Bobby Hicks, Harris Brothers and Kruger Brothers Headline North Carolina Stage at Wide Open Bluegrass

Raleigh, N.C. (September 21, 2018) —The North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and the North Carolina Arts Council have teamed up to present the North Carolina Stage at the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival Friday, Sept. 28 and Saturday, Sept. 29 in downtown Raleigh.

The North Carolina Stage, located on Davie Street, will focus on musicians and groups that exemplify why North Carolina plays such a large role in shaping the bluegrass sound and the story of traditional music in America.

The North Carolina Stage is one of six stages and 100 bands that will be featured during the two-day free festival. Concerts for the stage start at 12:15 p.m. and conclude at 11 p.m. on both days.

“The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources is proud to present musicians from the Blue Ridge Music Trails for a fifth year as part of the Wide Open Bluegrass festival,” said Susi Hamilton, secretary of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. “These musicians are examples of why North Carolina plays such an important role in shaping the story of traditional music in America.”

The N.C. Arts Council, an agency of DNCR, documents and helps sustain musical traditions from bluegrass to African American as a way to connect citizens and visitors to the unique artistic practices that have flourished over generations in communities across the state, according to Wayne Martin, executive director of the N.C. Arts Council.

Wide Open Bluegrass, presented by PNC, is part of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s five-day World of Bluegrass event in Raleigh, September 26-30. The N.C. Arts Council partnered with PineCone to curate the Davie Street Stage.

North Carolina Wide Open Bluegrass Stage:

Friday, Sept. 28:

12:15-1 p.m.                Piney Woods Boys

1:30-2:15 p.m.             Kinney Rorrer & The New North Carolina Ramblers

2:45-3:30 p.m.             Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road

4-4:45  p.m.                 Hank, Pattie & The Current

5:15-6 p.m.                  Riley Baugus

6:30-7:30 p.m.             ShadowGrass

8-9:15  p.m.                 Tony Williamson & Friends

9:45-11 p.m.                The Kruger Brothers


Saturday, Sept. 29:

12:15-1 p.m.               Zoe & Cloyd

1:30-2:15 p.m.            The Burnett Sisters

2:45-3:30 p.m.            Dewey & Leslie Brown & The Carolina Gentlemen

4:00-4:45 p.m.            Mark Kuykendall, Bobby Hicks & Asheville Bluegrass

5:15-6 p.m.                 Jeff Little Trio

6:30-7:30 p.m.            Strictly Clean & Decent

8-9:15 p.m.                 Carolina Blue Band

9:45-11 pm                 The Harris Brothers

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Note: The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area will host a Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina booth as part of IBMA in the Raleigh Convention Center in downtown Raleigh Thursday, Sept. 27 to Saturday, Sept. 29. or


About the North Carolina Arts Council

The North Carolina Arts Council builds on our state’s long-standing love of the arts, leading the way to a more vibrant future. The Arts Council is an economic catalyst, fueling a thriving nonprofit creative sector that generates $2.12 billion in annual direct economic activity. The Arts Council also sustains diverse arts expression and traditions while investing in innovative approaches to art-making. The North Carolina Arts Council has proven to be a champion for youth by cultivating tomorrow’s creative citizens through arts education.