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Nashville, TN -- Performers and presenters for the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)’s 25th International Bluegrass Music Awards, held on Thursday, October 2 at 7:30 p.m. EST, have been announced. The Awards Show, held at Raleigh, North Carolina’s Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts (Memorial Auditorium) will feature performances and award presentations from some of the genre’s brightest stars.
Performers include all five 2014 Entertainer of the Year nominees: Balsam Range, Blue Highway, Dailey & Vincent, The Gibson Brothers and The Del McCoury Band. Also scheduled to perform is Female Vocalist/Song of the Year nominee Claire Lynch, Instrumental Group of the Year nominee Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, last year’s Emerging Artist recipient Della Mae, and The Boxcars, leading the pack in 2014 with ten nominations. Awards Show hosts Lee Ann Womack and Jerry Douglas will also perform that evening.
Members of the original Seldom Scene - Ben Eldridge, Tom Gray and John Starling - will be part of a special Seldom Scene performance celebrating their induction into the Hall of Fame. Also, Emerging Artist of the Year nominee The Spinney Brothers will give tribute to this year’s other Hall of Fame inductee, bluegrass historian Neil Rosenberg.
Tony Trischka, Dale Ann Bradley, Jens Kruger, Bela Fleck, Noam Pikelny, Doyle Lawson, Jason Carter, Kimber Ludiker, Missy Raines, Ben Surratt, Joe Mullins, Junior Sisk and Sierra Hull have been announced as presenters.
The Awards Show is the centerpiece of IBMA’s five-day World of Bluegrass event, to be held September 30-October 4 in Raleigh, NC. Awards are voted on by the professional membership of the IBMA, the trade association for the bluegrass music industry.
"The IBMA Awards have long been the annual celebration of the community surrounding our rich musical tradition. And this year is no exception,” said Amy Reitnouer, who is co-producing the Awards Show with Chris Stuart. “With a diverse range of presenters, performers and special guests, October 2nd's awards show is sure to surprise and delight, representing where bluegrass has come from, where it is now, and the places it's going."
“In one sense, this is the easiest show in the world to produce because we simply let some of the best bluegrass artists in the world do their thing,” said Stuart. “We have the two hosts, Jerry Douglas and Lee Ann Womack, performing as well as the five nominees for Entertainer of the Year - and so many more, including an unannounced surprise or two …. Throw them all on stage, sit back and enjoy.”
The IBMA Awards Show will be broadcast live on Sirius XM Satellite Radio (Bluegrass Junction), streamed live by Music City Roots and available at ibma.org and musiccityroots.com, and syndicated to more than 300 U.S. markets and 14 foreign networks, thanks to the sponsorship of Deering Banjos, John Pearse Strings, Compass Records, Mountain Home Music, the International Bluegrass Music Museum, Yep Roc, BluegrassToday.com and Music City Roots.
Those wishing to obtain Award Show tickets, Bluegrass Ramble Showcase passes, IBMA Business Conference registration, tickets for the ticketed portion of Wide Open Bluegrass (which takes place at Red Hat Amphitheater and Raleigh Convention Center Ballroom Stages) and hotel reservations should go to IBMA’s website, ibma.org. Additional details and pricing information are available at the website.
A complete list of nominees, this year’s Hall of Fame inductees, and the recipients of the Distinguished Achievement Award can be found at www.ibma.org.
Hiltons, VA -- The Crooked Road Ramblers play traditional old time dance music from the mountains of Virginia and North Carolina. Members of the band are Kilby Spencer on fiddle, John Perry on guitar, Peco Watson on clawhammer banjo, Donald Hill on guitar and vocals, Wayne Dye on mandolin, and Karen Carr on bass and vocals. Most of the band are second and third-generation musicians who now play old time mountain music influenced by their families and communities. Saturday, September 6th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a special concert by Kilby Spencer & the Crooked Road Ramblers. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.
