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Live Documentary Pays Tribute To Father Of Bluegrass - Bill Monroe

By Mandolin Cafe
September 23, 2005 - 6:30 am

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Back to Bean Blossom: The Life and Music of Bill Monroe

Back to Bean Blossom: The Life and Music of Bill Monroe

His name may not be as well-known these days as some contemporary artists, but Bill Monroe, the "Father of Bluegrass" who died in 1996, continues to have a profound impact on countless musicians and fans around the world, especially in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Local mandolinist and producer Mike Butler explains, "Monroe's influence on many forms of music and on people from all cultures, is undeniable. That's why we are presenting this live, staged documentary on November 18, 2005 at the Basile Theatre, Indiana History Center."

Butler's show, "Back to Bean Blossom: The Life and Music of Bill Monroe," will feature live performances of fifteen of Monroe's songs, several visuals, and a narration of Monroe's life story. Part of the program also focuses on the story of Monroe's thriving music park located in Bean Blossom, Indiana.

"We're lucky," adds Butler, "to have three members from Bill Monroe's band, The Blue Grass Boys: Roger Smith, Vernon McQueen, and Dwight Dillman." Along with Monroe's former band mates and Butler himself, the show will also include performances from bluegrass musicians Aaron Law, Talmadge Law, Homer Pass, and Joe Toole. The narrators include one of Monroe's friends, Colonel Jim Peva, as well as Cary Fields and Sam Goldsberry.

Items from The Bill Monroe Museum in Bean Blossom will also be on display at the Basile Theatre, Indiana History Center, on Friday, November 18, 2005, starting at 7:30 pm.

The Indiana History Center is located at 450 West Ohio Street in Indianapolis. Admission is $17.00 for adults ($13.00 for IHC members) and $10.00 for students and children. Produced in conjunction with The Indiana Historical Society, Sounds of Indiana Concert Series, tickets are available by calling: 317-232-1882.

Additional information:

Mike Butler, Producer
1329 E. 111th St.
Indianapolis, IN. 46280

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