Bluegrass Fans Come To Raleigh
Raleigh hosted the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival this past weekend, and by all accounts it was a huge success. Normally held in Nashville this was Raleigh’s first time to hold the festival. The festival ran from Friday September 27 thru Saturday September 28 in Downtown Raleigh mainly on Fayetteville Street and the surrounding venues. There are both paid events and free concerts both days and some of the biggest names in Bluegrass were in town to play.
Raleigh Festivals in The Fall
We went on Saturday when the Carolina weather was at it’s best, sunny and warm, perfect for strolling along listening to bands on some of the free stages set up at Martin St, Hargett St and the kids stage which was a treat, nothing like seeing a 12 year old picking away on a banjo. The great thing about the Bluegrass Festival is the fact that bands and musicians will start an impromptu session in the middle of the street, no microphones, no sound checks just good old banjo picking and mandolins, guitars and the big bass of course.
Bluegrass, BBQ, Dancing & Beer in Raleigh
This year the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival got together with the NC Whole Hog Barbecue Championship and they had their contestants cook all night Friday and the results were on sale Saturday. If that line was too long there was all sorts of food and drinks, ice cream and old fashioned sodas to be had. Obviously getting ready for the State Fair someone was selling Deep Fried Girl Scout Cookies. (I capitalized that so you wouldn’t miss it.)
Some of the acts that came to Raleigh were Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell, Bela Fleck and The Dell McCoury Band to name just a few. In fact there were over 100 bands performing over the course of the two days.
Welcome to Raleigh, Wide Open Bluegrass Festival we look forward to doing it again next year September 30-October 4,2014