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Annual Lloyd Loar’s Hometown Bluegrass Festival June 28

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Lloyd LoarAnnual Lloyd Loar’s Hometown Bluegrass Festival to be held at Marigold Meadows 1212 N. Cedar Street in Lewistown, Illinois. Why Lloyd Loar? Lloyd Loar's parents moved to Lewistown, IL in 1889 when Lloyd was three years old. Lloyd attended Lewistown High School from 1899 to 1903 and began performing in local music programs. Loar went on to study harmony, music theory, orchestration and piano. According to various documents*, Loar returned to his hometown later in life and established an Acoustical Research Laboratory. While Bill Monroe may have been “The Father of Bluegrass", the sound we associate with Monroe’s mandolin came from Lloyd Loar.

As acoustical engineer and instrument designer for Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Manufacturing Co., Loar designed the 1923 Gibson F-5 model which was Monroe’s trademark instrument. Loar’s design and development of the “Master Model” instruments revolutionized the tenor banjo of its day and laid the foundation for Earl Scruggs and Bluegrass music, 20 years later.

Lloyd Loar's legacy lives on. Loar’s contributions to string musical instruments rank among other musical geniuses such as Antonius Stradivari, Orville Gibson, Leo Fender and Christian F. Martin. Today an original Loar mandolin is valued at $175,000 to $200,000 — a true sign of appreciation for the work of this master designer. The result of his years of research and passion for his craft is a legacy of durable instruments and designs that have truly stood the test of time. -

As one of the most fabled names in American instrument making history, we want to dedicate a Bluegrass festival to the memory of Lloyd Allayre Loar. Please join as we continue to make Bluegrass Music history in his hometown!

Lloyd Loar's Hometown Bluegrass Festival will be held annually, the last full weekend in June, having a main focus on promoting scholarships for young Bluegrass Musicians. The inaugural Annual Lloyd Loar’s Hometown Bluegrass Festival takes place June 28, 29 & 30, 2013 at Marigold Meadows, 1212 N. Cedar Street, Lewistown, IL 61542. For additional information, call 641-344-8284 or email

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