Last year on September 27th, Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road kicked off the IBMA’s Wide Open Bluegrass Festival here in Raleigh. They were the very 1st band to play in what has become a legendary event. This year Lorraine is kicking things off again, but in a different way. With Hopscotch and the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass bookending Raleigh’s M.A.I.N. Event, and Farm Aid coming to town, the eyes of the world will be on Raleigh in September. The world should, however, take a peek just South of town. While Raleigh is in a frenzy getting ready for September, Lorraine Jordan has quietly put together a series of shows at her newly opened Lorraine’s Coffee House. Several hundred thousand people will converge on Raleigh, but 10 minutes down the road in Garner, over Labor Day Weekend, 90 people will see some of the best that Bluegrass has to offer. The lineup includes The Grascals, Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice and Marty Raybon & Full Circle as well as some of the finest local bands around. Just in case you didn’t know, that’s the 2014 SPBGMA Bluegrass Band of the year, the current IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year and the singer of the current IBMA Gospel Performance of the year, all in one weekend in a coffee shop in Garner. So, while the rest of the world is finalizing their travel plans to Raleigh, I think I’ll just mozie on down the road and join 89 friends for some coffee and great pickin’ at Lorraine’s. Come on down!
Get Out And See It Live!