IBMA Announces Momentum Awards Nominees

The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) has announced the nominees for the Momentum Awards. Each artist was chosen by committees through a multi-stage process involving both musicians and music industry leaders.

Nominees include Ricky Skaggs, Mo Pitney, Jim Lauderdale and the Lil’ Smokies. Instituted in 2012, the Momentum Awards were created to recognize both musicians and bluegrass industry professionals who have contributed to the advancement bluegrass music.

“One of the distinctive features of the bluegrass world is that the peak years of careers are often measured in decades, even as we welcome an abundance of new artists and industry professionals into the ranks,” Jon Weisberger, IBMA board chair, explains. “So as our top artists and professionals continue to enjoy recognition from their peers through its annual awards, the IBMA’s Board of Directors saw a need to salute some of the best and brightest among those who are closer to the beginnings of their careers, and created the Momentum Awards — noteworthy for including not just singers, pickers and bands, but events or venues and professionals — as a vehicle for drawing attention to their achievements.

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Noam Pikelny Nominated for “Album of the Year” | Grateful Web

Noam Pikelny Nominated for “Album of the Year”Submitted by JP Cutler Media on Thu, 09/18/2014 – 14:45Noam PikelnyGRAMMY® Award-nominated banjo virtuoso Noam Pikelny’s critically acclaimed album, Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe, has been nominated for “Album of the Year” at the 25th International Bluegrass Music Awards, coming up in Raleigh, NC on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. An extremely rare nod for an all-instrumental recording, Pikelny is also nominated for Banjo Player of the Year, and best liner notes. The International Bluegrass Music Awards recognize outstanding achievement and pioneering efforts in the genre as determined by professionals in the bluegrass music industry. Following a performance at IBMA’s “Wide Open Bluegrass” festival on Oct. 4, Pikelny hits the road for two separate tours with some of today’s brightest Americana stars: Stuart Duncan and Aoife O’Donovan. Interviews and hi-res photos are available upon request.

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Pocono Bluegrass and Folk Society Winterfest Tickets on Sale Now

Early Bird Weekend Price only $30 if purchased by November 2nd

15th Annual WinterFest

January 23, 24 & 25, 2015 at the QUALITY INN
1220 W. MAIN ST., STROUDSBURG, PA 18360 – 570.420.1000

Call now to make your reservations early!

Friday Night Shows – TBA and Open Mic in the lounge at the Quality Inn
Friday & Saturday Night – Tiki Bar and Jamming at the pool/atrium
Saturday – Full day of shows on 2 stages featuring:
Dan Paisley & Southern Grass, Chasing Blue
Mama Corn, Chad Darou & Stealing Time
Hillbilly Water, Scott Eager & High Lonesome Sound, Heavy Traffic
Crop Circle Agents, Stained Grass Window, Mail Pouch Express,
Last Small Town, Mason-Dixon Bandits, Homespun Bluegrass

Plus… Children’s Programming with Peter Tawny at Monroe Co. Public Library
A Variety of Instrumental Workshops,
Master Luthier Frank Finnochio, Merchandise Vendors
Evening Bandamonium with Mama Corn

Sunday – Gospel Show followed by a full day of shows in the Lounge
starting with the Bandamonium Contest Winner, Dan Paisley,
Big Valley Bluegrass, The Lost Ramblers, Texas Rose, Without a Paddle

Ticket Prices:
Weekend Early Bird Special $30 by Nov. 2, $35 by Jan. 4
At Door: Weekend – $40, Friday – $10, Saturday – $25, Sunday – $15
For more information, please visit our website at www.poconobluegrass.org.
or contact Pete at 570.856.2545, Neil at 570.994.7305 or John at 570.807-2023
For tickets send a stamped self-addressed envelope to Deb Frey,


Winterfest Tickets
Early Bird Price Available Until Nov. 2nd