IBMA Announces 2015 Bluegrass Ramble Showcase Bands

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World of Bluegrass 2015The first round of artists have been announced for the Bluegrass Ramble, an innovative series of showcases which will take place at select venues throughout downtown Raleigh, North Carolina during the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)’s World of Bluegrass 2015 event, September 29 – Oct 3.

Seven of the 30 bands selected for this year's Ramble Showcase series are from North Carolina: Ash Breeze Band (Fayetteville, NC); Donna Hughes (Trinity, NC); Hank Smith & Lindsey Tims (Raleigh, NC); Mipso (Chapel Hill, NC); Rex McGee (Winston Salem/Sauratown Mountain, NC); Ryan Cavanaugh; and Unspoken Tradition (Cherryville, NC). Additionally, Detour's Jeremy Darrow is originally from NC; David Pelta-Tiller of Taarka studied at the North Carolina School of the Arts as a teenager; and The Tyler Williams Band's Ashley Davis is originally from Fayetteville, NC (she grew up listening to the PineCone Bluegrass Radio Show on 94.7 WQDR-FM!).

From among 150 artists/bands who applied for just 30 slots, the following were selected by the IBMA Showcase Selection Committee as Bluegrass Ramble Showcase artists: April Verch, Ash Breeze Band, Big Virginia Sky, Blue Mafia, Bradford Lee Folk and the Bluegrass Playboys, Caribou Mountain Collective, Charm City Junction, Chris Henry and The Hardcore Grass, Detour, Donna Hughes, Front Country, Gold Heart, Greg Blake, Hank Smith & Lindsey Tims, Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, Mipso, Rex McGee, Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, Ryan Cavanaugh, Songs of the Fall, Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle, Taarka, The Lonesome Ace Stringband, The Missy Werner Band, The Original Five (from Sweden), The Steel Wheels, The Tyler Williams Band, Unspoken Tradition, Vickie Vaughn Band, and Wood & Wire.

Learn more about all of the bands selected for the 2015 Bluegrass Ramble on IBMA's website

In addition to these “official” showcase performers, additional artists will be added to the Bluegrass Ramble via co-sponsored shows at the venues along with privately hosted “After Hours Showcases” (Tuesday – Friday) at the Marriott.

New this year, the IBMA is adding Afternoon Showcases to its business conference from Tuesday-Thursday. These showcases, open only to business conference attendees, give artists and agents the chance to showcase before a concentrated audience of talent buyers, labels, agents and decision-makers in the bluegrass community.

IBMA showcases and the Friday – Saturday “Wide Open After Hours” format will provide over 250 opportunities for bands to perform at sanctioned IBMA events during World of Bluegrass 2015.  The full Bluegrass Ramble schedule will be available in the coming months on IBMA's website.

As last year, the Bluegrass Ramble will have a dedicated transportation system with extended hours, running non-stop between hotels and showcase venues. Provided by the City of Raleigh, the Ramble-dedicated transportation will be available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during World of Bluegrass 2015, from 7 p.m.- 2 a.m.

Admission to the Bluegrass Ramble is available to both IBMA Business Conference attendees (with ID) and to the general public, via Bluegrass Ramble showcase wristbands, or a per-venue, per-night fee at the door.

Three-day and single-day tickets are available online via Etix.

Those interested in co-sponsoring a Bluegrass Ramble showcase may contact Eddie Huffman at IBMA:  615-256-3222 - 888-GET-IBMA – eddie@ibma.org

The Bluegrass Ramble showcases will be held in the following venues:

IBMA’s World of Bluegrass event, a five-day annual bluegrass music homecoming and convention, consists of four parts: the IBMA Business Conference, September 29 – October 1; the 26th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, scheduled for Thursday evening, October 1; Wide Open Bluegrass, October 2-3 (which includes both free stages and ticketed festival performances) and the Bluegrass Ramble, an innovative series of showcases, taking place September 29 – October 1.

IBMA – the International Bluegrass Music Association – is the professional trade organization for the global bluegrass music community. The organization’s six-year stay in Raleigh is the result of a partnership with The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau, PineCone—The Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, the City of Raleigh and a local organizing committee.