already boasts national... Read More →

Tuesday September 27, 2016 9:00pm - 9:45pm
Pour House 224 S Blount St, Raleigh, NC 27601

9:00pm

Hot Buttered Rum
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Hot Buttered Rum

phil@sweetwinegroup.com, Booking: Phil Einsohn, Sweetwine Group
“Stunning instrumental and vocal virtuosity.” – Relix Magazine | | “Few things rejuvenate the soul like a warm fireside drink after an exhausting day in the snow. Hot Buttered Rum has that effect. Their original songs are instantly familiar and inviting, and their easygoing... Read More →

Tuesday September 27, 2016 9:00pm - 9:45pm
Lincoln Theater 126 E Cabarrus St, Raleigh, NC 27601

9:00pm

John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band
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J2B2 (John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band)

jjhenke@gmail.com, Booking: Jason Henke
J2B2 is an all-star bluegrass supergroup featuring four legendary, award-winning musicians – John Jorgenson on acoustic guitar, mandolin and vocals; Herb Pedersen on banjo, acoustic guitar and vocals; Mark Fain on bass; and Patrick Sauber on acoustic guitar and vocals – delivering... Read More →

Tuesday September 27, 2016 9:00pm - 9:45pm
Vintage Church 118 S Person St, Raleigh, NC 27601

9:00pm

The Unseen Strangers
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The Unseen Strangers

booking@unseenstrangers.ca, Booking: Adam Shier, Stranger Music
The Unseen Strangers have ambitiously cultivated a musical identity shaped by good old-fashioned bluegrass, the limitless barrage of contemporary musical influences, and a curious sense of humor. | | Newgrass ambassadors, The Unseen Strangers favor innovation over convention. For... Read More →

Tuesday September 27, 2016 9:00pm - 9:45pm
Architect Bar & Social House 108 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601

9:20pm

Molly Tuttle Band
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Molly Tuttle Band

andrew@mclachlanmanagement.com, Booking: Andrew Stokes, McLachlan Management
A virtuoso multi-instrumentalist and award winning songwriter with a distinctive voice, Molly has turned the heads of even the most seasoned industry professionals. She began performing on stage when she was 11, and recorded her first album, The Old Apple Tree, at age 13. Since then... Read More →

9:20pm

The Lil' Smokies
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The Lil' Smokies

phil@sweetwinegroup.com, Booking: Phil Einsohn, Sweetwine Group
With their roots submerged in the thick buttery mud of traditional bluegrass, The Lil’ Smokies have sonically blossomed into a leading player in the progressive acoustic sphere, creating a new and wholly unique, melody driven sound of their own. The quintet, from Missoula, MT, has... Read More →

10:00pm

10:00pm

Cardboard Fox
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Cardboard Fox

john.breese@outlook.com, Booking: John Breese
Winners of the 2015 Spiral Earth Award for Best Debut, Cardboard Fox are an exciting new four piece with a fast growing fan base. All four musicians have their roots in bluegrass music but their collective influences reach much further and this shows in their music. Formed in late... Read More →

Tuesday September 27, 2016 10:00pm - 10:45pm
Architect Bar & Social House 108 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601

10:00pm

10:00pm

Kristy Cox
Artists
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MerleFest

MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of Eddy Merle Watson as a fundraiser for Wilkes Community College and to celebrate ‘traditional plus’ music. We are about the MUSIC, MOMENTS and MEMORIES! The MUSIC of MerleFest was best explained by Doc himself: “When Merle and I started... Read More →


Tuesday September 27, 2016 10:00pm - 10:45pm
Vintage Church 118 S Person St, Raleigh, NC 27601

10:00pm

Missy Raines & the New Hip
Sponsors
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Musicians United to Protect Bristol Bay

We organize musicians to use their music and access to fans and media to spread the word about the struggle to protect Bristol Bay from being destroyed by the proposed Pebble Mine. In three years we have built a network of over 500 musicians.  In 2015, musicians around the country... Read More →

Showcase Artists
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Missy Raines & The New Hip

molliefarr@lostbuffaloartists.com, Booking: Mollie Farr, Lost Buffalo Artists
"Raines' vocals bring a gorgeous, nurturing confidence." | -No Depression | "A seductive amalgam of folk, country, bluegrass, and rock, recalling the earliest platters by Lucinda Williams and Rosanne Cash." -ICON Magazine | "Raines is not only a superb bassist... Read More →

Tuesday September 27, 2016 10:00pm - 10:45pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 304 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

10:00pm

Newtown
Artists
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Moonstruck Management

Moonstruck Management is a modern music management company that focuses on the country and bluegrass music business. Moonstruck incorporates artist development, management, growth, and booking into one controlled business. This consolidation creates a seamless model for an artist... Read More →


Tuesday September 27, 2016 10:00pm - 10:45pm
Lincoln Theater 126 E Cabarrus St, Raleigh, NC 27601

10:00pm

Shout and Shine: A Celebration of Diversity in Bluegrass w/ Giri & Uma Peters and Kaia Kater
Also featuring Kimber Ludiker, Greg Donlan, emcee Justin Hiltner, and many more!

Artists
Sponsors
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Bluegrass Situation

This is the new face of bluegrass.  It’s young.  It’s exciting.  It’s passionate. It’s a community that respects its history, knows its roots, looks ahead for ways to innovate and modernize a genre that has been around for generations, and seeks new ways to merge an old... Read More →

Showcase Artists
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Kaia Kater

martha@quicksilverproductions.net, Booking: Martha Stracener Dantzic
Kaia Kater is lauded for being one of the youngest performers in the roots scene, and at 22 years old, there’s not much arguing her progeny. But what’s special is that she’s blowing up the roots music scene in spite of her age, not because of it. Her old-time banjo-picking skills... Read More →

Tuesday September 27, 2016 10:00pm - 10:45pm
Pour House 224 S Blount St, Raleigh, NC 27601

10:00pm

Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike
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Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike

Nancyk.cardwell@gmail.com, Booking: Nancy Cardwell, BuckleDown Productions
Valerie Smith has developed a unique style and sound that has rocked the bluegrass world for almost two decades with a string of national and international tours, critically acclaimed recordings, and Grammy, IBMA and Dove Award nominations. Val's vocals are impressive. She has a staggeringly... Read More →

Sponsors

Tuesday September 27, 2016 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Marriott State Ballroom AB 500 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

10:30pm

11:00pm

Hot Buttered Rum
Artists
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Hot Buttered Rum

phil@sweetwinegroup.com, Booking: Phil Einsohn, Sweetwine Group
“Stunning instrumental and vocal virtuosity.” – Relix Magazine | | “Few things rejuvenate the soul like a warm fireside drink after an exhausting day in the snow. Hot Buttered Rum has that effect. Their original songs are instantly familiar and inviting, and their easygoing... Read More →

Sponsors
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MerleFest

MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of Eddy Merle Watson as a fundraiser for Wilkes Community College and to celebrate ‘traditional plus’ music. We are about the MUSIC, MOMENTS and MEMORIES! The MUSIC of MerleFest was best explained by Doc himself: “When Merle and I started... Read More →


Tuesday September 27, 2016 11:00pm - 11:45pm
Vintage Church 118 S Person St, Raleigh, NC 27601

11:00pm

Lonesome River Band w/ guest Dave Adkins
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Dave Adkins

There is no mistaking the powerful raw vocals by singer, songwriter and guitarist Dave Adkins. His significant chart success, coupled with his stellar live performances, have made him one of most talked about artist in bluegrass music. Dave contributed six original songs to his latest... Read More →

Artists
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Lonesome River Band

Lonesome River Band continues their reputation as one of the most respected names in bluegrass | music. Led by five-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Banjo Player of the Year | and Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer Sammy Shelor, the group holds a powerhouse... Read More →

Sponsors
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Moonstruck Management

Moonstruck Management is a modern music management company that focuses on the country and bluegrass music business. Moonstruck incorporates artist development, management, growth, and booking into one controlled business. This consolidation creates a seamless model for an artist... Read More →


Tuesday September 27, 2016 11:00pm - 11:45pm
Lincoln Theater 126 E Cabarrus St, Raleigh, NC 27601

11:00pm

11:00pm

Red Wine
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Musicians United to Protect Bristol Bay

We organize musicians to use their music and access to fans and media to spread the word about the struggle to protect Bristol Bay from being destroyed by the proposed Pebble Mine. In three years we have built a network of over 500 musicians.  In 2015, musicians around the country... Read More →

Showcase Artists
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Red Wine

mike@classactentertainment.com, Booking: Mike Drudge, Class Act Entertainment
Red Wine is one of the most important European bands, active since 1978, with a style that compasses traditional and contemporary Bluegrass, Country, Gospel, and Swing. | Starting 1984 Red Wine has played all over Europe, performing at major international festivals and playing concerts... Read More →

Tuesday September 27, 2016 11:00pm - 11:45pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 304 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

11:00pm

Shout and Shine: A Celebration of Diversity in Bluegrass w/ Joe Walsh, Chris Jones & the Night Drivers, and Amythyst Kiah
Also featuring Kimber Ludiker, Greg Donlan, emcee Justin Hiltner, and many more!

Artists
Sponsors
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Bluegrass Situation

This is the new face of bluegrass.  It’s young.  It’s exciting.  It’s passionate. It’s a community that respects its history, knows its roots, looks ahead for ways to innovate and modernize a genre that has been around for generations, and seeks new ways to merge an old... Read More →

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Joe K. Walsh

joe.k.walsh@gmail.com, Booking: Joe Walsh
Hailed by CBC-Newfoundland as “one of the best mandolinists of his generation” and by Nashville’s Music Row Magazine for his “lickety-split mandolin work”, Portland, Maine-based mandolin player Joe K. Walsh is known for his exceptional tone and taste, and his collaborations... Read More →

Tuesday September 27, 2016 11:00pm - 11:45pm
Pour House 224 S Blount St, Raleigh, NC 27601

11:00pm

The Andrew Collins Trio
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The Andrew Collins Trio

sytesounds@gmail.com, Booking: Andrew Collins
For the last fifteen years Andrew Collins has been at the forefront of a Canadian acoustic movement, blazing new ground in modern roots music. Both as a solo recording artist, and a founding member of the Creaking Tree String Quartet and the Foggy Hogtown Boys, he has earned an impressive... Read More →

Tuesday September 27, 2016 11:00pm - 11:45pm
Architect Bar & Social House 108 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601

11:00pm

11:00pm

12:00am

Annie Lou
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Annie Lou

frank@nearnorthmusic.com, Booking: Frank Hoorn, Near North Music
The Annie Lou band is fronted by Vancouver Island based songwriter and instrumentalist Anne Louise Genest, an artist who walks with the spirit of an old storyteller, creating songs steeped in the flavours of oldtime mountain, Appalachian, and traditional country and bluegrass music... Read More →

Wednesday September 28, 2016 12:00am - 12:45am
Architect Bar & Social House 108 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601

12:00am

12:00am

Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen
Artists
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MerleFest

MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of Eddy Merle Watson as a fundraiser for Wilkes Community College and to celebrate ‘traditional plus’ music. We are about the MUSIC, MOMENTS and MEMORIES! The MUSIC of MerleFest was best explained by Doc himself: “When Merle and I started... Read More →


Wednesday September 28, 2016 12:00am - 12:45am
Vintage Church 118 S Person St, Raleigh, NC 27601

12:00am

Shout and Shine: A Celebration of Diversity in Bluegrass w/ Missy Raines & the New Hip and 10 String Symphony
Also featuring Kimber Ludiker, Greg Donlan, emcee Justin Hiltner, and many more!

Sponsors
avatar for Bluegrass Situation

Bluegrass Situation

This is the new face of bluegrass.  It’s young.  It’s exciting.  It’s passionate. It’s a community that respects its history, knows its roots, looks ahead for ways to innovate and modernize a genre that has been around for generations, and seeks new ways to merge an old... Read More →

Showcase Artists
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Missy Raines & The New Hip

molliefarr@lostbuffaloartists.com, Booking: Mollie Farr, Lost Buffalo Artists
"Raines' vocals bring a gorgeous, nurturing confidence." | -No Depression | "A seductive amalgam of folk, country, bluegrass, and rock, recalling the earliest platters by Lucinda Williams and Rosanne Cash." -ICON Magazine | "Raines is not only a superb bassist... Read More →
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10 String Symphony

chris@praterday.com, Booking: Chris Rusk, Prater Day
“They do things with fiddles you wouldn’t expect” NPR All Songs Considered “The Newest and Most Promising Voices in Americana” | | “…a dynamic musical stew that covers a wide spectrum of acoustic-based roots music, hitting on old-time, folk and bluegrass, all delivered... Read More →

Wednesday September 28, 2016 12:00am - 12:45am
Pour House 224 S Blount St, Raleigh, NC 27601

12:00am

The Jim Hurst Trio
Artists
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Musicians United to Protect Bristol Bay

We organize musicians to use their music and access to fans and media to spread the word about the struggle to protect Bristol Bay from being destroyed by the proposed Pebble Mine. In three years we have built a network of over 500 musicians.  In 2015, musicians around the country... Read More →


Wednesday September 28, 2016 12:00am - 12:45am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 304 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

12:00am

Trinity River Band
Artists
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Moonstruck Management

Moonstruck Management is a modern music management company that focuses on the country and bluegrass music business. Moonstruck incorporates artist development, management, growth, and booking into one controlled business. This consolidation creates a seamless model for an artist... Read More →


Wednesday September 28, 2016 12:00am - 12:45am
Lincoln Theater 126 E Cabarrus St, Raleigh, NC 27601

12:00am

12:00am

Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike
Artists
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Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike

Nancyk.cardwell@gmail.com, Booking: Nancy Cardwell, BuckleDown Productions
Valerie Smith has developed a unique style and sound that has rocked the bluegrass world for almost two decades with a string of national and international tours, critically acclaimed recordings, and Grammy, IBMA and Dove Award nominations. Val's vocals are impressive. She has a staggeringly... Read More →

Sponsors

Wednesday September 28, 2016 12:00am - 1:00am
Marriott State Ballroom AB 500 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:00am

1:00am

MerleFest Jam w/ Hank & Pattie, Trout Steak Revival, The Gravy Boys and special guest Ken Tizzard
Artists
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Trout Steak Revival

drew@ramblewest.com, Booking: Drew Gottlieb
Denver-based Trout Steak Revival has earned a place in the mountain states bluegrass scene, performing to sold-out audiences, winning the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition, placing in the 2012 Rockygrass Band Competition, and even winning an Emmy Award for a soundtrack... Read More →

Sponsors
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MerleFest

MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of Eddy Merle Watson as a fundraiser for Wilkes Community College and to celebrate ‘traditional plus’ music. We are about the MUSIC, MOMENTS and MEMORIES! The MUSIC of MerleFest was best explained by Doc himself: “When Merle and I started... Read More →


Wednesday September 28, 2016 1:00am - 1:45am
Vintage Church 118 S Person St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:00am

Moonstruck Mash (Special All-Star Lineup!)
Sponsors
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Moonstruck Management

Moonstruck Management is a modern music management company that focuses on the country and bluegrass music business. Moonstruck incorporates artist development, management, growth, and booking into one controlled business. This consolidation creates a seamless model for an artist... Read More →


Wednesday September 28, 2016 1:00am - 1:45am
Lincoln Theater 126 E Cabarrus St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:00am

Shout and Shine: A Celebration of Diversity in Bluegrass w/ Mipso
Also featuring Kimber Ludiker, Greg Donlan, emcee Justin Hiltner, and many more!

