Like a great many other folks here at the World Of Bluegrass, Brance and I are moving a little slowly this morning.

The first day at IBMA, for those who exhibit in the trade show, involves a frantic rush to load in, and get your display assembled and spruced up before the hall is opened to the public. That was Monday morning for us, ably assisted by Andy Friedman of AcuTab, getting our retail product display and iso booth for recording GrassCast interviews constructed.
Bluegrass Today booth - ready to be assembled Brance and Andy getting the booth ready Bluegrass Today booth, nearly ready Andy gives the thumbs up!

We had the pleasure of meeting many regular readers of Bluegrass Today, some fairly prominent in our business, others hoping to be some day. I’ll post later this morning with some of the news we picked up in idle discussion.

Not all of the vendors/exhibitors who will display this week arrive on Monday, leaving the exhibit hall a bit spare for the first day, but we were pleased to see so many smaller companies and new exhibitors setting up.

Brunkalla Violins from Chicago Eastman Strings from Maryland Stonebridge Guitars from the Czech Republic Meredith Guitars, at the Elderly Instruments booth

IBMA General Store IBMA merchandise on display Williams Custom Banjos from Idaho

We’ll have more photos from the exhibit area as the week progresses.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.