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Owensboro, Kentucky: Home of Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum

The birthplace of Bluegrass lives, breathes and teaches

Bluegrass music is alive and well in Owensboro, Ky! The new Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum will celebrate the history of bluegrass and promote its future.

Tour the museum to learn the history, struggles and successes of the genre’s pioneers.  The museum offers a huge collection of video oral histories from bluegrass artists that made a significant impact on the creation of bluegrass prior to 1954. The Video Oral History Project has captured 268 interviews with the genre’s cultural icons and continues with the list below.

The project continues with this list of Bluegrass Pioneers.

The new building will be a beacon for all things bluegrass offering concerts, learning experiences, a music festival and more!


ROMP is one of the biggest Bluegrass music festivals and is hosted by the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum. For 15 years the festival has hosted a stacked lineup of Bluegrass artists from across the nation and world.

Along with music, the event fosters learning with artist-led instrument workshops. Expect spontaneous jam sessions!

Other workshops include songwriting, clogging, flat food dancing, yoga and (get this) bluegrass jamming 101.

The four-day music festival is usually held in June. The 2019 lineup and event dates have yet to be released.

Concert series

Check out these upcoming events:

Buy tickets here.

Music Lessons

The Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum offers music lessons for all ages and levels. Classes are available for $40 and $25 for each additional family member. Lessons are only held on Saturdays and are all held at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum located at 311 W. 2nd Street in Owensboro, KY.

Class dates:

  • October 27th
  • November 10th, 24th
  • December 8th, 22nd

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