Artists
Sponsors
avatar for Bluegrass Situation

Bluegrass Situation

This is the new face of bluegrass.  It’s young.  It’s exciting.  It’s passionate. It’s a community that respects its history, knows its roots, looks ahead for ways to innovate and modernize a genre that has been around for generations, and seeks new ways to merge an old... Read More →


Wednesday September 28, 2016 1:00am - 1:45am
Pour House 224 S Blount St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:00am

Tellico
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Tellico

john@americanaagency.com, Booking: John Laird, Americana Agency
Firmly planted in Asheville NC's thriving roots music scene, Tellico is well schooled in bluegrass but with an unbridled organic “Appalachiacana” sound, combining some of the finest voices, songs and instrumental prowess in North Carolina and beyond. With Anya Hinkle's and Stig... Read More →

1:00am

The Unseen Strangers
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Musicians United to Protect Bristol Bay

We organize musicians to use their music and access to fans and media to spread the word about the struggle to protect Bristol Bay from being destroyed by the proposed Pebble Mine. In three years we have built a network of over 500 musicians.  In 2015, musicians around the country... Read More →

Showcase Artists
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The Unseen Strangers

booking@unseenstrangers.ca, Booking: Adam Shier, Stranger Music
The Unseen Strangers have ambitiously cultivated a musical identity shaped by good old-fashioned bluegrass, the limitless barrage of contemporary musical influences, and a curious sense of humor. | | Newgrass ambassadors, The Unseen Strangers favor innovation over convention. For... Read More →

Wednesday September 28, 2016 1:00am - 1:45am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 304 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:00am

1:00am

Steep Ravine
Artists
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Steep Ravine

mark@skylineonline.com, Booking: Mark Lourie, Skyline Music
Steep Ravine's soulful sound takes roots music in compelling new directions. Fusing elements of folk-rock, bluegrass, and jazz, the band continues to enthrall audiences with their uniquely Californian sound. Songwriter Simon Linsteadt (guitar, lead vocals) and Jan Purat (violin, vocals... Read More →

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Wednesday September 28, 2016 1:00am - 2:00am
Marriott Chancellor Room 500 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601
 
Wednesday, September 28
 

8:00am

8:00am

Instrument Check and Lost & Found
Wednesday September 28, 2016 8:00am - Thursday September 29, 2016 2:00am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 202 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

8:30am

What Is Your Digital Legacy?
National digital rights expert Evan Carroll and Raleigh attorney Jean Carter will offer strategies for transferring your digital assets to your heirs or others. This discussion will address how artists can protect the economic interest in their creative property under these new rules.

Moderators
avatar for Ron Raxter

Ron Raxter

Mr. Raxter retired after practicing law for almost 40 years. His practice included advising non-profit arts organizations. He was a founder of two non-profit arts organizations, the Apple Chill Cloggers and PineCone. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of PineCone, the Education... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Evan Carroll

Evan Carroll

Mr. Carroll is a frequent speaker on all things digital. He has presented to audiences at SXSW Interactive, the Library of Congress, the Internet Archive, DIG South, the American Marketing Association and the Direct Marketing Association. A leader in digital legacy and personal archiving... Read More →
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Jean Carter

Ms. Carter’s practice focuses on estate planning and administration, tax-exempt organizations and charitable giving. She also regularly handles North Carolina tax matters. She works with families and nonprofit organizations to create workable plans necessary to advance their economic... Read More →


8:30am

Bluegrass Belongs to Us All: Creating an Inclusive Environment at Your Event, Gig, and in your Career
As the Bluegrass community grows, increasingly reflecting the musics' deep and diverse roots, more fans and artists from various backgrounds and with different points of view are brought together. A diverse group of artists and industry professionals will share their own experiences, and lead an exploration of what we can all do to respectfully communicate with one another and create an inclusive environment wherever we find ourselves.

Moderators
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Trisha Tubbs

Event Producer, Wintergrass
Trisha is the facilitator for IBMA’s Leadership Bluegrass Program. In addition to her work with that program, she’s also co-produced the IBMA awards show and has been a member of many IBMA committees over the years. When she isn’t helping Bluegrass professionals, she has been... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Phil Bankester

Phil Bankester

Phil Bankester spent his career working in the marketing and communications department of Southern Illinois University. Thirteen years ago his family (four daughters and wife) started playing bluegrass. He’s been touring and recording with them ever since. He is a video producer... Read More →
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Aengus Finnan

Executive Director of Folk Alliance since 2014, Finnan lends a lifetime of music and community organizing to a broad overview of many cultures and many people finding their way to each other through music. Born in Dublin, Ireland and raised in Ontario, Canada, Aengus has a long history... Read More →
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Justin Hiltner

A 2017 Leadership Bluegrass alumnus, Justin Hiltner is the social media director for the Bluegrass Situation, curating content for more than 250,000 followers across their channels. He covers bluegrass for BGS, writing the columns "That Ain't Bluegrass," "Shout & Shine," and more... Read More →
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Kaia Kater

martha@quicksilverproductions.net, Booking: Martha Stracener Dantzic
Kaia Kater is lauded for being one of the youngest performers in the roots scene, and at 22 years old, there’s not much arguing her progeny. But what’s special is that she’s blowing up the roots music scene in spite of her age, not because of it. Her old-time banjo-picking skills... Read More →
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Kimber Ludiker

Born of fiddle playing parents in Spokane, WA, Kimber Ludiker is a 5th generation fiddle player who finally picked one up at the age of 3. With 11 combined family National Fiddle Championships, Kimber holds 3 herself. She is a multi-instrumentalist, picking up the cello, mandolin... Read More →
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Sav Sankaran

Professional upright bassist/vocalist, fly fisherman, itinerant intellectual, Indian-American, Sav Sankaran studied at Gettysburg College and Penn State. Asheville, NC. He toured both domestically and internationally from 2009 to 2012 with renowned bluegrass/Americana outfit The Dixie... Read More →


Wednesday September 28, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 304 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

8:30am

The Power of Language
A few great writers will lead this interactive session using exercises and games to help people improve how they tell their stories - whether that be a band bio, a festival description, or a press release. We'll look at how to avoid drastically over-used phrases ('hard-driving' as opposed to ‘songs crackle with the unpredictability of a divorced man, a bottle of whisky and and loaded pistol.’). We'll demonstrate how less is more when it comes to language.  

Moderators
avatar for Patrice O'Neill

Patrice O'Neill

Event Producer, Acoustic Sound/Wintergrass
I am currently interested in exploring the changing ways in which people are connecting to the music and communities they love. I am passionate about not only educating the next generation of musicians, but creating models that will allow them to earn a living while keeping music... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for John Lawless

John Lawless

John is the primary author and editor at Bluegrass Today. In 2007 he shared Print Media Person of the Year honors with Brance Gillihan for their work on the Bluegrass Blog. He’s also President of AcuTab Publications and has been an active banjo player with Acoustic Endeavors.
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Devon Leger

Director, Hearth Music
Devon Leger founded Hearth Music in 2010 after spending six years as the lead booker for the Northwest Folklife Festival in Seattle. A graduate of the University of Washington’s Ethnomusicology program, Devon brings a wide knowledge of music tradition and a passion for community... Read More →
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David Morris

David Morris is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist, songwriter and upright bass player. Best known in bluegrass circles for his writing for Bluegrass Today, he has spent much of his career as a wire service political reporter, including nearly 14 years with The Associated Press and... Read More →


Wednesday September 28, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306 C

8:30am

Turning Writer’s Block Into A Stepping Stone
Bring along that song you’ve been working on for the last seven years and our panel will give you creative tips on how to break through, finish it up and write a bunch more.  

Moderators
avatar for Laurie Lewis

Laurie Lewis

Laurie Lewis is a renowned singer, songwriter, fiddler, bandleader, producer and educator. A California native, she has played since 1986 with her musical partner, mandolinist Tom Rozum. Twice voted IBMA's Female Vocalist of the Year, her rendition of “Who Will Watch the Home Place... Read More →

Speakers
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Lynda Dawson

Songwriter, Grandma Bea Music
Dawson has been described by PopMatters as writing "distinctive originals...with an ear for a catchy melody as well as interesting turns of phrase," and by Nashville Public Radio as a, "truly gifted songwriter who writes intelligently crafted lyrics married to unforgettable melodies... Read More →
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Graham Sharp

Graham is the banjo player and a singer with Steep Canyon Rangers. SCR won a Grammy Award for the album Nobody Knows You, for which Graham wrote the title track and six others. Several of his songs have reached the top of the bluegrass radio airplay and the Billboard charts. Graham... Read More →
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Donna Ulisse

Bluegrass singer/songwriter Donna Ulisse released her 11th album Breakin’ Easy, produced by Doyle Lawson, on Mountain Home Music. Earning a #1 single, awarded IBMA's 2016 Songwriter of the Year and authoring her book The Songwriter in Me keeps her name among the key figures in bluegrass... Read More →


9:00am

Breakfast 2 Business
While our Agent Pitch Sessions have been successful, this year we are taking it up a notch by providing aplace for buyers and agents to connect over a gratis hot breakfast at the first-ever Breakfast 2 Business. Learnmore about this RSVP-only event, and see the invitation on the next page.

Wednesday September 28, 2016 9:00am - 10:45am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 402 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

9:00am

Health Fair Open
Your health is important to the IBMA, and that is why we are delighted to once again partner withseveral providers, including Sight & Sound Vision Care and MusiCares, The Recording Academy’shealthcare outreach, to bring you the World of Bluegrass Health Fair in Raleigh.

Vision Clinic
Sight & Sound has partnered with the America’s Best Glasses and Contacts to provide free visionscreenings and eyewear to all registered conference attendees.“Sight & Sound, as a provider of eye care to those in the music industry, is thrilled to be workingalongside the International Bluegrass Music Association,” says Mark Lindsey from Sight & Sound.“We understand that not everyone has access to regular eye care. We look forward to providing careto all attendees and hearing some terrific bluegrass music. Please come by our clinic this year forfree exams and eyewear (glasses, readers, sunglasses). Special thanks to America’s Best Glasses andContacts for their donations of time, equipment and resources.”

Dental Clinic
MusiCares, in partnership with Smile Mobile Dental, will be offering a Free Dental Clinic during IBMA’s World of Bluegrass at the Raleigh Convention Center on Wednesday, September 28th, and Thursday, September 29th, from 9am-4pm. Dental screenings, teeth cleaning, and x-rays will be provided at no cost to eligible music industry professionals who have at least 5 years of music industry experience. Dental services will be located in Room 303 on the South Hall of the Raleigh Convention Center, to the left of registration. Stop by to see us at the event or go to https://ibmadentalclinic.eventbrite.com to reserve your appointment slot ahead of time. Feel free to contact the MusiCares office with any questions at 615-327-0050.”

Hearing Clinic
MusiCares, in partnership with ACS, will also be offering ear impressions for free custom ear plugs.MusiCares also works to address the health and wellness needs of music professionals. In supportof these efforts, MusiCares will be joined by an audiologist who will be onsite during select hours toprovide valuable information on the importance of hearing conservation. It is offering ear impressions for FREE* custom musicians’ earplugs, which are will likewise be provided compliments of MusiCares.Danielle Bowker, Manager of MusiCares, notes, “MusiCares is honored to again participate in theInternational Bluegrass Music Association’s Business Conference."

Sponsors
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MusiCares

MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares' services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources... Read More →
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Sight and Sound

Sight & Sound, as a provider of eye care to those in the music industry, is thrilled to be working along side the International Bluegrass Music Association. We understand not everyone has access to regular eyecare. We look forward to providing care to all attendees and hearing... Read More →


9:45am

Soundalikes Litigation
Duke University law professor Jennifer Jenkins will discuss lawsuits over when song similarities amount to copyright infringement. She will discuss the legal doctrines (some intuitive, some bizarre) and play lots of audio examples to illustrate the decisions to date.

Moderators
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Ron Raxter

Mr. Raxter retired after practicing law for almost 40 years. His practice included advising non-profit arts organizations. He was a founder of two non-profit arts organizations, the Apple Chill Cloggers and PineCone. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of PineCone, the Education... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Jenkins

Jennifer Jenkins

Ms. Jenkins is Director of Duke's Center for the Study of the Public Domain and a Senior Lecturing Fellow at Duke Law School, where she teaches courses in Intellectual Property and Music Copyright. She leads the Center's “Arts Project,” which analyzes the effects of intellectual... Read More →


Wednesday September 28, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 307 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

9:45am

Getting and Executing the Big Interview

Interviewing -- a skill necessary for broadcasters, journalists, artists, and more. If interviewing is such a normal part of the business, why is it that so many are intimidated by the task, whether as the interviewer or the interviewee? This panel will focus on getting the most out of your next interview, and is intended for professional media hosts and artists who aim to deliver memorable, enticing, and socially-shareable interviews.

