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Wide Open Bluegrass Festival presented by PNC [clear filter]
Friday, October 2
 

10:00am

40 Years of Special Consensus

Room 306A (RCC)

Come celebrate 40 years of Special Consensus with members from the band. Hear stories, music and insight from current band members about what it has taken for a band to last for so many years.



Friday October 2, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Raleigh Convention Center

10:00am

10:00am

The Winding Stream

The Winding Stream is the tale of the dynasty at the heart of American country music.

Director: Beth Harrington
Cast: Johnny Cash, George Jones, Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and more



Friday October 2, 2015 10:00am - 11:35am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 205

11:00am

11:00am

11:30am

Blue Highway

Friday October 2, 2015 11:30am - Saturday October 3, 2015 12:30am
Red Hat Amphitheater

11:45am

Something to Crow About

In the heart of coal country in rural south-east Australia, a group of 14 men gather once a month to play old time and bluegrass music at a local pub. In the wake of the worst natural disaster in the country's history, their music takes on a new meaning for the people of the picturesque Strzelecki Ranges, strengthening bonds and galvanizing a devastated community.

Director: Sebastian Broadbent



Friday October 2, 2015 11:45am - 11:55am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 205

12:00pm

12:05pm

Give Me the Banjo

In 2011, PBS broadcast Marc Fields’ feature-length Give Me the Banjo, a history of America’s quintessential instrument from its African roots to the present.  Narrated by Steve Martin, it featured performances and commentary from Pete Seeger, Earl Scruggs, Bela Fleck, Mike Seeger and the Carolina Chocolate Drops. 

Director: Marc Fields
Cast: Steve Martin, Pete Seeger, Earl Scruggs, Bela Fleck, Mike Seeger, Carolina Chocolate Drops



Friday October 2, 2015 12:05pm - 1:35pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 205

12:45pm

1:00pm

Where did it Come From? Where Will it Go?

Room 305A/B
Presenter: Joe Craven

 
Joe Craven will discuss the development of Bluegrass through the ever evolving lens of folk music and it's process. There is no innovation that does not rest on a bedrock of tradition. How do we bridge the path of musical innovation without compromising the rich traditional heritage that brought us all to Bluegrass?



Friday October 2, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center

1:00pm

Endorsement Deals: Facts and Tools

Room 306A (RCC)

Presenter: Tom Spaulding, D’Addario and Co.

 

Tom will be discussing the new realities of endorsement deals, using Social Media as a marketing tool and other Artist Relations topics.



Friday October 2, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center

1:00pm

1:45pm

Fanning the Fire

Fanning the Fire is a vibrant documentary short that features a young Texas teen that followed his dreams from being a fan of bluegrass music all the way to opening for some of the greatest entertainers in the business – in less than three years.

Director: David Seay
Cast: Lucas White, Dan Tyminski, J. D. Crowe, Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, Adam Steffey, Claire Lynch, Didley Connell, and others



Friday October 2, 2015 1:45pm - 2:05pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 205

2:00pm

Forty Years of Rounder 0044: How J.D. Crowe & The New South Changed Bluegrass Music

Room 305A/B
Moderator: Daniel Mullins, Classic Country Radio, Bluegrass Today
Panelists: Ken Irwin, Rounder; Fred Bartenstein, historian; Tim Stafford, Blue Highway, Appalachian State University; John Lawless, Bluegrass Today; Plus: Special Guests?!

 

In 1975, J.D. Crowe & The New South recorded one of the most influential bluegrass albums of all time. The self-titled release is known to most simply by its stock number: 0044. The New South lineup at this time is pointed to as one of if not the most talented band lineup in history. When J.D. Crowe, Tony Rice, Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Douglas, and Bobby Slone recorded their only studio album, they had no idea that forty years later, it would be pointed to as a defining moment in bluegrass’ history. This session will look at the impact and historical significance on the legendary album, and why it is still one of the most loved and most mysterious bluegrass records, forty years after its release. In addition to the panelists below, some surprise guests may contribute as well. 



Friday October 2, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center

2:00pm

2:00pm

2:15pm

Revival: The Sam Bush Story

Sam Bush pioneered a new genre of music and inspired some of the world’s most famous bands and accomplished musicians. Yet for countless potential fans, the “Father of Newgrass” remains an unknown legend.

