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IBMM's Bill Monroe Centennial Celebration

By Garian Vigil Publicity
December 13, 2010 - 6:30 pm

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International Bluegrass Music Museum

International Bluegrass Music Museum

Owensboro, Ky. — The International Bluegrass Music Museum (IBMM) is pleased to host the Bill Monroe Centennial Celebration September 12, 13 & 14, 2011, at RiverPark Center located next door to the museum in Owensboro, Ky. The event celebrates the life and 100th birthday of Bill Monroe, popularly known as the Father of Bluegrass Music, who was born in nearby Rosine, Ky., on September 13, 1911.

Tickets to the Centennial Celebration are limited to just 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. Prices range from $175 for orchestra level seating to $100 for second balcony. Call (270) 926-7891 to purchase tickets to this once-in-a-lifetime event.

The Centennial Celebration will feature as many as possible of the Bluegrass Hall of Fame members with their bands in concert, as well as reunions of IBMM honorees 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. Performances by Bluegrass Hall of Fame members Mac Wiseman, J.D. Crowe & The New South, Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press and Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys are confirmed, with many more to come.

During the Centennial Celebration, the IBMM will premier a museum-produced documentary film featuring the story of Bill Monroe as told by the Blue Grass Boys' remembrances through the decades. An exhibit of their artifacts will open, as well. The museum will also premier an original musical based on Bill Monroe's life.

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 the mandolin performance style of Bill Monroe, taking place September 9-11, 2011 at the International Bluegrass Music Museum.

Click map pin for driving directions to International Bluegrass Music Museum, 117 Daviess Street, Owensboro, Kentucky.

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