 


Moderators
avatar for Kyle Cantrell

Kyle Cantrell

SiriusXM
Kyle Cantrell is the program director and an on-air personality at SiriusXM's Bluegrass Junction. He grew up listening to the sounds of the Grand Ole Opry, and in 1982 he joined the staff of WSM where he remained for over two decades. He is a four-time recipient of IBMA's Bluegrass... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Greg Cahill

Greg Cahill

Band leader/Banjo player, Special Consensus
GREG CAHILL co-founded Special Consensus in Chicago in 1975 and has continued to tour nationally and internationally since forming the band. He has appeared on all 18 of the Special Consensus recordings, on numerous recordings by other artists and on many national television and radio... Read More →
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Terry Herd

Terry Herd is the host of Into The Blue, bluegrass music's largest and longest-running syndicated radio program. His resume includes stints at WSM and Sirus Satellite Radio. He is also a four-time recipient of IBMA's Bluegrass Broadcaster of the Year award.
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David Morris

David Morris is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist, songwriter and upright bass player. Best known in bluegrass circles for his writing for Bluegrass Today, he has spent much of his career as a wire service political reporter, including nearly 14 years with The Associated Press and... Read More →


Wednesday September 28, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306 B 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

9:45am

Getting to Know SoundExchange
SoundExchange is the organization tasked with paying royalties for a variety of digital formats, most notably Satellite Radio. Linda Bloss-Baum from SoundExchange will explain what they do and will provide information for getting signed up. If your music has been played on Sirius/XM SoundExchange may have money waiting for you!

Speakers
avatar for Linda Bloss-Baum

Linda Bloss-Baum

Senior Director, Industry Relations, SoundExchange
Linda Bloss-Baum is the Sr. Director of Industry Relations at SoundExchange. In that role, she drives awareness and visibility for SoundExchange across multiple channels related to performance and music entertainment. Prior to joining SoundExchange, Bloss-Baum served as an independent... Read More →


Wednesday September 28, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 305AB 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

9:45am

Plugging In
It’s more possible than ever to plug-in your acoustic instrument for a big sound on stage that stillsounds acoustic. It’s important to know your gear and how it works to get the best results. Learnabout some of the latest gear choices and how to use them.

Moderators
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Fishman

With a lifelong passion for music, Chris DeMaria found his calling when he began his career with Fishman 12 years ago. During that time, he has overseen the company’s marketing, advertising and promotional initiatives, including brand development and management, product launch strategies... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Becky Buller

Becky Buller

Showcase Artist, Becky Buller
Becky Buller has penned songs for some of the best in Bluegrass, including the Infamous Stringdusters, Ricky Skaggs, even the title cut of Special Consensus’ album Scratch Gravel Road, a 2013 Bluegrass Grammy nominee. She tours with The Becky Buller Band and is currently working... Read More →
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Ned Luberecki

Becky Buller Band
Ned is the banjo player for The Becky Buller Band and also tours with Stephen Mougin (of the Sam Bush Band) as Nedski & Mojo. Ned was formerly the banjoist for Chris Jones and the Night Drivers, The Rarely Herd, Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, The Gary Ferguson Band, Radio... Read More →
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Stephen Mougin

Stephen Mougin is the guitar player/vocalist for the "Sam Bush Band" and "Nedski and Mojo”. He is the owner/operator of Dark Shadow Recording where he produces and engineers demos, eps, and albums for independents and for the DSR Label. Mougin is a certified educator, teaching music... Read More →
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Missy Raines

Seven-time IBMA Bass Player of the Year Missy Raines is also a bandleader, singer and songwriter. She currently tours with her own band, Missy Raines & The New Hip. She is also one-fourth of the acclaimed bluegrass super-group, the Helen Highwater Stringband, along with David Grier... Read More →


Wednesday September 28, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306 C

9:45am

Musical Theatre For Bluegrass Songwriters
As writers of bluegrass music, we tend to think only in terms of having our tunes cut by bands. The legendary Si Kahn (“Aragon Mill”) is slated to head up this seminar and get you thinking bigger in terms of marketing your music.

Moderators
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Musicians United for the Protection of Bristol Bay

Artist, Musicians United To Protect Bristol Bay
Si Kahn is best known in the bluegrass world for the songs he’s written or co-written that have been recorded by such artists as Dale Ann Bradley, the Dry Branch Fire Squad, Charles Sawtelle, Hazel Dickens, Kathy Mattea, the original Red Clay Ramblers and Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tom Brown

Tom Brown

In addition to playing with the slightly bent bluegrass band Spatial Effects, Tom Brown has written songs for stage productions and co-written several plays. He was selected for the IBMA Songwriter Showcase four times and has also been involved in the production of a handful recording... Read More →
avatar for Laurelyn Dosset

Laurelyn Dosset

Laurelyn Dossett is a songwriter based in the North Carolina Piedmont. She has written the songs for six plays at Triad Stage, a song cycle “The Gathering” for the NC symphony and songs for the AMC series “Hell on Wheels.” Her songs have been covered widely, most notably by... Read More →


Wednesday September 28, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306 A 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

10:00am

Youth Room Open For Jamming
Wednesday September 28, 2016 10:00am - Thursday September 29, 2016 2:00am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 203 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

11:00am

Momentum Awards Luncheon
The Momentum Awards focus on artists, businesspeople, and events that are in the early years of theircareers in bluegrass music. They acknowledge somethingundeniable about bluegrass music – that manyof its most dynamic artists and entrepreneurs areyoung or relatively new to the genre, and there aremaybe more artists playing bluegrass or bluegrassrootedmusic than at any time in decades.

Sponsors
avatar for Boston Bluegrass Union

Boston Bluegrass Union

The Boston Bluegrass Union is a performing arts association based in the Boston area. We have over 38 years of presenting bluegrass concerts, festivals and educational activities.
avatar for Virginia is for Music Lovers

Virginia is for Music Lovers

The Virginia Tourism Authority, doing business as the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) is an organization of more than 70 professionals working in the Richmond office and at 11 Welcome Centers throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. | | The overriding goal of all of VTC’s... Read More →


Wednesday September 28, 2016 11:00am - 1:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center, 4th Floor Ballroom

1:00pm

1:00pm

1:00pm

1:00pm

1:00pm

1:00pm

1:00pm

B2Business Conference Expo (Exhibit Hall)
Business-to-business engagement is critical to building and sustaining relationships in the bluegrass music industry.  The B2Business Conference Expo creates an environment within which to convert client interest into solid partnerships.  Open to business conference attendees only, delivering a concentrated audience from all sectors of the industry.

2:00pm

Kristy Cox (Mountain Home Music Company Showcase)
Sponsored afternoon showcase

Artists
Sponsors
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Mountain Home Music Company

Mountain Home Music Company is a premiere Bluegrass label with global distribution, representing such elite artists as Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, The Boxcars, Lonesome River Band, Balsam Range, The Grascals, The Snyder Family Band, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Danny Roberts, Crowe Lawson... Read More →


2:00pm

Red Wine (IBMA International Committee Showcase)
Sponsors
Showcase Artists
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Red Wine

mike@classactentertainment.com, Booking: Mike Drudge, Class Act Entertainment
Red Wine is one of the most important European bands, active since 1978, with a style that compasses traditional and contemporary Bluegrass, Country, Gospel, and Swing. | Starting 1984 Red Wine has played all over Europe, performing at major international festivals and playing concerts... Read More →

2:00pm

Band Coaching w/ Stephen Mougin
Speakers
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Stephen Mougin

Stephen Mougin is the guitar player/vocalist for the "Sam Bush Band" and "Nedski and Mojo”. He is the owner/operator of Dark Shadow Recording where he produces and engineers demos, eps, and albums for independents and for the DSR Label. Mougin is a certified educator, teaching music... Read More →


Wednesday September 28, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 203 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

2:00pm

DJ Taping Sessions
DJs appearing include: Karen Van Norman The Bluegrass Review St Paul, MN Jan Dale PBSFM 106.7 Southern Style Melbourne, AUS Tofu Dave Bellin WCOM  www.wcomfm.org Carrboro Live! Chapel Hill, NC Jerry Eicher WQTE 95.3 and www.worldwidebluegrass.com Ol Hippie Bluegrass Show Adrian, MI BARB HELLER NCPR - North Country Public Radio STRING FEVER CANTON, NY Jim Peterson KMXT acoustic music hour / emerald island bluegrass   kodiak, AL Steve  Martin www.unrealbluegrass.com Steve Martin's Unreal Bluegrass Edgewood, KY Darwin Davidson WERU Bronzewound Blue Hill, ME David Blakney CJAM -FM 99.1 Daybreak In Dixie Windsor, ONT Wayne Rice KSON-FM San Diego, CA All registered DJs may sign up here: https://www.ibma.org/basic-page/dj-taping-session-sign

2:30pm

Song Critique Session

Bring a demo of your current “greatest hit” along with lyric sheets for our panel.  Demos will be chosen at random as time allows; writers will remain anonymous.  Our panel will give constructive critiques on composition and presentation.


Speakers
avatar for Marian Leighton-Levy

Marian Leighton-Levy

Marian has spent her entire adult life in the record business, having co-founded Rounder with partners Ken Irwin and Bill Nowlin the year she graduated from college. From a three-person collective, Rounder grew to encompass thousands of artists over a broad range of music in its nearly... Read More →
avatar for Claire Lynch

Claire Lynch

Three-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Female Vocalist of the Year Claire Lynch is an award-winning tunesmith and one of Bluegrass’s most beloved acts. She’s twice been nominated for a GRAMMY and is the 2012 recipient of the United States Artists Walker Fellowship... Read More →
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Phil Nusbaum

Phil Nusbaum is best known for presenting bluegrass on radio via his long-running program “Bluegrass Saturday Morning” on KBEM Jazz 88.5 in Minneapolis, Minn., and around the world with his syndicated “Bluegrass Review” program. Phil also composes banjo music and performs... Read More →
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Wayne Taylor

Owner, Raincoe Music
Native North Carolinian Wayne Taylor earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music from the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific. He served as member guitarist/vocalist/songwriter in the US Navy Band Country Current for 21 years. He has performed in 49 of the 50 states and... Read More →


Wednesday September 28, 2016 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306 C

2:40pm

NewTown (Mountain Home Music Company Showcase)
Sponsored afternoon showcase

Artists
Sponsors
avatar for Mountain Home Music Company

Mountain Home Music Company

Mountain Home Music Company is a premiere Bluegrass label with global distribution, representing such elite artists as Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, The Boxcars, Lonesome River Band, Balsam Range, The Grascals, The Snyder Family Band, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Danny Roberts, Crowe Lawson... Read More →


2:40pm

The Unseen Strangers (IBMA International Committee Showcase)
Sponsors
Showcase Artists
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The Unseen Strangers

booking@unseenstrangers.ca, Booking: Adam Shier, Stranger Music
The Unseen Strangers have ambitiously cultivated a musical identity shaped by good old-fashioned bluegrass, the limitless barrage of contemporary musical influences, and a curious sense of humor. | | Newgrass ambassadors, The Unseen Strangers favor innovation over convention. For... Read More →

3:20pm

Flatt Lonesome (Mountain Home Music Company Showcase)
Sponsored afternoon showcase

Artists
Sponsors
avatar for Mountain Home Music Company

Mountain Home Music Company

Mountain Home Music Company is a premiere Bluegrass label with global distribution, representing such elite artists as Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, The Boxcars, Lonesome River Band, Balsam Range, The Grascals, The Snyder Family Band, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Danny Roberts, Crowe Lawson... Read More →


3:20pm

4:00pm

4:00pm

Lonesome River Band (Mountain Home Music Company Showcase)
Sponsored afternoon showcase

Artists
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Lonesome River Band

Lonesome River Band continues their reputation as one of the most respected names in bluegrass | music. Led by five-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Banjo Player of the Year | and Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer Sammy Shelor, the group holds a powerhouse... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Mountain Home Music Company

Mountain Home Music Company

Mountain Home Music Company is a premiere Bluegrass label with global distribution, representing such elite artists as Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, The Boxcars, Lonesome River Band, Balsam Range, The Grascals, The Snyder Family Band, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Danny Roberts, Crowe Lawson... Read More →


4:30pm

Balsam Range (Mountain Home Music Company Showcase)
Sponsored afternoon showcase

Artists
Sponsors
avatar for Mountain Home Music Company

Mountain Home Music Company

Mountain Home Music Company is a premiere Bluegrass label with global distribution, representing such elite artists as Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, The Boxcars, Lonesome River Band, Balsam Range, The Grascals, The Snyder Family Band, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Danny Roberts, Crowe Lawson... Read More →


4:35pm

Hannah Shira Naiman (IBMA International Committee Showcase)
Sponsors
Showcase Artists
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Hannah Shira Naiman

hannahshiranaiman@gmail.com, Booking: Hannah Naiman
In the unlikely metropolis of Toronto, Ontario, thousands of miles from the rolling hills of | Appalachia, young Hannah Shira is snuggly tucked under the sheets, the light is switched off, | and the door gently closed— just a few feet away down the hall, her parents' Oldtime | stringband... Read More →

5:00pm

5:00pm

Agent/Talent Buyer Reception
As always, our Agent/Talent Buyer Reception promises to be a relaxing and engaging networking session. It isthe perfect time to connect with new and old colleagues over hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Why not? The firstdrink is on IBMA!

