Attendance feels quite light. IBMA staff have indicated that pre-sales are only off by 10%, so everyone here is hoping to see a lot more folks as the week progresses.
The big tent is open here in Nashville. Main stage showcases to date have included a very wide variety of acoustic music, from singer/songwriter through old time string band and contemporary bluegrass. Banjo counters might have found reason for disappointment, but the smallish crowds in the hall seemed to eat it up.
There is plenty of jamming and guerrilla showcasing going on – even on non-jamming floors. Shades of Louisville.
Reminiscing is heavy in the convention center, with sessions honor recently fallen legends scheduled throughout the days.
Excitement is high for the first live streaming of the awards show on Thursday. Don’t miss it, starting here at 7:45 p.m. on Thursday afternoon.
We’ll have a lot more coverage of Tuesday’s events, and the first few video interviews with the bluegrass stars, on Wednesday morning.