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Bill Monroes Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival
Bean Blossom, Indiana, USA
Early June
Description
The Mecca of bluegrass music and home of the oldest, continuous running bluegrass festival in the world!

The late great Bill Monroe founded this festival in 1966 as a way to bring his buddies together to play that high lonesome sound he pioneered. The oldest bluegrass festival in the world keeps his memory bright through eight days of the very best bluegrass and country music have to offer. Always boasting the top talents in this genre, the event attracks pickers and grinners (as well as plain old bluegrass lovers) from around the country. While the hillbilly music tradition goes back hundreds of years, it was Monroe, a high-mountain tenor and mandolin player extraordinaire, who made bluegrass into a unique musical form. Its this music that is celebrated all week through the intricate, quick-tempo instrumental and vocal harmonies of small groups of virtuoso musicians.

Since bluegrass is an art form that attracks participants as well as listeners, you just might find as much entertainment in the campground as up on stage. Also featured at the fest are workshops and competitions. Festival organizers invite their guests to visit Uncle Pens Cabin, the spot where Monroe spent his early years. And a Walkway of Stars paves the entry to a museum with Hollywood-style bronze stars for the bluegrass greats. Stop by to learn about the story of bluegrass beginnings and to enjoy the Bluegrass Hall of Fame, which includes innovators like Lester Flatt and Earl Scrugs.

Performers
Over 50 bands during the 8day span. Check website for updated information. Dr. Ralph Stanley & Clinch Mountain Boys, Spinney Brothers, The Grascals, JD Crowe & New South, Goldwing Express, Lonesome River Band, Jr Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Little Roy & Lizzy Show, Larry Sparks & Lonesome Ramblers, Larry Gillis & Swampgrass, James King Band, Ronnie Reno & Reno Tradition, Audie Blaylock & Redline, and many, many, many more great bluegrass bands.
Venue
Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground
Directions
I-65 to exit# 68 Columbus, IN. Go west on SR 46, 15 miles to Nashville, IN. Turn right on SR 135- Bill Monroe Memorial Highway and go 5 miles to Bean Blossom. The park is located on the right a 1/2 block passed SR 45 junction.
Times
10:00 am - 11:00 pm EST
Website
http://www.beanblossom.us
Infophone
800--414-4677
Email
beanblossombg@hotmail.com
 



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