Wednesday September 28, 2016 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 402 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

5:00pm

5:00pm

5:00pm

5:00pm

6:00pm

Missy Raines & the New Hip
Sponsors
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MerleFest

MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of Eddy Merle Watson as a fundraiser for Wilkes Community College and to celebrate ‘traditional plus’ music. We are about the MUSIC, MOMENTS and MEMORIES! The MUSIC of MerleFest was best explained by Doc himself: “When Merle and I started... Read More →

Showcase Artists
avatar for Missy Raines & The New Hip

Missy Raines & The New Hip

molliefarr@lostbuffaloartists.com, Booking: Mollie Farr, Lost Buffalo Artists
"Raines' vocals bring a gorgeous, nurturing confidence." | -No Depression | "A seductive amalgam of folk, country, bluegrass, and rock, recalling the earliest platters by Lucinda Williams and Rosanne Cash." -ICON Magazine | "Raines is not only a superb bassist... Read More →

Wednesday September 28, 2016 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Vintage Church 118 S Person St, Raleigh, NC 27601

7:00pm

Carboard Fox
Showcase Artists
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Cardboard Fox

john.breese@outlook.com, Booking: John Breese
Winners of the 2015 Spiral Earth Award for Best Debut, Cardboard Fox are an exciting new four piece with a fast growing fan base. All four musicians have their roots in bluegrass music but their collective influences reach much further and this shows in their music. Formed in late... Read More →

7:00pm

High Plains Jamboree
Showcase Artists
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High Plains Jamboree

highplainsband@gmail.com, Booking: Brennen Leigh
High Plains Jamboree is a super group of four stellar singer-songwriter-musicians (Beth Chrisman, Simon Flory, Noel McKay and Brennen Leigh) based in Austin Texas. Featuring three part harmony, fiddle, upright bass, acoustic guitar and mandolin, the foursome already boasts national... Read More →

Wednesday September 28, 2016 7:00pm - 7:25pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 304 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

7:00pm

Hackensaw Boys
Showcase Artists
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Hackensaw Boys

cassie@freedirtrecords.com, Booking: Cassie Michel, Free Dirt Records
Charismo is the Hackensaw Boys record you’ve been waiting to hear. The 11-track album feels like the zenith release of the band’s 17 years, gathering their diverse life experiences and myriad of roots influences, and crystallizing them into a magnum opus on the Hackensaw way of... Read More →

Wednesday September 28, 2016 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Pour House 224 S Blount St, Raleigh, NC 27601

7:00pm

Hannah Shira Naiman
Showcase Artists
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Hannah Shira Naiman

hannahshiranaiman@gmail.com, Booking: Hannah Naiman
In the unlikely metropolis of Toronto, Ontario, thousands of miles from the rolling hills of | Appalachia, young Hannah Shira is snuggly tucked under the sheets, the light is switched off, | and the door gently closed— just a few feet away down the hall, her parents' Oldtime | stringband... Read More →

Wednesday September 28, 2016 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Kings 14 W Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601

7:00pm

The Andrew Collins Trio
Showcase Artists
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The Andrew Collins Trio

sytesounds@gmail.com, Booking: Andrew Collins
For the last fifteen years Andrew Collins has been at the forefront of a Canadian acoustic movement, blazing new ground in modern roots music. Both as a solo recording artist, and a founding member of the Creaking Tree String Quartet and the Foggy Hogtown Boys, he has earned an impressive... Read More →

Wednesday September 28, 2016 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Vintage Church 118 S Person St, Raleigh, NC 27601

7:00pm

The Lil' Smokies
Showcase Artists
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The Lil' Smokies

phil@sweetwinegroup.com, Booking: Phil Einsohn, Sweetwine Group
With their roots submerged in the thick buttery mud of traditional bluegrass, The Lil’ Smokies have sonically blossomed into a leading player in the progressive acoustic sphere, creating a new and wholly unique, melody driven sound of their own. The quintet, from Missoula, MT, has... Read More →

Wednesday September 28, 2016 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Lincoln Theater 126 E Cabarrus St, Raleigh, NC 27601

7:00pm

Zoe & Cloyd
Showcase Artists
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Zoe & Cloyd

zoeandcloyd@gmail.com, Booking: John Cloyd Miller
Zoe & Cloyd spring from deep roots in American music. Founding members of the acclaimed Americana trio, Red June and long-time veterans of the Asheville, NC music scene, Natalya Zoe Weinstein and John Cloyd Miller shifted gears to their duet project after the birth of their daughter... Read More →

Wednesday September 28, 2016 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Architect Bar & Social House 108 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601

7:35pm

Bill and the Belles
Showcase Artists
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Bill and the Belles

billandthebelles@gmail.com, Booking: Grace Van't Hof
With striking three-part harmonies and masterful instrumentation, Bill and the Belles skillfully breathe new life into the sounds of early country music. At the foothills of the Blue Ridge and the forefront of old time music, Bill and the Belles (Johnson City, Tennessee) continue... Read More →

Wednesday September 28, 2016 7:35pm - 8:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 304 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

7:35pm

Run Boy Run
Showcase Artists
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Run Boy Run

mike@bluesunentertainment.com, Booking: Mike Kaiz, Blue Sun Entertainment
Existing comfortably in the tension between tradition and the musical frontier, Tucson five piece Run Boy Run blends bluegrass, folk and the old timey American vernacular with touches of classical and turn of the century details. Their newest album Something to Someone, released on... Read More →

8:00pm

10 String Symphony
Showcase Artists
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10 String Symphony

chris@praterday.com, Booking: Chris Rusk, Prater Day
“They do things with fiddles you wouldn’t expect” NPR All Songs Considered “The Newest and Most Promising Voices in Americana” | | “…a dynamic musical stew that covers a wide spectrum of acoustic-based roots music, hitting on old-time, folk and bluegrass, all delivered... Read More →

Wednesday September 28, 2016 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Architect Bar & Social House 108 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601

8:00pm

Molly Tuttle Band
Showcase Artists
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Molly Tuttle Band

andrew@mclachlanmanagement.com, Booking: Andrew Stokes, McLachlan Management
A virtuoso multi-instrumentalist and award winning songwriter with a distinctive voice, Molly has turned the heads of even the most seasoned industry professionals. She began performing on stage when she was 11, and recorded her first album, The Old Apple Tree, at age 13. Since then... Read More →

Wednesday September 28, 2016 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Lincoln Theater 126 E Cabarrus St, Raleigh, NC 27601

8:00pm

Old Salt Union
Showcase Artists
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Old Salt Union

aggie@atomicmusicgroup.com, Booking: Aggie Gardner
Old Salt Union is known for playing music by their own set of rules. While the men who make up this group are not complete rebels, they are certainly thinking about the future of music. They find influence in the bluegrass roots of The Del McCoury Band and Sam Bush, but also draw... Read More →

Wednesday September 28, 2016 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Pour House 224 S Blount St, Raleigh, NC 27601

8:00pm

Steep Ravine
Showcase Artists
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Steep Ravine

mark@skylineonline.com, Booking: Mark Lourie, Skyline Music
Steep Ravine's soulful sound takes roots music in compelling new directions. Fusing elements of folk-rock, bluegrass, and jazz, the band continues to enthrall audiences with their uniquely Californian sound. Songwriter Simon Linsteadt (guitar, lead vocals) and Jan Purat (violin, vocals... Read More →

Wednesday September 28, 2016 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Vintage Church 118 S Person St, Raleigh, NC 27601

8:00pm

Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike
Showcase Artists
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Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike

Nancyk.cardwell@gmail.com, Booking: Nancy Cardwell, BuckleDown Productions
Valerie Smith has developed a unique style and sound that has rocked the bluegrass world for almost two decades with a string of national and international tours, critically acclaimed recordings, and Grammy, IBMA and Dove Award nominations. Val's vocals are impressive. She has a staggeringly... Read More →

Wednesday September 28, 2016 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Kings 14 W Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601

8:10pm

The Honey Dewdrops
Showcase Artists
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The Honey Dewdrops

david@thesparrowagency.com, Booking: David Salada, The Sparrow Agency
Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish share more than most couples. As the Honey Dewdrops, they share stages from venues to festivals across North America, stretches of rolling, infinite roadway, and a lot of songs; they share one mic and a hunger to pay attention to what endures. With... Read More →

Wednesday September 28, 2016 8:10pm - 8:35pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 304 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

8:10pm

The Loose Strings Band
Showcase Artists
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The Loose Strings Band

theloosestringsband@gmail.com, Booking: Teresa Nale
The Loose Strings Band (LSB) is an all girls band, five members ranging in age from fifteen to twenty-two years of age from Galax, Virginia. Once known as a youth band, the girls have now crossed over into the adult league and placed 8th in the adult competition at the 80th Galax... Read More →

8:45pm

Annie Lou
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Annie Lou

frank@nearnorthmusic.com, Booking: Frank Hoorn, Near North Music
The Annie Lou band is fronted by Vancouver Island based songwriter and instrumentalist Anne Louise Genest, an artist who walks with the spirit of an old storyteller, creating songs steeped in the flavours of oldtime mountain, Appalachian, and traditional country and bluegrass music... Read More →

Wednesday September 28, 2016 8:45pm - 9:10pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 304 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

8:45pm

Jenni Lyn
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Jenni Lyn

daleyjlg@gmail.com, Booking: Jenni Lyn Garner
From baby boomers to millennials, seasoned festival­ goers to country converts, Jenni Lyn’s music offers a current approach to the evolving bluegrass sound, while maintaining the perfect balance of that down­ home comfort. Her broad span of shared experiences and collaborations... Read More →

9:00pm

Missy Raines & the New Hip
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Missy Raines & The New Hip

molliefarr@lostbuffaloartists.com, Booking: Mollie Farr, Lost Buffalo Artists
"Raines' vocals bring a gorgeous, nurturing confidence." | -No Depression | "A seductive amalgam of folk, country, bluegrass, and rock, recalling the earliest platters by Lucinda Williams and Rosanne Cash." -ICON Magazine | "Raines is not only a superb bassist... Read More →

Wednesday September 28, 2016 9:00pm - 9:45pm
Architect Bar & Social House 108 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601

9:00pm

Tellico
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Tellico

john@americanaagency.com, Booking: John Laird, Americana Agency
Firmly planted in Asheville NC's thriving roots music scene, Tellico is well schooled in bluegrass but with an unbridled organic “Appalachiacana” sound, combining some of the finest voices, songs and instrumental prowess in North Carolina and beyond. With Anya Hinkle's and Stig... Read More →

Wednesday September 28, 2016 9:00pm - 9:45pm
Vintage Church 118 S Person St, Raleigh, NC 27601

9:00pm

Tim Carter & Bang Bang
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Tim Carter & Bang Bang

timcarter57@yahoo.com, Booking: Tim Carter
Five highly acclaimed acoustic musician join for this unique musical experience. Feat: Tim Carter, Babs Lamb, Matt Flinner, Tim May and Adam Chaffins

Wednesday September 28, 2016 9:00pm - 9:45pm
Kings 14 W Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601

9:00pm

Town Mountain
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Town Mountain

info@townmountain.net, Booking: Jesse Langlais
Raw, soulful, and with plenty of swagger, | Town Mountain releases 5th album, Southern Crescent, on April 1, 2016 on LoHi Records | Produced by Dirk Powell at his Cypress House studio in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana | | Go Behind The Scenes with Town Mountain In | “The Making of... Read More →

Wednesday September 28, 2016 9:00pm - 9:45pm
Lincoln Theater 126 E Cabarrus St, Raleigh, NC 27601

9:00pm

Trout Steak Revival
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Trout Steak Revival

drew@ramblewest.com, Booking: Drew Gottlieb
Denver-based Trout Steak Revival has earned a place in the mountain states bluegrass scene, performing to sold-out audiences, winning the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition, placing in the 2012 Rockygrass Band Competition, and even winning an Emmy Award for a soundtrack... Read More →

Wednesday September 28, 2016 9:00pm - 9:45pm
Pour House 224 S Blount St, Raleigh, NC 27601

9:20pm

Hot Buttered Rum
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Hot Buttered Rum

phil@sweetwinegroup.com, Booking: Phil Einsohn, Sweetwine Group
“Stunning instrumental and vocal virtuosity.” – Relix Magazine | | “Few things rejuvenate the soul like a warm fireside drink after an exhausting day in the snow. Hot Buttered Rum has that effect. Their original songs are instantly familiar and inviting, and their easygoing... Read More →

9:20pm

John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band
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J2B2 (John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band)

jjhenke@gmail.com, Booking: Jason Henke
J2B2 is an all-star bluegrass supergroup featuring four legendary, award-winning musicians – John Jorgenson on acoustic guitar, mandolin and vocals; Herb Pedersen on banjo, acoustic guitar and vocals; Mark Fain on bass; and Patrick Sauber on acoustic guitar and vocals – delivering... Read More →

Wednesday September 28, 2016 9:20pm - 9:45pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 304 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

10:00pm

The Jim Hurst Trio
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Heart Roots Music

Heart Roots Music
Looking for Artists? Heart Roots Music provides booking for nationally touring Americana, Bluegrass and Indie Folk artists. Contact liz@heartrootsmusic.com to book a live show or workshop with any of the following artists... • Jim Hurst Trio (TN) - http://www.jimhurst.com• Circa... Read More →


10:00pm

Gold Heart
Artists
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avatar for Boston Bluegrass Union

Boston Bluegrass Union

The Boston Bluegrass Union is a performing arts association based in the Boston area. We have over 38 years of presenting bluegrass concerts, festivals and educational activities.


Wednesday September 28, 2016 10:00pm - 10:30pm
Marriott State Ballroom AB 500 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

10:00pm

10:00pm

Dani Flowers & Friends
Artists
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avatar for Virginia is for Music Lovers

Virginia is for Music Lovers

The Virginia Tourism Authority, doing business as the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) is an organization of more than 70 professionals working in the Richmond office and at 11 Welcome Centers throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. | | The overriding goal of all of VTC’s... Read More →


Wednesday September 28, 2016 10:00pm - 10:45pm
Architect Bar & Social House 108 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601

10:00pm

Front Country
Artists
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avatar for International Bluegrass Music Museum

International Bluegrass Music Museum

The International Bluegrass Music Museum houses exhibits and the Video Oral History Project documentaries, which capture the first generation bluegrass artists as they recount their stories, struggles, and successes through the burgeoning time period of the 1940s and 50s all the way... Read More →


Wednesday September 28, 2016 10:00pm - 10:45pm
Lincoln Theater 126 E Cabarrus St, Raleigh, NC 27601

10:00pm

Jeff Scroggins & Colorado
Artists
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Morgan Stanley

We help our clients build a sustainable future, mobilizing capital to deliver sustainable growth and long-term value.


