Bluegrass Today: Day 1 of Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival

BT-300x125Day 1 of the 49th Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bluegrass Festival in Bean Blossom, IN was definitely a success. The world’s longest running bluegrass festival, is held at Bill Monroe Bluegrass Park, a campground and music venue created by the Father of Bluegrass himself. Monroe began holding a bluegrass festival in Bean Blossom in 1966, and that same festival is still held annually, now in its forty-ninth year.

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49th Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival

Advanced Ticket Deadline Approaching for the 49th Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival

8-Day Event to Feature Performances by the Top Names in Bluegrass Music

June Final-page-1000wThe Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground, nestled in the beautiful hills of Brown County in Southern Indiana, is proud to announce the 49th Annual Bill Monroe’s Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival taking place June 13-20, 2015. The event is the oldest, continuously running bluegrass festival in the world and draws music fans from around the globe.

Camping and Ticket Reservations can be made by calling 800-414-4677. Advanced discounted festival tickets can be purchased online before June 1. They range from $20-$30 for daily tickets and only $155 for all 8 days. Juniors 13-16 years old save $5 off per day and Children 12 & under are Free. Admission includes: the Bluegrass Hall of Fame Museum and Uncle Pen’s Cabin Tour; free traditional bean supper on Tuesday; Bill Monroe Sunset Jam on Friday; daily Music Workshops; free “mater” sandwiches with James King on Friday; and the Worship Service with Brother John Bowman on Sunday.

The Bean Blossom Bluegrass Youth Boot Camp, now in its 10th year, is led by Sarah Wasson and is sponsored by the Central Indiana Bluegrass Association. When the students complete their 15 hours of instruction, they hit the Bean Blossom main stage for what is always a spectacular performance and certainly one of the highlights of the week.

SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction radio host Kyle Cantrell, the legendary Tommy Lamb, and the infamous Sam Jackson will serve as Emcees for the festival. Sound will be provided by Tom Feller & J&R Productions.

It is no wonder the park has become known as the “Mecca of Bluegrass Music.” The 49th Annual Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival will feature over 70 band performances by the biggest names in bluegrass music. The line-up includes:

Adkins & Loudermilk
Audie Blaylock & Redline
Balos Family
Becky Buller
Country Gentleman Tribute Band
Blue Highway
Blue Mafia
Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top X-Press
Brother John Bowman
Bull Harman
Chris Jones & Night Drivers
Crowe Brothers
Crowe, Lawson, Williams
Dailey & Vincent
Dale Ann Bradley
Danny Paisley & Southern Grass
Darrell Webb Band
David Davis & Warrior River Boys
Delta Reign
Detour
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Dr. Ralph Stanley & Ralph II
Eddie & Martha Adcock
Feller & Hill & Bluegrass Buckaroos
Flatt Lonesome
Grasstowne
James King Band
Jeanette & Johnny Williams
Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome
Jesse Gregory & Faultline
Jesse McReynolds & Virginia Boys
Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers
Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice
Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show
Kenny & Amanda Smith
Kevin Pratter Band
Kody Norris & Watauga Mountain Boys
Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time
Larry Efaw & Bluegrass Mountaineers
Larry Gillis & Swampgrass
Larry Sparks & Lonesome Ramblers
Larry Stephenson Band
Little Roy & Lizzy Show
Marty Raybon & Full Circle
Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
Monroe Crossing
Moron Brothers
Nightflyer
Punches Family
Raymond Fairchild & Maggie Valley Boys
Remington Ryde
Reno & Harrell
Rickey Wasson Band
Ronnie Reno & Reno Tradition
Special Consensus
Spinney Brothers
Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle
Tennessee Mafia Jug Band
The Boxcars
The Grascals
Tim Graves & Farms Hands
Tommy Sells & Big County Bluegrass
Tommy Brown & County Line Grass
Volume Five
Wildfire
Wildwood Valley Boys

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INDY STAR: How bluegrass music blossomed in Brown County

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Bean Blossom in northern Brown County is home to one of the most important institutions in bluegrass music — the Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival. Every June, about 20,000 fans of the oldest continuously operating bluegrass festival in the United States gather for eight days at the Bill Monroe Music Park and Campground in Bean Blossom. They come to listen to more than 65 top bluegrass performers, while amateur musicians experiment with their own versions of the music they love.

