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2020 – IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC – Saturday

Saturday, October 3, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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The largest free urban bluegrass festival in the world is going virtual in 2020! PineCone continues to serve as IBMA’s local host in Raleigh, in addition to producing the festival in this new virtual format. Reserve your FREE music pass today to access not only the festival, but also the Bluegrass Ramble showcases and the 31st Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards!

And here is a SwapCard tutorial (YouTube link) – SwapCard is the primary platform that the festival and all the other World of Bluegrass events will stream on

Saturday, October 3 schedule – music begins at 1 p.m. (Eastern Time)


Dewey & Leslie Brown and the Carolina Gentlemen

Earl White String Band

Tommy Edwards and Andrew Marlin

Tatiana & Alex Hargreaves

The Hard Road Trio with Bill Evans

Twisted Pine

Giri & Uma Peters

Dom Flemons


Danny Barnes

Hank, Pattie & the Current

Mountains of Infamous Leftovers
Adam Aijala, Andy Hall, Andy Thorn, & Ben Kaufman

Steve Gulley Tribute

Chatham County Line

Kruger Brothers

Steep Canyon Rangers


Mark Johnson clawgrass workshop

Dan Eubanks bass workshop

Shout & Shine Showcase – This program includes American Sign Language Interpretation
featuring Amythyst Kiah, Tray Wellington Band, Sunny War, Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, Brandi Waller-Pace, Rissi Palmer, Kaia Kater, and Stephanie Anne Johnson

Kenny Smith guitar workshop

CJ Lewandowski “The Lore of the Loar”

Headin’ Home Bluegrass

Shiloh Creek Girls

The Family Sowell

IBMA Kids on Bluegrass

Look up the Friday, October 2 schedule

“We will be working hard to make this year work, and plan to use what we learn about building an online audience to expand the audience for when we’re back on Fayetteville Street,” said David Brower, PineCone’s Executive Director. “We hope that this experience will allow people to participate who haven’t been able to travel to Raleigh before, and that this will also inspire them to make plans to join us in Raleigh in 2021.”

This year’s virtual IBMA World of Bluegrass event will incorporate all components of the in-person event, adapted to a virtual environment ― with the added benefit of allowing the bluegrass industry to offer new activities to its members and reach new listeners across the globe.

Music fans will have access to free live streaming ― and on-demand sessions and performances ― of the IBMA Bluegrass Ramble showcases, the 31st Annual IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards, and  IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC, a music festival with performers ranging from emerging artists to industry icons.

For the eighth year, PNC Bank returns as the presenting sponsor of IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC. “This music festival has become one of our community’s most anticipated and loved events, and PNC is proud to help bring it to life,” said Jim Hansen, PNC regional president for Eastern Carolinas. “While the experience will be different this year, we remain committed to supporting this event and look forward to sharing in the beauty and vibrancy of bluegrass music in a virtual format.”

IBMA is actively working to develop innovative, compelling activities and content for this year’s event, and will be releasing information and updates throughout the summer. As additional details about IBMA World of Bluegrass 2020 virtual events are determined, they will be shared across the organization’s social media platforms, through email notification, and on worldofbluegrass.org and ibma.org. Updates will also be available via social media platforms and email newsletters of Raleigh partners, including PineCone, the Raleigh Convention Center, and Visit Raleigh.

More details to come!


Saturday, October 3, 2020
1:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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