Bluegrass Returns To Its Roots this weekend

Owensboro Concerts LLC  will stage the ninth annual Bluegrass Returns to its Roots Festival this weekend at Diamond Lake Resort near West Louisville.

The performances will be in the newly renovated indoor Diamond Lake Resort Theater. 

Here’s the announcement about the festival:


J.D. Crowe and The New South will be the featured bluegrass musicians for the 9th annual event that was held 7 years at The Executive Inn Rivermont and in 2009 at the RiverPark Center. Local and regional bluegrass artists will also take the stage. Diamond Lake Resort offers a different atmosphere where one can enjoy the sounds of bluegrass. Campers, bluegrass fans, and families can experience a very special event at a spectacular location. Ole South Barbeque, bluegrass workshops, showcases, jamming, clogging, and more will make this one festival that you will not want to miss!

 Born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, J.D. Crowe picked up the banjo when he was 13 years old, inspired by one of the Flatt & Scruggs’ performances on the Kentucky BarnDance.  After that show, he regularly attended the duo’s performances sitting on the front row and studying Scruggs’ revolutionary picking. That was just the beginning of  his  legendary career. J.D. Crowe, a member of the distinguished  Bluegrass Hall of Fame, is one of the few bluegrass legends actively recording, writing, and performing this American form of music.

 Festival Schedule of Events

Friday, April 23, 2010:   6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

      Open jamming on the main stage.  A chance for individuals and bands to show their

       talent and share with the audience. Sign up when you arrive and get ready to take

       the stage!

Saturday, April 24, 2010: 

Bluegrass Showcase Bands

Diamond Lake Theater Main Stage

       10:00-10:45 a.m.                Chasin’ Chickens

       11:00-11:45 a.m.                Blackberry Jam

       12:00 Noon-12:30 p.m.      Emily Wills & The Whitelys

       12:30-1:00 p.m.                  Sweet T

       1:00-1:45 p.m.                    The Clabber Boys

       2:00-2:45 p.m.                    Grandview Junction

       3:00-3:45 p.m.                    Up N Gone

       4:00-4:45 p.m.                    The Kings Highway

       5:00-6:30 p.m.                     Dinner Break

              Ole South Barbeque, The Diamond Lake Grill, Pizza & Ice Cream Shoppe

       6:30 p.m. SHOWTIME       Doors Open 5:30 p.m.

           Master of Ceremonies  Judge Gene Lanham

           Tribute to America and to Kentucky by Owensboro’s own Randy Lanham

           The Bluegrass Allstars and Barry Lanham’s Foot Stompin’ Express Troupe

       6:45-7:25 p.m.    County Line Bluegrass

       7:30-8:15 p.m.    The Kings Highway

       8:30 p.m.             J.D. Crowe and the New South

   Bluegrass Workshops

Pavilion C


       1:00-1:30 p.m.    Mandolin  –  Mark Hargis – The Kings Highway

       1:30-2:00 p.m.    Vocal Harmony – Mark Hargis/John Johnston – The Kings Highway

       2:00-2:30 p.m.     Dobro – Mike Hobson – Up N Gone

       2:30-3:00 p.m.     Guitar – Veronica Lassiter – Mountain Harmony

       4:00-5:00 p.m.     Clogging – Barry Lanham and the Foot Stompin’ Express Troupe

Complimentary shuttle service throughout the festival by Lampkin Family Farms

Open jamming throughout the event at various locations.

FOR TICKETS: or call 270-302-5260

    Diamond  Lake Resorts  270-229-4900 for tickets and camping information

    Even Steven Locations:  270-683-3226    3400 Old Hartford Road

                                            270-771-4998    Highway 56 West

                                            270-785-3616    7155 Highway 81

    Ole South Barbeque:       270-926-6464    3523 Highway 54

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