International Bluegrass Music Museum hosts ROMP festival in Owensboro, Ky.
Posted: Monday, June 7, 2010 12:43 pm
The International Bluegrass Music Museum will host the annual ROMP (River of Music Party) festival June 23-26 at both the museum and at Yellow Creek Park in Owensboro, Ky.
ROMP is the non-profit museum’s biggest fundraising event of the year and all four days are jam packed with music, exhibits, panels and more.
ROMP’s great weekend musical lineup includes Doc Watson, Pete Wernick, Mac Martin & The Dixie Travelers, Claire Lynch, Jack Hicks & Summertown Road, Michael Cleveland, Dailey & Vincent, G2, Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike, Acousticure, Roland White, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Danny Paisley & Southern Grass, the Isaacs, Packway Handle Band and many more.
This year, the IBMM is hosting one of the biggest and most ambitious Pioneers of Bluegrass Gatherings ever attempted. As one of its utmost priorities, this museum has set about discovering, honoring and preserving the art of the musicians who make up bluegrass music’s pioneering generation — namely those who began performing bluegrass before 1960.
In addition to the usual gathering events, such as the Hall of Fame installation and Legends Supper, the IBMM has invited all known living members of the late Bill Monroe’s band, the Blue Grass Boys, to attend. For over 50 years, scores of musicians performed as a Blue Grass Boy with Monroe, who toured worldwide and was a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Advance weekend passes are available for $75 for adults and $50 for IBMM members. Families can purchase a four-day pass for only $150 that includes five members who live under one roof. And there’s free dry camping at Yellow Creek Park. There are also deep discounts for seniors and military personnel. Weekend passes are available only until June 16 through the IBMM’s website or by calling (270) 926-7891 or toll free at 888-MY-BANJO (888-692-2656).
For more information visit http://www.bluegrassmuseum.org/general/romp.php.
The International Bluegrass Music Museum is located at 217 Daviess St., Owensboro, Ky.
Published in The Messenger 6.7.10