26th Annual International Bluegrass Awards to be Live Streamed by Music City Roots Thursday Night

26th Annual International Bluegrass Awards to be Streamed Live Online by Music City Roots

SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction, WUNC TV to Also Carry Live Broadcast 

Thursday Night’s Show at Raleigh’s Duke Energy Center Will Feature Performances by the Earls of Leicester, Del McCoury Band, Hot Rize, The Gibson Brothers, Larry Sparks,

Steep Canyon Rangers with Edie Brickell, Flatt Lonesome, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Balsam Range, and an all-star closing jam. 

IBMA AwardsThursday night’s 26th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards will be live streamed online by Music City Roots on their website,www.musiccityroots.com. This is in addition to the live broadcast on SiriusXM Satellite Radio (Bluegrass Junction) which was previously announced, as well as the live broadcast throughout North Carolina by WUNC-TV. Sponsors making this possible include Acceptance Auto Insurance, BMI, Compass Records, Deering Banjos, and the International Bluegrass Music Museum and Mountain Home Music Company. The show will be hosted by The Gibson Brothers and begins at7:30 p.m./EDT and takes place at Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center in Raleigh, N.C. Awards are voted on by the professional membership of the IBMA.

“We’ll be airing highlights from the show in this fall’s APT series, but there’s something magical about the live experience,” said Music City Roots Executive Producer John Walker. Some moments only happen once in a lifetime, like the Tony Rice speech in 2013. We’re so thankful to the folks at Acceptance Insurance for stepping up and making this possible.”

IBMA Executive Director Paul Schiminger added, “We are excited to once again partner with Music City Roots to offer live online streaming of the IBMA Awards Show. While there is nothing like being there in person, it is great to have online viewing available for those fans who can’t be Raleigh for this spectacular evening of musical celebration.”

In addition to the Awards Show, IBMA’s World of Bluegrass event – presented by Chiesi USA – consists of: the IBMA Business Conference, September 29 – October 1; Wide Open Bluegrass, presented by PNC, October 2-3 (which includes both free stages and ticketed festival performances) and the Bluegrass Ramble, an innovative series of showcases, taking place September 29 – October 1 in various Raleigh venues.


IBMA – the International Bluegrass Music Association – is the professional trade organization for the global bluegrass music community. The organization’s six-year stay in Raleigh is the result of a partnership with The Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau, The Raleigh Convention Center, PineCone – The Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, the City of Raleigh and a local organizing committee.

Limited tickets to the Awards Show remain and those wishing to obtain Awards Show tickets, Bluegrass Ramble Showcase passes, IBMA Business Conference registration, tickets for the ticketed portion of Wide Open Bluegrass (which takes place at Red Hat Amphitheater) and hotel reservations should go to IBMA’s website, ibma.org for additional details and pricing information.

A complete list of nominees, this year’s Hall of Fame inductees, and the recipients of the Distinguished Achievement Award can also be found at www.ibma.org.


Official hashtags: #WOB, #IBMA, #Raleigh


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