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Bela Fleck specializes in putting his banjo-playing into unusual situations, alongside everything from African ensembles to symphony orchestras.

But this fall will find him in more of a traditional setting. The International Bluegrass Music Association has announced Fleck as keynote speaker for its 2014 convention, Sept. 30-Oct. 4 in Raleigh.

"Bluegrass is like the hometown for someone like Bela," said IBMA Executive Director Nancy Cardwell. "Everyone likes to go home to visit and is proud of where they're from. Bluegrass is sort of where Bela is from, and we're happy to have him back anytime he wants to be there."

Fleck was at IBMA's Raleigh convention last year, too, performing with the North Carolina Symphony as well as on the "Epic Collaboration." He'll also play this year's all-star show, billed as "Wide Open Jam," with Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas and other top guns.

But Fleck's most high-profile slot this year will be the keynote speech to kick off the IBMA's business convention on Sept. 30. READ THE FULL News & Observer ARTICLE.


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