Bluegrass Today at IBMA 2008

IBMALike so many others who work in and around the bluegrass music business, Bluegrass Today will be in Nashville next week for the IBMA World of Bluegrass convention.

Both Brance and I will be on site from Monday September 29 to Friday, October 3, and we’ll be posting reports on the various goings-on throughout the week. We will visit the main exhibit area, many of the seminars and meetings, the official IBMA showcases, and the late-night artist showcases.

Regular updates will include photos and videos, posted as we find a few moments throughout each day.

Richard Thompson will also be reporting on his impressions of the many IBMA events, and we will have Tami Roth’s photos from the Awards Show next Thursday as well.

A few highlights to watch for:

  • Numerous updates daily covering the many events taking place at the convention center, host hotel and even nearby off-site venues.
  • Live blog coverage of the Awards Show on Thursday (10/2). We will be on the floor at The Ryman, posting news of each award as it is announced.
  • Red carpet interviews from the pre-show reception. Katy Daley from WAMU’s Bluegrass Country will join us to interview the nominees and bluegrass personalities prior to the show on Thursday evening. Video will be posted as soon as possible, some time on Friday (10/3).

Later this week, we will post information about many of the off-site events sheduled to coincide with the IBMA convention, and even a few that will occur prior to the official kick-off on Monday (9/29). If you are hosting or participating in an event such as this, please be sure that we have information about your plans.

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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.