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Vince Gill, Kathy Mattea, Michael Martin Murphey play IBMA Fan Fest

Wednesday, July 30, 2008 – Vince Gill, Kathy Mattea and Michael Martin Murphey will be among the acts at the International Bluegrass Music Association's Bluegrass Fan Fest Oct. 3-5 in Nashville. The event features more than 60 acts on 4 stages.

Attendees can also visit a bluegrass music-themed exhibit hall with more than 100 booths and jam sessions for musicians of all ages and levels of expertise.

Gill has hosted the IBMAs before, but Oct. 4 will mark his first appearance at Fan Fest.

Proceeds from Fan Fest ticket sales benefit the Bluegrass Trust Fund, established to help bluegrass professionals during times of emergency need, as well as IBMA's marketing and educational events during the year. All artists appearing at the event donate their time and talents for the cause.

"As far as I'm concerned, bluegrass music owns the deepest talent pool in any genre of music today," said Fan Fest producer Carl Jackson. "To have so many wonderful artists step up to the plate and donate their time and effort for the IBMA Trust Fund speaks volumes about the music and the entire bluegrass community."

Others performing include The Grascals, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Bradley Walker, Dale Ann Bradley, The Dan Tyminski Band, Tony Trischka, Cherryholmes, Jesse McReynolds Family & Friends, J.D. Crowe, Blue Highway, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, David Parmley & Continental Divide, Paul Williams & Victory Trio, Special Consensus, Dailey & Vincent, Don Rigsby & Midnight Call and The Larry Stephenson Band.

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