Wednesday September 28, 2016 10:00pm - 10:45pm
Pour House 224 S Blount St, Raleigh, NC 27601

10:00pm

Larry Stephenson Band
Artists
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avatar for MerleFest

MerleFest

MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of Eddy Merle Watson as a fundraiser for Wilkes Community College and to celebrate ‘traditional plus’ music. We are about the MUSIC, MOMENTS and MEMORIES! The MUSIC of MerleFest was best explained by Doc himself: “When Merle and I started... Read More →


Wednesday September 28, 2016 10:00pm - 10:45pm
Vintage Church 118 S Person St, Raleigh, NC 27601

10:00pm

Zoe & Cloyd
Sponsors
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Musicians United to Protect Bristol Bay

We organize musicians to use their music and access to fans and media to spread the word about the struggle to protect Bristol Bay from being destroyed by the proposed Pebble Mine. In three years we have built a network of over 500 musicians.  In 2015, musicians around the country... Read More →

Showcase Artists
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Zoe & Cloyd

zoeandcloyd@gmail.com, Booking: John Cloyd Miller
Zoe & Cloyd spring from deep roots in American music. Founding members of the acclaimed Americana trio, Red June and long-time veterans of the Asheville, NC music scene, Natalya Zoe Weinstein and John Cloyd Miller shifted gears to their duet project after the birth of their daughter... Read More →

Wednesday September 28, 2016 10:00pm - 10:45pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 304 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

10:00pm

10:00pm

Radio Bristol Presents Farm & Fun Time!
Featuring Balsam Range and the Hackensaw Boys

With host band, Bill and the Belles

And the Heirloom Recipe Segment, featuring Frank Solivan 

Artists
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Radio Bristol

Radio Bristol is a network of channels that showcase the diversity of American roots music from the early recording era to today. Reaching the world through our online media center, Radio Bristol produces original programming through recordings and live sessions from the Birthplace... Read More →

Showcase Artists
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Bill and the Belles

billandthebelles@gmail.com, Booking: Grace Van't Hof
With striking three-part harmonies and masterful instrumentation, Bill and the Belles skillfully breathe new life into the sounds of early country music. At the foothills of the Blue Ridge and the forefront of old time music, Bill and the Belles (Johnson City, Tennessee) continue... Read More →
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Hackensaw Boys

cassie@freedirtrecords.com, Booking: Cassie Michel, Free Dirt Records
Charismo is the Hackensaw Boys record you’ve been waiting to hear. The 11-track album feels like the zenith release of the band’s 17 years, gathering their diverse life experiences and myriad of roots influences, and crystallizing them into a magnum opus on the Hackensaw way of... Read More →

Wednesday September 28, 2016 10:00pm - Thursday September 29, 2016 1:00am
Raleigh Convention Center, 4th Floor Ballroom

10:30pm

Circa Blue
Artists
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Heart Roots Music

Heart Roots Music
Looking for Artists? Heart Roots Music provides booking for nationally touring Americana, Bluegrass and Indie Folk artists. Contact liz@heartrootsmusic.com to book a live show or workshop with any of the following artists... • Jim Hurst Trio (TN) - http://www.jimhurst.com• Circa... Read More →


10:30pm

10:30pm

Mile Twelve
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avatar for Boston Bluegrass Union

Boston Bluegrass Union

The Boston Bluegrass Union is a performing arts association based in the Boston area. We have over 38 years of presenting bluegrass concerts, festivals and educational activities.


Wednesday September 28, 2016 10:30pm - 11:00pm
Marriott State Ballroom AB 500 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

11:00pm

Dawn Kenney
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Dawn Kenney

Artist, Heart Roots Music
songwriting, arranging, singing & co-writing

Sponsors
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Heart Roots Music

Heart Roots Music
Looking for Artists? Heart Roots Music provides booking for nationally touring Americana, Bluegrass and Indie Folk artists. Contact liz@heartrootsmusic.com to book a live show or workshop with any of the following artists... • Jim Hurst Trio (TN) - http://www.jimhurst.com• Circa... Read More →


11:00pm

Chris Jones & The Night Drivers
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avatar for Boston Bluegrass Union

Boston Bluegrass Union

The Boston Bluegrass Union is a performing arts association based in the Boston area. We have over 38 years of presenting bluegrass concerts, festivals and educational activities.


Wednesday September 28, 2016 11:00pm - 11:30pm
Marriott State Ballroom AB 500 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

11:00pm

11:00pm

Jim Lauderdale
Artists
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avatar for Virginia is for Music Lovers

Virginia is for Music Lovers

The Virginia Tourism Authority, doing business as the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) is an organization of more than 70 professionals working in the Richmond office and at 11 Welcome Centers throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. | | The overriding goal of all of VTC’s... Read More →


Wednesday September 28, 2016 11:00pm - 11:45pm
Architect Bar & Social House 108 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601

11:00pm

Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands, Laurie's Birthday Bash!
Artists
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avatar for Musicians United to Protect Bristol Bay

Musicians United to Protect Bristol Bay

We organize musicians to use their music and access to fans and media to spread the word about the struggle to protect Bristol Bay from being destroyed by the proposed Pebble Mine. In three years we have built a network of over 500 musicians.  In 2015, musicians around the country... Read More →


Wednesday September 28, 2016 11:00pm - 11:45pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 304 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

11:00pm

The Lil' Smokies
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Morgan Stanley

We help our clients build a sustainable future, mobilizing capital to deliver sustainable growth and long-term value.

Showcase Artists
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The Lil' Smokies

phil@sweetwinegroup.com, Booking: Phil Einsohn, Sweetwine Group
With their roots submerged in the thick buttery mud of traditional bluegrass, The Lil’ Smokies have sonically blossomed into a leading player in the progressive acoustic sphere, creating a new and wholly unique, melody driven sound of their own. The quintet, from Missoula, MT, has... Read More →

Wednesday September 28, 2016 11:00pm - 11:45pm
Pour House 224 S Blount St, Raleigh, NC 27601

11:00pm

The Roe Family Singers
Artists
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MerleFest

MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of Eddy Merle Watson as a fundraiser for Wilkes Community College and to celebrate ‘traditional plus’ music. We are about the MUSIC, MOMENTS and MEMORIES! The MUSIC of MerleFest was best explained by Doc himself: “When Merle and I started... Read More →


Wednesday September 28, 2016 11:00pm - 11:45pm
Vintage Church 118 S Person St, Raleigh, NC 27601

11:00pm

The Wooks
Artists
Sponsors
avatar for International Bluegrass Music Museum

International Bluegrass Music Museum

The International Bluegrass Music Museum houses exhibits and the Video Oral History Project documentaries, which capture the first generation bluegrass artists as they recount their stories, struggles, and successes through the burgeoning time period of the 1940s and 50s all the way... Read More →


Wednesday September 28, 2016 11:00pm - 11:45pm
Lincoln Theater 126 E Cabarrus St, Raleigh, NC 27601

11:00pm

11:30pm

The Jim Hurst Trio
Artists
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Heart Roots Music

Heart Roots Music
Looking for Artists? Heart Roots Music provides booking for nationally touring Americana, Bluegrass and Indie Folk artists. Contact liz@heartrootsmusic.com to book a live show or workshop with any of the following artists... • Jim Hurst Trio (TN) - http://www.jimhurst.com• Circa... Read More →


11:30pm

Lonely Heartstring Band
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Boston Bluegrass Union

The Boston Bluegrass Union is a performing arts association based in the Boston area. We have over 38 years of presenting bluegrass concerts, festivals and educational activities.


Wednesday September 28, 2016 11:30pm - Thursday September 29, 2016 12:00am
Marriott State Ballroom AB 500 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

11:30pm

12:00am

The Slocan Ramblers
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Heart Roots Music

Heart Roots Music
Looking for Artists? Heart Roots Music provides booking for nationally touring Americana, Bluegrass and Indie Folk artists. Contact liz@heartrootsmusic.com to book a live show or workshop with any of the following artists... • Jim Hurst Trio (TN) - http://www.jimhurst.com• Circa... Read More →


12:00am

High Plains Jamboree
Artists
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High Plains Jamboree

highplainsband@gmail.com, Booking: Brennen Leigh
High Plains Jamboree is a super group of four stellar singer-songwriter-musicians (Beth Chrisman, Simon Flory, Noel McKay and Brennen Leigh) based in Austin Texas. Featuring three part harmony, fiddle, upright bass, acoustic guitar and mandolin, the foursome already boasts national... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday September 29, 2016 12:00am - 12:30am
Marriott Chancellor Room 500 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

12:00am

Special Consensus
Artists
Sponsors
avatar for Boston Bluegrass Union

Boston Bluegrass Union

The Boston Bluegrass Union is a performing arts association based in the Boston area. We have over 38 years of presenting bluegrass concerts, festivals and educational activities.


Thursday September 29, 2016 12:00am - 12:30am
Marriott State Ballroom AB 500 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

12:00am

Church Sisters
Artists
Sponsors
avatar for Virginia is for Music Lovers

Virginia is for Music Lovers

The Virginia Tourism Authority, doing business as the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) is an organization of more than 70 professionals working in the Richmond office and at 11 Welcome Centers throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. | | The overriding goal of all of VTC’s... Read More →


Thursday September 29, 2016 12:00am - 12:45am
Architect Bar & Social House 108 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601

12:00am

Gold Heart
Artists
Sponsors
avatar for Musicians United to Protect Bristol Bay

Musicians United to Protect Bristol Bay

We organize musicians to use their music and access to fans and media to spread the word about the struggle to protect Bristol Bay from being destroyed by the proposed Pebble Mine. In three years we have built a network of over 500 musicians.  In 2015, musicians around the country... Read More →


Thursday September 29, 2016 12:00am - 12:45am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 304 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

12:00am

Old Salt Union
Sponsors
avatar for International Bluegrass Music Museum

International Bluegrass Music Museum

The International Bluegrass Music Museum houses exhibits and the Video Oral History Project documentaries, which capture the first generation bluegrass artists as they recount their stories, struggles, and successes through the burgeoning time period of the 1940s and 50s all the way... Read More →

Showcase Artists
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Old Salt Union

aggie@atomicmusicgroup.com, Booking: Aggie Gardner
Old Salt Union is known for playing music by their own set of rules. While the men who make up this group are not complete rebels, they are certainly thinking about the future of music. They find influence in the bluegrass roots of The Del McCoury Band and Sam Bush, but also draw... Read More →

Thursday September 29, 2016 12:00am - 12:45am
Lincoln Theater 126 E Cabarrus St, Raleigh, NC 27601

12:00am

Swift Creek
Artists
Sponsors
avatar for Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley

We help our clients build a sustainable future, mobilizing capital to deliver sustainable growth and long-term value.


Thursday September 29, 2016 12:00am - 12:45am
Pour House 224 S Blount St, Raleigh, NC 27601

12:00am

The Lil’ Smokies
Artists
Sponsors
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MerleFest

MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of Eddy Merle Watson as a fundraiser for Wilkes Community College and to celebrate ‘traditional plus’ music. We are about the MUSIC, MOMENTS and MEMORIES! The MUSIC of MerleFest was best explained by Doc himself: “When Merle and I started... Read More →


Thursday September 29, 2016 12:00am - 12:45am
Vintage Church 118 S Person St, Raleigh, NC 27601

12:00am

Jenni Lyn Gardner
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Jenni Lyn

daleyjlg@gmail.com, Booking: Jenni Lyn Garner
From baby boomers to millennials, seasoned festival­ goers to country converts, Jenni Lyn’s music offers a current approach to the evolving bluegrass sound, while maintaining the perfect balance of that down­ home comfort. Her broad span of shared experiences and collaborations... Read More →

Thursday September 29, 2016 12:00am - 1:00am
Marriott Congressional Room 500 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

12:30am

Circa Blue
Artists
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avatar for Heart Roots Music

Heart Roots Music

Heart Roots Music
Looking for Artists? Heart Roots Music provides booking for nationally touring Americana, Bluegrass and Indie Folk artists. Contact liz@heartrootsmusic.com to book a live show or workshop with any of the following artists... • Jim Hurst Trio (TN) - http://www.jimhurst.com• Circa... Read More →


12:30am

Mile Twelve
Artists
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avatar for Boston Bluegrass Union

Boston Bluegrass Union

The Boston Bluegrass Union is a performing arts association based in the Boston area. We have over 38 years of presenting bluegrass concerts, festivals and educational activities.


Thursday September 29, 2016 12:30am - 1:00am
Marriott State Ballroom AB 500 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

12:30am

The Unseen Strangers
Artists
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The Unseen Strangers

booking@unseenstrangers.ca, Booking: Adam Shier, Stranger Music
The Unseen Strangers have ambitiously cultivated a musical identity shaped by good old-fashioned bluegrass, the limitless barrage of contemporary musical influences, and a curious sense of humor. | | Newgrass ambassadors, The Unseen Strangers favor innovation over convention. For... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday September 29, 2016 12:30am - 1:00am
Marriott Chancellor Room 500 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:00am

Bill and the Belles
Sponsors
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Heart Roots Music

Heart Roots Music
Looking for Artists? Heart Roots Music provides booking for nationally touring Americana, Bluegrass and Indie Folk artists. Contact liz@heartrootsmusic.com to book a live show or workshop with any of the following artists... • Jim Hurst Trio (TN) - http://www.jimhurst.com• Circa... Read More →

Showcase Artists
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Bill and the Belles

billandthebelles@gmail.com, Booking: Grace Van't Hof
With striking three-part harmonies and masterful instrumentation, Bill and the Belles skillfully breathe new life into the sounds of early country music. At the foothills of the Blue Ridge and the forefront of old time music, Bill and the Belles (Johnson City, Tennessee) continue... Read More →

1:00am

Joe Walsh
Sponsors
avatar for Boston Bluegrass Union

Boston Bluegrass Union

The Boston Bluegrass Union is a performing arts association based in the Boston area. We have over 38 years of presenting bluegrass concerts, festivals and educational activities.