Director: Kris Wheeler and Wayne Franklin
Cast: Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, Sierra Hull, Alison Krauss, John Oates, Chris Thile, Avett Brothers, Emmylou Harris, Ricky Skaggs, Del McCoury, Jeff Hanna, Peter Rowan, Greensky Bluegrass, The Sam Bush Band, David Grisman, Steep Canyon Rangers, among others.



Friday October 2, 2015 2:15pm - 4:25pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 205

3:00pm

3:30pm

4:00pm

4:35pm

The Last Barn Dance

Randy Lewis knows that losing his dairy business would mean losing his livelihood – his farm is limping along through an economy that has decimated most other family farms in Alamance County – but Randy is most worried about losing his way of life and ending a family heritage that has hosted nearly 50 years worth of barn dances.

Director: Ted Richardson, Jason Arthurs
Cast: Randy Lewis, The Doc Branch Band, The Terry Family



Friday October 2, 2015 4:35pm - 5:10pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 205

5:00pm

5:00pm

5:20pm

The Mountain Music Project: A Musical Odyssey from Appalachia to Himalaya

The Mountain Music Project: A Musical Odyssey from Appalachia to Himalaya follows the journey of two traditional musicians from their roots in the hills of Virginia to the mountains of rural Nepal, where they explore the extraordinary connections between Appalachian and Himalayan folk music and culture, particularly with the traditional musicians of the Gandharba caste.

Director: Jacob Penchansky



Friday October 2, 2015 5:20pm - 6:20pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 205

6:00pm

6:15pm

6:30pm

A Kentucky Treasure: The Osborne Brothers Story

A Kentucky Treasure: The Osborne Brothers Story is a chronological video biography of Bobby and Sonny Osborne as told in their own word through many hours of interviews and music clips. 

Director: Russ Farmer
Cast: Bobby Osborne, Sonny Osborne, Former Band Members, Eddie Stubbs



Friday October 2, 2015 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 205

7:00pm

7:45pm

8:10pm

David Holt's State of Music

David Holt has spent his life learning and performing traditional American music. It has taken him from the most remote coves of southern Appalachia to the bright lights of TV studios and the Grand Old Opry stage.

Director: Deni and Will McIntyre
Cast: David Holt, Bryan Sutton, Josh Goforth, Rhiannon Giddens, Bruce Molsky, Wilbur Tharpe, Lena Mae Perry, Balsam Range



Friday October 2, 2015 8:10pm - 9:10pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 205

9:30pm

 
Saturday, October 3
 

10:00am

David Holt's State of Music

David Holt has spent his life learning and performing traditional American music. It has taken him from the most remote coves of southern Appalachia to the bright lights of TV studios and the Grand Old Opry stage.

Director: Deni and Will McIntyre
Cast: David Holt, Bryan Sutton, Josh Goforth, Rhiannon Giddens, Bruce Molsky, Wilbur Tharpe, Lena Mae Perry, Balsam Range



Saturday October 3, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 205

11:00am

11:00am

50 Years After Fincastle: Celebrating Carlton Haney and the First Multi-Day Bluegrass Festival

Room 305A/B

Please join us as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1st multi-day bluegrass festival held in Fincastle, VA and the legacy of Carlton Haney! We are excited to share never-before-seen materials from the Carlton and Charles Haney Collection from Appalachian State University and rare footage from the International Bluegrass Music Museum, showcasing Fincastle's influence on today’s bluegrass festival culture. Attendees will hear from experts on the event and experience a special, one-of-a-kind recreation of "The Story" featuring a surprise set of performers! This will be one celebration you do NOT want to miss!



Saturday October 3, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
Raleigh Convention Center

11:00am

11:10am

A Kentucky Treasure: The Osborne Brothers Story

A Kentucky Treasure: The Osborne Brothers Story is a chronological video biography of Bobby and Sonny Osborne as told in their own word through many hours of interviews and music clips. 

