Bluegrass headliners lined up for Owensboro ROMP | State News


The Punch Brothers, the Del McCoury Band and Rhiannon Giddens will headline the 19th annual Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum ROMP Festival from June 22 to 25 at Yellow Creek Park.

We Banjo 3, Tommy Emmanuel, The Gibson Brothers, Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley, The Po ‘Ramblin’ Boys, East Nash Grass and Liam Purcell & Cane Mill Road are also set to perform. Organizers say more acts will be added.

The Punch Brothers – Chris Thile (mandolin), Gabe Witcher (violin / violin), Noam Pikelny (banjo), Chris Eldridge (guitar) and Paul Kowert (bass) – were the last at ROMP in 2017.

Their style has been described as “bluegrass instrumentation and spontaneity in the structures of modern classical” as well as “American country-classical chamber music”.

The Del McCoury Band, featuring McCoury with his sons Ronnie on mandolin and Rob on banjo, have performed at ROMP several times over the years, most recently in 2019.

And Giddens first appeared at ROMP with the Carolina Chocolate Drops in 2011.

The show won him a devoted following to ROMP.

Giddens was last at ROMP in 2018.

ROMP is the primary fundraiser for the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame. It was canceled in 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic and moved to September this year in the hope that COVID would have less impact.

“One of the things that defines Owensboro as the ‘Bluegrass Music Capital of the World’ is ROMP, and we’re excited to announce the initial lineup before Christmas,” said Chris Joslin, Executive Director of the Hall of Fame. “There are a lot of reasons to love ROMP, but live music is at the center of it all, and this year’s lineup highlights the depth and diversity of artists in bluegrass music. The road to ROMP begins today.

The four-day tickets went on sale Wednesday for the special price of $ 165 on Prices will increase on January 4.

VIP tickets including catered meals, air-conditioned restrooms and privileged stage views are available for $ 415.

Tent and RV passes are also available.

Children 12 and under will be admitted free with a paying adult.

In 2019, ROMP attracted more than 26,500 bluegrass fans from 40 states and six countries – Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Israel and Uganda. This year, tickets were sold to fans in 32 states, but only about 12,000 attended.


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