Support the International Bluegrass Music Museum and have a wonderful weekend June 25-28 at beautiful Yellow Creek Park in Owensboro!
Go to rompfest.com for line-up, camping info and tickets.
Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer ROMP articles:
(Thanks to M&I for opening these articles about ROMP up to the public – no subscription required)
Thursday: Campers are ready to ROMP
Friday: A laid-back affair
Saturday: Skaggs, fans love old-time bluegrass
Tuesday July 1: ROMP crowd likely topped 20,000 for third year
Tuesday July 1: The People of ROMP (video)
Related articles requiring a M&I subscription:
Saturday: Bluegrass center final design unveiled
The long-awaited premiere of a powerful new documentary produced by the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, KY takes place at 9:00 PM EDT on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 on Kentucky Educational Television.
POWERFUL: Bill Monroe Remembered tells the poignant, riveting story of Ohio County, KY native Bill Monroe, Father of Bluegrass Music, through the remembrances of dozens of his “Blue Grass Boys,” the name given to the 161 sidemen and women who, at various times, were members of his band from the 1940s until his death in 1996.
Portions of this documentary were first shown at the museum’s Bill Monroe Centennial Celebration on the anniversary of Monroe’s 100 birthday, September 13, 2011. Prominent bluegrass musician Pete Wernick, a/k/a Dr. Banjo, attended the celebration and wrote this description of POWERFUL for the bluegrass community:
“The movie “Powerful“, about Bill Monroe, made its debut right on Bill’s 100th birthday, and it is a truly awesome and amazing piece of work. The meat of the 2-hour film is beautifully shot and edited stories from his stunning cavalcade of sidemen… including Earl Scruggs, Jimmy Martin, Bobby Hicks, Jack Hicks, George Shumate, Peter Rowan, Del McCoury, Byron Berline, Glen Duncan, Bill Keith, James Monroe, Lamar Grier, and on and on.
“These men were at their ease, very-well recorded, telling it like it was, and the subject matter and editing makes the time just fly by, as a deep and rich portrait emerges of the cross-eyed child who could lift a 1000 pound log, kick a mule in the jaw with “the sound of an exploding watermelon”, scare the devil out of his musicians, and melt your heart with a kind word or act, or soulful song.
“This movie, by Joe Gray of Louisville, KY, is no less than a masterpiece in my opinion, with very high cinematic values, deeply insightful, and beautifully woven — probably the best movie ever about bluegrass.”
POWERFUL actually had its genesis as far back as 2003. In September of that year, in a clearly time-dated and historically impactful project, the International Bluegrass Music Museum launched its Video Oral History Project to professionally record the histories of the living members of bluegrass music’s 1st and early 2nd generations. In so doing, the museum created an archive of a vastly under-documented segment of our nation’s cultural heritage by filming in-depth, first person interviews conducted by knowledgeable historians. Many of the interviews were augmented with concert footage.
Midway through the Video Oral History Project’s process, it became apparent that the Blue Grass Boys’ remembrances about Bill Monroe had not been captured for posterity and would be lost forever if immediate action was not taken to record their histories. This loss would have been a travesty, since “bluegrass” is one of a scant handful of original American music genres, and as such, is an integral part of our nation’s cultural heritage. The pioneering members of the genre contributed to the shaping of the sound and its popularity in lands far and wide. Their influence on acoustic music in the 20th Century has since led to the establishment of bluegrass communities throughout North America, Japan, Europe, Russia, Australia, and elsewhere. This worldwide bluegrass community is currently estimated in the tens of millions and growing exponentially as the genre opens wide to its roots and branches.
The museum therefore set out to create a definitive document that would tell Mr. Monroe’s story in a way in which it had never before been told. POWERFUL: Bill Monroe Remembered, takes the viewer back to the early days of bluegrass music through the stories of those who lived it. What emerges is a powerful and enduring portrait of one of America’s most important musical creators.
After its premiere on KET, the International Bluegrass Music Museum will show POWERFUL: Bill Monroe Remembered on each day of its upcoming festival, ROMP, June 25-26-27-28.
See KET schedule info for Powerful: Bill Monroe Remembered including rebroadcast of this special at other times.
For more information, call 888 MY BANJO.
This includes the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro.
FRANKFORT, Ky. — Thirteen Kentucky museums will offer free admission to active military members and their families this summer as part of the Blue Star Museums initiative.
A collaboration of the Department of Defense, the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and thousands of museums nationwide, the Blue Star Museum program was started five years ago as a military appreciation effort aimed at connecting military families to cultural resources in communities where they’ve moved or are based.
“The Blue Star Museum initiative is a special way for Kentucky military personnel to spend time with their friends or family in a unique setting,” said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. “The growing list of participating museums provides a chance for visitors to explore not only fine art but also music, science and local history in the Commonwealth.”
Currently, participating Blue Star Museums in Kentucky are:
- Kentucky Museum, Bowling Green
- Eloise B. Houchens Center, Bowling Green
- Historic RailPark & Train Museum, Bowling Green
- Behringer-Crawford Museum, Covington
- Aviation Museum of Kentucky, Lexington
- Frazier History Museum, Louisville
- Historic Locust Grove, Louisville
- Muhammad Ali Center, Louisville
- Kentucky Gateway Museum Center, Maysville
- International Bluegrass Music Museum, Owensboro
- Owensboro Museum of Science and History, Owensboro
- Hopewell Museum, Paris
- East Kentucky Science Center, Prestonsburg
The official window for free admission at Blue Star Museums runs from Memorial Day, May 26, through Labor Day, Sept. 1.
For information about Kentucky’s participation in Blue Star Museums, see the Arts Council announcement.
Thanks to Samson Grisman for curating our Winter/Spring 2014 Concert Series this season. And huge thanks to the following bands for bringing their talent to the museum’s devoted audiences:
January 12, Colin O’Brien
January 24, Vickie Vaughn Band
February 7, Head for the Hills
February 24, Foghorn String Band
March 16, Don Stiernberg Trio
April 17, Bradford Lee Folk and the Bluegrass Playboys
May 2, Missy Raines Band
May 22, Scott Simontacchi
The doors to the International Bluegrass Music Museum are closed except by appointment in the months of January and February. During this typically slow visitor season, staff produce 28 All-School Bluegrass Assembly Programs, twice-monthly Concerts, Saturday Lessons every other week, and prepare for ROMP, new exhibits, and a busy spring, summer and fall touring season.
Please call 270-926-7891 if you want to visit the museum; we are happy to schedule your tour.
Jam sessions take place on the first Thursday of the month year ’round.
October 29th: the museum receives the 2013 Governor’s Award for Community Arts.
From the Kentucky Arts Council press release above:
Community Arts Award – In 1985, the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, Ky., began to develop — and has since maintained — an environment in which people of all ages can discover the richness of bluegrass music. The museum is the world’s only facility dedicated to the history and preservation of bluegrass music, an important chapter in Kentucky’s musical songbook. Through its exhibits and displays, special events including a video oral history project and the overwhelmingly popular ROMP Festival that attracts thousands of visitors from across the globe, the museum ensures the living legacy of bluegrass music continues.
More details about why the International Bluegrass Music Museum has fostered community involvement and is so deserving of this award is available on the Kentucky Arts Council website for the awards. News about the ceremony and recipients of other 2013 Governor’s awards is also on the awards page.