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Legendary Bluegrass Bash Slated for September 21-24 in Brown County

September 12, 2016

Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival returns to Brown County for a 42nd year, September 21-24. Taking place at the “home of bluegrass music” itself, this festival will feature four full days of entertainment, including over 40 bands, music and instrument workshops, around the clock jam sessions, camping, food, and the induction of Butch Robbins into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame.

Named after bluegrass trailblazer and legend, Bill Monroe, this festival will honor Monroe’s unprecedented talent and impact on the history of the genre, as well as will showcase 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.

A stellar lineup of performers will take the stage throughout the bluegrass bonanza, including Audie Blaylock & Redline, Band of Ruhks, Blue Mafia, Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top X Press, the Darrell Webb Band, Melvin Goins – Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out, Tommy Brown & Country Line Grass, David Parmley & Cardinal Tradition, and many more.

Butch Robbins also will be inducted into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame, which was established in 1984 by the “Father of Bluegrass” himself. 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.

This year, Butch Robbins will be the esteemed inductee. With over 50 years of playing and composing experience, Robbins is considered one of the "Masters of The 5-String Banjo” and is a true instrumental innovator and explorer.

In addition to outstanding performances, the festival also will feature music and instrument workshops, 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 or $105 for full festival access all four days. Each festival ticket includes admission to the Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Country Star Museum, a tour of Uncle Pen’s cabin, plus all 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 21-24. 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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