The Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum’s 18th annual ROMP Festival was held on 15th to 18th September this year. Visitors from over thirty USA states traveled to attend the four-day music festival held at Yellow Creek Park in Owensboro, Kentucky. ROMP Festival serves as the primary fundraising event for the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum, which is a nonprofit organization.
Headlining the festival were Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, Robert Earl Keen, Hall of Fame member Sam Bush, Sarah Jarosz, and The Infamous Stringdusters, who closed out the main stage on Saturday night. Also appearing were Dan Tyminski, legendary guitarist Tommy Emmanuel, Balsam Range, The Lil Smokies, Sister Sadie, and Watchhouse among others.
ROMP Festival is a vital event for the community and region. After postponing in 2020, it was amazing to hear live music again at Yellow Creek Park and to welcome ROMP fans for this year’s event. It takes a small army of volunteers, staff, vendors, and sponsors to produce the festival, and we’re grateful to everyone who works tirelessly to make it happen – Chris Joslin, executive director Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum.
ROMP attendees began arriving on Wednesday, 15th September to set up RV and tent camping sites throughout the 150-acre Yellow Creek Park. Two stages were utilized for performances including the Main Stage and the Jagoe Homes After Party Stage. A trolley was provided by Visit Owensboro to shuttle attendees to points of interest including the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum, Green River Distillery, and downtown Owensboro hotels.
Festival attendees made the trek to ROMP and the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum from thirty-four states. ROMP is a community event, supported by over two hundred volunteers, sixty sponsors, and countless partnerships. Typically held in late June, ROMP 2022 dates have not been announced yet. More details regarding next year’s festival will be released soon.