Saturday, September 28, 2013

IBMA 2013 - Wide Open Bluegrass 2013 - Friday

On Friday the World of Bluegrass becomes Wide Open Bluegrass, once known as Fan Fest, but for the World of Bluegrass in 2013, much more. Using the entire downtown area as a venue, activities took place on two major stages, the Red Hat Amphitheater seating nearly 6000 people and a large ballroom in the Convention Center. Most remarkable, however was the street fair taking place along Fayetville Street, with free bluegrass shows from several stages and vendors, food, and more along the street. Thousands of people were introduced to bluegrass in this remarkable day. It was all capped off by the evening in Red Hat with the Epic Collaboration, a 90 minute feast of bluegrass hosted by Sam Bush with Jason Carter (fiddle), Bela Fleck (banjo), Hall of Famer Del McCoury, Jerry Douglass, and recently inducted Hall of Famer Tony Rice. Simply an unbelievable musical and human event. Here's a few impressions:

Exhibit Hall
Open to the Public - Free

Emerging Artist of the Year - Della Mae
Drops in on Kids on Bluegrass 

Fayetteville Street

City Stage
All Day Free Concerts by Bluegrass Luminaries 

The Epic Collaboration

Tony Rice

Irene and I are having too much fun to really give an overall view and analysis of this fantastic move to Raleigh, but there's a lot more coming when we can settle down and think about it. Today's the last day, and the musical events will be simply to overwhelming for us to capture it all, but we'll be out there trying to get a fuller impression. See you.