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Bluegrass Museum's Bill Monroe Centennial Celebration This Month

Bill MonroeBy Garian VigilSpeaking of the Bill Monroe Centennial, don't forget that 15 members of the Bluegrass Hall of Fame will perform with their respective bands during the International Bluegrass Music Museum's Bill Monroe Centennial Celebration, September 12, 13 & 14, 2011! The 3-day celebration takes place at the Bluegrass Museum and RiverPark Center's Cannon Hall, next door to the Museum in Owensboro, Ky. There are a ton of events, exhibits and special presentations planned, so be sure to check out the Museum's web site at . And if you're on Facebook, there is a special event page for the Centennial at in addition to the Museum's official FB page at (please "like" it if you haven't yet!). Read on for more info on all of the exciting plans for the Centennial.

Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper Live at the Grand Ole Opry

Michael Cleveland and FlamekeeperEight time Fiddle Player of the Year and four time Instrumental Group of the Year Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper will be performing live at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee on Saturday, September 3rd at 7 PM. Fiddler Michael Cleveland brings dynamic traditional bluegrass to the stage with his award-winning band, Flamekeeper, in a show that will leave the audience talking. An eight-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association's Fiddle Performer of the Year award, Mike and his talented band present a program of tight vocal trios and duos, blistering instrumentals, and fiddle-and-banjo duets that echo the first-generation stars of bluegrass. The show is rounded out with Mike's dry wit and the band's sense of fun

A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor Celebrates Bill Monroe with Special Blue Grass Boys Performance

Bill MonroeMurray, KY -- A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor will honor the life of Bill Monroe with a special performance on Saturday, November 5th at Murray State University's CFSB Center in Murray, KY. The performance will feature an impressive lineup of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys performing Monroe's music and sharing stories of life on the road with the legendary artist.

Larkins Family Bluegrass Band Cheers Up the Carter Fold Sept 24th

The LarkinsHiltons, VA -- The Larkins Family - Lowell, Barbara, Shaunna, and Tina - are from Church Hill, Tennessee, but they now have a second home in Nashville, Tennessee. Third-generation musicians Shaunna and Tina were reared on the musical tradition of northeast Tennessee. Saturday, September 24th, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Larkins Family bluegrass band. Admission to the concert is $7 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Scotland's Linlithgow Folk Festival Kicks Off September 7th

Linlithgow Folk FestivalLinlithgow, Scotland -- The annual Linlithgow Folk Festival gets underway on Wednesday, September 7th. This year's five-day celebration of traditional music, dance and song promises to be the biggest yet, with more than 30 indoor and outdoor events, from concerts and ceilidhs to musical cruises on the Union Canal.

Buddy Holly: 75 and Timeless

Buddy HollyLos Angeles, CA /PRNewswire/ -- September 7, 2011, marks the 75th birthday of the great Buddy Holly. In only 18 months, from when Buddy Holly and the Crickets hit the charts with their first release, "That'll Be The Day," to when he died in a tragic plane crash, Holly topped the charts with more than 27 Top 40 hits worldwide, with "That'll Be The Day" going to No. 1. Even after his death, Holly went to No. 1 with "It Doesn't Matter Anymore." From rock to country to R&B, Holly's songs have charted consistently for more than 50 years, proving that his music and his influence continue today. Brian Wilson said it simply: "Buddy Holly is unique... his music matters because it is timeless."

Americana Music Association's Honors and Award Show to be Televised

Americana Music AssociationNashville, TN -- The 10th annual Americana Music Association's Honors and Award Show at the Ryman Auditorium will be broadcast live Thursday October 13th on Nashville Public Television (NPT Channel 8) to the Middle Tennessee viewing area. Confirmed to attend include Jim Lauderdale, Robert Plant, Lucinda Williams, Gregg Allman, Elizabeth Cook, Hayes Carll, The Secret Sisters, Justin Townes Earle, Jessica Lea Mayfield, The Civil Wars and many more.

Latest IBMA Survey Yields Interesting Results

International Bluegrass Music AssociationThe International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) has just conducted another survey of their membership. The new survey included some new and better questions that also yielded some new and interesting results. While the question options were not visible for all the questions, for those that were there, an interesting picture evolved.


Liz Meyer Loses 10 Year Battle with Cancer

Liz MeyerOn August 26th, American songwriter, Liz Meyer known throughout the European bluegrass music community lost her battle with cancer. She was an avid bluegrass singer, songwriter and an active participant with the European Bluegrass Associations and the European version of the World of Bluegrass. Liz Meyer was based in the Netherlands and her songs are often more well known here than her own recordings. Of course, the songs are excellent and "Blue Lonesome Wind" was the featured title cut on an album by Auldridge, Bennett & Gaudreau, and another song, "Bad Seed" is featured on a recent Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum album.

2011 Sandwich Fair Fiddle Contest Part of 124 Year Fair

Sandwich Fair 2011The 124th Andwich Fair takes place at 6 PM Wednesday September 7, 2011 in Sandwich, Illinois. This Sandwich fair is over a century old and still continuing and runs 5 days beginning September 7th. Immediately following the Ashton Gap musical performance, will be the fiddle contest. All ages are welcome to enter with three separate age divisions, which include children through adult. The purse for the contest totals over $800.00, and the entry fee is free with the purchase of a fair ticket. The contest is considered to be traditional fiddle music as opposed to classical, jazz, pop or rock. Traditional styles include Irish, French, Cajun, other National/Ethnic styles, Country, and Bluegrass.

Sierra Hull Performs Free Concerts at ICA/Kendall Square Sept 1st

Sierra HullBerklee College of Music's Summer in the City series continues with two free outdoor concerts by Sierra Hull and Highway 111. Hull, 19, is a Berklee student and bluegrass mandolin prodigy who signed to Rounder Records at age 13, and has performed with Alison Krauss and other top musicians. The concerts take place on Thursday, September 1 at noon in Kendall Square, 300 Athenaeum Street, in Cambridge; and 6 p.m. at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Putnam Investment Plaza, 100 Northern Avenue, in Boston.

Jerusalem Ridge Bluegrass Celebration Named One of the Top Events in America

Jerusalem Ridge 2011Top Events USA identifies what they consider the top events in the United States in various categories. One of those categories is the state category and Kentucky State page lists the Jerusalem Ridge festival and a top attraction. They go on and profile the festival with a nicely written article.

World of Bluegrass Getting Closer as Details Emerge

World of BluegrassThe members of the International Bluegrass Music Association are getting ready for their annual convention, trade show, awards show and festival. The week is called, "The World of Bluegrass" and it will be a world of just that. Nashville, Tennessee will find bluegrass music popping up everywhere besides the show itself. Venues, including the legendary Station Inn, and the Ryman Auditorium will be hosting bluegrass artists.

Feds on Warpath Against Gibson Instruments...Again

Gibson InstrumentsFor the second time, federal agents raided Gibson Instruments offices in both Nashville and Memphis Wednesday. The Federal Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. has suggested that the use of wood from India that is not finished by Indian workers is illegal, not because of U.S. law, but because it is the Justice Department's interpretation of a law in India. (If the same wood from the same tree was finished by Indian workers, the material would be legal.) This action was taken without the support and consent of the government in India. A video interview with Henry Juszkiewicz is below.

Woody Guthrie, Robert Johnson, and Bill Monroe Featured at Folk Alliance Conference

Bill MonroeMemphis, TN -- Every birthday is special but few approach the celebratory significance of 2012 as American music and its fans worldwide observe the centennial births of a trio of unique musical visionaries. The music they created came from and spoke to the core cultural sensibilities of our country and by doing so literally shaped the sound of the 20th century.


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