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40th Annual Bill Monroe Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival

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Dwight Dillman Set For Induction into Bluegrass Hall of Fame

The 40th Annual Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival will be held September 24-27, 2014 at the Bill Monroe Memorial Bluegrass Music Park & Campground in Brown County, Indiana. The 4-day event includes a stellar line-up of over 30 bluegrass bands, instrument and vocal workshops, jam sessions, camping, food, vendors, and fellowship. Tickets can be purchased by phone (800) 414-4677 or at www.beanblossom.US.

The Bean Blossom Hall of Fame committee reflects a minimum of 50 people who have an intimate knowledge of the bluegrass genre. This year they have selected Dwight Dillman as this year’s Hall of Fame Inductee. Dillman, from Peru, Indiana, worked as one of Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys in 1974 playing banjo. In 1998, he purchased the Brown County Jamboree Park from James Monroe and renamed it Bill Monroe Memorial Music Park and Campground. Since then, he has made significant improvements to the park that plays host to numerous festivals and events every year. One of those major events is the the Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival – recipient of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) Bluegrass Event of the Year Awards in 2000 and 2013. Dillman has received other recognitions throughout his career, including being named Bluegrass Promoter of the Year by SPBGMA.
This year’s line-up for the 40th Annual Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival includes some of the top names in bluegrass music:

Wednesday, September 24
11:00 – 12:00 Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome
12:10 – 1:25 Little Roy & Lizzy Show
1:35 – 2:50 Feller & Hill
3:00 – 4:15 Larry Stephenson Band
4:15 – 4:45 SUPPER BREAK
4:45 – 6:00 Chris Jones
6:10 – 7:25 Spinney Brothers
7:35 – 8:50 Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice
9:00 – 10:15 The Boxcars

Thursday, September 25
10:00 – 11:00 Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
11:05 – 12:00 Wildwood Valley Boys
12:05 – 12:40 Melvin Goins
12:45 – 1:15 Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome
1:50 – 2:55 Kenny & Amanda Smith
3:00 – 4:00 Dale Ann Bradley
4:00 – 4:30 – Bluegrass Parkway from Australia will be performing during the SUPPER BREAK
4:30 – 5:30 Randy Waller
5:35 – 6:35 Larry Efaw
6:45 – 7:55 Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
8:00 – 9:15 The Grascals
9:20 – 10:35 Marty Raybon
10:40 – 11:40 Grasstowne

Friday, September 26, 2014
11:00 – 12:00 Melvin Goins
12:10 – 1:25 Tommy Brown
1:35 – 2:50 Farm Hands
3:00 – 4:15 James King Band
4:15 – 4:45 SUPPER BREAK
4:45 – 6:00 Paul Williams & The Victory Trio
6:10 – 7:25 Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press
7:35 – 8:50 Ralph Stanley II
9:00 – 10:15 Flatt Lonesome

Saturday, September 27, 2014
10:00 – 11:15 Tommy Brown
11:20 – 12:35 American Drive
12:45 – 1:55 Tommy Sells
2:00 – 3:15 Ronnie Reno
3:20 – 4:35 Karl Shiflett & The Big Country Show
4:35 – 4:50 HALL OF FAME INDUCTION – Dwight Dillman
4:50 – 5:20 SUPPER BREAK
5:20 – 6:35 Larry Cordle
6:40 – 7:55 Larry Sparks
8:00 – 9:15 Jesse McReynolds
9:20 – 10:35 Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

The Legendary Tommy Lamb and George Riddle will be the emcees for the event. Sound will be provided by Tom Feller Sound. Each festival ticket includes: admission to the Bluegrass Hall of Fame, Country Star Museum and Uncle Pen’s cabin tour, plus all music and instrument workshops. There will be plenty of food concessions and merchants. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the fun. Shows take place rain or shine.

