Friday, 29 October 2010

Official Bill Monroe 100th Birthday Website Launched

The Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, one of the promoters of the Bill Monroe 100th Birthday Celebration being organized to honor the legendary inventor of bluegrass music, launched their official web site today: billmonroe100birthday.com.

Bill Monroe, the "Father of Bluegrass Music," would have been 100 years old in September 2011. As many of you know, Monroe's life and legacy will be commemorated with the Bill Monroe 100th Birthday Celebration, a series of festivals and various events taking place throughout the year in and around Owensboro, Kentucky.

The new web site is a comprehensive guide to the centennial celebration of Bill Monroe's life. It lists numerous events, some written history and little known facts about Bill Monroe, a biographical timeline, list of awards, photos, maps, links to the International Bluegrass Music Museum and the Monroe Home Place in Rosine, KY where many of the centennial events will take place and more.

One of the major highlights will be the Bill Monroe Birthday Party on the Lawn. It will take place on Monroe's birth date - September 13 - at the restored Monroe Home Place in Rosine, Ky. The original house where Bill Monroe was born.

[Image above is an oil painting by Scott Duncan of Connecticut, USA. It was presented onstage to Bill Monroe in 1982 at the Thomas Point Beach Bg Festival in Brunswick, Maine. It now hangs prominently at the Bill Monroe Museum in Bean Blossom, Indiana.]