Get ready, festival season is just around the corner! Daily planning can now begin for the 4th Annual John Hartford Memorial Festival (JHMF), who recently released their daily performance schedule on a new dynamic web site. Single day festival tickets are also available for purchase, in addition to the full 3-day pass, so attendees can make their plans for the event taking place May 29-31. Family, friends, band mates, and fans of American music icon John Hartford gather every year in southern Indiana for an epic celebration honoring his life, music, ideals, and legacy.
“We have a great line-up planned for 2014 with a lot of fresh acts for people to take in,” said John Hotze, festival promoter. Bluegrass legend Peter Rowan will be headlining two nights of the festival, Pokey LaFarge will entertain with his creative mix of early jazz, string ragtime, country blues and western swing music, John Hartford’s son Jamie Hartford always delights the crowd covering his father’s songs, and the festival ends on a high note with a special performance by the JHMF Band.
Other highlights attendees can look forward to include performances by Pert Near Sandstone, Great American Taxi, Leroy Troy, The Haunted Windchimes, The Freight Hoppers, Jalan Crossland, o Bardo e o Banjo from Brazil, and many more, the John Hartford Songwriting Contest, Old-time Fiddling Contest, community Chompdown, storytelling by Peter Rowan, and music workshops by Danny Barnes, Leroy Troy, Eric Lambert, and more, campground pickin’, shaded camping, golf cart rentals, hot showers, and so much more!
The festival delivered this year’s daily schedule on a new, user-friendly web site with tons of useful information, pictures, music, and media, designed by associate Danny Clark from Nashville, TN. “The new web site should make it a lot easier for visitors to find the information they need to make decisions on attending the festival,” said Hotze. “We now have the ability to embed videos & add audio from past Hartford festivals, and build more interaction with fans who have attended the event.”
“I will constantly strive to bring festival attendees together in a Hartford loving community,” he continued. “The site will become a gathering place to meet other like-minded folks, and to share their Hartford festival experiences. As the new site continues to develop and improve, I hope it will bring about a party atmosphere to further celebrate John’s life and music,” Hotze concluded.
“The John Hartford Memorial Festival has formed a big giant family,” said Chad Staehly of Great American Taxi. The vibe is great and you get this feeling that we’re all in it together, honoring the great tradition of John Hartford’s music and his sense of community and family,” he said. “John’s spirit, the festival grounds at Bean Blossom, the people and the bands that turn out every year for this gathering are my favorite things about being involved with this festival.”
John Hartford’s daughter, Katie, and her family attend the event every year. With festival promoter John Hotze.
The John Hartford Memorial Festival is a three-day, family-friendly (including Fido) music festival on a mission to preserve and continue the legacy, music, and ideals of American music legend, John Hartford. This year it takes place May 29-31, 2014 in beautiful Brown County Indiana at the historic and legendary Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground in Bean Blossom, IN. The festival features performances from 50 Americana/Roots bands on three stages throughout the day and night, with campground jamming around the clock, a songwriting contest, and an Old Time Fiddle contest too! The unique event has a genre busting line-up like no other festival, in honor of John.
“This is an early summer event that’s not to be missed,” said Staehly. “It will set you on a path of happiness for the rest of the season. The friends you will make there and the fun you will have will be unrivaled by anything else you do all summer! Show up early and stay late, you won’t regret it,” he said.
Join the one-of-a-kind musical celebration of the life, music, and legacy of John Hartford at the 4th Annual John Hartford Memorial Festival, “The Most Laid Back Festival in America.” Visit www.johnhartfordmemfest.com for all the information to get you and your family there. PURCHASE TICKETS NOW!
The Whipstitch Sallies performing at JHMF3.
2014 John Hartford Memorial Festival Full Line-up
Sam Grisman and Colin O’Brien
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