‘The Great American Bluegrass Jam’ coming to Downtown Owensboro spring 2023

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Published: Nov. 22, 2022 at 1:38 PM CST
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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) - The Great American Bluegrass Jam is set to take over the Downtown Owensboro area this March.

The Great American Bluegrass Jam will take place in March in downtown Owensboro.

This event features the Kentucky Fried Pickin’ Hotel Jam, the Kentucky State Fiddle Championship, and excursions to the Bill Monroe Homeplace in Rosine, Kentucky and much more in collaboration with downtown businesses.

“I think if a community is gonna make the claim that they’re the bluegrass capital of the world, it can’t just be talking points,” says Museum Executive Director, Chris Joslin. “It has to be things that are very specific. You have to not just talk the talk but walk the walk and I think that events like the great American bluegrass jam, is just one of those data points that says wow there is a place to go for bluegrass music.”

Officials say the event will take place the weekend of March 16-19, 2023.

The Kentucky Fried Pickin’ Hotel Jam takes place at the Holiday Inn in downtown Owensboro where guests have the opportunity to play music with others from across the country. Jam sessions will take place around the clock for anyone to join in.

During the event, visitors can enter the Kentucky State Fiddle Championship contest at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum, or cheer on the musicians competing. Online pre-registration is now open at www.kyfiddler.com. This is the Kentucky State Title for fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and banjo.

They say guests will also have the opportunity to buy an excursion for the Bill Monroe Bluegrass Roots Tour with shuttle service from the Holiday Inn. This tour starts with the Bill Monroe Homeplace in Rosine, KY where he lived until moving in with his beloved Uncle Pen, whose cabin, high on the hill, will be the next stop. Other stops include the Bill Monroe gravesite, the Rosine barn for lunch and a little music, and will finish up at the Bill Monroe Museum.

For those wishing interested in other Owensboro offerings, excursions to the Green River Distilling Co will be scheduled with transportation from the Holiday Inn. Downtown businesses will also be spotlighted for guests with a full map and listings of ongoing events, live music, specials, and more.