PRESS RELEASE: 2023 IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC – First Artist Announcement

The Del McCoury Band and The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys featuring Bobby Osborne are among the featured acts

NASHVILLE (March 7, 2023) – The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) has announced the initial lineup of artists and ticket information for IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC, a two-day festival at the 2023 IBMA World of Bluegrass®. The festival is Sept. 29-30 in Raleigh, NC.

Tickets for reserved seats in Red Hat Amphitheater will go on sale in April.

The live weekend performances will take place at Red Hat Amphitheater and on additional stages in downtown Raleigh. Reserved tickets for the Red Hat Amphitheater performances start at just $50 for IBMA members.

The initial lineup of performers at Red Hat Amphitheater for IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC includes The Del McCoury BandThe Po’ Ramblin’ Boys featuring Bobby Osborne; Kruger Brothers play Doc Watson; Jake BlountKaia Kater & Tray Wellington; and AJ Lee & Blue Summit. Additional main stage acts will be announced at a later date.

IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC is part of the five-day IBMA World of Bluegrass event, billed “The Most Important Week in Bluegrass,” which also includes the IBMA Business Conference, the IBMA Bluegrass Ramble showcase series and the 34th Annual IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards, Sept. 26-30. Tickets and hotel reservations will open for IBMA members March 14. More information is available at the IBMA World of Bluegrass website,

“We are excited to announce the initial lineup of special world-class performances featuring IBMA Hall of Famers for this year’s IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC,” said Pat Morris, executive director of IBMA. “The IBMA experience in Raleigh, for fans and professionals alike, is unmatched and we look forward to an exciting week of fantastic music from award-winning artists with amazing guests. We are so thrilled to feature two beloved Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame members – Bobby Osborne and Del McCoury. If you love bluegrass, this is a week you won’t want to miss! Stay tuned for more exciting announcements.”

As in years past, events during IBMA World of Bluegrass will take place at the Raleigh Convention Center, the Martin Marietta Center for the Performing Arts, the Red Hat Amphitheater and at various venues in town.

“When people in Raleigh talk about this festival they often refer to the event simply as Bluegrass,” says David Brower, Executive Director of PineCone and Producer of the Festival.  “They’ll say, ‘Are y’all going to bluegrass in September?’  I love it and think it’s perfect shorthand as in Raleigh the word bluegrass means fun, family and good vibes. We’re proud that the music is so rooted in our town.”


IBMA – the International Bluegrass Music Association – is the non-profit music association that connects, educates, and empowers bluegrass professionals and enthusiasts, honoring tradition and encouraging innovation in the bluegrass community worldwide. IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC, featuring the best of the best in bluegrass today, helps benefit the IBMA Trust Fund—a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that assists bluegrass professionals during financial emergencies—and introducing the music to thousands of new fans every year.

PineCone is the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music. It is a Raleigh-based nonprofit that serves as the official local host and festival producer for IBMA’s World of Bluegrass. It was founded in 1984 by a group of friends looking to preserve, present and promote music and dance that’s rooted in the Piedmont. PineCone hosts year-round events that highlight rich and diverse musical traditions that’ve been passed down informally for generations. There’s more about PineCone’s concerts, jam sessions, workshops, camps, youth programs and weekly radio show at

Raleigh Convention and Performing Arts Complex is home to four pristine venues in Raleigh, North Carolina. Owned and operated by the City of Raleigh, the Raleigh Convention Center, the Martin Marietta Center for the Performing Arts, and Red Hat Amphitheater are located within a two-block radius in the heart of Downtown Raleigh and welcome approximately one million visitors annually. Nearby, the City of Raleigh-owned Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek welcomes roughly 300,000 people each season.

Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau (Visit Raleigh) — As the official destination marketing organization for Wake County, the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau (Visit Raleigh), is responsible for promoting Wake County as an attractive travel destination and enhancing its public image as a dynamic place to live and work. Through the impact of travel, the organization strengthens the economic position of and provide opportunity for people throughout Wake County. Raleigh, N.C./Wake County welcomes nearly 16 million visitors annually whose spending tops $2.3 billion. The visitor economy supports more than 21,000 local jobs in Wake County and generates $243 million in state and local tax revenues, saving each Wake County household $592 in taxes annually.

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The City of Raleigh is the capital of North Carolina, home to several colleges and universities, with a vibrant performing arts community. Fueled by an impressive mix of education, ingenuity and collaboration, North Carolina’s capital city has become an internationally recognized leader in life science and technology innovation.