IBMA Invites Registrations

IBMA invites registrations to the 2007 World of BluegrassThe IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) has recently mailed its members inviting registrations for its 2007 World Of Bluegrass events that take place during the week commencing Monday, October 1st. The bulk of the events will take place at The Nashville Convention Centre, Nashville, TN, and the adjoining Renaissance Hotel.

The World Of Bluegrass week comprises four days of business activity – with seminars, meetings, official showcases, specialist sessions and product exhibitions – three days of Fan Fest entertainment, the International Bluegrass Music Awards show and a golf tournament.

Dan Hays, the IBMA Executive Director, has this to say about embracing the business issues that will be exercising minds during the World Of Bluegrass week.

“The business of music hasn’t seen the level of changes we’re experiencing today since the advent of radio and records almost a century ago and with change comes both opportunity and challenges. The information and ideas you’ll take home from the World of Bluegrass seminars, meetings and just informal discussions will absolutely make a difference when you put them to use. Imagine trying to track all this down on your own and you’ll see how it takes you farther, quicker and saves money and time in the process.

I’m especially excited about one afternoon at this year’s conference which will be devoted to what I’d describe as a ‘summit meeting’ with attendees to examine the future of the music business.

It requires an investment to attend and that takes form first in a desire to get to the next level – for our individual careers and for bluegrass in general. When that desire and commitment is real, the events offer the information and connections to help make it happen.”

There are the usual formal showcases and these take place during each of the first three evenings of the gathering (October 1 Р3). Acts currently scheduled to appear are ….

Blue Moon Rising Circuit Riders
Dale Ann Bradley Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper featuring Audie Blaylock
Grass Cats Grasstowne
Faris Family Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain
Sierra Hull & Highway 111 Claire Lynch
Meantime Monroe Crossing
NewFound Road Dan Paisley & Southern Grass
John Reischman & The Jaybirds Don Rigsby & Midnight Call
Jerry Salley & Breaking New Ground The Larry Stephenson Band
Three Ring Circle

There will be hundreds of privately hosted “after hours” showcases, jams and hospitality events also and these take place all week except after the Awards show. Time for these shows and jam sessions is allocated between 11:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m.

The archetypal social bonding event, the golf tournament takes place on Wednesday, October 3rd. – an opportunity to get some fresh air, if you are so inclined.

The high profile event of the week is the 18th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards show that takes place at the Grand Ole Opry House during the evening of Thursday, October 4th, beginning at 8.30pm.

Fan Fest traditionally brings to a close the formal activities of the week with a host of big names scheduled to appear (October 5 Р7). Acts gathered together by Carl Jackson and the Fan Fest committee are ……

The Grascals Cherryholmes
Emmylou Harris Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Larry Sparks & The Lonesome Ramblers The Songs of Tom T & Dixie Hall with Special Guests
J.D. Crowe & The New South Claire Lynch
IIIrd Tyme Out Ronnie Bowman
Mountain Heart Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper featuring Audie Blaylock
Marty Raybon The Whites
Daughters Of Bluegrass Paul Williams & The Victory Trio
Steep Canyon Rangers David Parmley & Continental Divide
Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time Don Rigsby & Midnight Call
Charlie Sizemore John Starling & Carolina Star
Randy Kohrs & The Lites The Larry Stephenson Band
The Greencards Alecia Nugent
Bradley Walker Mark Newton
Special Consensus The Infamous Stringdusters
Blue Moon Rising NewFound Road
Pine Mountain Railroad Sierra Hull & Highway 111
Donna Hughes Randy Waller & The Country Gentlemen
Dailey & Vincent World International Bluegrass Band
The Steeldrivers Grasstowne
Missy Raines and the New Hip The Red Stick Ramblers
Pete Wernick & FLEXIGRASS Dick Kimmel and Jerilyn Kjellberg
Barbara Lamb Mark Johnson and Emory Lester
The Laura Love Band The Old Tyme Opry Show
Banjo Celebration featuring Cathy Fink, Marcy Marxer, Tony Trischka, and Bob Carlin
Anne and Pete Sibley (The lineup is subject to change without notice)

Tickets for the Business Conference, Awards Show, Fan Fest and the Golf Scramble can be purchased individually. A full attendance registration includes a three day ticket to Fan Fest. Additionally, there is a special ‘Combo Ticket’ for those wishing to attend only the Fan Fest and Awards Show.

Discounts apply for certain early registrations, and special rates can be found for accommodation at certain nearby hotels.

For further information about all of these World Of Bluegrass events contact IBMA by phone (1-888-438-4262 or 615-256-3222), or by email, or visit their web site.

Go, and enjoy!

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About the Author

Richard Thompson

Richard F. Thompson is a long-standing free-lance writer specialising in bluegrass music topics. A two-time Editor of British Bluegrass News, he has been seriously interested in bluegrass music since about 1970. As well as contributing to that magazine, he has, in the past 30 plus years, had articles published by Country Music World, International Country Music News, Country Music People, Bluegrass Unlimited, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass music journal) and Bluegrass Europe. He wrote the annotated series I'm On My Way Back To Old Kentucky, a daily memorial to Bill Monroe that culminated with an acknowledgement of what would have been his 100th birthday, on September 13, 2011.

  • Jon Weisberger

    I’m also very excited about the “summit,” which I think will be a real opportunity both for hearing from knowledgeable sources about different aspects of these issues and for engaging in a community-wide interchange. The idea emerged in discussions during the IBMA Board’s spring retreat. Where the Education Committee has, in past years, always scheduled multiple seminars & workshops in each time block, this time out the summit will be the only offering Wednesday afternoon; we really want everyone there. Some folks may be familiar with the guy organizing it: Craig Havighurst, a freelance journalist/media guy who recently completed a history of WSM; did recent video work on Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain and has been filming the Infamous Stringdusters; does a variety of stories on music and the music business for the local NPR affiliate; has edited the CMA’s Future Markets Task Force’s ebulletin; and has written about music and the music business for publications like the Tennessean and the Wall Street Journal. Craig is a Leadership Bluegrass alumnus and a pretty fair flatpicker.