Last week, from Tuesday night until nearly midnight on Saturday, photographer Willa Stein roamed downtown Raleigh in order to capture the action of the fourth-annual Wide Open Bluegrass and its larger parent event, World of Bluegrass.
These twenty frames capture the diversity of this year’s event, in terms of talent and setting, experience and interest.
Sir Walter in his Banjostand finery at Raleigh Convention Center
Old Salt Union rambles on at The Pour House.
Kaia Kater, an Americana artist from Toronto, played “Shout & Shine: A Celebration of Diversity in Bluegrass.”
The great Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, playing the Merlefest stage at the Vintage Church
The busy halls of Raleigh Convention Center
A prized banjo
A prized mandolin
Award-winning fiddler Michael Cleveland, jamming with friends at the Wide Open Expo
Pickin’ & shoppin’ at the Raleigh Convention Center during World of Bluegrass
Wandering the streets of Wide Open Bluegrass
Singer-songwriter Molly Tuttle
IBMA’s Entertainers of the Year, Earls of Leicester, at Red Hat Amphitheater
The young Moore Brothers Band from Hickory
The Kruger Brothers and The Symphony of the Mountains play “Spirit of the Rockies” at Red Hat Amphitheater
Blues artist Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton in front of the State Capitol on Saturday
Raleigh’s Hank, Pattie, & The Current played a captivating set on Hargett Street Saturday.
Amythyst Kiah is a Southern Gothic, alt-country/blues singer-songwriter from Tennessee. She played outdoors on Davie Street Saturday night.
Billy Strings closing out Saturday night at the Capitol Stage
The view of Wide Open Bluegrass from the top
(Top photo: Front Country’s Melody Walker at World of Bluegrass 2016 )