Ok folks I been researching quite some time on my next festival for 2014.
My third in this series of articles will be the fourth annual John Hartford Memorial Festival.
It will take place in Bean Blossom Indiana on May 29th-31st of 2014 and it has been billed as
“The most laid back festival in America”.
Heading into it’s fourth year this festival is on a mission to preserve and continue the legacy
music and ideals of John Hartford..one of America’s most beloved performers.
Everyone remembers his trademark bowlers derby hat and banjo.
This is a 3 day family friendly event that takes place in southern Indiana at the
Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground.
It has three stages going on all three days, which to me is hard to get to work in
ALL of the shows at ANY festival. However it takes an awesome amount of work to
host a festival of this magnitude and I highly commend their work.
There will be 24/7 campground jamming and songwriting contests and karaoke and MORE!
Here’s the lineup for this three day event!
Great American Taxi
Lindsay lou And The Flatbellys
Rumpke Mountain Boys
Pert Near Sandstone
Flatland Harmony Experiment
Bawn In The Mash
Alex Ruffle and Stiff Riffs
Crunchy Western Boys
Horseshoes And Hand Grenades
Ray Lawrence Jr.
Whiskey Bent Valley Boys
New Old Cavalry
The Whipstich Sallies
Downtown Country Band
Julia Belle Swain Band
The Worley Boys
White Lightning Boys
The Indiana Boys
Old Salt Union
O Bardo E O Banjo
Deep Fried Pickle Project
This festival is certainly NOT the same as the mainstream festivals where profit and
large amounts of alcohol are consumed. This is more of a family oriented picnic affair.
This from their website:
No conference room full of corporate types made this festival happen. One man with a vision,
one man who lost a great friend, John Hartford, to cancer, this man John Hotze, did. Four years ago,
St. Louis businessman and music lover, John Hotze, had this vision to throw a big musical party in
honor of his late lifelong friend, John Hartford. John Hotze, who used to sit in with the original
Missouri Ridge Runners, took the plunge and the John Hartford Memorial Festival was born.
. In an interview with Mr. Hotze, back in 2012, he said, “I never started this venture for money
and I would be very happy to recoup my losses over the next few years and let it just sustain
itself both to honor John and provide a venue for more performers. My vision is to narrow the
scope of the festival to be Hartford centered, that is booking bands & entertainers that have
been greatly influenced by John, ones that performed and were good friends of John, such as Bela Fleck,
Sam Bush, Tim O’Brien, and many more, and entertainers that also cover John’s songs.”
So here’s the prices and how to attend this event:
All tickets will be held at Will Call. They will NOT be mailed out or emailed in advance. Your ticket purchase does not include camping. All camping fees are collected by the Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground. Reservations for camping are not required but we suggest that you call and make one. Reservations can be made by calling the Campground at 1 (800) 414-4677.
The last day to purchase a ticket online is Sunday, May 25.
3-Day Ticket Price Levels
January 1 – April 30 : $100
May 1 – May 25 : $115
At the gate prices: $125
Single Day Ticket Price Levels
January 1 – April 30 : $50
May 1 – May 25 : $55
At the gate prices: $60
Take advantage of the reduced ticket prices by buying today!
You can buy your tickets for this event HERE.
Now here is a GOOD NEWS tidbit I got for you Wi Fi IS AVAILABLE in the campground area!
Which would be AWESOME for people like me that report on things!
And here’s a BAD NEWS tidbit..camping is NOT included in the ticket price. But it’s not much..
So here’s the camping information:
The Bill Monroe Memorial Music Park and Campground is open May through October. The campground has over three hundred 30 and/or 50 amp electric and water hookups and over three hundred primitive tent sites. With over 55-acres, the campground offers both wooded and open sites and are Big Rig Friendly. The facilities are complete with hot showers, clean restrooms, coin laundry facility, two dump stations, playground, stocked fishing lake (no license required), walking trails; assorted picnic tables, fire rings, and barbecue grills; large covered pavilion, camp store, gift shop, and museum. FREE WIRELESS INTERNET is available in the camp store for all campers. WiFI is available at all campsites and cabins for a nominal charge.
In order to provide a safer environment for all festival attendees and campers, ATV’s and/or 4-wheeler’s will not be allowed into the campground. A limited number of golf carts (both two and four passenger) will be available to rent onsite by the day or weekend from Cunningham Golf Cart Co. (800) 456-1577.
For The John Hartford Memorial Festival primitive tent camping with no electrical hook ups will be $7 at the gate per person, per night. This $7 rate only applies to tents! For all other types of camping prices please contact the Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground at 1 (800) 414-4677.
Camping cost is NOT included in the festival ticket purchase.There are multiple types of camping sites at the festival.
Primitive Tent Camping, Primitive RV Camping, Electric RV Camping.
Camping sites are priced very reasonably. Tent camping without electrical hookups is only $7 per person, per night. This price is for tents only!
Reservations are not required for primitive camping but are highly recommended for RV campsites.
To make reservations for camping call The Monroe Campground at 1 (800) 414-4677.
Camp sites available in shaded areas and in full sun.
All tickets are held at the Will Call booth. They are NOT mailed out in advance.
Free hot showers and flush toilets available.
Dump stations for RVs.
Park store at entrance to the festival.
Grocery store close by the campground.
Golf cart rentals.
No one under 16 may operate a golf cart
No consumption of alcohol by anyone under 21
No illegal substances.
If you have any additional questions please drop us a line by using the contact section of this web site