You know folks I deal with literally hundreds of festivals in five main genres, and nowadays most of them are capping their ticket sales to under 2500, because they don’t want overcrowding. I can certainly see that as a positive thing by all means, and well into it’s seventh year is a tried and true Bluegrass festival called The John Hartford Memorial Festival out there in Bean Blossom Indiana.

Why, many people will agree with me this festival is the VERY ONE that coined the term “Newgrass”. Now Newgrass pretty much broke the mold of the common Traditional structure of Bluegrass and the three and four part harmonies involved within it. Mind you, it wasn’t always accepted by all within the Bluegrass scene , and in a way..it still isn’t.

But yonder way comes the “World’s most laid back festival” by way of Indiana, and it happens next week, you can purchase tickets HERE. The campground and the facilities are maintained and operated by Bill Monroe Memorial Music Park and Campground.

The John Hartford Memorial Festival is selling 3-Day & 4-Day primitive camping passes and festival tickets on our ticketing page.  No 1-Day or 2-day camping passes will be sold on our web site, they will be sold at the gate during the festival. Camping cost is NOT included in the festival ticket purchase. If you are camping you must pay a separate camping fee. Reservations are not required for primitive camping but are highly recommended for RV campsites. Primitive camping locations are spread throughout the park and are first come first serve.

If you would like to reserve an RV site with hook ups you must call the Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground at (800) 414-4677. We urge you to do this as soon as you can. These sites are coveted and will go fast! For any additional questions about camping reservations, camping with hook-up prices, or anything else regarding camping, call the Campground.

Steep Canyon Rangers

Travelin’ McCourys & Jeff Austin Present: The Grateful Ball,

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

Pert Near Sandstone

Rumpke Mountain Boys

Run Boy Run

Larry Keel Experience

Mountain Sprout,

The Tillers

Bawn In the Mash

The Lil’ Smokies

Chris Dollar And His String Band

The Hammer And The Hatchet,

Joseph Huber,

The Last Revel,


Old Salt Union,

The Wooks,

The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys,

The Ransom Notes,

Glade City Rounders,


Whiskey Bent Valley Boys,

The Matchsellers

The physical location of the festival is:
5163 SR 135 N, Morgantown, Indiana
5 miles north of Nashville, IN on SR 135 (Bill Monroe Memorial Hwy)

The park is located on state highway 135 between Morgantown and Nashville, IN.

Click Here for Google Map Directions.

The GPS Coordinates are as follows.
39°16’11.8″N 86°14’60.0″W

Off of Hwy 65 just a little bit south of Indianapolis Indiana in Morgantown, just north of Nashville Indiana it is located pretty close to my Tn/Ky area. Most of my local readers can get there in about four hours tops, and it is indeed a nice facility I have been there myself during non-festival functions.

This is the sixth year for this festival and I see no sings of it stopping in any fashion (at least I hope not).
So with that in mind I usually list some hotels in the area for those of you like me that cannot camp for whatever reasons.

This festival is golf cart friendly and is near another of my favorite festivals in the Nashville Indiana area so I know the area well and there are grocery stores around and this festival has laundry available too. Sooo enojy this festival folks because I think it’s a pretty damn good addition to my series!

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