Showcase Artists
avatar for Joe K. Walsh

Joe K. Walsh

joe.k.walsh@gmail.com, Booking: Joe Walsh
Hailed by CBC-Newfoundland as “one of the best mandolinists of his generation” and by Nashville’s Music Row Magazine for his “lickety-split mandolin work”, Portland, Maine-based mandolin player Joe K. Walsh is known for his exceptional tone and taste, and his collaborations... Read More →

Thursday September 29, 2016 1:00am - 1:30am
Marriott State Ballroom AB 500 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:00am

1:00am

Annie Lou
Sponsors
avatar for Musicians United to Protect Bristol Bay

Musicians United to Protect Bristol Bay

We organize musicians to use their music and access to fans and media to spread the word about the struggle to protect Bristol Bay from being destroyed by the proposed Pebble Mine. In three years we have built a network of over 500 musicians.  In 2015, musicians around the country... Read More →

Showcase Artists
avatar for Annie Lou

Annie Lou

frank@nearnorthmusic.com, Booking: Frank Hoorn, Near North Music
The Annie Lou band is fronted by Vancouver Island based songwriter and instrumentalist Anne Louise Genest, an artist who walks with the spirit of an old storyteller, creating songs steeped in the flavours of oldtime mountain, Appalachian, and traditional country and bluegrass music... Read More →

1:00am

Front Country
Artists
Sponsors
avatar for MerleFest

MerleFest

MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of Eddy Merle Watson as a fundraiser for Wilkes Community College and to celebrate ‘traditional plus’ music. We are about the MUSIC, MOMENTS and MEMORIES! The MUSIC of MerleFest was best explained by Doc himself: “When Merle and I started... Read More →


Thursday September 29, 2016 1:00am - 1:45am
Vintage Church 118 S Person St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:00am

Hackensaw Boys
Sponsors
avatar for Virginia is for Music Lovers

Virginia is for Music Lovers

The Virginia Tourism Authority, doing business as the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) is an organization of more than 70 professionals working in the Richmond office and at 11 Welcome Centers throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. | | The overriding goal of all of VTC’s... Read More →

Showcase Artists
avatar for Hackensaw Boys

Hackensaw Boys

cassie@freedirtrecords.com, Booking: Cassie Michel, Free Dirt Records
Charismo is the Hackensaw Boys record you’ve been waiting to hear. The 11-track album feels like the zenith release of the band’s 17 years, gathering their diverse life experiences and myriad of roots influences, and crystallizing them into a magnum opus on the Hackensaw way of... Read More →

Thursday September 29, 2016 1:00am - 1:45am
Architect Bar & Social House 108 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:00am

Hot Buttered Rum
Sponsors
avatar for International Bluegrass Music Museum

International Bluegrass Music Museum

The International Bluegrass Music Museum houses exhibits and the Video Oral History Project documentaries, which capture the first generation bluegrass artists as they recount their stories, struggles, and successes through the burgeoning time period of the 1940s and 50s all the way... Read More →

Showcase Artists
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Hot Buttered Rum

phil@sweetwinegroup.com, Booking: Phil Einsohn, Sweetwine Group
“Stunning instrumental and vocal virtuosity.” – Relix Magazine | | “Few things rejuvenate the soul like a warm fireside drink after an exhausting day in the snow. Hot Buttered Rum has that effect. Their original songs are instantly familiar and inviting, and their easygoing... Read More →

Thursday September 29, 2016 1:00am - 1:45am
Lincoln Theater 126 E Cabarrus St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:00am

Special Consensus
Artists
Sponsors
avatar for Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley

We help our clients build a sustainable future, mobilizing capital to deliver sustainable growth and long-term value.


Thursday September 29, 2016 1:00am - 1:45am
Pour House 224 S Blount St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:00am

1:30am

The Jim Hurst Trio
Artists
Sponsors
avatar for Heart Roots Music

Heart Roots Music

Heart Roots Music
Looking for Artists? Heart Roots Music provides booking for nationally touring Americana, Bluegrass and Indie Folk artists. Contact liz@heartrootsmusic.com to book a live show or workshop with any of the following artists... • Jim Hurst Trio (TN) - http://www.jimhurst.com• Circa... Read More →


1:30am

Hannah Shira Naiman
Artists
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Hannah Shira Naiman

hannahshiranaiman@gmail.com, Booking: Hannah Naiman
In the unlikely metropolis of Toronto, Ontario, thousands of miles from the rolling hills of | Appalachia, young Hannah Shira is snuggly tucked under the sheets, the light is switched off, | and the door gently closed— just a few feet away down the hall, her parents' Oldtime | stringband... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday September 29, 2016 1:30am - 2:00am
Marriott Chancellor Room 500 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:30am

Lonely Heartstring Band
Artists
Sponsors
avatar for Boston Bluegrass Union

Boston Bluegrass Union

The Boston Bluegrass Union is a performing arts association based in the Boston area. We have over 38 years of presenting bluegrass concerts, festivals and educational activities.


Thursday September 29, 2016 1:30am - 2:00am
Marriott State Ballroom AB 500 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601
 
Thursday, September 29
 

8:00am

8:00am

Instrument Check and Lost & Found
Thursday September 29, 2016 8:00am - Friday September 30, 2016 2:00am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 202 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

8:30am

Booking Your Band Outside of Bluegrass
There are many performance opportunities outside of the traditional Bluegrass circuit if you
know where to look. Agents and artists who routinely work outside of the usual circuit will
discuss options to help you take your band or clients into new markets.

Moderators
avatar for Mike Drudge

Mike Drudge

Agent, Class Act Entertainment
Mike Drudge / Music Industry Bio Mike Drudge formed Class Act Entertainment 1993 following a four year stint with the Grand Ole Opry’s Jim & Jesse show. In addition to performing in the band, Mike represented the legendary duo as booking agent and tour manager. During the formative... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Phil Einsohn

Phil Einsohn

SEG: Sweetwine Entertainment Group
After studying music at Humboldt State University, Phil Einsohn toured throughout the West in a not to be mentioned band, playing festivals, clubs, bars and house parties along the way. In 2007 a fork in the road presented itself and Phil decided to take all the experience he had... Read More →
avatar for Jacob Groopman

Jacob Groopman

Jacob is a member of the band Front Country. He has been living in the San Francisco Bay Area for the last 12 years playing music professionally in a variety of bands. He has experience working in a variety of scene's outside of bluegrass and has managed and booked bands regionally... Read More →
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Daniel Routh

Co-Owner, Nu-Blu
Daniel Routh. Daniel is the engineer of all things business, from marketing to miles behind the wheel, and engineering to effort required to put a band on the map, Daniel is the tireless conductor of the Nu-Blu train. Starting with a Sears and Roebuck guitar at age 12 and bluegrass... Read More →


8:30am

Using Economic Impact Studies to Build Success and Meaningful Partnerships
Art Works. Those two words are used around the country to define arts based events and venues as economic engines. This session will equip attendees with the tools needed to find, understand and use Economic Impact Studies. We’ll take a look at these scenarios:
•one guy, one event, no resources - what’s available for free?
•one facility, multiple events, some resources - where to find the resources?
•one event, some resources - how to forge and maximize resources?
•many events, many resources - how to spread the wealth?

Moderators
avatar for Wendy Tyner

Wendy Tyner

Development/Publicity Director, Wintergrass Music Festival
Wendy is the Development Director for Acoustic Sound/Wintergrass. Wendy oversees all philanthropy and publicity for Wintergrass Music Festival, spending endless hours working with city and county government entities as well as private and public funding organizations. Prior to her... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Loren Gold

Loren Gold

Staff, visitRaleigh.com
Loren is the Executive Vice President of the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau. The GRCVB as the official destination marketing organization of Raleigh and Wake County, accelerates sustainable economic growth and development by increasing visitor and group business. He... Read More →
avatar for Ron Raxter

Ron Raxter

Mr. Raxter retired after practicing law for almost 40 years. His practice included advising non-profit arts organizations. He was a founder of two non-profit arts organizations, the Apple Chill Cloggers and PineCone. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of PineCone, the Education... Read More →
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Leah Ross

Leah Ross is the Executive Director of the Birthplace of Country Music. Over the past 15 years, Ross has played an integral role in the development and growth of Bristol establishing its identity as the birthplace of country music. She served as a Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion volunteer... Read More →


8:30am

Using Effective Teaching to Enhance Career and Community
Effective teaching is the secret weapon of a musical career and event production. It provides a source of income for musicians, a source of interest for event producers, and a way to ensure that Bluegrass remains alive and well for generations to come. This fast paced session will employ several means to demonstrate good teaching methods. Panelists will host speed dating style round table discussions that deal with a wide range of topics including: college prep for young musicians, after school bluegrass clubs, how to get your band into public schools, and how to prepare to teach at a camp or festival. Yup, it’s a lot, so grab that double cappuccino and take your place in the pantheon of next generation music educators. 

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Boner

Daniel Boner

Director, ETSU Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Program / Becky Buller Band
Daniel Boner is Associate Professor and Director of Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies at East Tennessee State University, where he teaches private vocal and instrumental instruction, a senior-level recording capstone course, and leads the program’s renowned ETSU Bluegrass... Read More →
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John Goad

John Goad is a graduate of the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass, Old Time & Country Music program, and is now pursuing a Masters degree in Appalachian Studies at ETSU. In 2009, he entered East Tennessee State University as a student in their world-renowned Bluegrass, Old... Read More →
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Nathaniel Olson

Nate Olson is an Assistant Professor in the Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies Program at East Tennessee State University. He holds a doctorate in music education from Columbia University, where his dissertation examined fiddle and folk music in higher education. He has... Read More →
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Annie Savage and The Savage Hearts Trio

Showcase Artist, The Savage Hearts Trio/PhD Candidate
The Savage Hearts Trio | "Hard driving ladygrass" | | The Savage Hearts Trio is a fiery bluegrass meets honky tonk band founded by original “Jeff Scroggins and Colorado” fiddler, Annie Savage, Canadian songbird Tracy Lynn and East Tennessee powerhouse Jodi Harbin. Audiences... Read More →


8:30am

Getting Cuts & Getting Paid (Publishing 201)
Sherrill Blackman and his team are back to go deeper into what you need to know about doing your own publishing, with tips on how to get your songs to the folks you’d like to hear them and what happens when those tunes are cut.

Moderators
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Sherrill Blackman

All bios were already submitted to IBMA several weeks ago.

Speakers
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Thomm Jutz

Owner, TJ Tunes
Thomm Jutz is a Nashville based songwriter, producer and guitar player. His songs have been recorded by John Prine, Nanci Griffith, Junior Sisk, Balsam Range, Chris Jones and many more. In 2016 Jutz had four number one Bluegrass songs and thirteen songs that charted in the Top 20... Read More →
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Irene Kelley

Showcase Artist, Irene Kelley
Latrobe, Pa., native Irene Kelley discovered her flair for songwriting as a teenager and soon found her way to Nashville, Tenn., where her songs were quickly noticed and recorded by Carl Jackson, Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White. While recording an album for MCA and independently releasing... Read More →
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Milan Miller

Multi-instrumentalist Milan Miller may joke that he first moved to Nashville because he “heard they were running out of guitar players,” but with light speed picking and his trusty tenor voice, Miller quickly became a first call sideman and collaborator. Traveling the world, he... Read More →
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Shane Thompson

Shane Thompson, a 25-year veteran of the Music Industry, started his career as an artist with a four-year stint as the youngest member of the world-famous Renfro Valley Barn Dance. In 1998, Shane made the move to Nashville and was signed as a staff writer, later becoming Creative... Read More →


Thursday September 29, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306 C

8:30am

Booking a 300-500 Set Room is challenging!
Learn techniques to book a small PAC without loosing your shirt.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Dustin Boyd

Dustin Boyd

A 2004 graduate of MTSU’s Music Business program, Dustin has spent the past 11+ years working in and around the music industry. Immediately after graduation he was offered a job with a boutique booking agency in Boulder, CO and moonlighted for the Fox Theater’s box office. In... Read More →
avatar for Debbie Dunn

Debbie Dunn

Debbie Dunn is the Cultural Arts and Events Manager for the Town of Garner. There she manages Garner’s 471 seat performing arts center. She has 16 years of theater development and management experience and holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Musical Theater from Meredith College... Read More →


9:00am

Health Fair Open
Your health is important to the IBMA, and that is why we are delighted to once again partner withseveral providers, including Sight & Sound Vision Care and MusiCares, The Recording Academy’shealthcare outreach, to bring you the World of Bluegrass Health Fair in Raleigh.

Vision Clinic
Sight & Sound has partnered with the America’s Best Glasses and Contacts to provide free visionscreenings and eyewear to all registered conference attendees.“Sight & Sound, as a provider of eye care to those in the music industry, is thrilled to be workingalongside the International Bluegrass Music Association,” says Mark Lindsey from Sight & Sound.“We understand that not everyone has access to regular eye care. We look forward to providing careto all attendees and hearing some terrific bluegrass music. Please come by our clinic this year forfree exams and eyewear (glasses, readers, sunglasses). Special thanks to America’s Best Glasses andContacts for their donations of time, equipment and resources.”

Dental Clinic
MusiCares, in partnership with Smile Mobile Dental, will be offering a Free Dental Clinic during IBMA’s World of Bluegrass at the Raleigh Convention Center on Wednesday, September 28th, and Thursday, September 29th, from 9am-4pm. Dental screenings, teeth cleaning, and x-rays will be provided at no cost to eligible music industry professionals who have at least 5 years of music industry experience. Dental services will be located in Room 303 on the South Hall of the Raleigh Convention Center, to the left of registration. Stop by to see us at the event or go to https://ibmadentalclinic.eventbrite.com to reserve your appointment slot ahead of time. Feel free to contact the MusiCares office with any questions at 615-327-0050.”

Hearing Clinic
MusiCares, in partnership with ACS, will also be offering ear impressions for free custom ear plugs.MusiCares also works to address the health and wellness needs of music professionals. In supportof these efforts, MusiCares will be joined by an audiologist who will be onsite during select hours toprovide valuable information on the importance of hearing conservation. It is offering ear impressions for FREE* custom musicians’ earplugs, which are will likewise be provided compliments of MusiCares.Danielle Bowker, Manager of MusiCares, notes, “MusiCares is honored to again participate in theInternational Bluegrass Music Association’s Business Conference."

Sponsors
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MusiCares

MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares' services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources... Read More →
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Sight and Sound

Sight & Sound, as a provider of eye care to those in the music industry, is thrilled to be working along side the International Bluegrass Music Association. We understand not everyone has access to regular eyecare. We look forward to providing care to all attendees and hearing... Read More →


9:45am

Town Hall Meeting

IBMA isn’t an office in Nashville – it’s all of us, more than 2600 people in countries around the world who are passionately involved in the business of bluegrass music. Don’t miss this opportunity to sit down and discuss the state and future of the bluegrass music industry with the IBMA Board of Directors and membership. The Town Hall Meeting has its own time slot on the WOB schedule Thursday morning so everyone has a chance to attend.


10:00am

11:00am

Special Awards Luncheon
Join us for lunch as IBMA recognizes DistinguishedAchievement Award honorees, along with recipientsof industry awards for Broadcasting, Event of the Year,Print Media, Songwriter, and Best Liner Notes/ GraphicDesign for a Recorded Project. This heartwarmingprogram is a favorite part of World of Bluegrass weekfor many attendees.

Sponsors
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California Bluegrass Association

The California Bluegrass Association is a non‐profit California corporation that celebrates and supports bluegrass music.

