Kentucky Fried Pickin'

end of winter
hotel bluegrass  jam

March 19th - 22nd

Holiday Inn 
701 West 1st Stret
Owensboro, KY 42301 

Holiday Inn
KY Fried Pickin' end of Winter Hotel BluegrassJam 

KY Fried Pickin' end of Winter Indoor Hotel Bluegrass Jam Festival  (KFP) was put together by Mark Hargis, Mark Royal, and Kristy Westerfield after learning that a favorite area hotel jam would no longer continue. Within two months this new event was put together; attracting pickers from 7 states and exceeding all expectations. They wanted pickers from all over to have a free event they could meet other fellow pickers on a yearly basis, creating great memories and friendships.

Response from the first year's event was nothing but sucess and praise, from the event itself, down to the hotel staff.  The second year was a sell out with 13 states represented at the event. A one mic band stage in the event room was added, giving bands and friends the opportunity to perform for others. Now the event is in its fourth year. Come and check out this fun pickin' event  because it's finger pickin' good.
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I can’t wait for the next Kentucky Fried Pickin’ weekend in Owensboro because it’s all about the music and the people.  As a bluegrass musician, it really doesn’t get any better than that!

Chris Joslin​, Executive Director of the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame Museum

Owensboro, KY
Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum

     The Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum, formerly known as the International Bluegrass Music Museum, is newly located on the corner of Second Street and Frederica overlooking the banks of the mighty Ohio River in historic downtown Owensboro, Kentucky. The Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum is a "must go to" stop for all bluegrass musicians and music lovers. 
     Woodward's Theater,  located inside the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, has a state of the art music performance theater that host live bluegrass concerts throughout the year. The Holiday Inn provides concert packages to the shows.
     The Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame  & Museum also puts on the msic festival ROMP each June  and hosts a free first of the month Thursday Jam that all jammers are wlecome to participate. Be sure to check out all the many shows and programs the museum hosts throughout the year.

     Owensboro is Kentucky's fouth largest city nestled along a senic bend of the Ohio River in Western Kentucky and well known for its three B's; bluegrass, bourbon, and barbeque. 
     Here you will find the home of the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum; the world’s only facility dedicated to the history and preservation of the history of the genre which originated in western Kentucky. 
      If you like bourbon, be sure to take a tour at the OZ Tyler Distillery. Just recently added to Kentucky's Bourbon Trail, you will be able to add it to your trail list and enjoy a tasting.
     Looking for a unquie taste of Owensboro? Stop by Moonlight or Old Hickory Barbeque for some mouth watering burgoo and mutton.
     No trip to Owensboro is compete until checking out Smother's Park. Located on Owensboro's Riverfront, since it’s re-opening in August 2012, Smothers Park Lazy Dayz Playground has been named the top playground in the world (2015) by Landscape Architect’s Network.

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Bill Monroe Home Place
Bill Monroe Museum

     The Museum has been a long time coming for fans and friends of the “Father of Bluegrass", with a grand opening date of September 13, 2018.  Bill Monroe was born just down the road from Rosine, Kentucky on Jerusalem Ridge.
      Many of the folks in Rosine can recall stories and their actual days spent with Bill and his family. These are the tales and legends that will make the museum a unique tribute to the man.

      Located nearby Rosine, Kentucky and called “the homeplace of bluegrass music,” the Monroe Homeplace was the childhood home of country music legend Bill Monroe, known throughout the world as the “Father of Bluegrass Music.” Bill was five-going-on-six years old when the Homeplace was built in 1917.
       Born in another house nearby, it was the Homeplace he had in mind when he wrote his classic song “I’m On My Way Back to the Old Home.” It’s believed that the Homeplace was built to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of Bill Monroe’s parents, James Buchanan and Malissa Vandiver Monroe, married in 1892. It appears that another structure once occupied the site and, after it was torn down, the Homeplace was built around its very old, back-to-back sandstone fireplaces. 
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