PHOTOS: Fiddles, Banjos Descend On Raleigh For World Of Bluegrass StreetFest

Oct 3, 2016

The World of Bluegrass held its annual StreetFest in downtown Raleigh last week.

The event included hundreds of offerings for bluegrass professionals and music aficionados -- and plenty of banjos and fiddles.

The StreetFest featured performances from more than 100 bands, jam sessions, food trucks and an art market.  

This year's lineup also included WUNC's stage at the intersection of Fayetteville and Davie Streets.

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It was all part of the World Of Bluegrass, the annual festival and business conference of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) that's billed as the organization's homecoming. It's now in its fourth year in Raleigh.

Note: This photo gallery is part of an occasional installment in collaboration with students and faculty at the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Kenny and Amanda Smith attracted quite a large crowd at the City Plaza stage on October 1, 2016. The Wideopen Bluegrass Festival featured many award winning bluegrass artists, like Kenny and Amanda Smith. The performance was part of the annual World of Bluegrass StreetFest in downtown Raleigh.
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Vendors lined Fayetteville Street, which was blocked off from the Capitol Building all the way to the Duke Energy Center, on Saturday, October 1, 2016. The World of Bluegrass StreetFest included artists and food vendors local to North Carolina as well as the Raleigh area.
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The Carolina PineCones performed on the Davie Street Stage, sponsored by WUNC Music, on October 1, 2016 as part of the World of Bluegrass StreetFest. The group of young musicians range from ages 13 to 17.
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Raleigh native Lynda Dawson, of Grandma Bea Music, dances with her two daughters as the Carolina PineCones perform a fun, upbeat tune at the World of Bluegrass StreetFest on Saturday, October 1, 2016.
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David Bailey, of Bailey Bee Supply, talks to customers outside of his station on Fayetteville Street at the World of Bluegrass StreetFestival on October 1, 2016. Based in Hillsborough, North Carolina, Bailey Bee Supply serves beekeepers in the Greater Triangle area.
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Gravel Road Bluegrass Band, from the southwest region of Virginia, performs on the High Lonesome Strings Stage at the World of Bluegrass StreetFest on October 1, 2016. The young band promoted their CD, “First Time Around.”
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