Concurrently with the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) week-long World of Bluegrass, WUNC produced a special live broadcast with WAMU's Bluegrass Country in Washington, D.C. The program was hosted by Katy Daley of WAMU's Bluegrass Country and featured exclusive performances from three IBMA Award nominees:
Raleigh's own Chatham County Line also performed. Here are some highlights from the broadcast:
Also, many of the musicians featured in the broadcast are up for IBMA awards. Eric Hodge talks with Back Porch Music host Freddy Jenkins about the nominees.
Michael Cleveland was also in the house during the broadcast. He performed for a live in-person audience with his band, Flamekeeper. Cleveland is "one of the premier bluegrass fiddlers of his generation."
The IBMA selected Raleigh as its home in 2013 and will remain in the capital city through 2018. The event includes dozens of venues and hundreds of concerts across the area, including Wide Open Bluegrass, in addition to a business conference and trade show hosted at the Raleigh Convention Center.