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Santa Cruz Declares December 4th as Bill Monroe Day

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Bill MonroeThe father of bluegrass music, Bill Monroe, is honored with a new annual holiday in Santa Cruz County, California. December 4th is now officially "Bill Monroe Day." Santa Cruz Mayor Ryan Coonerty will be at the Digital Music Factory to make the declaration of Bill Monroe Day. For tickets, visit

Bill Monroe would have been 100 years old September 13, 2011. Across the globe, there have been celebrations and honors bestowed on the man who brought us bluegrass music. This honor by Santa Cruz County adds to the significance of this great artist.

Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys created a unique American musical genre as a blend of other styles but with an all-acoustic instrumental band with Earl Scrugg's three-finger rolling banjo, Lester Flatt's rhythm guitar and G-runs and of course, Bill's mandolin. Bluegrass refers to Bill's home in the Bluegrass State of Kentucky.

Honoring this day will be one of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys, Peter Rowan and his band. The second performance of the day will be bluegrass music artists Rob Ickes and Jim Hurst at Don Quixote's in Felton.

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