The roster of artists performing at Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest, held October 2 and 3 in Raleigh, North Carolina, includes a broad mix of local, national and international bluegrass talent.
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Beloved bluegrass group the Gibson Brothers is celebrating a previously unprecedented feat: with the ascent of their album BROTHERHOOD to the number one spot on Bluegrass Unlimited’s album chart, they become the first band in the chart’s history to reach the top spot over eight consecutive albums.
He's been called a "master performer without an expiration date" by Rolling Stone, "a cultural treasure" by the Los Angeles Times and "undeniably the most important figure in bluegrass music today" by the Chicago Tribune, and at 88 years old, the oldest living member of the Grand Ole Opry, Dr. Ralph Stanley, shows no signs of slowing down.
He recently signed an exclusive booking agreement with the booking giant, New Frontier Touring.
Sponsored by the City’s Office of Raleigh Arts, artist Bland Hoke will install an enhanced version of his “Banjostand,” a popular interactive public art project, for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s 2015 World of Bluegrass.
“Banjostand was one of the most popular aspects of last year’s World of Bluegrass. It’s a testament to how public art can engage community. I look forward to seeing what develops when the installation returns this year!," said Kim Curry-Evans, Office of Raleigh Arts’ public art coordinator.
As part of the upcoming anniversary celebration, a retrospective collection of memorabilia has been assembled by bluegrass historian, Fred Bartenstein with contributions from Phil Zimmerman, Ken Landreth, Sonny Osborne, Tom King, and Historic Fincastle, Inc.
Along with photos and audio recordings made 50 years ago, one of the more interesting items included is the actual performance contract between the festival and Bill Monroe.
Fred Robbins, who has also contributed a few items to the collection has assembled them for all to see on his web site here: http://frobbi.org/audio/fincastle65/