This years Campout event is being produced and hosted by the Bill Monroe Music Park and Campground.
We want to give a huge THANKYOU to all of you who donated all or part of their tickets from the 2020 festival. Your donations made are making this event possible with no admission fee. Things will be back, much closer to our old normal for the 2022 John Hartford Memorial Festival.
Please Join Us at the John Hartford and John Hotze Memorial Campout
What is the next best thing to a music festival? How about a giant campout with live music. Tickets will not be sold to this event. You must have paid camping for admission. Visit www.billmonroemusicpark.com for camping information and reservations. Produced and hosted by the Bill Monroe Music Park and Campground. This event was made possible by the generous donations of our fans. We want to give a huge THANKYOU to all of you who donated all or part of their tickets from the 2020 festival. Things will be back closer to our old normal for the 2022 John Hartford Memorial Festival.
“Bill Monroe Music Park and Campground” is dedicated to continuing to be cautious and protecting the wellbeing of their campers and guests during the upcoming campout. They will continue to follow all of their Festival Health Procedures and Guidelines moving forward. The complete guidelines can be found on their website: BillMonroeMusicPark.com
Some of the highlights include:
A safe 10’ barrier will be around the stage.
Wearing a face mask is highly recommended when near others not in your group even though the state of Indiana mask mandate has been lifted.
Wearing a face mask is important in these areas: restrooms, food vending, jam circles and any indoor area, making everyone feel more comfortable.
Allow for social distancing when choosing your seating area in the concert area. Please do not sit in chairs belonging to others or leave items unattended.
Chairs will need to be removed each night from the concert area.
There will be designated golf cart parking.
Pavilion will be designated as eating only.
No smoking or vaping in the designated concert area.
Most of all, please be kind and courteous, we are all in this together and want to have the best campout experience for everyone. We look forward to seeing everyone gather at the park this year.
Where Does An Old Time River Man Go?
Our wonderful founder and visionary, John Hotze passed away March 29th, 2021. John stuck his neck out and created a unique gathering of kindred souls dedicated to preserving the music and legacy of his lifelong friend and our festival namesake, John Hartford. The John Hartford Memorial Festival is this gathering and the fulfillment of John Hotze’s vision. Thanks to John’s resilience and persistence, folks have been exposed to and reunited with the music and life of John Hartford. Please read this informative article about John Hotze that first appeared in nodepression.com, May 4th 2012. Click Here.
So let’s talk for a bit about this scaled back lineup they have here to accommodate the health guidelines for 2021. I’m sure every festival will indeed be back to normal next year, each one of them offering mammoth lineups spanning 3 and 4 days. Until that time, I think we are more than lucky to get smaller lineups…. here’s why.
Smaller lineups equal more relaxed band time and stage time for tech problems. You may not realize this yet, but outdoor festivals can be an absolute debacle for sound techs and stagehands. You start mixing mud and water with loose cords and wet wood…you get a MESS….especially on day 3 or 4.
You got so many people in HOT, cramped tents swapping in and out gear and you have an outdoor festival! Smaller lineups will equal smaller and smoother changeups, and the band can spend more time being intimate with their audience.
Well, none of that is going to be the case this year, as this will be more of a campout than a festival, and it was culminated by the fans making donations to make it happen.
The Low Down On Where To Stay:
If camping is not for you, please make reservations now at our JHMF official host hotel, The Brown County Inn. Full restaurant and bar, year-round covered and enclosed open-air pool pavilion with a 2,500 square foot sun-deck and live entertainment. Located just six miles from the park, and only a three-block walk from beautiful downtown Nashville, IN. We’ve negotiated a special price just for our festival family! Visit their web site by clicking here and use the promo code JHMF9 for a discount on your room.
The bands involved on this bill are all equally amazing in their own right. I’ll start with one of Roots music’s older bands The Tillers, whom recorded an iconic album called Farewell To The Historic Southgate House. Their 2010 album “By The Signs” is on my TOP 100 Roots Albums Of All Time, and this Ohio based outfit have been friends of mine for many years.
The Henhouse Prowlers are currently out playing a string of shows to support their new album called “The Departure”. This quartet is a Bluegrass powerhouse, having over 15 years in operation, and an endearing respect from their peers in the music community.
The Hammer And The Hatchet is an Indiana based duo that released a TERRIFIC album in 2020. I have had the pleasure of seeing them play on quite a few music functions, like one of the previous Hagfests at the aforementioned Southgate House Revival.