The 40th Annual Bill Monroe Hall of Fame & Uncle Days is sponsored by: Dillman Furniture and Hope River Entertainment.

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48th Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival June 12-21, 2014

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Over 75 Bands Set to Take the Stage During 10 Day Festival

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The Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival, winner of the 2013 International Bluegrass Music Association’s IBMA Bluegrass Event of the Year Award, will hold their 48th annual festival June 12-21, 2014. This world famous event, known as the longest continuous running bluegrass festival in the world, will take place at the Bill Monroe Memorial Bluegrass Music Park & Campground in Bean Blossom (Brown County), Indiana.

The 10-day festival includes a stellar line-up of the top names in bluegrass music. During the festival, over 75 bluegrass bands will take the stage along with the participants of the Youth Bluegrass Boot Camp. Music fans can also take part in instrument and vocal workshops, jam sessions and enjoy camping, food, vendors, and so much more. Tickets can be purchased by phone (800) 414-4677 or at the park’s website: www.billmonroemusicpark.com.

The 48h Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival line-up includes:

Thursday, June 12, 2014
Dailey & Vincent, Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, Chris Jones & The Nightdrivers, Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, Little Roy & Lizzy Show, Feller and Hill & The Bluegrass Buckaroos, Flatt Lonesome, and the Price Sisters.

Friday, June 13, 2014
Rambling Rooks, Dale Ann Bradley, Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome, Dry Branch Fire Squad, The Roys, Grasstowne, Larry Gills & Swampgrass, and the Hart Brothers.

Saturday, June 14, 2014
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Bill Yates, County Clare, Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome, Larry Stephenson Band, Darrell Webb, Larry Gillis & Swampgrass, and Tommy Sells & Big Country Bluegrass.

Sunday, June 15, 2014
Travelin’ McCourys, The Whites, Detour, Blue River, Remington Ryde, Lonesome Meadow, Breaking Grass, Kody Norris & Watuaga Mountain Boys, Balos Family, and Pastor Baggett.

Monday, June 16, 2014
Nightflyer, Danny Paisley & Southern Grass, David Davis & Warrior River Boys, Glenville State College, Raymond Fairchild & Maggie Valley Boys, Farm Hands, Kody Norris & Watuaga Mountain Boys, and Remington Ryde.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 – TRADITIONAL BEAN SUPPER
The Boxcars, Kenny & Amanda Smith, Town Mountain, Randy Waller & Country Gentlemen, Jesse Gregory & Faultline, Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show, Moron Brother, Phillip Stemetz, and a special performance by the Youth Bluegrass Boot Camp.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Lonesome River Band, Special Consensus, Audie Blaylock & Redline, Ronnie Reno & Reno Tradition, Wildwood Valley Boys, Gentlemen of Bluegrass, Martha & Eddie Adcock, Lost and Found, and the Reno & Smiley Tribute Show.

Thursday, June 19, 2014
The Grascals, Marty Raybon & Full Circle, Crowe Brothers, Special Consensus, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Adkins & Loudermilk, Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain, Larry Efaw & Bluegrass Mountaineers, and Joe Mullins & Radio Ramblers.

Friday, June 20, 2014 – TRADITIONAL SUNSET JAM
Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top X-Press, Ralph Stanley II, Paul Williams & Victory Trio, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, James King Band, American Drive, Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain, Tommy Brown & County Line Grass, and Spinney Brothers.

Saturday, June 21, 2014
Larry Sparks & Lonesome Ramblers, James King Band, Cumberland Highlanders, Tommy Brown & County Line Grass, Jesse McReynolds & Virginia Boys, American Drive, Stars of Tomorrow, Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie, Volume Five, and Primitive Quartet.

