International Bluegrass Music Association Conference, Awards Show and Fan Fest Underway in Nashville

The International Bluegrass Music Association’s annual convention is in full force this week in Nashville. The World of Bluegrass Week began Monday (Sept. 26) and ramped up Tuesday with a midday concert outside the Ryman Auditorium with the Del McCoury Band and an array of special guests that included Vince Gill, Dierks Bentley and Sam Bush. A full schedule of seminars and artist showcases are scheduled, highlighted by the 22nd International Bluegrass Music Awards set for Thursday night at the Ryman. Hosted by Bush, the show will include performances by many of the nominees, including Balsam Range, the Boxcars, Dailey & Vincent, the Grascals, the Gibson Brothers, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, the Lonesome River Band, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Sierra Hull & Highway 111 and Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers. Bluegrass Fan Fest begins Thursday and continues through Sunday with performances by J.D. Crowe & the New South, Larry Sparks & the Lonesome Ramblers, Peter Rowan, Jesse McReynolds, the SteelDrivers, Dale Ann Bradley and Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, among others. View photos from the Del McCoury Band’s concert.