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36th Annual Bill Monroe Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days

If you like bluegrass music, then count yourself lucky to live in Indiana. Or at least near it.

Bean Blossom, Indiana, in Brown County, is home of one of the oldest bluegrass festivals in the entire world, and they’re holding the 36th annual Bill Monroe Bluegrass Hall of Fame and Uncle Pen Days from Wednesday, September 21 through Saturday, September 24.

Throughout the four days, there will over twenty-five performing artists, music and instrument workshops. The highlight of this event is the official 2011 Bluegrass Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony with Curley Seckler.

Here’s a video of Uncle Pen, with Bill on the fiddle.

The schedule, according to the website, is as follows:

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Kick–off the festival with: All American Bluegrass Band, Ronnie Reno & Reno Tradition, Randy Waller & Country Gentlemen, Tim Graves and Cherokee, Lost and Found, Pine Mountain Railroad, Don Stanley & Middle Creek, David Parmley & Continental Divide, Reel Tyme String Band

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Get ready cause’ James Monroe and Midnight Ramblers, James King Band, Grasstowne, Junior Blankenship Band, Larry Efaw & The Mountaineers, Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain, Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys, and Magnolia Drive.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Kick off your weekend with: Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain, James King Band, Wildwood Valley Boys, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, Ralph Stanley II, Tommy Brown & County Line Grass, Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show.

BIll Monroe Memorial Campground

Saturday, September 24, 2011

This will be a night to remember featuring: The Grascals, Larry Sparks & Lonesome Ramblers, Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press, Beachley & Scott Band, Dr. Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys, Kenny & Amanda Smith, Larry Stephenson Band, Larry Gillis Band, and The Boxcars.

There will be a variety of workshops for aspiring and established musicians including banjo, guitar, fiddle, mandolin and bass; mountain and bluegrass vocals, group harmony, songwriting, band promotion, Bean Blossom history and more.

The festival ticket includes admission to Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Hall of Fame, the Museum, and a self-guided tour of Uncle Pen’s CAbin. You also get access to all music and instrument workshops. And there are food concessions and merchants for the shopper in all of us, as well as the Bean Blossom Flea Market.

Photo credit: J. Stephen Conn (Flickr)

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