MerleFest & The Mast Farm Inn present The North Carolina Bluegrass Pavilion
Press Release, May 15th, 2013 • MerleFest & The Mast Farm Inn present The North Carolina Bluegrass Pavilion, Music from The Mountains to The Coast, during IBMA’s World of Bluegrass, in Raleigh, North Carolina from Tuesday September 24th, to Saturday, September 28th, 2013.
If you are a North Carolina band, organization, association, company, an artist who is a North Carolina native, or an NC resident playing in a band based elsewhere, and would like to be presented, featured, play, host a time slot at The Pavilion, moderate or participate in a panel discussion, or co-sponsor the event, please contact us via the online form available by clicking here.
WILKESBORO, N.C. (May 15, 2013) — MerleFest, presented by Lowe’s and slated for April 24-27, 2014, and The Mast Farm Inn, a Historic Hotels of America® hotel and country inn located in Valle Crucis, North Carolina, are proud to announce they will present the The North Carolina Bluegrass Pavilion, Music from The Mountains to The Coast, at IBMA’s World of Bluegrass 2013. The North Carolina Bluegrass Pavilion will present a variety of displays, panels, workshops, videos, and music during the week of World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, North Carolina September 22-28, 2013. The focus of the pavilion will be highlighting North Carolina based musicians and events. The hospitality pavilion will encourage visitors to sit and visit to learn firsthand information during special appearances by artists and event producers from across North Carolina. The pavilion will be located at the Raleigh Convention Center exhibit hall area.
"We are excited to be partnering with The Mast Farm Inn on the pavilion. We look forward to a great week of music and to offering a sample of MerleFest to the bluegrass music community at both the pavilion and Longview Center during our time in Raleigh" says Ted Hagaman, MerleFest festival director.
The North Carolina Bluegrass Pavilion will extend to The Longview Center, which is co-hosted with the International Bluegrass Music Association, in conjunction with MerleFest, The Mast Farm Inn, and Pinecastle Records, during the evening hours of World of Bluegrass and will showcase the talents of bands from across North Carolina and beyond. More information will be provided on the talent lineup and hours soon.
"This is a wonderful way to showcase our state and its musical artists, and we invite our music friends from around the world to learn more about North Carolina" said Henri Deschamps of the Mast Farm Inn. "We expect the pavilion will be a great "southern hospitality" meeting point for all World of Bluegrass attendees and a good opportunity to hear some great music by North Carolina artists".
If you are a North Carolina band, organization, association, company, an artist who is a North Carolina native or resident playing in a band based elsewhere, and would like to be presented, featured, play, host a time slot at The Pavilion, participate in or moderate a panel discussion, or co-sponsor the event, please contact Tess Mangum Ocaña of Sonic Pie Productions at 919.450.5186, email@example.com, or contact us via the online form available by clicking here. If you are a media organization we will have a media station where you can set up shop to do interviews, reporting and broadcasts.
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About 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. MerleFest, which began in 1988, is about the Music, Moments, and Memories. The Music of MerleFest is "traditional-plus" and Doc Watson himself described it best: "When Merle and I started out we called our music ‘traditional-plus,’ meaning the traditional music of the Appalachian region plus whatever other styles we were in the mood to play. Since the beginning, the people of the college and I have agreed that the music of MerleFest is ‘traditional-plus’. The Moments of MerleFest are those unique experiences that only happen here. It may be two musicians you never expected to see collaborating, a shooting star over The Watson Stage during an evening’s closing set, or that one set that seems to have touched everyone in the audience. The Memories of MerleFest includes the memory of Eddy Merle Watson, who we honor each day with The Tribute to Merle, and the new memories we create each year we come together to celebrate MerleFest.
