John Hartford Memorial Festival
Bill Monroe Music Park – Bean Blossom, Indiana
May 31 – June 3
Mick Buck, the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Museum’s curator of collections, said it best when he described John Hartford: “In many ways, John Hartford is the Mark Twain of traditional music. He was a beloved American figure whose influence went far beyond his commercial success. He brought literacy, humor and inventiveness to his music and an eclectic sense of adventure to his life. He was a true artist in every sense of the word.” Miraculously, the founders of the John Hartford Memorial Festival have found a way to take that exact sentiment and put it into a weekend. With a cap of 2,500 tickets to make sure it remains intimate, the promoters hand-select artists who have been greatly influenced by Hartford. It’s aw-shucks sweet, and Hartford himself would be tickled.
Lineup: Steep Canyon Rangers, Jesse McReynolds, Rumpke Mountain Boys, Mountain Sprout, The Lil’ Smokies, Joseph Huber, Old Salt Union, Avocado Chic, Betse & Clarke, Flatland Harmony Experiment, The Ransom Notes, The Matchsellers, Feathered Mason, New Old Cavalry, The Idea Men, The Travelin’ McCourys, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Molly Tuttle, Run Boy Run, The Tillers, Chicago Farmer, Frank Lee & Allie Burbrink, Chris Dollar And His String Band, Ginger Boatwright, The Last Revel, The Wooks, Glade City Rounders, Off The Wagon, Miles Over Mountains, Jeff Austin Band, Vince Herman & Friends and more
Distance from Denver: 1,096 miles