Bill Monroe Centennial Website Launched

OWENSBORO, Ky. – It’s not every day that a musical genre is born, and certainly not one that spreads and takes hold like Bluegrass music. Bill Monroe, the “Father of Bluegrass Music,” would turn 100 years old in 2011. His life and legacy will be commemorated with the Bill Monroe 100th Birthday Celebration, a collection of festivals and evets throughout the year in and around Owensboro, Ky.

To honor Monroe’s legacy and keep fans informed of the upcoming activities, Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, have launched a new website at www.billmonroe100birthday.com.

Along with numerous bluegrass festivals listings scheduled throughout 2011, the site features a biography of Bill Monroe and numerous tidbits of his accomplished life.

Notable events during the year include reunion performances by many of the pioneers of bluegrass, including the Bluegrass Boys, at the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro on September 13, Monroe’s birthday.

The Bill Monroe Birthday Party on the Lawn will take place September 13 in Rosine, Ky., where Monroe was born.

Historic photographs and a centennial art gallery of Bill Monroe-inspired fine art can also be viewed on the new website. Some artwork is available for purchase through the International Bluegrass Music Museum.

A wealth of website links are also provided for those wanting explore the Owensboro region and its traditions of bluegrass music and deliciously distinctive barbecue.

“Bill Monroe’s creation has profoundly influenced modern music and the lives of people all over the world,” said Karen Miller, Executive Director of the Owensboro–Daviess County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. “Bluegrass music is undoubtedly one of the most valuable contributions to American culture, and we are proud to honor one of the great men to hail from Western Kentucky.”