World of Bluegrass registration starts March 1

World of Bluegrass 2013IBMA’s World of Bluegrass registration and hotel reservations for 2013 in Raleigh, NC open on Friday, March 1. The event is scheduled to run September 24-28.

On top of the new site, there are a number of other changes in store for this year. The Business Conference portion of the week will run for only 3 days (Tues-Thurs), and the weekend festival previously billed as Fan Fest is now called Wide Open Bluegrass. World of Bluegrass activities will be centered at the Greater Raleigh Convention Center, with various showcase stages running in nearby venues.

Raleigh is also hosting a street fair during the weekend, with music stages, food vendors, and children’s events, alongside the North Carolina Whole Hog Barbecue State Championship. No more starving during Fan Fest!

Of particular note, regular attendees will notice more attractive pricing this year, both for tickets and accommodations. A list of hotels can be found on the WOB web site, ranging from $139/night for immediately adjacent options, to $85/night for a hotel less than a mile from the convention center, with free bus service offered to and from.

Registration for all five days is $240 for IBMA members until July 1, and single day tickets are $60. A $100 showcase-only pass is also being offered this year, which includes all the musical performances without the business conference events during the day. Wide Open Bluegrass tickets are not included with the showcase pass, but are with full-week World of Bluegrass registrations.

Attendees can register for the entire 5-day event on Friday by visiting, or by contacting IBMA at 888-438-4262.

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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.