The New Bluegrass Music Hall Of Fame & Museum

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The Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum

New Facility

Opening October 2018


The Museum was launched by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) in the early 1990’s but is now a separate organization with an independent Board of Trustees.  However, both organisations remain aligned and work closely together as evidenced by the work to exhibit and market the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame…an institution owned by the IBMA in Nashville.

Sam Bush

Located on the Ohio River in downtown Owensboro Kentucky, Listening Through The Lens visited the Hall of Fame & Museum.  Executive Director Chris Joslin gave a terrific insight into the facility back in 2016, forecasting the new building and great plans for expanding its reach.  

Well, we are just about to experience this exciting development.  The opening will take place on October 18 to 20 weekend. 

The first event in the new building takes place on Thursday October 18 in the state-of-the-art, 450-seat Woodward Theatre and centers on the IBMA special Hall of Fame induction class of Vassar Clements, Mike Seeger, Jake Tullock, Allen Shelton, and Joe Val.  This special evening will feature performances by current Hall of Fame members as well as other artists paying homage to those who shaped bluegrass music.  Due to the nature of this event, attendance is by invitation only.

Secondly, Kentucky native Sam Bush headlines the first public event in the Woodward Theatre on Friday 19, which has already sold out.  Much like one of his influences, Bill Monroe, Bush is an innovator and continues to push the boundaries while tipping his hat to those who blazed the trail before him.

Finally, on Saturday 20, there will be a free day of music on the Outdoor Stage.  Called “Downtown ROMP,” it will include performances High Fidelity, Front Country, Town Mountain, and headliner Yonder Mountain String Band.  A capacity crowd of 1,500 is expected.  This is also the first day the general public may tour the new museum.

This new facility coould prove irrestible to resist.  A perfect stopover on a future Listening Through The Lens music tour – maybe 2019?  It is a truly beautiful part of the world.



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Read about the new Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum

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Author: Rob Dickens

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