It’s bluegrass time in Raleigh, NC! People are starting to arrive for the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass, even though nothing starts officially until Tuesday morning.
We are setting up our press room now on the lobby floor of the Convention Center, where you’ll be able to find us all week long. That’s where we’ll be conducting interviews, so if you are scheduled, come see us there. It’s a glass walled room, so it will be hard to miss us, one level above the WAMU studio.
Those of you at home can just keep checking back here all week. We’ll have reports, photos, and videos posted as quickly as we can get them up, the goal being to provide the feel and the flavor of being here yourself. Look for coverage as things crank up on Tuesday, growing in intensity through the week.
Thursday night will bring the International Bluegrass Music Awards, which will be streamed online worldwide. Be sure to tune in at 5:30 p.m. for our live Red Carpet broadcast, followed by the awards show proper at 7:30. Katy Daley from WAMU’s Bluegrass Country will host the pre-show, where all our favorite bluegrass starts will be dressed in their finest threads for their big night. Don’t miss it!
David Morris will provide a recap after the show, and Milo Farineau will be shooting up close in the theater. Look for all that following the broadcast.
We will also have coverage from the many showcase performances in and around the convention center, and the weekend Wide Open Bluegrass festival and the free street fair on the streets surrounding the festival. The weather for the week looks great, and all systems appear to be go for a great first year for IBMA in Raleigh.