Director: Russ Farmer
Cast: Bobby Osborne, Sonny Osborne, Former Band Members, Eddie Stubbs



Saturday October 3, 2015 11:10am - 12:40pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 205

11:30am

12:00pm

12:45pm

12:50pm

The Mountain Music Project: A Musical Odyssey from Appalachia to Himalaya

The Mountain Music Project: A Musical Odyssey from Appalachia to Himalaya follows the journey of two traditional musicians from their roots in the hills of Virginia to the mountains of rural Nepal, where they explore the extraordinary connections between Appalachian and Himalayan folk music and culture, particularly with the traditional musicians of the Gandharba caste.

Director: Jacob Penchansky



Saturday October 3, 2015 12:50pm - 1:50pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 205

1:00pm

Vintage Instrument Tasting with Tony Williamson and Special Guests

Room 304

 

Join Tony Williamson as he introduces vintage instruments rare enough to make a collector drool. Williamson will be bringing in special guests to talk about the unique instruments and will have them pick a little, too. Come join the fun!



Saturday October 3, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 304

1:00pm

2:00pm

2:00pm

2:00pm

2:00pm

The Last Barn Dance

Randy Lewis knows that losing his dairy business would mean losing his livelihood – his farm is limping along through an economy that has decimated most other family farms in Alamance County – but Randy is most worried about losing his way of life and ending a family heritage that has hosted nearly 50 years worth of barn dances.

Director: Ted Richardson, Jason Arthurs
Cast: Randy Lewis, The Doc Branch Band, The Terry Family



Saturday October 3, 2015 2:00pm - 3:05pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 205

3:00pm

3:15pm

Revival: The Sam Bush Story

Sam Bush pioneered a new genre of music and inspired some of the world’s most famous bands and accomplished musicians. Yet for countless potential fans, the “Father of Newgrass” remains an unknown legend.

Director: Kris Wheeler and Wayne Franklin
Cast: Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, Sierra Hull, Alison Krauss, John Oates, Chris Thile, Avett Brothers, Emmylou Harris, Ricky Skaggs, Del McCoury, Jeff Hanna, Peter Rowan, Greensky Bluegrass, The Sam Bush Band, David Grisman, Steep Canyon Rangers, among others.



Saturday October 3, 2015 3:15pm - 5:25pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 205

3:30pm

4:00pm

5:00pm

5:00pm

Bluegrass Karaoke with Kenny & Amanda Smith & Friends
A fan favorite!   Sign up to sing with the band!  Pick your song, your key and the band will play as you take the stage!  Always a fun time!


Saturday October 3, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Masters Workshop Stage

5:35pm

Fanning the Fire

Fanning the Fire is a vibrant documentary short that features a young Texas teen that followed his dreams from being a fan of bluegrass music all the way to opening for some of the greatest entertainers in the business – in less than three years.

Director: David Seay
Cast: Lucas White, Dan Tyminski, J. D. Crowe, Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, Adam Steffey, Claire Lynch, Didley Connell, and others



Saturday October 3, 2015 5:35pm - 5:55pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 205

6:00pm

6:05pm

Give Me the Banjo

In 2011, PBS broadcast Marc Fields’ feature-length Give Me the Banjo, a history of America’s quintessential instrument from its African roots to the present.  Narrated by Steve Martin, it featured performances and commentary from Pete Seeger, Earl Scruggs, Bela Fleck, Mike Seeger and the Carolina Chocolate Drops. 

Director: Marc Fields
Cast: Steve Martin, Pete Seeger, Earl Scruggs, Bela Fleck, Mike Seeger, Carolina Chocolate Drops



Saturday October 3, 2015 6:05pm - 7:35pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 205

6:15pm

7:00pm

7:30pm

7:45pm

Something to Crow About

In the heart of coal country in rural south-east Australia, a group of 14 men gather once a month to play old time and bluegrass music at a local pub. In the wake of the worst natural disaster in the country's history, their music takes on a new meaning for the people of the picturesque Strzelecki Ranges, strengthening bonds and galvanizing a devastated community.

Director: Sebastian Broadbent



Saturday October 3, 2015 7:45pm - 7:55pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 205

8:05pm

The Winding Stream

The Winding Stream is the tale of the dynasty at the heart of American country music.

Director: Beth Harrington
Cast: Johnny Cash, George Jones, Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and more



Saturday October 3, 2015 8:05pm - 9:40pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 205

9:30pm