East Tennessee bluegrass quintet Laycee Lee and Granite Station
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The International Bluegrass Music Association is bringing its weeklong convention and awards show to Raleigh for three years, beginning in 2013.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that the association said Wednesday that it's moving the convention and show from Nashvlle.
The World of Bluegrass will come to Raleigh on Sept. 23-29, 2013, for a four-day business conference, an awards show and a fan festival featuring more than 60 acts.
The 2011 convention's events in Nashville drew a reported 16,000 visitors, more than half from out of town. Raleigh city officials project similar figures for next year's event, estimating the local economic impact at almost $10 million.
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