Raleigh Rolls Out The "Blue" Carpet

Raleigh rolls out the "blue" carpet in preparation for September's World of Bluegrass. • While the World of Bluegrass is still five months away, the Greater Raleigh hospitality community, City of Raleigh, numerous event venues and performing arts organizations are not waiting to share their enthusiasm.

Raleigh rolls out the "blue" carpet in preparation for September’s World of Bluegrass. • While the World of Bluegrass is still five months away, the Greater Raleigh hospitality community, City of Raleigh, numerous event venues and performing arts organizations are not waiting to share their enthusiasm.

In preparation for the September 24-28, 2013, World of Bluegrass Week, more than 165 members of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) community, including the organization’s Board of Directors will travel to Raleigh this weekend, April 12-14, to experience many of the sights and venues that will play a key role during the week-long convention, International Bluegrass Music Awards show and Wide Open Bluegrass Fan Fest.

World of Bluegrass is the annual industry summit/bluegrass family reunion drawing fans, artists and music industry professionals from around the world for the week-long event. World of Bluegrass provides opportunities for showcasing, professional development and networking at the largest concentrated week of powerful, live bluegrass music on the planet
World of Bluegrass is the annual industry summit/bluegrass family reunion drawing fans, artists and music industry professionals from around the world for the week-long event. World of Bluegrass provides opportunities for showcasing, professional development and networking at the largest concentrated week of powerful, live bluegrass music on the planet.

Media is invited to attend any of the World of Bluegrass Preview Weekend activities. IBMA Board of Directors, members and staff from the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau and Raleigh Convention Center will be on hand for interviews.

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IBMA’s World of Bluegrass Preview Weekend

Guided Campus Event Tours • Saturday, April 13: 10:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm & 2:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts and Red Hat Amphitheater. Meet inside the Salisbury Street entrance of the Raleigh Convention Center.

Pig Pickin’ • Saturday, April 13: 6:00 pm
Red Hat Amphitheater
Preview of the N.C. Whole Hog BBQ State Championships that will be part of Wide Open

Pickin’ Pickin’ • Saturday, April 13
Preview of jammin’ in Raleigh!

For more information • Laurie Okun, Raleigh Convention Center, 919-816-7897 or Loren Gold, Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau, 919-610-8648
For more information contact: Laurie Okun, Raleigh Convention Center, 919-816-7897 or Loren Gold, Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau, 919-610-8648 


The International Bluegrass Music Association Business Conference • www.worldofbluegrass.org • Three days of non-stop development sessions, networking, showcases, meetings and and jams for everyone at all levels in the bluegrass music industry. Come learn, teach, meet, hear, play, conduct business and have fun! The fun usually takes care of itself at this signature bluegrass industry event.

The International Bluegrass Music Association Business Conferencewww.worldofbluegrass.org • Three days of non-stop development sessions, networking, showcases, meetings and and jams for everyone at all levels in the bluegrass music industry. Come learn, teach, meet, hear, play, conduct business and have fun! The fun usually takes care of itself at this signature bluegrass industry event. • Purchase TicketsReserve Lodging • Call 1-888-GET-IBMA or go to www.ibma.org to purchase World of Bluegrass registration and to make hotel reservations at discounted block rates.

The International Bluegrass Music Awards • www.ibmaawards.org• The single biggest night in bluegrass! The IBMA awards honor outstanding achievements and pioneering efforts in the music, bestowing the genre’s most important honors in almost 2-dozen categories.

The International Bluegrass Music Awardswww.ibmaawards.org• The single biggest night in bluegrass! The IBMA awards honor outstanding achievements and pioneering efforts in the music, bestowing the genre’s most important honors in almost 2-dozen categories. • Purchase TicketsReserve Lodging • Call 1-888-GET-IBMA or go to www.ibma.org to purchase IBMA Awards tickets, and to make hotel reservations at discounted block rates.

The Wide Open Bluegrass Festival • www.bluegrassfanfest.org • You’ll hear bands from around the world playing full throttle, "wide open" driving, traditional-edged bluegrass alongside edgy bands that draw from old-time string band, progressive, classical and jamgrass influences.

The Wide Open Bluegrass Festivalwww.bluegrassfanfest.org • You’ll hear bands from around the world playing full throttle, "wide open" driving, traditional-edged bluegrass alongside edgy bands that draw from old-time string band, progressive, classical and jamgrass influences. • Purchase TicketsReserve Lodging • Call 1-888-GET-IBMA or go to www.ibma.org to purchase Wide Open Bluegrass festival passes, and to make hotel reservations at discounted block rates.

About IBMA • IBMA is a non-profit trade association; Working 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. 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.
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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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