Bill Monroe Music Park hosts Bluegrass Festival and Americana Bean Jamboree
Brown County’s Bill Monroe Music Park and Campground hosts its annual Bluegrass Festival, a nine-day camping retreat of music, workshops, jams both in the campground and on stage, and the traditional free bean dinner.
And shortly before the bluegrass comes the three-day Americana Bean Jamboree, June 2-4. See one or both. Camp or not, because you don’t have to camp to participate in the festivities. Campers will find plenty of sites, however, from primitive to those with water and electric hookups for campers of all sizes.
Among the various performances and workshops at the Bluegrass Festival is Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, with a workshop kicking off the festival at 4 p.m. on June 10. A performance by Vincent on the main stage begins at 8 p.m. The Wall Street Journal called Vincent “the new queen of bluegrass.” She uses a crossover style and dips well into the mainstream. Rhonda Vincent & The Rage have won over 100 awards, including Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, and seven Female Vocalist of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association.
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People who attend for a day or two can buy daily festival tickets, so come for a few days or buy a nine-day ticket. Everyone entering the festival site must purchase an entry ticket, with campers required to purchase entry tickets equal to the number of days of their reservation. Children 12 and under enter free.
Musical groups offer both a workshop and a performance and include Terry Baucom’s Dukes of Drive, Southern Wind, Gavin & Ashton – The Johnson Brothers, The Cleverlys, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, 7 Mile Bluegrass, Caney Creek, Deeper Shade of Blue, The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, Donna Ulisse, The Tim Shelton Syndicate, Stoney Creek Bluegrass and Three Rivers Bluegrass Band.
On-site camping is available. Check in on June 1 and enjoy a weekend of live music. Camping reservations are separate from entry tickets. Book a campsite at https://bit.ly/3GpQmR1. For the nine-day festival, management suggests arriving early.
Festival events take place rain or shine; tickets and camping fees are non-refundable.
Americana Bean Jamboree is a separate three-day event in Bill Monroe Music Park from June 2-4 that features an eclectic mix of music, ranging from roots, rock, blues, upbeat bluegrass, country and folk. There will be two stages for music and workshops.
Hogslop String Band will perform on June 4. With a nod to a popular mid-century American nursery rhyme, “Don’t smoke, drink or chew, or run with boys/girls who do”, Hogslop sings their updated version with these lyrics: “I don’t drink or smoke, and I don’t wear a greasy coat.” The band’s roots are in the string band music of yesteryear and their energy suggests wild rock and roll. They have been called “almost punk purists”.
“It only gets weirder from here,” band members often say from the stage. Check out their live video for “Greasy Coat” on YouTube.
Other bands include Della Mae, Flat River Band, Jon Stickley Trio, Georgia Rae Band, Shiny Shiny Black, Mike Martin & The Beautiful Mess, Restless Leg String Band, Veronica Lewis and Kade Puckett.
If you are going to
WHAT: Americana Bean Jamboree and Bill Monroe Bluegrass Festival
WHEN: The Jamboree is June 2-4. Bluegrass is June 10-19. Doors open daily at 10 a.m.
WHERE: Bill Monroe’s Music Park and Campground, 5163 N. Ind. 135 Morgantown; 812-988-6422; www.billmonroemusicpark.com.
TICKETS: Bluegrass Festival, $30 to $315; https://bit.ly/3GpS8l9$ The Jamboree is $45-$150; https://billmonroemusicpark.com/americana-bean-jamboree.