ROMP, Bluegrass Roots and Branches Festival will be held from 23rd to 25th June, 2011 at Yellow Creek Park just outside Owensboro, Kentucky. Headlining the event are Steve Martin with the Steep Canyon Rangers, Emmylou Harris, Trampled By Turtles, Carolina Chocolate Drops and Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile.
Adult 3-day passes to this annual fundraising event are on sale in advance for $70 each. Museum members receive a $20 discount. Student 3-day passes are available for $55; active military and senior passes are $60. Three-day passes are sold in advance only. Single-day tickets are $25 and are available both in advance and at the gate. Dry tent camping at Yellow Creek Park is free for 3-day pass holders. For tickets, go to www.bluegrassmuseum.org.
In addition to the artists listed above, the festival line-up includes bluegrass heavy hitters Tony Rice performing with Mountain Heart, The Infamous Stringdusters, Pete & Joan Wernick, Audie Blaylock & Redline, Kenny & Amanda Smith, Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike, Grammy-nominee Sarah Jarosz, IBMA Guitar Player of the Year Josh Williams, The 23 String Band, The Professors of Bluegrass , Loose Cannon Bluegrass Band, Bawn in the Mash, King’s Highway, and the Museum’s own student brigade, the Kentucky BlueGrass AllStars. Showcase bands are yet to be announced.
ROMP 2011 will undoubtedly be its biggest year to date. The expanded program is part of IBMM’s year-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Bill Monroe, Father of Bluegrass Music, who was born and grew to manhood in nearby Ohio County, Ky. The program will feature a wide variety of bluegrass and bluegrass-related genres including old time, Americana and jamgrass.
“We booked non-traditional acts to illustrate the wide range of influence bluegrass music and Bill Monroe have had-and increasingly continue to have-on today’s music culture. We are so fortunate to have these artists coming to the heartland of bluegrass to perform for us – Museum Director Gabrielle Gray.
In addition to the musical line-up, this year’s festival will feature Museum exhibits and a film festival of the Museum’s documentaries on the lives of first generation bluegrass musicians. New to ROMP 2011 are late-night jams. “This year at ROMP we’ll be having all-night jams around a bonfire after the main stage shuts down each night. It’s a great way to make new friends-jamming ’til the sun comes up,” Gray says.
For more information see the IBMM’s web site at www.bluegrassmuseum.org.