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John Hartford Memorial Festival

When: May 29-31 2014

The fourth annual John Hartford Memorial music festival will fill Bill Monroe Music Park with the sounds of newgrass, bluegrass and good vibes. Hartford is, of course, considered the father and creator of newgrass (a creative and innovative version of the root genre bluegrass). The festival is held yearly in Bean Blossom, Ind., and transpires over three days. Huge names (including Peter Rowan, Pokey LaFarge and Jamie Hartford, who will play songs by his father) are due to appear at the fest, alongside dozens of others. “The festival is for and in honor of John Hartford; we consider him to be the father of newgrass,” Kimberly DeCero, a media rep from the fest, said. According to DeCero, other musicians have said that his style of music makes them feel confident in creating and styling their own form of bluegrass. “We’re on a mission to preserve the music and ideals of John Hartford, one of America’s most beloved musicians and songwriters,” DeCero said.

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