After a successful grand opening, the revamped Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum has welcomed visitors from across the state and globe. Capacity crowds filled the Woodward Theatre last weekend for the first events held within the new facility, previewing what many predict to be a successful fall and beyond.
“The response from the community thus far has been a true testament to people in this area,” said Carly Smith, Marketing Director for the Hall of Fame.
While many may think bluegrass is only popular in the bluegrass state, Smith describes the music as a “global genre.” And with the impressive new facility welcoming international visitors and journalists last week, it seems bluegrass has roots further than just the Commonwealth.
“We consistently have visitors from Japan and Europe,” Smith said. “Bluegrass is a growing genre, not just here in the U.S. but internationally.”
Patrons of the Hall of Fame have not only enjoyed new exhibit space, but a unique “pickin’ parlor” as you first enter the museum. Instruments line the walls within the spacious area and comfortable seating is available for open jam sessions.
“It has been amazing to see so many people enjoying music, and the phenomenal talents of different musicians,” Smith said.
The museum store has also added unique souvenirs and gifts that are not just bluegrass-centric, but Kentucky-based.
“There’s something for everyone!” Smith said of the store’s variety.
Popular programs provided by the Hall of Fame are ongoing, such as Saturday music lessons, which started back this month. Oct. 27 marked the first sessions to be held at the new location.
“The word is out that the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum is the must-visit destination for any fan,” Smith said. “The goal for this new facility is to create a memorable experience for the visitor.”
By the looks of things, bluegrass is here to stay in Owensboro.
“We are very appreciative of the support, and are looking forward to the future,” Smith said.