Showcase Artists
avatar for Molly Tuttle Band

Molly Tuttle Band

andrew@mclachlanmanagement.com, Booking: Andrew Stokes, McLachlan Management
A virtuoso multi-instrumentalist and award winning songwriter with a distinctive voice, Molly has turned the heads of even the most seasoned industry professionals. She began performing on stage when she was 11, and recorded her first album, The Old Apple Tree, at age 13. Since then... Read More →

Thursday September 29, 2016 11:00am - 1:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center, 4th Floor Ballroom

1:00pm

Songwriter Showcase
Join hosts Laurie Lewis and Ketih Little as they present ten songwriters chosen to showcase their new bluegrass material at the World of Bluegrass. Each songwriter will play theirsong, and the hosts will, too!

2016 Songwriter Showcase Participants
Aaron Bibelhauser - “Blue Collar Dreams”
Anya Hinkle - “Ever What They Say”
Ashleigh Caudill - “Franklin County”
Christopher Burton - “Textbook Definition of the Blues”
CJ Cain - “Widow’s Ghost”
Galen Green - “Little Circles”
Jenni Lyn Gardner - “Burn Another Candle At Both Ends”
Kevin Williamson - “The Miner’s Song”
Korby Lenker - “Friend and a Friend”
Lee Leanders - “Birmingham to Jackson”

Speakers
avatar for Laurie Lewis

Laurie Lewis

Laurie Lewis is a renowned singer, songwriter, fiddler, bandleader, producer and educator. A California native, she has played since 1986 with her musical partner, mandolinist Tom Rozum. Twice voted IBMA's Female Vocalist of the Year, her rendition of “Who Will Watch the Home Place... Read More →
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Keith Little

Keith Little is a nationally acclaimed musician, recording artist, composer, featured member of the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, and Keith Little & the LittleBand. An amazing vocalist, Keith performed on the GRAMMY award winning recordings “The... Read More →


1:00pm

B2Business Conference Expo (Exhibit Hall)
Business-to-business engagement is critical to building and sustaining relationships in the bluegrass music industry.  The B2Business Conference Expo creates an environment within which to convert client interest into solid partnerships.  Open to business conference attendees only, delivering a concentrated audience from all sectors of the industry.

1:30pm

IBMA Women's Council Meeting
This meeting is for all who are interested in discussing ideas for a Women's Council, analogous to, say, the Youth Council, under the IBMA umbrella; to better serve the needs of our members generally.  Here, there will be a facilitated and moderated discussion by Marian Leighton Levy, Lee Stivers, and interested others, about where there is the most interest and need.  Discussions thusfar have focused on mentorship and regular networking.

Thursday September 29, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306 C

2:00pm

Carolina Blue
Showcase Artists
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Carolina Blue

sbbooking@att.net, Booking: Leslie Brown, Southern Belle Booking
Carolina Blue is a Brevard, NC based band whose roots run deep in the tradition | of Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs. | | The band was formed in 2007 after the | release of the album "Nothing So Blue" by Bobby Powell and Tim Jones. | Carolina Blue won the South Carolina state... Read More →

2:00pm

Hannah Shira Naiman
Sponsors
avatar for Folk Alliance International

Folk Alliance International

FAI exists to nurture, engage and empower the international folk music community — traditional and contemporary, amateur and professional — through education, advocacy and performance.

Showcase Artists
avatar for Hannah Shira Naiman

Hannah Shira Naiman

hannahshiranaiman@gmail.com, Booking: Hannah Naiman
In the unlikely metropolis of Toronto, Ontario, thousands of miles from the rolling hills of | Appalachia, young Hannah Shira is snuggly tucked under the sheets, the light is switched off, | and the door gently closed— just a few feet away down the hall, her parents' Oldtime | stringband... Read More →

2:00pm

Gibson Brothers Youth Songwriter Workshop

This one is specifically for our ‘grassers who are under the age of 25.  Look for it later in the week in our IBMA Youth Council room.  Hosted by The Gibson Brothers at 2 pm Thursday.


Speakers
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The Gibson Brothers

Rounder recording artists Eric and Leigh Gibson were raised on a dairy farm just a few miles away from the Canadian border in Northern New York. Their upbringing shaped their songwriting and has informed their music, helping to propel them as a force in bluegrass music. They have... Read More →


2:35pm

Kaia Kater
Sponsors
avatar for Folk Alliance International

Folk Alliance International

FAI exists to nurture, engage and empower the international folk music community — traditional and contemporary, amateur and professional — through education, advocacy and performance.

Showcase Artists
avatar for Kaia Kater

Kaia Kater

martha@quicksilverproductions.net, Booking: Martha Stracener Dantzic
Kaia Kater is lauded for being one of the youngest performers in the roots scene, and at 22 years old, there’s not much arguing her progeny. But what’s special is that she’s blowing up the roots music scene in spite of her age, not because of it. Her old-time banjo-picking skills... Read More →

2:35pm

The Unseen Strangers
Showcase Artists
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The Unseen Strangers

booking@unseenstrangers.ca, Booking: Adam Shier, Stranger Music
The Unseen Strangers have ambitiously cultivated a musical identity shaped by good old-fashioned bluegrass, the limitless barrage of contemporary musical influences, and a curious sense of humor. | | Newgrass ambassadors, The Unseen Strangers favor innovation over convention. For... Read More →

3:00pm

3:00pm

Song Circles
Bring a new song to share!  These are low-key performance and networking opportunities to meet potential co-writers and share what you’ve been working on.  Each of our three Thursday afternoon circles will be hosted by a pair of our member writers.

Speakers
avatar for Alan Bartram

Alan Bartram

Alan is a husband to Kristina, a daddy to Ella and the bassist/vocalist in The Del McCoury Band and The Travelin' McCourys. He enjoys gardening, home improvement projects and playing guitar. Once in a while he'll cobble together the ideas from his notebook and a new song will exi... Read More →
avatar for Jeff White

Jeff White

Jeff White has been active in the bluegrass world since his stint playing with Alison Krauss and Union Station in the late 1980’s. His songs have been recorded by Del McCoury, Dan Tyminski, Dale Ann Bradley and The Infamous Stringdusters. Jeff has been the harmony singer and guitarist... Read More →


3:00pm

Song Circles

Bring a new song to share!  These are low-key performance and networking opportunities to meet potential co-writers and share what you’ve been working on.  Each of our three Thursday afternoon circles will be hosted by a pair of our member writers.


Speakers
avatar for Joe Newberry

Joe Newberry

Showcase Artist, Compton & Newberry
Known far and wide for his powerful banjo playing, Joe Newberry is also a prize-winning guitarist, songwriter, and singer. A frequent guest on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, he was recently featured on the Transatlantic Sessions tour of the U.K., and the Merlefest... Read More →
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Hank Smith

Hank Smith learned banjo first in his hometown of Florence, SC, where early influences included everything from the Lonesome River Band to Béla Fleck And The Flecktones. Monthly jam sessions allowed him to explore the full range of the instrument. Upon graduating college and eventually... Read More →


Thursday September 29, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306 C

3:00pm

Song Circles

Bring a new song to share!  These are low-key performance and networking opportunities to meet potential co-writers and share what you’ve been working on.  Each of our three Thursday afternoon circles will be hosted by a pair of our member writers. 


Speakers
avatar for Missy Raines

Missy Raines

Seven-time IBMA Bass Player of the Year Missy Raines is also a bandleader, singer and songwriter. She currently tours with her own band, Missy Raines & The New Hip. She is also one-fourth of the acclaimed bluegrass super-group, the Helen Highwater Stringband, along with David Grier... Read More →
avatar for Ed Snodderly

Ed Snodderly

Ed Snodderly is from Johnson City, Tenn. He has been writing and performing for a long time. His songs have been recorded by artists including Sam Bush and Jerry Douglas, among many others. His style and interests vary from the traditional to eclectic Americana sounds. Ed leads the... Read More →


3:10pm

Hackensaw Boys
Showcase Artists
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Hackensaw Boys

cassie@freedirtrecords.com, Booking: Cassie Michel, Free Dirt Records
Charismo is the Hackensaw Boys record you’ve been waiting to hear. The 11-track album feels like the zenith release of the band’s 17 years, gathering their diverse life experiences and myriad of roots influences, and crystallizing them into a magnum opus on the Hackensaw way of... Read More →

3:10pm

The Andrew Collins Trio
Sponsors
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Folk Alliance International

FAI exists to nurture, engage and empower the international folk music community — traditional and contemporary, amateur and professional — through education, advocacy and performance.

Showcase Artists
avatar for The Andrew Collins Trio

The Andrew Collins Trio

sytesounds@gmail.com, Booking: Andrew Collins
For the last fifteen years Andrew Collins has been at the forefront of a Canadian acoustic movement, blazing new ground in modern roots music. Both as a solo recording artist, and a founding member of the Creaking Tree String Quartet and the Foggy Hogtown Boys, he has earned an impressive... Read More →

3:45pm

Joe K. Walsh & Sweet Loam
Showcase Artists
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Joe K. Walsh

joe.k.walsh@gmail.com, Booking: Joe Walsh
Hailed by CBC-Newfoundland as “one of the best mandolinists of his generation” and by Nashville’s Music Row Magazine for his “lickety-split mandolin work”, Portland, Maine-based mandolin player Joe K. Walsh is known for his exceptional tone and taste, and his collaborations... Read More →

3:45pm

Tim Carter & Bang Bang
Sponsors
avatar for Folk Alliance International

Folk Alliance International

FAI exists to nurture, engage and empower the international folk music community — traditional and contemporary, amateur and professional — through education, advocacy and performance.

Showcase Artists
avatar for Tim Carter & Bang Bang

Tim Carter & Bang Bang

timcarter57@yahoo.com, Booking: Tim Carter
Five highly acclaimed acoustic musician join for this unique musical experience. Feat: Tim Carter, Babs Lamb, Matt Flinner, Tim May and Adam Chaffins

4:20pm

Red Wine
Sponsors
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Folk Alliance International

FAI exists to nurture, engage and empower the international folk music community — traditional and contemporary, amateur and professional — through education, advocacy and performance.

Showcase Artists
avatar for Red Wine

Red Wine

mike@classactentertainment.com, Booking: Mike Drudge, Class Act Entertainment
Red Wine is one of the most important European bands, active since 1978, with a style that compasses traditional and contemporary Bluegrass, Country, Gospel, and Swing. | Starting 1984 Red Wine has played all over Europe, performing at major international festivals and playing concerts... Read More →

4:20pm

Town Mountain
Showcase Artists
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Town Mountain

info@townmountain.net, Booking: Jesse Langlais
Raw, soulful, and with plenty of swagger, | Town Mountain releases 5th album, Southern Crescent, on April 1, 2016 on LoHi Records | Produced by Dirk Powell at his Cypress House studio in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana | | Go Behind The Scenes with Town Mountain In | “The Making of... Read More →

6:00pm

Edgar Loudermilk
Artists
Sponsors
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MerleFest

MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of Eddy Merle Watson as a fundraiser for Wilkes Community College and to celebrate ‘traditional plus’ music. We are about the MUSIC, MOMENTS and MEMORIES! The MUSIC of MerleFest was best explained by Doc himself: “When Merle and I started... Read More →


Thursday September 29, 2016 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Vintage Church 118 S Person St, Raleigh, NC 27601

7:00pm

7:00pm

7:00pm

7:00pm

7:00pm

7:30pm

International Bluegrass Music Awards Show
Hosted this year by Sierra Hull and Dan Tyminksi, the International Bluegrass Music Awards Show is the biggest night on the bluegrass calendar.  The awards recognize outstanding achievement and pioneering efforts in the genre as determined by professionals in the bluegrass music industry. Held annually since 1990, today almost two dozen awards are handed out to recognize the top achievements across the industry.  The 2016 Awards Show will be held Thursday, September 29 at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Memorial Hall in the Oak City, lovely Raleigh, NC.

Thursday September 29, 2016 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts

8:00pm

8:00pm

8:00pm

8:00pm

8:00pm

9:00pm

9:00pm

9:00pm

9:00pm

9:00pm

10:00pm

Zoe & Cloyd
Artists
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Zoe & Cloyd

zoeandcloyd@gmail.com, Booking: John Cloyd Miller
Zoe & Cloyd spring from deep roots in American music. Founding members of the acclaimed Americana trio, Red June and long-time veterans of the Asheville, NC music scene, Natalya Zoe Weinstein and John Cloyd Miller shifted gears to their duet project after the birth of their daughter... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Boston Bluegrass Union

Boston Bluegrass Union

The Boston Bluegrass Union is a performing arts association based in the Boston area. We have over 38 years of presenting bluegrass concerts, festivals and educational activities.


Thursday September 29, 2016 10:00pm - 10:30pm
Marriott State Ballroom AB 500 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

10:00pm

The Andrew Collins Trio
Artists
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The Andrew Collins Trio

sytesounds@gmail.com, Booking: Andrew Collins
For the last fifteen years Andrew Collins has been at the forefront of a Canadian acoustic movement, blazing new ground in modern roots music. Both as a solo recording artist, and a founding member of the Creaking Tree String Quartet and the Foggy Hogtown Boys, he has earned an impressive... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday September 29, 2016 10:00pm - 10:45pm
Marriott Chancellor Room 500 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

10:00pm

10:00pm

10:00pm

10:00pm

10:00pm

10:15pm

Run Boy Run
Artists
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Run Boy Run

mike@bluesunentertainment.com, Booking: Mike Kaiz, Blue Sun Entertainment
Existing comfortably in the tension between tradition and the musical frontier, Tucson five piece Run Boy Run blends bluegrass, folk and the old timey American vernacular with touches of classical and turn of the century details. Their newest album Something to Someone, released on... Read More →

Sponsors
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Run Boy Run

mike@bluesunentertainment.com, Booking: Mike Kaiz, Blue Sun Entertainment
Existing comfortably in the tension between tradition and the musical frontier, Tucson five piece Run Boy Run blends bluegrass, folk and the old timey American vernacular with touches of classical and turn of the century details. Their newest album Something to Someone, released on... Read More →


Thursday September 29, 2016 10:15pm - 11:00pm
Marriott State Ballroom EF 500 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

10:30pm

Front Country
Artists
Sponsors
avatar for Boston Bluegrass Union

Boston Bluegrass Union

The Boston Bluegrass Union is a performing arts association based in the Boston area. We have over 38 years of presenting bluegrass concerts, festivals and educational activities.


