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City of Raleigh Announces Return of Banjostand for 2015 World of Bluegrass

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Sponsored by the City’s Office of Raleigh Arts, artist Bland Hoke will install an enhanced version of his “Banjostand,” a popular interactive public art project, for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s 2015 World of Bluegrass, brought to you by Chiesi USA. World of Bluegrass runs from Sept. 29-Oct. 3 in Raleigh. Installation of “Banjostand” begins Sept. 26.

“Banjostand,” made from hundreds of castoff banjo parts provided by Deering Banjo to create a bandstand, will be located at the Bruno Lucchesi sculpture of Sir Walter Raleigh at the Cabarrus Street end of the Raleigh Convention Center. Enhancements for 2015 include augmented lighting and a prop shop, with a photographer on site several hours each day to photograph participants in costume. A #Banjostand contest will be a key component of the project. Use the hashtag to send photo greetings to fellow bluegrass fans on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, and your photograph could earn you a prize.

“Banjostand was one of the most popular aspects of last year’s World of Bluegrass,” said Kim Curry-Evans, Office of Raleigh Arts’ public art coordinator. “It’s a testament to how public art can engage community.  I look forward to seeing what develops when the installation returns this year!”

Artist Bland Hoke creates high-impact site-integrated artwork throughout the United States using reclaimed and recycled materials. His environmentally conscientious approach is emboldened by a continually expanding knowledge of how to find, acquire and work with post-use metals, fabrics, equipment and cast-offs from industry. He is a 2002 graduate of Parsons The New School for Design in New York City with a master’s degree in transdisciplinary design. He received his bachelor’s degree from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, where he graduated magna cum laude in 2007. He resides in Long Island City, N.Y.

World of Bluegrass is an annual bluegrass music homecoming that consists of four parts: The IBMA Business Conference (Sept. 29-Oct. 1), the 26th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards (Oct. 1), PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass (Oct. 2-3, including both the free Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest and ticketed performances at Red Hat Amphitheater), and the Bluegrass Ramble (Sept. 29-Oct. 1). World of Bluegrass events will take place in Downtown Raleigh and at the Raleigh Convention Center. For more information about all the World of Bluegrass activities happening during the week, visit ibma.org; for complete information about the Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest, presented by PNC, visit wideopenbluegrass.com.

The International Bluegrass Music Association is the professional trade organization for the global bluegrass music community. The organization’s six-year stay in Raleigh is the result of a partnership with the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau; the Raleigh Convention Center; PineCone, the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music; the City of Raleigh; and a local organizing committee. 2015 heralds the third year for the presentation of World of Bluegrass in Raleigh.

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The Office of Raleigh Arts supports and promotes the arts in Raleigh by administering the programs of the Raleigh Arts Commission and the Public Art and Design Board and supporting the Pullen and Sertoma arts centers. The Office of Raleigh Arts is part of the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department.

For more information, contact Kim.curry-evans@raleighnc.gov or the Office of Raleigh Arts at 919-996-3610; or visit the City of Raleigh’s website at www.raleighnc.gov.

About PineCone: Founded in 1984, PineCone, the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, presents more than 30 roots music concerts per year in a variety of indoor and outdoor venues, many of which are free to the public. PineCone also produces the annual Wide Open Bluegrass festival, presented by PNC, in collaboration with the IBMA, the City of Raleigh, the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Raleigh Convention Center, and a local organizing committee. PineCone also promotes area jam sessions, offers bluegrass camps for youth, a musicians’ opportunities e-newsletter, and more. The PineCone Bluegrass Radio Show on WQDR 94.7-FM has been on the air for 26 years.

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