Saturday, October 22, 2011

IBMA Fan Fest - 2011 - Saturday

Each day at IBMA's World of Bluegrass is pretty long for us. We arrive early to attend workshops and seminars and stay late for the after hours showcases.  By Saturday, we're usually pretty tired, but the excitement of Fan Fest lifts both of us up, as several thousand people come in to see, hear, and mingle with bluegrass royalty as well as to see the future of bluegrass music represented by Kids on Bluegrass.  This year, ram-rodded by Kim Fox and Deanie Richardson, the Kids put on one of their best performances yet.  

 Kids on Bluegrass

The link below will take readers to a Picasa Web Album containing over 100 more photos of the Kids on Bluegrass Performance.  The pictures are copyrighted, but readers and participants in Kids on Bluegrass should feel free to download them and use them for their own purposes. Enjoy! No one need worry about the future of bluegrass music as long as there are young pickers developing their skills and deepening their appreciation of the music the way these young people have. 


There were twenty-one separate performances on the Main Stage in the Center Hall of the Nashville Convention Center on Saturday, October first.  In addition, there were performances and workshops held on the Master's Workshop Stage and the Grand Master Fiddler Championship, which continued over two days in another large room.  For the first time at Fan Fest, bands were available for a Celebrity Jam, to which fans were  invited to bring their instruments and to join the bands in jamming.  Also, seminars were scheduled during both days to continue the program of the Business Conference earlier in the week.  These seminars shared with attendees at Fan Fest the kind of learning and outreach experiences usually reserved for full attendees at World of Bluegrass.  There was so much going on during Fan Fest it became impossible to cover it thoroughly. What follows is mostly a photo impression with limited comments.  Suffice it to say the adrenaline generated by the day's events served to push any weariness into the background as we mixed, mingled, watched, listened, photographed, and enjoyed ourselves.

Katie Penn (NewTown)

Mark Johnson (Mark Johnson & Emory Lester)
Emory Lester

The Spinney Brothers
Freddy Smith (Emcee - WDVX)
Darrell Webb (The Darrell Webb Band)

Bass Workshop
Jacob Eller, Mike Bub, Irl Hees (Miles)

Grand Master Fiddler Championship

Greg Cahill (Special Consensus)

Edgar Loudermilk (IIIrd Tyme Out) and Charlie Hall (WW Bluegrass)
Jesse McReynolds & the Reynolds Tradition

Jesse McReynolds
Marcia Campbell (Emcee)
WSM Radio & Grand Old Opry Square Dancers

Sierra Hull (Sierra Hull & Highway 111)

Clay Hess (Sierra Hull & Highway 111)

Josh Williams (Josh Williams Band)

Tim Shelton (NewFound Road)

Joe Booher (NewFound Road)

U.S. Navy Band - Country Current
Master's Workshop Stage

 Audie Blaylock (Audie Blaylock & Redline)

Jesse Brock - 2009 Mandolin Player of the Year

Larry Cordle (Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time

Chris Harris (Lonesome Standard Time)

Tribute to Harley Allen

Debbie Allen

Andy Hall

Brandon Rickman

Darrell Worley

 18 South
Luke Bulla, Mike Bub, John Randal, Tony Wray
Tony Wray
John Randall Stewart

Grand Master Fiddle Champion
Katrina Nicolayeff 

Alison Krauss & Union Station

Alison Krauss

Jerry Douglass

 Dan Tyminski

 Ron Block

Alison Krauss & Dan Tyminski

Jerry Douglass & Barry Bales

Martin Guitar Raffle Winner

Louisa Branscomb & Dale Ann Bradley

The SteelDrivers

Tami Rogers & Mike Fleming

Richard Bailey

Dale Ann Bradley (2011 Female Vocalist of the Year)

Reilly & Mike Bub

Russell Moore (IIIrd Tyme Out)
2011 Male Vocalist of the Year

Wayne Benson (IIIrd Tyme Out)

Steve Dilling (IIIrd Tyme Out)

The Cleverlys


Vernon Dean


It was a big day!