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Owensboro, Kentucky's ROMP (River of Music Party) Set For June 21-23, 2007

By Mandolin Cafe
June 13, 2007 - 8:00 am

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International Bluegrass Museum

International Bluegrass Museum

Owensboro, Kent. — After winning the statewide Dorothy R. Mullins Award of Excellence in the Humanities in 2006, this June 21-23 ROMP is rolling into its 2007 event with a full head of bluegrass steam.

In March, Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher signed a bill (HB-71) declaring Bluegrass the official music of the Commonwealth, and worldwide, Bluegrass music is more popular than ever. So it seems only natural that the International Bluegrass Music Museum would present what is shaping up to be one of Kentucky's premier events of the season: ROMP. "The International Bluegrass Music Museum has opened new doors in sharing Kentucky's music heritage worldwide." said Governor Fletcher.

ROMP takes place in three Owensboro venues. Indoor performances and exhibits are held at the museum, 117 Daviess Street. The Legends Concert takes place June 21 next door at the RiverPark Center's Cannon Hall, 101 Daviess Street. All outdoor performances are held at Yellow Creek Park, 5710 Highway 144.

This museum event will have Owensboro bursting with music all week. Over 30 performances include acts like Grand Ole Opry members Marty Stuart, Del McCoury, and Jesse McReynolds, as well as Bluegrass Legends Byron Berline, Dan Crary, John Hickman, Doyle Lawson, Mike Seeger, Jake Quesenberry, and Butch Waller. Here for their second ROMP appearance are Wade and Julia Mainer. Wade celebrated his 100th birthday on April 21!

ROMP will also include sets by recent chart-toppers Tim O'Brien, Cadillac Sky, The Grascals, Dan Paisley, and Michael Cleveland with additional offerings by female singer/songwriters Adrienne Young and the legendary Hazel Dickens.

Other activities at ROMP include the Bluegrass Masters Film Festival, Bluegrass Legends Concert, new exhibit openings, Bluegrass Hall of Honor plaque unveilings, instrument workshops and a Sunday open house at the museum.

In a substantial commitment to the museum, ROMP and Bluegrass music, Kentucky Educational Television (KET) and Rounder Records will record the entire ROMP event for the nationally televised Jubilee series and for an upcoming DVD release on Rounder.

Advance Ticket prices for a 3-day weekend pass are $50.00 for adults and $30.00 for seniors and students until June 15, when prices change to $60.00 and $35.00. Tickets are available online at or by calling 888-MY-BANJO. Single day passes are available each day at the gate for $25.00.

Profits from ROMP go to fund the International Bluegrass Music Museum's Video Oral History Project (known as VOHP) in which the lives and musical contributions of Bluegrass Music's first generation are preserved in film documentaries that are shown year round at the museum.

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