Friday, October 5, 2012

IBMA Fan Fest 2012 - Friday

Fan Fest is a huge indoor bluegrass festival in which artists donate their performances to help raise funds to support the Bluegrass Foundation and IBMA in promotion of bluegrass music around the world.  This year forty-nine bands appeared on the main stage alone as well as others at the Grand Master Fiddler Championship, held concurrently in the Convention Center and on the Master's Workshop Stage, where there were performances and workshops. In addition, there were celebrity jams in a lounge room in the convention center, and educational sessions continuing in the pattern of those at the business conference. There is also an exhibition hall filled with instrument, equipment, and other merchandise, and space in the hallways for artists to sell merchandise and CD's. The event has one of the most comprehensive festival programs found anywhere.

Because of the size of the event, I've only included impressions of activity in the hall and pictures of band leaders. My apologies to side-men, whose pictures I usually include. There were just too many musicians participating for us to include everyone. Both of us were busy with the our cameras throughout the weekend. Enjoy!
 Breaking Grass with Jana Mougin

Stephen, Jana & Sammy Mougin
Miss Bertie Sulliavan - Green Room Coordinator
and Emcee 

Skip Cherryholmes Band w/ Carl Jackson

 Miss Bertie w/Mark Schatz

Dale Ann Bradley
Five Time Female Vocalist of the Year

 Steve Gulley - Dale Ann Bradley Band

Back Stage Kids 
Isaac Moore, Kyle Ramey, Jaelee Roberts 

It's Been a Long Week

In the Exhibition Hall

Just Tired

Time for WAMU to Pack for Home in
Washington, D.C.
Katy Daley, Al Steiner 

Engineer Erin Stamper

Flatt Lonesome from Florida

Clay Hess

Irl Hees - Clay Hess Band

The Spinney Brothers - Rick & Allen
from Nova Scotia 

The Convention Center Hallway

Raleigh Booth in the Exhibition Hall
IBMA 2013 will be in Raleigh 

Laurie Lewis


 Contestant in Grand Master Fiddler Championship

Song Writer Workshop

Charlie Sizemore

Jim Lauderdale

Banjo Workshop


 Freddy Smith - Emcee - WDVX-FM

Jim Lauderdale & Hall of Famer George Shuffler

Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers
Emerging Artist of the Year 

Audie Blaylock & Red Line

Exhibition Hall

Merch Table Performance - I Drive Slow - Ireland
Producers Mark Newton & Carl Jackson Look On 

Darin & Brooke Aldridge Band

Darin & Brooke Aldridge w/Carl Jackson

Photog/Fan Bill Warren

Adam Steffey - Mandolin Player of the Year

Adam Steffey

Briar Rickman & Bradley Walker

J.D. Crowe

Darrell Adkins, J.D. Crowe, Carl Jackson

Buddy Melton - Balsam Range

Delnora Reed & Charli Robertson

Mark Schatz

Gibson Presents New Mandolin 
Hall of Fame Inductee Doyle Lawson 

Doyle Lawson w/New Mandolin

Blue Highway Quartet
Shawn Lane, Jason Burleson, Wayne Taylor, Tim Stafford 

Russell Morre & IIIrd Tyme Out w/
Carl Jackson & Rural Rhythm Rep 

The Steep Canyon Rangers

Junior Sisk w/Chris Davis & Jason Tomlin
Song of the Year - Album of the Year

Music and fun for fourteen hours. What a day. Home at 1:30 and we have to be back at 9:00 AM tomorrow.