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About The Mast Farm Inn • The Mast Farm Inn is an award-winning historic country inn & restaurant in the Valle Crucis Historical District of North Carolina, which has been welcoming guests since the 1800s. The Mast Farm Inn is a Historic Hotels of America hotel, a Select Registry Inn, and is on The National Register of Historic Places. The Mast Farm Inn is a lifetime organization member of the IBMA, on several IBMA committees, a member and Alumni of The Leadership Bluegrass program, a member of The North Carolina Local Organizing Committee at The Raleigh Convention Center, and on the Board of Directors of The Foundation for Bluegrass Music. We develop Bluegrass related websites and social media channels, and we have presented a number of concert series both at World of Bluegrass and at the Inn. We will be presenting numerous showcases and concerts at World of Bluegrass featuring established and emerging North Carolina Bluegrass artists, and The Mast Farm Inn will be featuring numerous special offers and packages for the period immediately before and immediately after World of Bluegrass. Stay Tuned.
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About World of Bluegrass • Yo-Yo Ma Plays Bluegrass… as do pop star Adele, country star Dierks Bentley, and rock star Tommy Shaw. The Berklee College of Music and East Tennessee State University, have Bluegrass and Roots Music degrees, and you can’t swing a fiddle without hitting a bluegrass violinist classically trained from the age of three. Musical virtuosity, world-class vocalists and songwriting, along with the capability to perform studio album quality live, every time onstage, are a few defining characteristics of bluegrass. While the artistry is "tried and true", the old "trite and untrue" stereotypical assumptions and generalizations about the genre have in fact little to do with reality. It’s mighty serious business by mighty serious artists. A musical genre created by Bill Monroe and North Carolinian Earl Scruggs; Today’s Bluegrass is the freight train of American Music. Its deep roots in Celtic, Old-Time, Old-Country, Blues, and Jazz are blossoming into "some powerful glory". Bluegrass has clearly become high-culture, and high-art. And tradition, heritage, and legacy, meet down home nobility, and virtuoso sophistication, at IBMA’s World of Bluegrass 2013, in Raleigh, North Carolina, from Tuesday September 24th through Saturday September 28th, 2013. You don’t want to miss this unique historic opportunity to discover and explore Bluegrass Today
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About The International Bluegrass Music Association • IBMA is a non-profit trade association with membership categories for professionals, patrons and fans. We Work together for high standards of professionalism, a greater appreciation for our music, and the success of the worldwide bluegrass community. IBMA is the one worldwide organization devoted to bluegrass music. We are a diverse array of colleagues very passionate about our music with a core belief we can accomplish more by working together. Since 1985, we have built an impressive framework of member benefits and resources and, collectively, our efforts make sure bluegrass music is successful and growing in recognition. We encourage you to become a member and welcome your attendance at events we host. Benefits of membership are derived from five broad categories: Knowledge, Relationships, Visibility , Honors & Encouragement, A Way To Give Back.
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About The Raleigh Convention Center • Southern-drenched courtesies mingling with 21st century know-how. A thriving downtown and over a thousand luxury hotel rooms just steps away. The Raleigh Convention Center is a bustling hub for the culture, commerce and technologies that make the Triangle one of the most admired and sought after regions in the United States. The modern, 500,000 square foot facility includes a soaring street-level lobby, an elegant ballroom and a massive exhibit hall as well as cutting edge tech amenities and award-winning culinary delights. The convention center is home to the iconic Cree Shimmer Wall, closely associated with the Downtown Amphitheater and Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, and just steps from the city’s restaurants and hot spots. In 2011, the center earned the honor of "Most Creative Place to Host a Meeting" from Convention South magazine.
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About Raleigh, North Carolina • Lively, smart and unexpected, Greater Raleigh’s historic landmarks and burgeoning cosmopolitan offerings—arts, festivals, sports, hospitality and shopping—in a one-of-a-kind capital setting make it a “can’t miss” cultural and entertainment center of the Southeast for leisure, business and events.
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The Mast Farm Inn is a lifetime organization member of the IBMA, on several IBMA committees, a member and Alumni of The Leadership Bluegrass program, a member of The North Carolina Local Organizing Committee at The Raleigh Convention Center, and on the Board of Directors of The Foundation for Bluegrass Music. We develop Bluegrass related websites and social media channels, and we have presented a number of concert series both at World of Bluegrass and at the Inn. We will be presenting numerous showcases and concerts at World of Bluegrass featuring established and emerging North Carolina Bluegrass artists, and The Mast Farm Inn will be featuring numerous special offers and packages for the period immediately before and immediately after World of Bluegrass.