Bluegrass Museum
Holiday Inn
Visit Owensboro
KY Fried Pickin' end of winter
Indoor Hotel Bluegrass Jam
  1. HOTEL
    Holiday Inn-Riverfront 701 West 1st Street Owensboro, KY 42301 (270) 683-1111
  2. Date
    March 14th-16th, 2019
  3. Area Attractions
    Places to visit, things to see, and places to eat
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KY Fried Pickin' end of Winter Indoor Hotel Jam Festival
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. As the event's second year is quickly appraoching for March 2018, KFP is anticipating a complete sellout of the hotel for the event. 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 International Bluegrass Music Museum

Owensboro, KY
International Bluegrass Music Museum

The International Bluegrass Music Museum (IBMM) is located in the RiverPark Center Complex on the banks of the mighty Ohio River in historic downtown Owensboro, Kentucky. IBMM houses the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and is a "must go to" stop for all bluegrass musicians and lovers. Contruction is currently taking place for a new museum and Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame just three blocks from the current location which will be open later in 2018.. 

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. Owensboro is home to the International Bluegrass Music Museum, the world’s only facility dedicated to the history and preservation of the history of the genre which originated in western Kentucky. 
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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. His boyhood home was restored and has welcomed guests from all over the world since its opening ceremony. Bill walked among the ruins of the old Homeplace knowing plans for the restoration were in the works. He sat with a painter as they mixed colors to get just the right shade of green for the trim. Unfortunately, he cannot tell us about colors for the museum but, we know his spirit is with us as the project begins. 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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