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Bluegrass Rambles

Everything you need to know about bluegrass, whatever that is

Ted is an IBMA-nominated music writer who travels to bluegrass festivals with his wife and picks guitar in as many jams as he can.

Bluegrass Rambles

Everything you need to know about bluegrass, whatever that is

Ted is an IBMA-nominated music writer who travels to bluegrass festivals with his wife and picks guitar in as many jams as he can.

World of Bluegrass: How to Plan, Prepare, and Enjoy

     This is about as thorough of a preview as Ted provided. I'm sure He hs been to quite a few. It looks like the first couple of days are mainly for people in the industry or looking to get in the industry. Thursday is awards show day with other stuff happening during the day. If you are a fan with a lot of money, I would reccommend WOB, on Thurs and Fri. You would get to Thurs and Fri where from about noon to ten PM each day, you would get to see about 10 of the best acts in bluegrass each day, about 20 acts in all. For great seats, it is $470 for both days.  I thought bluegrass was a lower paying music trade, well, this is the best acts. The Awards show will be on Sirius this year, which I don't have. A couple of years ago it was on livestream, it is first class.  Well, enjoy.

I suspect that the approach Jim has taken may be the most expensive way to participate in both World of Bluegrass and Wide Open Bluegrass. Explore the ticketing options and become familiar with them. For someone interested in seeing the most music without spending a huge amount of money, I'd recommend a Bluegrass Ramble ticket for the first three days, which would allow you to go to all showcase band presentations, both in the Convention Center and the remote locations. A three day non-member Ramble pass costs $75.00. If you're interested in a big spectacle show, you can attend the Awards Show for as little as $60.00, or take advantage of a number of events continuing in the remote locations. A two day admission to the Red Hat Amphitheater can cost as little as $100.00. While these are lawn "seats," the Amphitheater is rarely filled before the evening gets underway. As is the bluegrass way, you can sit anywhere you wish until the rightful ticket holder appears to claim the seat. Otherwise, the Street Festival with access to the Exhibit Hall during Wide Open is free, and the musical choices are huge. Finally, there are any number of unofficial, but sponsored, shows during the entire week, held in the Marriott hotel meeting rooms. I'm not sure how much attention is paid to wrist bands at these events. However, it's clear that you can have a very fullfilling experience at IBMA for a range from free to $235.00. Lodging and food, or course, are extra.