Wide Open Bluegrass Finalizes 2017 Lineup


Raleigh, North Carolina will host The International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) World Of Bluegrass event September 26 – 30. IBMA closes out the event with Wide Open Bluegrass at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater on September 29 – 30 and just confirmed the final lineup.

Lineup additions include Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Steve Martin, Jerry Douglas and Sam Bush’s tribute to The Country Gentlemen featuring Jon Randall, Mark Schatz and Charlie Cushman, The Kruger Brothers with Kontras Quartet, Chatham County Line and Molly Tuttle. The Infamous Stringdusters present the Wide Open Jam, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Hot Rize, The Travelin’ McCourys, The O’Connor Band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and Sierra Hull are among the WOB ’17 acts previously announced. See the graphic below for the final lineup.

Wide Open Bluegrass will be on the only live performance for Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers in 2017. Martin and the band will release The Long-Awaited Album on September 22. The event is a fundraiser for the Bluegrass Trust Fund, which provides direct financial assistance to bleugrass artists and other industry professionals in times of emergency need.

“It seems crazy we can announce the addition of these incredible performers to an already-stellar lineup on the Main Stage of IBMA’s Wide Open Bluegrass Festival, but we are! This Main Stage at the Red Hat Amphitheater will have performances that bluegrass fans cannot see anywhere else,” said Paul Schiminger, Executive Director of the International Bluegrass Music Association in a statement. “Furthermore, this is an important way for fans to help the bluegrass community. Up to 50% of the net proceeds from ticket sales goes to the Bluegrass Trust Fund, a vital 501 (c)(3) organization that provides emergency financial assistance to bluegrass professionals when they need it most. What can be better than enjoying a truly unique weekend of music while helping those who work so hard to make that music?”

Tickets are available via ibma.org.

Daily Lineup For Wide Open Main Stage 2017

Friday, September 29

  • 12:00 pm Molly Tuttle
  • 1:15 pm The Kruger Brothers with Kontras Quartet
  • 3:00 pm Flatt Lonesome
  • 4:00 pm Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
  • 5:00 pm The O’Connor Band featuring Mark O’Connor
  • 6:30 pm Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn
  • 8:30 pm Jerry Douglas and Sam Bush tribute to The Country Gentlemen featuring Jon Randall, Mark Schatz and Charlie Cushman
  • 9:30 pm The Infamous Stringdusters present the Wide Open Jam

Saturday, September 30

  • 12:00 pm Sister Sadie
  • 1:00 pm Chatham County Line
  • 2:00 pm Bluegrass 45
  • 3:00 pm Sierra Hull
  • 4:00 pm Lonesome River Band
  • 5:00 pm Balsam Range
  • 6:30 pm The Travelin’ McCourys
  • 8:00 pm Hot Rize
  • 9:45 pm Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Steve Martin