NASHVILLE – Jamming its way back to the Bill Monroe Music Park for a ninth year, the John Hartford Memorial Festival will showcase some of the nation’s finest Newgrass (or modern folk music), May 29 – June 1 in Brown County! This four-day, family-friendly fest will celebrate the life, music, and legacy of the late, great John Hartford. Dubbed the ‘most laid-back festival in America,’ the John Hartford Memorial Festival will feature over 40 performers on three outdoor stages, campground jamming, children’s activities, workshops, a band contest, songwriters showcase, and more.
A tribute to John Hartford, this festival honors the innovation and talent of a legend. It was Hartford’s unique musical style that paved the way for today’s updated version of bluegrass, better known as “Newgrass” or Americana music. Keeping with John Hartford’s trail blazing spirit, this fest will include performances that are fresh, original, and sure to satisfy.
Festival-goers can expect a stellar line up of performers, including Sam Bush, the Tim O’Brien Band, Della Mae, Great American Taxi, Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands, the Larry Keel Experience, the Rumpke Mountain Boys, The Special Consensus, The Way Down Wanderers, and so many more! With catchy, kooky names and undeniable talent, each and every performance at this fest is sure to be even better than the last. Check out the complete line-up of performers online at www.johnhartfordmemfest.com.
Aside from toe-tapping, get-out-of-your seat performances from mid-day through late evening on the main stages, guests also can expect acoustic jamming to continue 24/7 at the campground throughout the duration of the festival. Let’s not forget about workshops and contests too!
Full four-day festival tickets can be purchased online in advance at www.johnhartfordmemfest.com/tickets for $135 or can be purchased at the gate for $150 (if available). Single-day tickets also can be purchased online, ranging from $45 – $55, or $55 – $65 at the gate while supplies last. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by a paid adult.
Guests are welcome to bring their lawn chairs for the day or opt to camp on site at the beautiful Bill Monroe Campground. Camping through Bill Monroe’s Campground, as well as Dancin’ Dave’s, is not included with the purchase of festival tickets. Brown County Inn also is serving as host hotel for the event, offering a special discount rate for festival-goers. Additional overnight information can be found at www.johnhartfordmemfest.com/camping-and-lodging-info.
For more information on festival activities, including music performances, camping, and tickets, please visit www.johnhartfordmemfest.com.