Be sure to join us Friday and Saturday, September 30 – October 1, at the Youth Stage in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, for the IBMA Foundation’s annual Bluegrass College Band Showcase. We are honored to spotlight emerging bluegrass talent from a diverse group of colleges and universities at IBMA’s Bluegrass LIVE festival. Fourteen student bands from seven states have been confirmed to perform.

More information on all details of IBMA’s World of Bluegrass events in Raleigh, NC Sept. 27 – Oct. 1 may be found at

Friday, Sept. 30 – Youth Stage
5:45 p.m. – Colorado College Bluegrass Ensemble, directed by Keith Reed
6:35 p.m. – UNC-Asheville Bluegrass Ensemble, University of N Carolina – Asheville, directed by Wayne Erbsen
7:25 p.m. – East Tennessee State Bluegrass Pride Band, directed by Dan Boner
8:15 p.m. – Denison University Bluegrass Ensemble, directed by Adam Schlenker
9 p.m. – Kentucky School of Bluegrass & Traditional Music Bluegrass Band, Hazard Community & Technical College, directed by Dean Osborne
9:45 p.m. – Tigertown Roots, Clemson University, directed by Ryan Wilson
10:25 p.m. – Belmont University Bluegrass Ensemble, directed by Ryan Joseph

Saturday, Oct. 1 – Youth Stage:
5:15 p.m. – Carolina Bluegrass Band, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, directed by Russell Johnson
6:10 p.m. – Berea College Bluegrass Band, directed by Sam Gleaves
7 p.m. – BJUgrass, Bob Jones University, directed by Dr. Steve Pettit
7:50 p.m. – The Berklee 21st Century String Band, Berklee College of Music, directed by Matt Glaser
8:40 p.m. – Morehead State University’s Mountain Music Ambassadors, directed by Daxon Lewis & Ruth McLain
9:30 p.m. – Warren Wilson Bluegrass Band, Warren Wilson College, directed by Ben Krakauer
10:25 p.m. – TBA

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Photo above: a recent line-up of the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass Pride Band