Kilby grew up in a musical family. His parents are Thornton and Emily Spencer of the Whitetop Mountain Band – a band that has performed for over four decades. John Perry is well-known throughout our area for his guitar playing. Lots of people remember John for playing in the award-winning band the New River Ramblers. Donald Hill has been playing music his entire life. His father, Leon Hill, was a musician and singer as well. Don is the senior member of the band, and he was actually playing guitar with the Whitetop Mountain Band in 1982. In fact, he was playing at the 1982 World’s Fair while Kilby was being born. Karen Carr is a dream-come-true for any old time or bluegrass band. She loves to play music and sing. She and Don also handle comedy for the group. Karen is deeply rooted in the musical heritage of the region with relatives who played including Fred Cockerham and Wilson Ramey. Karen’s won the award for best old-time bass at Galax twice. Wayne Dye is a former member of the Russell County Boys – a band formed by the former sheriff of Russell County – Trigg Fields. Peco Watson is well-known throughout the region. He played with the award-winning New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters for many years. Kyle Creed taught him a great deal on the banjo.
Don’t miss Kilby Spencer and the Crooked Road Ramblers at the Carter Family Fold. It will be an evening of down-home entertainment. Bring along your friends and your dancing shoes!
Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Incorporated, is a nonprofit, rural arts organization established to preserve traditional, acoustic, mountain music. For further information on the center, go to http://www.carterfamilyfold.org. Shows from the Carter Family Fold can be accessed on the internet at http://www.carterfoldshow.com.
Carter Music Center is part of the Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. You can visit the Crooked Road Music Trail site at http://thecrookedroad.org. Partial funding for programs at the center is provided by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. For recorded information on shows coming up at the Fold, call 276-386-6054. The Fold is on Facebook – page Carter Fold – and Twitter – @carterfoldinfo. To speak to a Fold staff member, call 276-594-0676.
Nashville, TN -- The full schedule of artists and performances for Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest, the free street festival portion of Wide Open Bluegrass, has just been announced. The roster of artists performing at Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest, held October 3 and 4 in Raleigh, North Carolina, includes a broad mix of local, national and international bluegrass talent.
The full schedule of artists and performance times for various stages at the free Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest is listed below. For any schedule adjustments or additions, check www.wideopenbluegrass.com.
Wide Open Bluegrass, presented by PNC, is part of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s five-day World of Bluegrass event in Raleigh, North Carolina, September 30-October 4.
In addition to the free Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest, the ticketed concerts for both days will take place at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater and the Raleigh Convention Center. As announced last week, tickets for Red Hat Amphitheater/RCC are limited, and expected to sell out before the performance dates. To purchase tickets for this portion of Wide Open Bluegrass, go to ibma.org.
“If you’ve ever wondered what ‘bluegrass heaven’ would be like, you need to come to Raleigh, North Carolina October 3-4,” said IBMA Executive Director Nancy Cardwell. “You’ll hear some of the best bluegrass music from around the world, played by talented musicians of all ages. There will be banners in the street, barbecue wafting through the air, banjos on every corner, red-hot jamming and dancing, and a smile on every face. In the Raleigh Convention Center we’ll have a fantastic Bluegrass Expo Hall, a Masters Workshop, and celebrity jam sessions, plus all sorts of great music and fun outside at the StreetFest. Get your tickets now and make plans to enjoy every joyous part of the Wide Open Bluegrass festival!”
“PNC’s support of StreetFest provides the public with free access to this incredible line-up of bluegrass artists and variety of activities for all ages,” said Jim Hansen, PNC regional president, Eastern Carolinas. “We also look forward to hosting a special experience for festival-goers outside the PNC Plaza building on Fayetteville Street.”
The PNC-presented free Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest, held in downtown Raleigh along Fayetteville Street, will feature more than 80 bands, four music stages, a dance tent, vendors, concessions and a special youth stage near the Convention Center that will feature performances and activities from the future stars of bluegrass - including programming set up by IBMA’s Youth Council. Additionally, StreetFest will contain a Bluegrass Expo Hall and a Masters Workshop Stage in the Raleigh Convention Center.
