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Bean BlossomJune 2016 is the 50th Annual Bill Monroe's Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival and it's going to be a monster! The initial line up as of 10/9/15 has Del McCoury, Doyle Lawson, Seldom Scene, Larry Cordle, Tommy Sells, Ralph Stanley II, Joe Mullins, Kenny and Amanda Smith, Wildwood Valley Boys, Karl Shiflett, Special Consensus, Spinney Brothers, Band of Ruhks, Punches Family, Darrell Webb, Junior Sisk, and Larry Sparks with more bands to come!

The acoustic music tradition goes back hundreds of years. As in the Appalachian region of the United States, the natives of hilly Brown County, Indiana, have played acoustic string music for generations, but it was a Kentucky native, Bill Monroe, with his high-mountain tenor voice and unique mandolin style, that made bluegrass music what it is today. It was in October of 1951, while performing on the road, that Grand Ole Opry star Bill Monroe traveled to a small town in Indiana called Bean Blossom to perform at the Brown County Jamboree. He fell in love with the area immediately and in December of 1951 decided to purchase the property making it his home away from home.

In June, 1967, at the insistence of promoter Carlton Haney, Bill Monroe held his first two-day bluegrass festival, which he called a Blue Grass Celebration, at Bean Blossom. He brought his musician friends together to play the high lonesome sound he had pioneered. This first festival was held in the Brown County Jamboree Barn and was so well attended that Bill decided to have it annually and to build an outdoor stage to accommodate a bigger audience. In June of 1968, people from all over the country came to hear the Father of Bluegrass and his legendary Blue Grass Boys perform, as well as other top name bluegrass artists and Grand Ole Opry stars. The artists performed on a newly-constructed stage that sat at the bottom of a wooded amphitheater surrounded by loyal bluegrass fans. Festival patrons gathered in the fields, in the woods, at campsites, just about anywhere they felt like, so they could pick and sing the music they loved so much.

Now established as the site of the oldest continuous running bluegrass festival in the world, Bean Blossom’s natural beauty has been enhanced by the careful grooming of the festival grounds. Colorful flower beds exist where none had been before; roads and campsites are named for performers and faithful bluegrass fans; a walking trail is marked where Bill Monroe always took early morning walks around his property; and soon the lake will be equipped with fountains to combat algae and beautify the scenery. The walls of the office, museum, and gift shop are lined with rare historic photographs. Couple all this with top-flight bluegrass talent, which Dillman always books, and you have the formula for a wonderful entertainment experience that you will long remember.

This historic half century event will be a monster! Get ready now and reserve your tickets early. Tickets are available now!!!!

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