New Guest Performers Announced for the Main Stage at PNC presents WIDE OPEN BLUEGRASS 2019

The star power grows at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater
on September 27-28:

On Saturday, Del McCoury’s star-packed “Delebration” adds Jerry Douglas, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jon Fishman (of Phish), and Sierra Hull to previously announced guest Sam Bush 

On Friday, Balsam Range will be joined by the N.C. State Symphony Orchestra – a collaboration between the Raleigh Civic Symphony and students from the N.C. State University music program – for a special set

Announcement of major music superstar appearance on the
Wide Open Main Stage in two weeks
Limited reserved seating still available


Nashville, TN (September 3, 2019) —Organizers of this year’s PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass, the free weekend festival that takes place at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater and on 7 additional stages in downtown Raleigh September 27-28, revealed additional guest performances for the Main Stage (Red Hat Amphitheater) at this year’s festival:

The critically acclaimed Balsam Range will be joined by a collaboration between the Raleigh Civic Symphony and students from the N.C. State University music program – dubbed the N.C. State Symphony Orchestra – for a special set on Friday night.
On Saturday, bluegrass icon Del McCoury’s Saturday night “Delebration” set will include Jerry Douglas, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jon Fishman (of Phish), and Sierra Hull, joining previously announced guest Sam Bush for a star-studded celebration of McCoury’s legendary career.

Additionally, in two weeks, an announcement will be made concerning a major music superstar who will join the “Delebration” at Red Hat Amphitheater on September 28.

Performances at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater will begin at 5pm each night; they are open to the public for free, but subject to venue capacity.

A limited number of reserved seats in prime sections of the venue are still available for purchase to ensure admittance for every performance.

Paul Schiminger, Executive Director of IBMA, said, “It’s our tradition to have Hall of Fame artists, award-winning artists, and fun special collaborations on the Wide Open Bluegrass Main Stage. Our announcements today check all of those boxes and more. Having the IBMA’s reigning Entertainers of the Year, Balsam Range, on the stage with the N.C. State Symphony Orchestra will be an amazing genre-broadening musical performance. Then, the “Delabration” with Del McCoury is shaping up to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I recommend fans act quickly and not wait until after our next announcement to grab the remaining reserved seats. It’s going to be a blast!

Wide Open Bluegrass will continue to be a fundraising vehicle for the IBMA Bluegrass Trust Fund, which provides direct financial assistance to bluegrass artists and other industry professionals in times of emergency need. To date, the Trust Fund has given more than $800,000 in direct aid.

Wide Open Bluegrass is part of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)’s World of Bluegrass event, brought to you by Chiesi USA and taking place September 24-28 in Raleigh.

PNC returns, for the seventh year, as the presenting sponsor for the two-day Wide Open Bluegrass festival; for the fifth year, Chiesi USA, Inc.- the Cary, North Carolina-based specialty pharmaceutical company – is the principal sponsor of the World of Bluegrass event.

Information about Red Hat Amphitheater limited reserved seating, Bluegrass Ramble Showcase passes, IBMA Business Conference registration, IBMA Award Show tickets and hotel reservations are available at IBMA’s World of Bluegrass website,

This project is supported by Come Hear North Carolina, a program of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and the North Carolina Arts Council. 

WRAL-TV, an NBC affiliate that serves the Raleigh, Chapel Hill and Durham region, is the official media sponsor for the Main Stage performances at Red Hat Amphitheater, as well as for the Wide Open Bluegrass festival.

More info about IBMA’s World of Bluegrass and the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival 

IBMA’s World of Bluegrass, whose Principal Sponsor is Chiesi USA, is a five-day annual bluegrass music homecoming and convention. World of Bluegrass encompasses four events: the IBMA Business Conference, September 24-26; the Bluegrass Ramble, an innovative series of band showcases, taking place September 24-26 in downtown Raleigh and at the Raleigh Convention Center; the 30th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, scheduled for Thursday evening, September 26; and PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass, September 27-28, a two-day festival. Wide Open Bluegrass features the best of the best in bluegrass today, benefiting the IBMA Bluegrass Trust Fund—a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that assists bluegrass professionals during financial emergencies—and introducing the music to thousands of new fans every year.

As in years past, events during World of Bluegrass will take place at the Raleigh Convention Center, the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, the Red Hat Amphitheater and at various venues in town.

Volunteer for Wide Open Bluegrass and other World of Bluegrass events:

Learn more about accessibility efforts that are part of the whole World of Bluegrass, including Wide Open Bluegrass:

The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau reported that last year’s World of Bluegrass events generated $12.7 million in direct visitor spending for that region, with total attendance for the week’s activities estimated to be a record-breaking 223,000 people. Over 220 acts performed throughout the entire week of World of Bluegrass.

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About Chiesi USA
Chiesi USA, Inc. is a specialty pharmaceutical company committed to research, development, and commercialization of innovative products in the areas of cardiovascular, neonatology, respiratory, rare disease and special care therapeutics. Our primary focus is on people: the people we serve in the healthcare community; the people whose lives are touched by our products and services; and the people who work at Chiesi USA, as they strive to build their company, their family and their community. Chiesi USA, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chiesi Farmaceutici S.p.A.

About PNC Bank
PNC Bank, National Association, is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). PNC is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of retail and business banking including a full range of lending products; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. For information about PNC, visit

About IBMA
IBMA – the International Bluegrass Music Association – is the nonprofit professional organization for the global bluegrass music community. The organization’s successful run in Raleigh is the product of their partnership with The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Raleigh Convention Center, PineCone—The Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, the City of Raleigh and a local organizing committee.

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Press Info:            Judy McDonough, JEMMedia
[email protected], (615) 243-5994

General Info:         Abby Lee Hood, IBMA
[email protected] (615) 256-3222

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