The Bluegrass Situation and PineCone Present the Second Annual “Shout and Shine: A Celebration of Diversity in Bluegrass”


Five members of The Ebony Hillbillies (four men and one woman), some standing, some seated, with an old plane and an old fashioned car in the background. Three of the men have instruments: 1 a banjo, 1 a fiddle, and 1 a washboard.

The Bluegrass Situation and PineCone are excited to announce that the second annual “Shout & Shine: A Celebration of Diversity in Bluegrass” will take place during the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass business conference. The showcase, which works to foster representation and inclusion of the diverse artists, musicians, and professionals who love and create bluegrass and roots music, will be held on Tuesday September 26, 2017, at The Pour House in Raleigh, North Carolina, and it is part of IBMA’s official showcase schedule/lineup, The Bluegrass Ramble.

Each artist and production member was carefully chosen to celebrate and encourage diversity within the bluegrass and roots community. The showcase will take place from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. and includes Tyler Williams Band, whose lead singer’s powerful voice and skillful musicianship have been catching a lot of attention in the industry, and who was born with cerebral palsy and who has been blind since he was very young; Sam Gleaves, whose critically acclaimed CD Ain’t We Brothers features original songs that highlight our similarities over our differences, informed by his own life as an openly gay musician; Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, GRAMMY award winning musicians with a career spanning more than 35 years; The Otsuka & Watanabe Brothers’ Japanese Jam, featuring musicians from Japan who demonstrate the far-reaching influence of bluegrass; The Ebony Hillbillies, a prominent African American string band whose music helped lay the foundation for many musical genres; and 2017 IBMA Hall of Fame Inductee Alice Gerrard, who has inspired scores of young female singers through her long career in music. The Shout & Shine SuperJam will be hosted by “Emerging Artist of the Year” nominees Front Country.

Admission is included with IBMA's World of Bluegrass Business Conference registration, as well as with the Bluegrass Ramble pass. Admission will also be available for $10 at the door, space permitting. For those who cannot attend but would like to be part of the event, the showcase will live stream on the Bluegrass Situation’s Facebook page.

In addition to working toward universal inclusion of LGBTQ+ and people of color (POC), Shout & Shine recognizes the importance of representing people with disabilities and working toward universal access for all people at music events, clubs, and festivals. A limited number of assistive listening devices will be available at this event.

Multiple advocacy organizations will have representatives present and information available, including Equality NC, Triangle Friends of African American Arts, and NC Asian Americans Together, who will have voter registration information available.

“We are excited to have the Bluegrass Situation and PineCone producing another great Shout & Shine showcase this year, putting into practice the IBMA’s value statement around diversity and inclusion as a fundamental characteristic of our music community," said Paul Schiminger, IBMA's Executive Director. "Bluegrass is for all of us, and we’re stronger together than we could ever hope to be individually.”

Working closely with the Raleigh community, the showcase was born in 2016 as a direct response to the North Carolina General Assembly’s controversial “bathroom bill,” HB2. “We’re proud to support ‘Shout & Shine’ again and build off of last year’s successful theme of inclusiveness and diversity,” says Loren Gold, Executive Vice President of the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Raleigh is a thriving Southern capital city that’s shaped by the passionate minds of its inclusive and welcoming residents. The mission of this showcase could not align more with that core value of our community.”

Shout & Shine is made possible through the support of sponsors, which include Raleigh Convention Center, Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau, VAE Raleigh (via the Ignite Fellowship), Larry’s Coffee, Montgomery Violins, The Press House.

Raleigh Convention Center logo with tagline "You Shine Here"   Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau logo: visitRaleigh   This project is supported by an Ignite Fellowship from VAE Creativity Incubator 

 John Montgomery Violins logo: illustration of violins from front, side, and back, with an illustration of a bow between the violins and the text: John Montgomery Inc. Violin Maker Dealer Restorer   Larry's Coffee logo: Illustration of a tilted hat above the words Larry's Coffee   The Press House logo