Travelin’ McCourys Provide Free Concert For Bluegrass Week Kick-Off!

tm2A free concert with the bluegrass group The Travelin’ McCourys & Friends will take place Sunday, Sept. 23rd from 4:30-6:00 p.m. at Cumberland Park, 592 South 1st Street in Nashville.

The concert will kick off IBMA’s World of Bluegrass Week, Sept. 24-30, at the Nashville Convention Center and the Ryman Auditorium, and a public celebration of September as “Worldwide Bluegrass Music Month.”

IBMA – the International Bluegrass Music Association – is the professional trade organization for the global bluegrass music community.
The concert is to be held in the shadow of the Titans’ stadium on the banks of the Cumberland River. Earlier in the day, family patriarch and IBMA Hall of Famer Del McCoury will perform the National Anthem at LP Field, just before the start of the Titans/Detroit Lions game (12 noon CST). Immediately following the game, “The Travelin’ McCourys,” as Del’s band members are known when they work as a quartet, will perform with some special guests at an open-air bluegrass concert at Cumberland Park.

“This concert is our way of thanking local bluegrass fans and the city of Nashville for eight amazing years as the hosts of World of Bluegrass,” said Nancy Cardwell, newly appointed IBMA executive director. “And what better way to celebrate Worldwide Bluegrass Music Month than with some pure, powerful, award-winning McCoury bluegrass?”
Del will join his sons Ronnie and Rob onstage as a special guest with their new configuration, The Travelin’ McCourys, along with a surprise list of friends. “The McCourys know nearly every good musician in town, so there’s no telling who will show up onstage with them!” notes Cardwell. “We’re delighted to present this show for the people of Music City as a way to kick-start the World of Bluegrass. If you like what you hear, be sure to stop by the Nashville Convention Center during the week for more of that high lonesome sound!”

Parking will be taken up by Titans fans, so concertgoers who will arrive later are advised to park downtown and walk over the bridge to Cumberland Park if they are not planning to attend the game; visit www.parkitdowntown.com for great parking locations.

“The Travelin’ McCourys & Friends” FREE show on Sunday, Sept. 23 is hosted by Bluegrass Underground & Music City Roots for IBMA, and is co-sponsored by BBC (Bluegrass Brewing Company).

More About IBMA’s World of Bluegrass
IBMA’s World of Bluegrass, which includes the genre’s Business Conference, International Bluegrass Music Awards show and Fan Fest, takes place from Monday, Sept. 23 through Sunday, Sept. 30. Dozens of groups will showcase each evening on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, Sept. 24-26, and more than 60 of the best bluegrass bands from around the world will take the stage at Fan Fest Friday-Sunday, Sept. 28-30. The International Bluegrass Music Awards will take place Thursday night, Sept. 27 at the Ryman Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

For more information on World of Bluegrass, including tickets to the International Bluegrass Music Awards, Fan Fest and the many activities of the week, visit www.ibma.org, join IBMA’s Facebook group, or call 615-256-3222 (888-GET-IBMA). Tickets will be on sale at World of Bluegrass Registration, located at the main entrance of the Nashville Convention Center, Sept. 24-29. Awards Show tickets are also available from the Ryman box office at (615) 889-3060 or http://www.ryman.com/event/detail/ibmaawards12.html.

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