Last night a few hours after the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences had closed for the evening, a series of banjos, fiddles and mandolins paraded past the smiling security officers into an area set aside as a sort of "green room." Musicians from the World of Bluegrass festival put on by the IBMA dropped by WUNC's newly opened studios in the museum for an evening of pickin' and singin'.
In a fist-ever WUNC/WAMU simulcast, bluegrass legends Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver kicked off the music for the evening, followed by two North Carolina bands - The Grass Cats and Big Medicine. Stories, songs and little music history transpired during the evening. The program was part of WUNC's coverage of the World of Bluegrass events happening this week as Raleigh celebrates its first year of hosting the annual 5-day event.
The broadcast aired in partnership with WAMU Bluegrass Country and was hosted by WAMU's Katy Daley, Lee Michael Demsey and Keith Weston from Back Porch Music. (WAMU has covered the IBMA events for many years and this marked WUNC's first time.)
If you missed the show or want to hear it again, you can listen below:
Hour 1 with Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen:
Hour 2 with The Grass Cats and Big Medicine:
Earlier in the day on Wednesday, Arlington Virginia's Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen helped christen the studios by being the first to play in the new Raleigh set-up.