IBMA – the International Bluegrass Music Association – is the professional trade organization for the global bluegrass music community.
The Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest would not be possible without its generous supporters: PNC Bank, Bud Light, Lone Rider, Big Boss, Belk, Boone, Central Carolina Chevrolet Dealers, Ron and Nancy McFarlane, Rex Healthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield NC, Martin Guitar, Triangle Transit Authority, Red Hat, Pepsi, Covington Vodka, Holiday Inn Downtown Raleigh, Hampton Inn and Suites Downtown Raleigh, Raleigh Marriott City Center, Sheraton Raleigh, North Carolina Arts Council and Downtown Raleigh Alliance, as well as media sponsors WRAL, WTVD, WNCN, 94.7 QDR & RADIO 96.1 and 919 Magazine. The StreetFest is brought to you by collaboration among the City of Raleigh, Raleigh Convention Center, IBMA, PineCone, and Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Schedule for Artists and Performances
for Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest
October 3-4, 2014
(all times/performers subject to change)
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3
CITY PLAZA STAGE
12:00-12:45 pm - Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers
1:15-2:00 pm - Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
2:30-3:15 pm - Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
3:45-4:30 pm - Scythian
5:00-5:45 pm - Sierra Hull
6:15-7:15 pm - Adkins & Loudermilk
7:45-9:00 pm - The Gibson Brothers
9:30-11:00 pm - Chatham County Line
DAVIE STREET STAGE
12:15-1:00 pm - Al Batten & The Bluegrass Reunion
1:30-2:15 pm - Tommy Edwards & The Bluegrass Experience
2:45-3:30 pm - The Outliers
4:00-4:45 pm - The Grass Cats
5:15-6:00 pm - Missy Raines & The New Hip
6:30-7:30 pm - Compton & Newberry
8:00-9:15 pm - Carl Johnson & Jim Lloyd
9:45-11:00 pm - Steve Dilling & Sideline
MARTIN STREET STAGE
12:30-1:15 pm - Nixon, Blevins & Gage
1:45-2:30 pm - Bill Evans
3:00-3:45 pm - The Bankesters
4:15-5:00 pm - The Barefoot Movement
5:30-6:15 pm - Terry Baucom & The Dukes of Drive
6:45-7:45 pm - Donna Ulisse
8:15-9:15 pm - The Boxcars
9:45-11:00 pm - Blue Highway
HARGETT STREET STAGE
12:15-1:00 pm - Moore Brothers Band
1:30-2:15 pm - Foghorn Stringband
2:45-3:30 pm - New Country Rehab
4:00-4:45 pm - The Duhks
5:15-6:00 pm - I Draw Slow
6:30-7:30 pm - Floodwood
8:00-9:15 pm - Balsam Range
9:45-11:00 pm - The Deadly Gentlemen
12:00-12:45 pm - Cup O’Joe
1:00-1:45 pm - Maybe April
2:00-2:45 pm - The Burie Family
3:00-3:45 pm - Gold Heart
4:00-4:45 pm - Breaking Grass
5:00-5:45 pm - Kids on Bluegrass
12:00-1:15 pm - Square dance w/Southern String Band
1:30-2:30 pm - Cane Creek Cloggers w/Southern String Band
3:00-4:00 pm - Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble
4:30-5:15 pm - Carolina Heartland Cloggers & Little River Cloggers, w/Patrick Walsh & Friends
6:00-7:00 pm - Square dance – Caller Aaron Ratcliffe w/Yer Crooked Cousins
7:30-9:00 pm - The Duhks
9:30-11:00 pm - Scythian
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4
CITY PLAZA STAGE
12:00-12:45 pm - Clay Hess Band
1:15-2:00 pm - Hubby Jenkins
2:30-3:15 pm - Special Consensus
3:45-4:30 pm - Kids on Bluegrass
5:00-5:45 pm - Billy Strings & Don Julin
6:15-7:15 pm - The Kruger Brothers
7:45-9:00 pm - Claire Lynch Band
9:30-11:00 pm - Jim Lauderdale
DAVIE STREET STAGE
12:15-1:00 pm - Gravy Boys
1:30-2:15 pm - Mountain Faith
2:45-3:30 pm - Jeff Little Trio
4:00-4:45 pm - David Holt & Josh Goforth
5:15-6:00 pm - Bobby Hicks, Tony Williamson, Ron Shuffler and Friends
6:30-7:30 pm - Snyder Family Band
