Produced by the International Bluegrass Music Museum, the Bluegrass Hall of Fame book takes a biographical look at all inductees from 1991-2014. Hardbound with glossy pages full of rare and historical photographs, the book details the musical history of all of the inductees into the Hall of Fame. Co-authored by museum historians Fred Bartenstein and Gary Reid, this book will be an absolute treasure for bluegrass fans. Get your copy today and support the museum! Click here for more details.
Live at the Museum: Old Salt Union
Owensboro, Ky. — The International Bluegrass Music Museum will kick off the 2015 season of their benefit concert series on Thursday, February 26th with the Illinois based bluegrass group, Old Salt Union.
Tickets are available online (www.bluegrassmuseum.org) or by calling the museum – 270-926-7891. Doors open at 6:30 pm CST, the show will begin at 7:00 pm.
Monies raised from this concert series help the museum continue their efforts to preserve and honor the legacy of bluegrass music including music educational programs, general museum operating expenses, the Video Oral History Project (VOHP) and artifact collection efforts.
“We first heard Old Salt Union play at Henderson’s Bluegrass in the Park last August. We haven’t missed a chance to hear them in Evansville and Nashville. They pull you right up onto the edge of your seat – if not all the way to your feet as they play. Although they play the standard Bluegrass instruments, they take it teasingly to the edge and back again with syncopation, melodies, and mastery of their strings. They are coming right here to Owensboro on February 26 at the Bluegrass Museum. Don’t miss a chance to hear this up and coming group in your own back yard. There’s a bonus. After you hear them, their music will stay in your head for days!” – Dr. Roger Humphrey, Museum Supporter
When: Thursday, February 26th Doors open at 6:30, Show starts at 7:00
Where: International Bluegrass Music Museum, 117 Daviess St. Owensboro, KY
Tickets: $12.50 each
Additional Info: A cash bar will be available. Beer and wine is NOT included with your ticket purchase.
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The International Bluegrass Music Museum will begin the Spring Semester of lessons on February 7th, 2015. Lessons will continue every other Saturday through June 27th when the students will perform on stage at ROMP. The cost per student is $70, and $35 for each additional family member. Instruments offered include guitar, fiddle, mandolin and banjo. Parents are encouraged to take lessons with their children. We welcome all ages and skill levels. A loaner instrument is included in the fee, if needed. Sign up here!
Gabrielle Gray Shifts to ROMP Festival Executive Producer; Carly Smith Named Interim Director; National Search For New Director Underway
The board of trustees of the International Bluegrass Music Museum today announced an important transition in its administrative leadership that reflects the organization’s rising stature and maturity as a center of preservation and innovation in bluegrass music.
Gabrielle M. Gray, the museum’s chief executive, ends her exceptional 12-year tenure as the museum’s creative leader and retires as executive director. Gray retains her position as Executive Producer of ROMP, the signature bluegrass music festival she founded in 2004. Gray also remains the museum’s primary grant writer.
Carly Smith, a staff member since May 2011 and the museum’s assistant director, will assume the role Interim Director. The museum’s board, chaired by Peter Salovey, the president of Yale University, will conduct a nationwide search for a new executive director.
This is a tremendous convergence of events that strengthens the museum’s work to promote bluegrass music.The shift in leadership responds to Gabrielle’s desire to focus on ROMP and fundraising, giving the museum continuity and keeping her closely connected to the project that has become a signature event in the nation and helped to brand Owensboro as a leading worldwide center of bluegrass music.The leadership transition that starts today comes after months of preparation and follows more than a decade of steady growth in the International Bluegrass Music Museum’s programs and activities, fostered by the close collaboration between Owensboro philanthropist Terry Woodward, the museum’s 21-member board of trustees, and Gabrielle Gray.
Gray’s work to establish Owensboro’s national and global reputation as the center of bluegrass music is most closely identified with ROMP, the annual music festival that attracts the finest bands in bluegrass roots and branches music with over 20,000 people attending during its annual run at the end of each June. The festival’s success is due in large part to the close working relationships Gray formed with the IBMM board’s ROMP committee and her staff, including Carly Smith, whom Gray hired to help manage volunteers and ground activities at the festival and run administrative operations at the museum.Gray leaves her directorship having constructed a strong foundation for future excellence at the museum, including an operating endowment exceeding $1million.”It gives me great pleasure to see how far we’ve come as a museum and as a performing arts entity in our community,” Gray said. “All of our programs have grown by leaps and bounds. Working in close partnership with Carly Smith for the past three years has given me complete confidence in her ability to guide staff and operations at the museum while the Board of Trustees search for a new Executive Director. We have a dedicated Board of Trustees, two of whom – Rosemary Conder and Ross Leazenby – are assisting with this transition.””I am delighted to remain in the leadership coalition of the museum, to write its grants and produce what I and many others consider to be one of the finest music festivals in the world. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than presenting the best musicians in the world in the finest atmosphere at Yellow Creek Park. Nothing makes me happier than experiencing amazing music and sharing it with my local and global community. I want to take this opportunity to thank all the terrific staff at IBMM, and the trustees — especially Terry Woodward — the City of Owensboro, Daviess County Fiscal Court, Kentucky Arts Council, all our granting agencies and foundations, ROMP sponsors, Museum and Center donors, members and supporters, volunteers and attendees – all the thousands of people who have been so instrumental in enthusiastically elevating the bluegrass museum to carry the banner for Owensboro, Kentucky, and for bluegrass music worldwide. All these entities working together have made it possible for ROMP to advance to the position it now holds in the pantheon of great American festivals, and for the International Bluegrass Music Museum to responsibly preserve the history and artifacts of this amazing, international music genre.”
For More Information:
Mike Simpson, Board Vice-Chairman and ED Search Committee Chairman
Carly Smith, IBMM Interim Director
Gabrielle Gray, ROMP Executive Producer
John Prine will be coming to ROMP 2015 in Owensboro, Kentucky. Join us for ROMP June 24-27, 2015. For more ticket info, click here.
The first time he got onstage to perform – at a Chicago open mic night – there was absolute silence. Here comes a guy nobody had ever seen, a mailman from nearby Maywood, and the very first songs he ever sings are miracles, songs like “Hello In There” and “Angel from Montgomery.” But this stunned silence spelled disaster to Prine. “They just sat there,” he said. “They didn’t even applaud, they just looked at me. I thought, `Uh oh. This is pretty bad.’ I started shuffling my feet and looking around. And then they started applauding and it was a really great feeling. It was like I found out all of a sudden that I could communicate deep feelings and emotions. And to find that out all at once was amazing.”
That one night changed his life. The club-owner offered him a gig, and from that moment on he quickly became one of Chicago’s most beloved local heroes, a guy who would honor the Windy City with as much love and grace as Studs Terkel and Carl Sandburg. Prine soon befriended another local hero, Steve Goodman, and with Goodman he met the world. Kris Kristofferson heard his songs, helped him land a record deal, and soon everyone knew what Chicago already did, that Prine was the real deal.
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