Sam Jackson and the legendary Tommy Lamb will emcee the event. Sound will be provided by Tom Feller and J&R Productions. Electrical Engineering will be provided by Pete Peters.

The Bill Monroe Music Park is located at 5163 SR 135N, Bean Blossom, Indiana 46160. For more information including purchasing tickets, directions, complete performance and workshop schedule, please visit: www.billmonroemusicpark.com or www.beanblossom.US.

The 48th Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bluegrass Festival is sponsored by Dillman Furniture and Hope River Entertainment.

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Line-Up for 40th Annual Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days – Sept 24-27, 2014

Wednesday, September 24
11:00 – 12:00 Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome
12:10 – 1:25 Little Roy & Lizzy Show
1:35 – 2:50 Feller & Hill
3:00 – 4:15 Larry Stephenson Band
4:15 – 4:45 SUPPER BREAK
4:45 – 6:00 Chris Jones
6:10 – 7:25 Spinney Brothers
7:35 – 8:50 Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice
9:00 – 10:15 The Boxcars

Thursday, September 25
10:00 – 11:00 Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
11:05 – 12:00 Wildwood Valley Boys
12:05 – 12:40 Melvin Goins
12:45 – 1:15 Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome
1:50 – 2:55 Kenny & Amanda Smith
3:00 – 4:00 Dale Ann Bradley
4:00 – 4:30 – Bluegrass Parkway from Australia will be performing during the SUPPER BREAK
4:30 – 5:30 Randy Waller
5:35 – 6:35 Larry Efaw
6:45 – 7:55 Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
8:00 – 9:15 The Grascals
9:20 – 10:35 Marty Raybon
10:40 – 11:40 Grasstowne

Friday, September 26, 2014
11:00 – 12:00 Melvin Goins
12:10 – 1:25 Tommy Brown
1:35 – 2:50 Farm Hands
3:00 – 4:15 James King Band
4:15 – 4:45 SUPPER BREAK
4:45 – 6:00 Paul Williams & The Victory Trio
6:10 – 7:25 Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press
7:35 – 8:50 Ralph Stanley II
9:00 – 10:15 Flatt Lonesome

Saturday, September 27, 2014
10:00 – 11:15 Tommy Brown
11:20 – 12:35 American Drive
12:45 – 1:55 Tommy Sells
2:00 – 3:15 Ronnie Reno
3:20 – 4:35 Karl Shiflett & The Big Country Show
4:35 – 4:50 HALL OF FAME INDUCTION
4:50 – 5:20 SUPPER BREAK
5:20 – 6:35 Larry Cordle
6:40 – 7:55 Larry Sparks
8:00 – 9:15 Jesse McReynolds
9:20 – 10:35 Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

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Video: Interview with Bill Monroe

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2014 John Hartford Memorial Festival Line-up Announced

steamboat-headerThe John Hartford Memorial Festival has released another line up for the 2014 festival, happening May 29-31 at Bill Monroe’s Music Park & Campground in Bean Blossom, IN. Joining the initial line up of Peter Rowan, Pokey LaFarge, and Pert Near Sandstone will be Jamie Hartford & Friends, Danny Barnes, Larry and Jenny Keel, Mike Compton, The HillBenders, Leroy Troy, Bawn in the Mash, Rumpke Mountain Boys and many more. New to the festival will be Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, The Haunted Windchimes, Scenic Roots, Julia Belle Swain Band, Old Salt Union, The Crunchy Western Boys, Sloppy Joe, The Downtown County Band, andMaria Carrelli.

Heading into its fourth year, the John Hartford Memorial Festival is on a mission to preserve and continue the legacy, music, and ideals of John Hartford; one of America’s most beloved songwriters, performers, and musicians. “I’m thrilled to be a part of honoring John’s memory and to bring life back into the songs he crafted,” said Mike Compton.

