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Bluegrass Museum to host American roots duo, Billy Strings and Don Julin



The International Bluegrass Music Museum’s benefit concert series will continue Wednesday May 6, with incendiary American roots duo, Billy Strings and Don Julin.

Doors will open at 6:30 pm with the show beginning at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased online – – or by calling the Museum 270-926-7891.

The performance will be a great precursor to ROMP this June, as the duo is scheduled to perform at the festival on Saturday afternoon.

With just two instruments – guitar and mandolin – and one voice, Strings and Julin have been tearing up stages across America and generating huge buzz based on their intense live shows. Their music taps into the vein of the earliest bluegrass music on their new album, Fiddle Tune X, back when bluegrass was a rough-and-tumble art form pouring out of the Appalachian mountains, made with great virtuosity and huge attitude.

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.

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The Commonwealth of Kentucky commits $5 million to fund the building of new International Bluegrass Music Center

Owensboro, KY – In a press conference Wednesday morning at the Owensboro Convention Center, Governor Steve Beshear announced plans for the state of Kentucky to provide an additional $5 million towards the International Bluegrass Music Center.

Several state and local government officials spoke during the press conference including Representative Tommy Thompson, state Senator Joe Bowen, Mayor Ron Payne, and IBMC committee chairmen, Terry Woodward and Rosemary Conder.

Governor Beshear attributed the partnership of state and city governments to the vision, hard work and planning of the citizens of Owensboro. These funds represent the last of the money needed to begin construction of the Center. Groundbreaking is scheduled for later this summer, with completion expected in 2017.

“A rebirth is underway in Owensboro, today we prove that rebirth continues,” he explained.

“The board is very grateful to the state of Kentucky; in particular, the Governor and elected Representatives for their tremendous support of our organization and the realization of bluegrass music as Kentucky’s gift to the world.” – Rosemary Conder, Chairman of IBMC design committee

In November, 2012, the International Bluegrass Music Museum embarked on the most exciting and challenging project in its 23-year history — to build a new International Bluegrass Music Center. This Center will house an exciting and vastly improved new museum, as well as the International Bluegrass Hall of Fame, a 500-seat state-of-the-art concert hall, an international hall, teaching rooms, a research library, and a rooftop restaurant overlooking the Ohio River.

The City of Owensboro is providing a free 99-year lease to the museum for the prime riverfront property upon which the new Center will be built, as well as contributing $3 million to the project. The property comprises an entire city block at the heart of our newly revitalized downtown area, and is adjacent to our new Convention Center, two new hotels, and our new $64 million waterfront park.

This $15.3 million project will allow IBMM to house the world’s foremost collection of bluegrass artifacts, memorabilia, and music recordings in a safe environment for generations to come.

Bluegrass music is a treasured art form performed in dozens of countries around the world, and the IBMM works daily to preserve this rich and vibrant history through its archival and educational programs.


Governor Steve Beshear addresses the crowd at the Owensboro Convention Center.  (l to r) Senator Joe Bowen, Rep. Tommy Thompson, Mayor Ron Payne, IBMM Co-founder Terry Woodward, and IBMC Design Chairperson Rosemary Conder applaud the announcement to help finance the International Bluegrass Music Center.

2015 Owensboro Mayor’s Gala to Benefit International Bluegrass Music Center

2015 Mayor's Gala

An Evening with Vince Gill & The Time Jumpers

The City of Owensboro is pleased to announce the 2015 Mayor’s Gala “An Evening with Vince Gill and The Time Jumpers” presented by Gulfstream Commercial Services and Envision Contractors on Friday, April 17, 2015.

Following the Owensboro Convention Center Grand Opening Gala in early 2014 there was interest in continuing the tradition of a formal Gala event.  The City of Owensboro and Gulfstream Commercial Services and Envision Contractors have partnered to bring a special night showcasing 20-time Grammy winner, two-time CMA Entertainer of the year and Country Music Hall of Famer, Vince Gill to benefit the International Bluegrass Music Museum.

Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and guests will enjoy ample time to mingle with close friends and business associates while enjoying fine food from more than 14 themed food stations and cash bars throughout the lobby and exhibit hall of the center prior to the start of the show at 8:00 p.m.  Seating is limited and tickets are just $75 per person for the evening.  A limited number of VIP tables are still available for $1,500.  Please visit for information regarding ticket sales.


Bluegrass Hall of Fame Book Now Available

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.  For International orders, click here.


Concert Series

Live at the Museum:  Old Salt Union

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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 ( 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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