Barefoot and Progressive has two tickets to give away to the 39th annual Festival of the Bluegrass — the oldest family-run bluegrass festival in the country — happening next week at the Kentucky Horse Park Campground.
Tickets are selling for $15 a day or $95 for the whole weekend, but just send an email to us (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we’ll put you in a drawing to win two for nothing, zero, nada.
The music begins at 7:00pm on Thursday, June 7 and concludes with a gospel show on the morning of Sunday, June 10. On the days in between, music begins at 1pm and runs until after midnight.
Started in 1974 by Bob and Jean Cornett, this event is attended by thousands and is the crown jewel of bluegrass festivals in the Bluegrass. At its heart, the mission of the Festival of the Bluegrass is to maintain the roots of Bluegrass music in Kentucky and to honor the community spirit of evenings spent on front porches throughout Appalachia. That same spirit can be found in “villages” around the campground as music spills beyond the stage to individual campsites.
This year the Cornett Family is excited to welcome Jim Lauderdale, Dale Ann Bradley, and The Roys to the Festival Stage, as well as 23 String Band, NewTown, Lonesome River, and Junior Sisk. Seldom Scene and IIIrd Tyme Out will reunite with the Festival Crowd, closing down the show on Friday and Saturday nights. JD Crowe, who announced his retirement earlier this year, will be playing his last Festival of the Bluegrass on Saturday night.
Sounds fun. Send the email with the subject “Festival of the Bluegrass” so you can get your pick and grin on next weekend in Lexington.