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DCPL ROMP documentary
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Watch ROMP Documentary Produced by the Daviess Co. Public Library [VIDEO]

It's here! ROMP gets underway at Yellow Creek Park in Owensboro this Wednesday. A couple of weeks ago, the teaser for a documentary about the bluegrass festival produced by the Daviess County Public Library was released. Now, watch the entire doc!

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Ryman Auditorium/Facebook
Ryman Auditorium/Facebook
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Bill Monroe Statue Unveiled at Ryman Auditorium [VIDEO]

There's a reason Ryman Auditorium in Nashville is referred to as "Mother Church". She's seen it all and she's 125 years old this year. As part of the Ryman's big anniversary two statues of country and bluegrass legends, "Little" Jimmy Dickens and Bill Monroe, have been unveiled.

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Artist rendering of Bill Monroe Museum
Ohio County Tourism/Facebook
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Bill Monroe Museum Groundbreaking Monday in Rosine

Discussions and plans of building a museum dedicated to the father of Bluegrass music are finally coming to fruition. Bill Monroe will have a museum in his honor in his hometown of Rosine in Ohio County.

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Defense Secretary Hagel Marks Veterans Day At The Vietnam War Memorial
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Owensboro Hosts Bluegrass Honor Flight For Local Veterans [VIDEO]

An honor flight took place this week from the Owensboro Sportscenter for local veterans.  Over 20 veterans are being honored during this flight.

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Via Emily Clark Shelton Facebook
Via Emily Clark Shelton Facebook
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City Hosting LIVE on the Banks Concert Series [SCHEDULE]

The City of Owensboro is sponsoring a free LIVE concert on the river this summer.  The concerts will take place May through September with the first concert starting Saturday, May 20.  Check out the full list of entertainment!

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Natalie Merchant live in concert
Damir Svetak via YouTube
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Natalie Merchant Sings “Owensboro” [VIDEO]

It's no secret all of us contributors for WBKR are always looking for something to blog about. I search for stories with "Owensboro" either in the story or in the title. I've searched on YouTube several times and one video that always pops up is "Natalie Merchant-Owensboro" and I never knew what it was about, until now.

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mike abb via YouTube
mike abb via YouTube
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Bluegrass Music Museum Fall Benefit Concert Series Kicks Off September 9th [VIDEO]

It's back! The International Bluegrass Music Museum's benefit concert series will continue this fall with seven performances scheduled September through December. 

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Grant
Grant
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New York Times Selects Rosine, Kentucky As One Of The 52 Places To Go In 2016

This is quite an honor. The New York Times has put out a list of the "52 Places to Go in 2016" and coming in at number 42? Rosine, Kentucky, the birthplace of Bill Monroe and the birthplace of Bluegrass.

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KET, Les Leverett
KET, Les Leverett
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“Powerful: Bill Monroe Remembered” to Premiere Tonight on KET

- by Chris Langdon, International Bluegrass Museum Promotions Director

June is a very busy month for bluegrass music in Owensboro. Down at the International Bluegrass Music Museum we are working hard to make ROMP amazing. We are putting together a party to celebrate not only where bluegrass music has been, but where it is going. However, it is the roots that keep us strong. The roots are why we are here.

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Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players Facebook, Erin Van Zant
Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players Facebook, Erin Van Zant
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Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players Kick Off ROMP 2012

Within ten minutes of being at Yellow Creek Park for ROMP, I had made a new friend. (I know, no one's shocked!) Being that it was a little toasty outside, I opted for the tank top/cutoffs/ WBKR hat combo for my remote broadcast.

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Courtesy of Flickr User burningkarma
Courtesy of Flickr User burningkarma
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Little Big Town Covers Gaga

Love this! I'd say a little pre-show warm-up, why not "Born This Way"?

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