old croweOWENSBORO, KY (5/9/12) - A-list bluegrass artists will converge on Yellow Creek Park in Owensboro this June for The International Bluegrass Museum’s 9th annual ROMP: Bluegrass Roots and Branches Festival. ROMP is the largest annual fundraising event for the Bluegrass Museum, and the three-day outdoor event will kick off on Thursday, June 28th and run through the 30th. Old Crow Medicine Show, Vince Gill, Carolina Chocolate Drops and other notable acts will grace the main stage. Multiple local bands will also be performing.

Marketing Director for the Bluegrass Museum Danny Clark told SurfKY News that there will be two stages showcasing the talent. “There will be a main stage that goes on during the day and an alternate stage in Pioneer Village where the after-parties take place,” explained Clark. “Once the main stage shuts down at 11:00 or midnight, everyone heads to the alternate stage where additional performers play late into the night.” All musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments, as impromptu jam sessions are the norm at ROMP. All seating will be festival-style, and guests should bring their lawn chairs or other seating options.

In addition to the music, which will start at 5:00 PM on day one and run practically nonstop throughout the event, festival goers may browse the 25 craft booths featuring quality handmade goods. “There will be handmade tie-dyes, artwork-covered instrument cases, hand painted picture frames – much of the emphasis is on handmade quality goods,” said Clark.

“When it comes to the food, we want very high quality. Most of the vendors are local from Owensboro. We will have Moonlite BBQ, The Miller House, Famous Bistro, and Pangea. We will also have a full service food vendor from Asheville, NC (One World Kitchen) serving vegetarian/vegan food.” Starbucks will also be on hand to cure the caffeine-deprived.

Advance tickets for ROMP are available as follows: Single-day ($30); three-day ($85); museum member three-day ($60); college student three-day ($65); and high school student three-day ($35). Ticket prices at the gate are $35 for single-day and $90 for three-day. Kids 14 and under will be admitted at no charge. Students must remember to have their IDs ready at the gate or they will be charged the difference in their ticket price. Camping will be permitted at a flat rate of $10 per person.

Those interested in attending ROMP can visit the official website by clicking here for more information on artist lineups, stage times, camping rules, RVs, crafts, vending, directions, and much more.


Casey Piscitelli
SurfKY News
Information provided by Danny Clark, Marketing Director, International Bluegrass Museum

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