“I think John’s passion for sound and lyrics has been felt for decades, and has altered the path of string band music,” Compton continued. “He’s sort of the granddaddy of this Jamgrass scene. There’s an awful lot of his repertoire in the bedrock of the scene, from before the Aereo-Plain album to the present. John would be thrilled to know this festival is going on. Shoot, I reckon he does,” he said.

Grammy and IBMA award-winning recording artist Mike Compton has achieved a worldwide reputation as one of the modern masters of bluegrass mandolin. He has recorded with Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys, and made music with John Hartford, recording a half-dozen records and touring extensively with him until John’s death in 2001. “Working for John for a half dozen years wasn’t always easy, but it was a growing experience for me that has shaped a lot of what I do now,” Compton concluded.

The John Hartford Memorial Festival is a 3-day, family-friendly music festival that takes place in scenic southern Indiana. The park offers cabin rentals, shaded camping, electric hook ups for RVs, hot showers, a fishing pond, playground, golf cart rentals and more, and is conveniently located near Brown County State Park. Campground and campfire acoustic pickin’ is encouraged and a usual sighting around the festival.

New to next year’s festival will be John Hartford Storytelling. John’s friends will share their memories and stories with the audience. While this informally happens every year, it will be an organized event held under the Boogie Tent at specific times. There will also be a Chompdown pitch-in breakfast with live music on Friday, May 30 from 10 am – Noon for all to participate in, and a Children’s Tent with planned activities. Pickers and players are encouraged to participate in the Old-Time Fiddling Contest and the John Hartford Songwriting Contest with cash prizes and more.

Three-day tickets for the 4th Annual John Hartford Memorial Festival are on sale now at a discounted price of $75. Camping and cabin rentals are additional and paid separately. For a limited time, they are offering an exclusive, groundbreaking ticket special where you pay $25 (non-refundable down payment) upfront, and pay the remaining balance by May 1, 2014. That’s an unprecedented deal that won’t be sticking around long. Festival ticket prices go up to $100 on January 1.

Order your tickets today to get the discounted price! Visit the website for further details and tickets. www.johnhartfordmemfest.com

2014 John Hartford Memorial Festival Line-up:

Peter Rowan
Pokey LaFarge
Pert Near Sandstone
Jamie Hartford and Friends
Larry and Jenny Keel
Danny Barnes
The HillBenders
Rumpke Mountain Boys
Bawn in the Mash
Mike Compton
Leroy Troy
Horseshoes and Hand Grenades
Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys
The Haunted Windchimes
Wil Maring and Robert Bowlin
Scenic Roots
The Henhouse Prowlers
The Downtown County Band
Eric Lambert & Friends
Julia Belle Swain Band
Ryan Spearman and Kelly Wells
Flatland Harmony Experiment
Deep Fried Pickle Project
Crunchy Western Boys
Betse Ellis
Colin O’Brien
New Old Calvary
The Whipstitch Sallies
Alex Riffle & the Stiff Riffs
Hickory Robot
Whiskey Bent Valley Boys
Sloppy Joe
Old Salt Union
The Worley Boys
Huckleberry Green
Ray Lawrence Jr
Maria Carrelli
White Lightning Boys
Cluster Pluck

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Myron Dillman

Myron Dillman, 79, of Peru, IN, the father of Dwight Dillman, owner and operator of the Bean Blossom Bluegrass festivals, passed away on Sunday, November 3, 2013. Mr. D’s arrangements: Viewing is Thursday, November 7 from 1-7pm. Funeral is Friday, November 8 at 10am at Flowers Leedy Funeral home in Peru, IN. “Mr. D”, as Ralph Stanley called him, was a fiddle player and long-time bluegrass fan. The Bean Blossom festivals will never be the same again without Mr. D. watering the dusty roads, delivering ice to the fans, and making appearances on stage to play fiddle with Ralph and the Clinch Mountain Boys. May he rest in peace. Our sincerest sympathy to his family and his many friends.

Jim Peva

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