Thursday September 29, 2016 10:30pm - 11:00pm
Marriott State Ballroom AB 500 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

10:45pm

11:00pm

Mile Twelve
Artists
Sponsors
avatar for Boston Bluegrass Union

Boston Bluegrass Union

The Boston Bluegrass Union is a performing arts association based in the Boston area. We have over 38 years of presenting bluegrass concerts, festivals and educational activities.


Thursday September 29, 2016 11:00pm - 11:30pm
Marriott State Ballroom AB 500 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

11:00pm

11:00pm

Honey Dewdrops
Artists
Sponsors
avatar for Run Boy Run

Run Boy Run

mike@bluesunentertainment.com, Booking: Mike Kaiz, Blue Sun Entertainment
Existing comfortably in the tension between tradition and the musical frontier, Tucson five piece Run Boy Run blends bluegrass, folk and the old timey American vernacular with touches of classical and turn of the century details. Their newest album Something to Someone, released on... Read More →


Thursday September 29, 2016 11:00pm - 11:45pm
Marriott State Ballroom EF 500 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

11:00pm

Blue Mafia
Artists
Sponsors
avatar for MerleFest

MerleFest

MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of Eddy Merle Watson as a fundraiser for Wilkes Community College and to celebrate ‘traditional plus’ music. We are about the MUSIC, MOMENTS and MEMORIES! The MUSIC of MerleFest was best explained by Doc himself: “When Merle and I started... Read More →


Thursday September 29, 2016 11:00pm - 11:45pm
Vintage Church 118 S Person St, Raleigh, NC 27601

11:00pm

Hannah Shira Naiman
Sponsors
avatar for Musicians United to Protect Bristol Bay

Musicians United to Protect Bristol Bay

We organize musicians to use their music and access to fans and media to spread the word about the struggle to protect Bristol Bay from being destroyed by the proposed Pebble Mine. In three years we have built a network of over 500 musicians.  In 2015, musicians around the country... Read More →

Showcase Artists
avatar for Hannah Shira Naiman

Hannah Shira Naiman

hannahshiranaiman@gmail.com, Booking: Hannah Naiman
In the unlikely metropolis of Toronto, Ontario, thousands of miles from the rolling hills of | Appalachia, young Hannah Shira is snuggly tucked under the sheets, the light is switched off, | and the door gently closed— just a few feet away down the hall, her parents' Oldtime | stringband... Read More →

Thursday September 29, 2016 11:00pm - 11:45pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 304 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

11:00pm

Irene Kelly
Artists
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Irene Kelley

Showcase Artist, Irene Kelley
Latrobe, Pa., native Irene Kelley discovered her flair for songwriting as a teenager and soon found her way to Nashville, Tenn., where her songs were quickly noticed and recorded by Carl Jackson, Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White. While recording an album for MCA and independently releasing... Read More →


Thursday September 29, 2016 11:00pm - 11:45pm
Architect Bar & Social House 108 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601

11:00pm

11:00pm

Lonely Heartstring Band
Artists
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Jam in the Trees

The inaugural Jam In The Trees takes place at Pisgah Brewing Company in Black Mountain, NC on Friday and Saturday, August 26-27, 2016. Kicking off full force with a stellar lineup including The Wood Brothers, The Del McCoury Band, Junior Brown, Willie Watson, The Burrito Brothers, and Leyla McCalla along with... Read More →
avatar for Keith Case Artists

Keith Case Artists

KCA Artists is an artist representation agency providing direction to the finest roster in American music. During more than 30 years in the music business, Keith Case has become widely known for representing one-of-a-kind artists of exceptional quality, and doing so with integrity... Read More →


Thursday September 29, 2016 11:00pm - 11:45pm
Lincoln Theater 126 E Cabarrus St, Raleigh, NC 27601

11:30pm

11:30pm

McDowell, Grier, Abernathy, Menefee
Artists
Sponsors
avatar for Boston Bluegrass Union

Boston Bluegrass Union

The Boston Bluegrass Union is a performing arts association based in the Boston area. We have over 38 years of presenting bluegrass concerts, festivals and educational activities.


Thursday September 29, 2016 11:30pm - Friday September 30, 2016 12:00am
Marriott State Ballroom AB 500 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

11:30pm

11:45pm

Cardboard Fox
Artists
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Cardboard Fox

john.breese@outlook.com, Booking: John Breese
Winners of the 2015 Spiral Earth Award for Best Debut, Cardboard Fox are an exciting new four piece with a fast growing fan base. All four musicians have their roots in bluegrass music but their collective influences reach much further and this shows in their music. Formed in late... Read More →

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Run Boy Run

mike@bluesunentertainment.com, Booking: Mike Kaiz, Blue Sun Entertainment
Existing comfortably in the tension between tradition and the musical frontier, Tucson five piece Run Boy Run blends bluegrass, folk and the old timey American vernacular with touches of classical and turn of the century details. Their newest album Something to Someone, released on... Read More →


Thursday September 29, 2016 11:45pm - Friday September 30, 2016 12:30am
Marriott State Ballroom EF 500 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

12:00am

12:00am

Lonely Heartstring Band
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Boston Bluegrass Union

The Boston Bluegrass Union is a performing arts association based in the Boston area. We have over 38 years of presenting bluegrass concerts, festivals and educational activities.


Friday September 30, 2016 12:00am - 12:30am
Marriott State Ballroom AB 500 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

12:00am

10 String Symphony
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10 String Symphony

chris@praterday.com, Booking: Chris Rusk, Prater Day
“They do things with fiddles you wouldn’t expect” NPR All Songs Considered “The Newest and Most Promising Voices in Americana” | | “…a dynamic musical stew that covers a wide spectrum of acoustic-based roots music, hitting on old-time, folk and bluegrass, all delivered... Read More →

Friday September 30, 2016 12:00am - 12:45am
Pour House 224 S Blount St, Raleigh, NC 27601

12:00am

Compton & Newberry
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Compton & Newberry

Mike Compton and Joe Newberry mine one of the more neglected segments of country music history, that period during the '30s and '40s when brother duet music was transforming into bluegrass. Both masters of the bedrock instruments of old-time music, they collaborate with a vision... Read More →

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Musicians United to Protect Bristol Bay

We organize musicians to use their music and access to fans and media to spread the word about the struggle to protect Bristol Bay from being destroyed by the proposed Pebble Mine. In three years we have built a network of over 500 musicians.  In 2015, musicians around the country... Read More →


12:00am

Jenni Lynn
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Jenni Lyn

daleyjlg@gmail.com, Booking: Jenni Lyn Garner
From baby boomers to millennials, seasoned festival­ goers to country converts, Jenni Lyn’s music offers a current approach to the evolving bluegrass sound, while maintaining the perfect balance of that down­ home comfort. Her broad span of shared experiences and collaborations... Read More →

Friday September 30, 2016 12:00am - 12:45am
Architect Bar & Social House 108 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601

12:00am

Peter Rowan
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Jam in the Trees

The inaugural Jam In The Trees takes place at Pisgah Brewing Company in Black Mountain, NC on Friday and Saturday, August 26-27, 2016. Kicking off full force with a stellar lineup including The Wood Brothers, The Del McCoury Band, Junior Brown, Willie Watson, The Burrito Brothers, and Leyla McCalla along with... Read More →
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Keith Case Artists

KCA Artists is an artist representation agency providing direction to the finest roster in American music. During more than 30 years in the music business, Keith Case has become widely known for representing one-of-a-kind artists of exceptional quality, and doing so with integrity... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 12:00am - 12:45am
Lincoln Theater 126 E Cabarrus St, Raleigh, NC 27601

12:00am

Zoe and Cloyd
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MerleFest

MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of Eddy Merle Watson as a fundraiser for Wilkes Community College and to celebrate ‘traditional plus’ music. We are about the MUSIC, MOMENTS and MEMORIES! The MUSIC of MerleFest was best explained by Doc himself: “When Merle and I started... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 12:00am - 12:45am
Vintage Church 118 S Person St, Raleigh, NC 27601

12:15am

The Unseen Strangers
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The Unseen Strangers

booking@unseenstrangers.ca, Booking: Adam Shier, Stranger Music
The Unseen Strangers have ambitiously cultivated a musical identity shaped by good old-fashioned bluegrass, the limitless barrage of contemporary musical influences, and a curious sense of humor. | | Newgrass ambassadors, The Unseen Strangers favor innovation over convention. For... Read More →

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Friday September 30, 2016 12:15am - 1:00am
Marriott Chancellor Room 500 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

12:30am

Mile Twelve
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Boston Bluegrass Union

The Boston Bluegrass Union is a performing arts association based in the Boston area. We have over 38 years of presenting bluegrass concerts, festivals and educational activities.


Friday September 30, 2016 12:30am - 1:00am
Marriott State Ballroom AB 500 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

12:30am

12:30am

Run Boy Run
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Run Boy Run

mike@bluesunentertainment.com, Booking: Mike Kaiz, Blue Sun Entertainment
Existing comfortably in the tension between tradition and the musical frontier, Tucson five piece Run Boy Run blends bluegrass, folk and the old timey American vernacular with touches of classical and turn of the century details. Their newest album Something to Someone, released on... Read More →

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Run Boy Run

mike@bluesunentertainment.com, Booking: Mike Kaiz, Blue Sun Entertainment
Existing comfortably in the tension between tradition and the musical frontier, Tucson five piece Run Boy Run blends bluegrass, folk and the old timey American vernacular with touches of classical and turn of the century details. Their newest album Something to Someone, released on... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 12:30am - 2:00am
Marriott State Ballroom EF 500 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:00am

1:00am

Jeff Scroggins & Colorado
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Boston Bluegrass Union

The Boston Bluegrass Union is a performing arts association based in the Boston area. We have over 38 years of presenting bluegrass concerts, festivals and educational activities.


Friday September 30, 2016 1:00am - 1:30am
Marriott State Ballroom AB 500 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:00am

Dale Ann Bradley
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MerleFest

MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of Eddy Merle Watson as a fundraiser for Wilkes Community College and to celebrate ‘traditional plus’ music. We are about the MUSIC, MOMENTS and MEMORIES! The MUSIC of MerleFest was best explained by Doc himself: “When Merle and I started... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 1:00am - 1:45am
Vintage Church 118 S Person St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:00am

1:00am

1:00am

The Laurelyn Dossett Band
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Musicians United to Protect Bristol Bay

We organize musicians to use their music and access to fans and media to spread the word about the struggle to protect Bristol Bay from being destroyed by the proposed Pebble Mine. In three years we have built a network of over 500 musicians.  In 2015, musicians around the country... Read More →


1:00am

Tim Carter and Bang Bang
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Tim Carter & Bang Bang

timcarter57@yahoo.com, Booking: Tim Carter
Five highly acclaimed acoustic musician join for this unique musical experience. Feat: Tim Carter, Babs Lamb, Matt Flinner, Tim May and Adam Chaffins

Friday September 30, 2016 1:00am - 1:45am
Architect Bar & Social House 108 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:15am

Josh Daniel / Mark Schimick Project
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Run Boy Run

mike@bluesunentertainment.com, Booking: Mike Kaiz, Blue Sun Entertainment
Existing comfortably in the tension between tradition and the musical frontier, Tucson five piece Run Boy Run blends bluegrass, folk and the old timey American vernacular with touches of classical and turn of the century details. Their newest album Something to Someone, released on... Read More →

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Run Boy Run

mike@bluesunentertainment.com, Booking: Mike Kaiz, Blue Sun Entertainment
Existing comfortably in the tension between tradition and the musical frontier, Tucson five piece Run Boy Run blends bluegrass, folk and the old timey American vernacular with touches of classical and turn of the century details. Their newest album Something to Someone, released on... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 1:15am - 2:45am
Marriott State Ballroom EF 500 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:30am

Lonely Heartstring Band
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Boston Bluegrass Union

The Boston Bluegrass Union is a performing arts association based in the Boston area. We have over 38 years of presenting bluegrass concerts, festivals and educational activities.


Friday September 30, 2016 1:30am - 2:00am
Marriott State Ballroom AB 500 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:30am

 
Friday, September 30
 

10:00am

Celebrating the Life and Music of James King
This past year we lost one of our most powerful and emotive voices when James King passed away. James was not only a great singer, but quite a character and a wonderful story teller. Many of his former band members, friends, and business associates will talk about James as a singer, as an artist, as a band leader, as an entertainer and as a person loved by his fans. This will be a celebration of James’ life and his music with stories about the Bluegrass Storyteller and some of the songs which James made bluegrass favorites.

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10:00am

Foundation for Bluegrass Music Higher Education Forum

Today’s presentation will be from directors and students of university-level bluegrass programs in Kentucky, Tennessee, Massachusetts, Ohio and North Carolina. This will be a great opportunity for prospective students and their parents to hear about bluegrass higher education programs, and to ask questions from directors as well as student band members.

Following brief presentations on the details of each college bluegrass program, we’ll enjoy some live music from some of their top student bands. Educators will come away from today’s session inspired with new ideas for their own programs focused on bluegrass and related types of roots music.

Thanks for supporting these important programs and students who are so important to the future of our music.

10:00am

Bluegrass Jam Class -- Bring Your Instrument! Pete Wernick & Wernick Method Teachers
FREE! Register here: http://jamclasses.drbanjo.com/en/jamclasses/pw-2016-09/class_page/ All bluegrass instruments welcome No jamming experience necessary You will be jamming the first class! Friendly, encouraging, knowledgeable teaching. Mistakes allowed! Singing not required, but encouraged and taught. Easy 2- and 3-chord songs, slow speeds. Soloing not required! "Faking" solos taught. Do you qualify? It's easier than you may think! If you play guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, bass, or dobro... you can be part of a bluegrass jam. Only requirements: You must be able to tune your instrument (electronic tuning devices welcome) and change smoothly between G, C, D, and A. (Fiddles and basses need to know which notes work with which chords)

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Pete Wernick

founder/CEO, Wernick Method
Pete (Dr. Banjo) is an innovative banjo player, teacher and author, songwriter, and former 15-year President of IBMA. In 1978 he founded Hot Rize, and in 1980 started 30 years of banjo camps. He now recruits teachers to learn th