8:00-9:15 pm - Mark Johnson & Emory Lester
9:45-11:00 pm - Laney Jones
MARTIN STREET STAGE
12:30-1:15 pm - Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road
1:45-2:30 pm - Darin & Brooke Aldridge
3:00-3:45 pm - Donna Hughes
4:15-5:00 pm - Audie Blaylock & Redline
5:30-6:15 pm - Lynda Dawson & Pattie Hopkins
6:45-7:45 pm - Dale Ann Bradley
8:15-9:15 pm - Danny Paisley & Southern Grass
9:45-11:00 pm - The Ramblin Rooks
HARGETT STREET STAGE
12:15-1:00 pm - Malpass Brothers
1:30-2:15 pm - Kristy Cox
2:45-3:30 pm - Flatt Lonesome
4:00-4:45 pm - MIPSO
5:15-6:00 pm - Front Country
6:30-7:30 pm - Rebecca Frazier and Hit & Run
8:00-9:15 pm - Wood & Wire
9:45-11:00 pm - Della Mae
12:00-12:45 pm - tba
1:00-1:45 pm - Ash Breeze
2:00-2:45 pm - The Lindsey Family
3:00-3:45 pm - Meyerband
4:30-4:45 pm - The Willis Clan
12:00-2:00 pm - Family Square Dance - Connie Carringer w/Carolina Catbirds
2:30-3:30 pm - Green Grass Cloggers w/Epps Pepsteppers
4:00-5:30 pm - Swing Dance - Huzzah the Band with introductory swing lesson by Jason Sager
6:00-7:00 pm - The Stuart Brothers
7:30-9:00 pm - Front Country
9:30-11:00 pm - The Revelers
[by Carolyn Potts]
On and Off: Developing and maintaining a healthy balance between focused attention and relaxation is a key to long-term career success.
As self-employed business owners, often working alone on projects, we have to to stay focused and be as productive as possible as no one else will pick up the slack. We also usually don’t have someone telling us when to take a break.
We need to efficiently use our most valuable resources (our time and attention) to be productive, but paradoxically, we also need to unplug to be productive. As reported in The New York Times, a lot of evidence indicates that we should deliberately schedule breaks in our work. Our brains need down time to “refill the well.” Without it, our health, productivity and creativity are diminished.
As a self-described tech geek, I employ all sorts of digital tools and techniques to run my business. But I have two daily practices that are completely analog. They’re decades’ old tools, yet I find them very effective to help me maintain balance.
Each night before going to bed, I make my to-do list. It gets the list out of my head and onto paper. I can then fall asleep easily and get the rest I need to be focused the next day.
Knowing I also need time to unplug, I use a tool I learned in kindergarten: I put gold stars on my kitchen calendar to track each day that I exercise and meditate. It’s on the wall, right in my face; I can see how often I’m engaging in the activities I know make me happier, healthier and more productive.
I can appreciate science and research that says: “take a break to get more done.” I’ve seen too many examples of people who’ve burned out from not having any balance in this sometimes very stressful business. So I’m grateful that my list helps me focus and the stars keep me aligned.
Carolyn Potts, perpetual photo evangelist; international consultant & speaker; and former rep, shows seasoned & proactive photographers how to get more work. She’s at www.cpotts.com and http://bit.ly/FaceBookPottsConsulting and Google+
Samsung has announced the latest iteration of its top-of-the-line phablet, the Galaxy Note 4, at simultaneous events in New York and Berlin today. In terms of design the new model is very close to its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 3, but the big news about the Note 4's 16MP camera is its optical image stabilization system - making it the first Samsung smartphone to offer this feature. Read more