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Back Again, Brown County Hosts Big Four-Day Bluegrass Bash, September 20-23

September 12, 2017

Still going strong after more than four decades, Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival returns to Brown County, September 20-23. The legendary bluegrass bash is back for a 43rd year, featuring four full days of entertainment. Taking place at the “home of bluegrass music” itself, over 30 bands will take the stage, delivering show-stopping performances. The fest also will include vocal, music, and instrument workshops, around-the-clock jam sessions, camping, food, and the induction of Tony Rice into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame.

Named after the Father of Bluegrass, this festival will pay tribute to the late great Bill Monroe, while also showcasing some of the top bluegrass performers of today. Held at Bill Monroe’s Music Park & Campground, this festival’s unique venue is unlike any other around. With its relaxed atmosphere and rustic surroundings, Monroe’s “Mecca of Bluegrass,” provides the perfect locale for the festival and for celebrating some of the best in bluegrass.

Festival-goers can expect to see many world-class performers throughout the bluegrass bonanza, such as The Boxcars, Flatt Lonesome, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Blue Mafia, Ronnie Reno & The Reno Tradition, Tommy Brown & County Line Grass, The Grascals, Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, Larry Sparks & Lonesome Ramblers, Tommy Sells & Big Country Bluegrass, and more.

Tony Rice also will be inducted into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame, which was established in 1984. Hand-picked by Monroe, inductees began to be added to the Hall of Fame for their substantial and enduring contributions to bluegrass music, a tradition that continues to this day despite Monroe’s death in 1996.

Perhaps the most influential living acoustic guitar player in bluegrass, progressive bluegrass, newgrass, and flattop acoustic jazz, Tony Rice is this year’s esteemed inductee.

In addition to outstanding performances, the festival also will feature vocal, music, and instrument workshops, as well as food, vendors, camping, and more. Not to mention ongoing jam sessions, a guaranteed bonus that always can be found at Bill Monroe’s Music Park & Campground.

Tickets for the festival range from $25 - $35 for daily tickets and $130 for four-day festival passes. Each festival ticket includes admission to the Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Country Star Museum, a tour of Uncle Pen’s Cabin, plus all vocal, music, and instrument workshops. Camping and ticket reservations can be made by calling 812-988-6422.

Honor music legend Bill Monroe as you enjoy world-class bluegrass in Brown County, September 20-23. For more information on the Bill Monroe Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival, including tickets and a complete lineup of performers, please visit or call 812-988-6422.

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