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Join Peghead Nation at IBMA World of Bluegrass

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Peghead Nation is sponsoring the Workshop Stage at this year's IBMA business conference, awards show, and festival. See the lineup here.

by Dan Gabel
September 23, 2016

WOB16-300x250.jpgThe annual IBMA World of Bluegrass gathering in Raleigh, North Carolina, brings together some of the most prominent musicians in bluegrass and roots music with dedicated fans and many of the folks who run festivals, press outlets, instrument and accessory companies, and other businesses with ties to the acoustic music community. If you’re looking for amazing performances, spontaneous late-night jams, informative workshops and seminars, and an immersion in all-things bluegrass, the Raleigh Convention Center is the place to be from Tuesday, September 27 to Saturday, October 1.

Peghead Nation will be on hand as a sponsor of the popular IBMA Workshop Stage during Wide Open Bluegrass on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1. Wide Open Bluegrass is a full urban bluegrass festival with multiple stages and venues around downtown Raleigh, and it is at the heart of the World of Bluegrass events. The lineup includes dozens of performers representing the wide variety of bluegrass music, from traditional to progressive. Attendees will have a chance to see Dailey & Vincent, Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands, Jerry Douglas and the Earls of Leicester, the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Del McCoury Band, Steep Canyon Rangers, and many others.

The Workshop Stage will feature demonstrations and workshops by Peghead Nation instructors Mike Compton and Scott Nygaard, and a host of other well-known players. See the Workshop Stage schedule here.

In addition to Wide Open Bluegrass, IBMA’s World of Bluegrass event consists of three other parts: the IBMA Business Conference and the Bluegrass Ramble series of showcases, both taking place September 27–29 in downtown Raleigh and the Raleigh Convention Center; and the 27th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, scheduled for Thursday, September 29.

Mike Compton.JPGPeghead Nation’s Scott Nygaard and Dan Gabel will be on hand at the Wide Open Bluegrass Workshop Stage, and we’ll be visited by our Monroe-Style Mandolin instructor Mike Compton, who will be at IBMA performing with the Soggy Bottom Boys as headliners for the Friday night concert lineup, and with his duo partner Joe Newberry for a performance on Saturday afternoon. Mike will spend a little time on the Workshop stage on Saturday morning at 11 am as well, to show people some of the intricacies of Bill Monroe’s influential mandolin style.  

Peghead Nation’s Advancing Mandolinist instructor Joe K. Walsh will also be in Raleigh, performing on Tuesday evening at the Lincoln Theater and Thursday afternoon on the Workshop Stage as part of the official IBMA showcase lineup. Joe will be joined by Lincoln Meyers, Steve Roy, John Mailander, and Jack Devereux.

Joe's Nugget Mandolin Demo.jpgIn addition to the official scheduled events, bluegrass fans and players will find dozens of late-night showcases, jams, and informal gatherings in the Raleigh Marriott City Center and other downtown hotels. See the video below for a sample of the spontaneous gatherings that happen at IBMA.

Make your plans to get to Raleigh for IBMA’s World of Bluegrass in late September, and stop by to say hi to your Peghead friends at the Workshop Stage when you’re there!


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