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Bluegrass Museum's Bill Monroe Centennial Celebration This Month

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Bill MonroeBy Garian VigilSpeaking of the Bill Monroe Centennial, don't forget that 15 members of the Bluegrass Hall of Fame will perform with their respective bands during the International Bluegrass Music Museum's Bill Monroe Centennial Celebration, September 12, 13 & 14, 2011! The 3-day celebration takes place at the Bluegrass Museum and RiverPark Center's Cannon Hall, next door to the Museum in Owensboro, Ky. There are a ton of events, exhibits and special presentations planned, so be sure to check out the Museum's web site at . And if you're on Facebook, there is a special event page for the Centennial at in addition to the Museum's official FB page at (please "like" it if you haven't yet!). Read on for more info on all of the exciting plans for the Centennial.

Performers include Earl Scruggs, Ralph Stanley, Jesse McReynolds, J. D. Crowe, Bobby Osborne, Eddie Adcock, Tom Gray, Curly Seckler, Everett Lilly, The Lewis Family, Bill Clifton, Doug Dillard, Rodney Dillard, Melvin Goins, and Paul Williams. Special guests include The Dismembered Tennesseans featuring Pioneer of Bluegrass Fletcher Bright, and the only son of Bill Monroe, Mr. James Monroe, with his band.

The Centennial Celebration will feature a legendary reunion of the Pioneers of Bluegrass—musicians who began working before 1960—and the Blue Grass Boys, veterans of Bill Monroe's band over the years. The Pioneers and Blue Grass Boys will perform on stage and interact informally during jams, discussions and as audience members.

During the Centennial Celebration, the museum will premier a 2-hour documentary film featuring the story of Bill Monroe as told by the Blue Grass Boys' remembrances through the decades. An exhibit of the Blue Grass Boys' artifacts will open, as well as an exhibit by photographer and former Blue Grass Boy, Gene Lowinger. The museum will also premier an original musical based on Bill Monroe's life called Young Monroe.

The Bill Monroe Centennial Celebration will take place immediately following the 6th annual Monroe-Style Mandolin Camp, a one-of-a-kind camp devoted to teaching the mandolin performance style of Bill Monroe. The camp takes place September 9-11, 2011 at the International Bluegrass Music Museum. There is an All-Star Faculty Camp Concert at the Museum on September 10, 2011.

For more information about coordinated Centennial Celebration events throughout Kentucky, see the dedicated Web site at created by the Owensboro Daviess County Convention & Visitor's Bureau.

Tickets to the Centennial Celebration are limited to 1,500 and sold in advance by reservation only. Ticket prices are tiered for the three days filled with exclusive events, concerts, exhibits, interviews and field trips. Three-day passes range from $175 to $100. To purchase tickets to this once-in-a-lifetime event, call 270-926-7891 or go online at For those of you in the Owensboro area, there will also be one day tickets available, on a first-come, first-serve basis at the box office on the day of the event.

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