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Re: “IBMA loves Raleigh. The city should ask for more.

Currin brought a music festival to Raleigh, called Hopscotch Music Festival, which is almost all indy rock, certainly not a terribly diverse lineup for a festival that calls itself a "music festival." When IBMA came to Raleigh, it blew Hopscotch and every other event that takes places downtown completely out of the water. I don't know that it is a coincidence that Currin resigned his position with Hopscotch right after IBMA came to town. He clearly has no idea what bluegrass is or what it's about and seems to be rather bitter about IBMA being so successful. Ignorance and anger are a bad combination.
I just hate that he wrote this article for a publication that had a burning banjo on the cover and the headline reads, "IBMA - Hot or Not?" with tens of thousands of people who came from all over the world to Raleigh to attend IBMA and support the music. It doesn't reflect well on Raleigh and I don't think it's at all representative of what most people in Raleigh think about IBMA.
I'd also like to add that nobody ever mentions the fact that most of the musicians who get on stage at IBMA are unpaid. Our expenses are not paid for and we don't get paid to perform. Bluegrass musicians aren't in the music business to make money. Most have well more than enough talent to make money playing other music but we choose bluegrass because we love it. We go to IBMA because it's like a family reunion. I don't know of any other genre that has what we have in the way of a pure love of the music, a brother/sisterhood, a great willingness to support the IBMA as an organization and an active approach to encourage young folks to carry on the tradition. Those are the reasons why IBMA has been, is and always will be successful.

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Posted by Julie Elkins on 10/05/2015 at 1:21 AM

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