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Bluegrass ShowcaseThe International Bluegrass Music Museum will be at The Milwaukee Irish Fest with its Bill Monroe Traveling Exhibit. The Exhibit, which is a condensed version of the Bill Monroe Centennial Exhibit, now on display at the IBMM in Owensboro, Kentucky, tells the story of Bill Monroe's career. It includes newly donated photographs of Rosine, Kentucky when Bill Monroe was growing up there and highlights of his career, including an audio clip of Bill Monroe talking about when he gouged the "Gibson" name off his mandolin. Representatives of the museum will be at the Irish Fest giving presentations about the Birth of Bluegrass Music and its Spread Around the World, and Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys.

Irish Festival will showcase Bluegrass Music. The Irish Festival, North America's largest, four-day celebration of Irish music and culture, proudly announces a special tribute to Bluegrass music at the 2012 festival. The Bluegrass music showcase will be a central music theme during the annual festival taking place August 16-19 at Henry Maier Festival Park along the beautiful shore of Lake Michigan.

Each year, Milwaukee Irish Fest selects a different aspect of Irish music and culture as a special focus for the festival. This year's tribute to Bluegrass and Old Time music will celebrate Ireland's influence on this unique form of American Roots Music. Guests are invited to celebrate the genre's rich past while renewing their appreciation of this style of music today.

The sounds of Bluegrass and Old Time music will come to life on the Celtic Roots Stage, through an exhibit by the International Bluegrass Music Museum and more than 30 Bluegrass performances around the grounds. Bluegrass headliners and performers include Del McCoury, the Punch Brothers, High Roads & Railroads - a collaboration between Teada and the Ebony Hillbillies, Brock McGuire, Tim O'Brien and Bryan Sutton, and Cornmeal. Additional information about the Bluegrass music showcase will be posted on throughout the year, so check back often for entertainment updates and other surprises.

Beyond Bluegrass, Milwaukee Irish Fest is bringing back all the festival favorites that fans have come to expect over the past 32 years, from more than 100 acts on 16 stages to fabulous food, shopping and more. So mark your calendar for August 16-19 and get ready for all things Irish - including bluegrass

Milwaukee Irish Fest is North America's largest celebration of Irish music and culture. The four-day festival showcases more than 100 entertainment acts on 16-stages at Henry W. Maier Festival Park on Milwaukee's lakefront. The annual festival occurs every third weekend in August. The 2012 festival takes place August 16 to 19.

More than just a festival, the Milwaukee Irish Fest organization is passionately committed to igniting a love of Irish culture in all people. Milwaukee Irish Fest teaches Ireland's music, dance, drama, sports, culture, children's activities and genealogy through year-round programming. For more information, visit

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