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Krauss, Martin, Punch Brothers highlight IBMA festival

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 – The International Bluegrass Music Association announced Wednesday Alison Krauss, Steve Martin and the Punch Brothers will be among the acts at the newly-named Wide Open Bluegrass festival, to be held in Raleigh, N.C. Convention Center on Sept. 27-28.

Krauss will collaborate with Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Béla Fleck, Del McCoury and Tony Rice. Martin appears with the Steep Canyon Rangers Featuring Edie Brickell. Martin and Brickell released an album last week. The Punch Brothers are making their first IBMA appearance.

Tickets for the Wide Open Bluegrass festival will go on sale May 15 for IBMA members and May 29 for the general public. Bluegrass fans can join IBMA in order to take advantage of early ticket availability and member discount rates, by calling 1-888-GET-IBMA or going to www.ibma.org.

Serving as onstage "mistress of ceremonies" for the Wide Open Bluegrass festival is banjo player/songwriter Abigail Washburn.

The two-day festival is part of IBMA's annual World of Bluegrass event: bluegrass music's annual industry gathering and family reunion. Held for the first time in Raleigh, World of Bluegrass runs from Sept. 24-28. The International Bluegrass Music Association - IBMA - is the professional trade organization for the global bluegrass music community.

Friday night's performance from artists Bush, Douglas, Fleck, Krauss, McCoury and Rice offers a reunion of recipients of IBMA's inaugural International Bluegrass Music Awards, presented in 1990. Though they're friends and colleagues of long standing, this appearance marks their first time together on stage in more than 20 years. Mark Schatz, Bass Player of the Year in 1994-1995, will be standing in for the late Roy Huskey, Jr., who took top IBMA honors on Bass from 1990-93.

"With a new host city on the horizon for our annual World of Bluegrass gathering, it was the perfect time for IBMA to assemble a spectacular, one-of-a-kind artistic lineup to celebrate the move," said IBMA Executive Director, Nancy Cardwell.

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