Tuesday, May 12, 2020
– The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) announced the first round of Official Showcase Artists, including Special Consensus and Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys, for the IBMA Bluegrass Ramble coming to Raleigh, N.C. from Sept. 29-Oct. 1.
Artists named were:
Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves
Becky Buller Band
Jussi Syren And The Groundbreakers
The Arcadian Wild
The Kody Norris Show
Wayne Taylor and Appaloosa
"We believe this year's IBMA World of Bluegrass will be more important for our industry than ever, and the IBMA team is working hard (from home, of course) to produce an event that will be a key part of our industry's recovery effort. The events remain as scheduled as we build plans for live and/or virtual formats, depending on what is allowed and prudent for the health of our community," said IBMA Executive Director Paul Schiminger.
These artists were selected by the IBMA Showcase Selection Committee from a competitive pool of applicants from all over the world, with the goal of presenting the broad spectrum of styles, regions and personalities who represent bluegrass today.
Additional showcase artists will be announced later in June.
"The event remains scheduled for Sept. 29-Oct. 1. However, we are aware that a return to normal operations remains uncertain, and we are monitoring measures and recommendations issued by government and health officials," said Schiminger.
The IBMA Bluegrass Ramble is one element of IBMA World of Bluegrass, which is Sept. 29-Oct. 3.