Department of Tourism
Monroe Mandolin Camp Faculty Concert Set for Sept. 8
OWENSBORO, Ky. -- The International Bluegrass Music Museum will present its annual Monroe-Style Mandolin Camp Faculty Concert on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 8:00 PM in The Owensboro Symphony Academy.
The Academy is located at 211 East Second St. in Downtown Owensboro, just steps from the museum. Doors open at 7:00 PM. Seating is limited to 100. Tickets to this special event are $20, and can be purchased at the door or by calling 1-888-MY-BANJO (692-2656.)
Five world-renowned mandolinists comprise this year’s Monroe-Style Faculty. Performing together in concert for the first time are Frank Wakefield (Greenbriar Boys), Mike Compton (Nashville Bluegrass Band), Roland White (Kentucky Colonels, Blue Grass Boys), Skip Gorman (Rabbit in a Log) and David Long (Little Country Giants.)
They will be joined by a former member of Bill Monroe’s band, The Blue Grass Boys, and editor of the Bill Monroe Reader, Tom Ewing. Ewing played guitar and was lead vocalist for the Father of Bluegrass during the last eight years of Mr. Monroe’s career before his passing in 1996.
Bluegrass music enthusiasts from around the world are attending this year’s Mandolin Camp at the Bluegrass Museum. Here, they immerse themselves in the rarefied atmosphere of the museum while learning the stylizations, songwriting, and multi-cultural musical influences of Bill Monroe, the “Father of Bluegrass”.
“We have had two health related cancellations so there are some last-minute spots available in an otherwise sold-out event,” said Mike Lawing, Camp Director. If you would like to enroll as a camper, call Lawing at 1-888-MY-BANJO. Attendance is capped at 45. The $500 camp package includes all classes, 3 meals, 2 nights of hotel rooms, the concert, a group picture and a road trip to Rosine, Ky., the birthplace and resting place of Bill Monroe. Tuition for local “Commuters” who do not require hotel rooms is $400.
The 2006 Camp drew participants from 25 states and 4 countries and received rave reviews. For Reservations, call the International Bluegrass Music Museum at 1-888-692-2656 or visit www.bluegrassmuseum.org.
The International Bluegrass Music Museum is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of bluegrass music for fans around the world.
The Kentucky Department of Tourism, an agency of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet, exists to promote The Commonwealth as a travel destination, generate revenue and create jobs for Kentucky’s economy