ROMP Festival: Celebrating the Roots & Branches of Bluegrass

Hosted by the International Bluegrass Music Museum

The 14th annual ROMP Festival, the bluegrass and Americana music fest known for its stellar line-ups, friendly camping atmosphere, and easy access to artists, takes place June 21-24, 2017 in Owensboro, Kentucky.

Original arts and crafts, farm-to-table healthy food vendors, and professionally-led children's activities (including a spray park and playgrounds), endear audiences to ROMP. Above and beyond that, ROMP is beloved for its gorgeous setting. Yellow Creek Park, a 150-acre facility famous for its raptor rescue center, winding creek and fishing lake, sweeping tree-lines, nature trails and vast grassy fields, is very much part of the spirit and festival culture that brings thousands to ROMP each year. 

The International Bluegrass Music Museum, producer of the event, will open new exhibits, host performances throughout the daytime, and present a film festival of documentaries the museum has produced on Bluegrass Music's First Generation, including Bill Monroe, the Father of Bluegrass Music.  Museum admission is free to festival-goers.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their instruments and jam with ROMP artists day and night, or dance until dawn at awesome after parties, featuring national acts on the cabin stage in the park's rustic Pioneer Village. 

A full line-up of artist-led instrument workshops takes place throughout the day, giving musicians the chance to interact and teach fans and players of all ages and skill levels. Other workshops and forums include songwriting, clogging and flat-foot dancing, yoga (all levels), and healthy living through music. 

ROMP, an annual fundraising event, supports the International Bluegrass Music Museum. Located in the RiverPark Center Complex in Owensboro, the Bluegrass Museum is the world’s only arts institution dedicated to the preservation of the international history of bluegrass music.


Past Events

ROMP 2015

2015 Lineup

John Prine, Punch Brothers, Del McCoury & David Grisman, Sam Bush Band, Hot Rize, Leftover Salmon, The Lone Bellow, The Fairfield Four & The McCrary Sisters, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Sierra Hull, Balsam Range, Billy Strings & Don Julin, Haas Kowert Tice, The Giving Tree Band, Phoebe Hunt, The Brothers Comatose, 10 String Symphony, Luke Bulla, Caribou Mountain Collective, Dunderhead, The Lonely Heartstring Band, Dismembered Tennesseans, Vickie Vaughn Band, Old Salt Union, Grisman Leslie Hargreaves Smith, Rollin in the Hay, Annabelle Watts, Jenny Beth Willis Band, Kevin Dalton & The Tuesday Blooms, Andy Brasher, Whiskey Bent Valley Boys, Red Ember, Kentucky BlueGrass AllStars


ROMP 2014 

2014 Lineup

  • Old Crow Medicine Show
  • Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
  • Sam Bush Band
  • Del McCoury Band
  • David Grisman Folk Jazz Trio
  • Railroad Earth
  • The Wood Brothers
  • Sarah Jarosz
  • Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
  • Noam Pikelny & Stuart Duncan
  • Pokey LaFarge
  • The Brotet
  • 23 String Band
  • Foghorn Stringband
  • The Boston Boys
  • Rushad Eggleston
  • Alison Brown Quartet
  • Reunion Band
  • Missy Raines & The New Hip
  • Phoebe Hunt & Connor Forsyth
  • Bawn in the Mash
  • Bradford Lee Folk & The Bluegrass Playboys
  • The Danberrys
  • Vickie Vaughn Band
  • Red Ember
  • Kentucky BlueGrass AllStars

ROMP 2013

2013 Lineup

  • Merle Haggard
  • Punch Brothers
  • David Grisman Sextet
  • Del McCoury Band
  • Sam Bush Band
  • Leftover Salmon
  • Carolina Chocolate Drops
  • Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
  • The Deadly Gentlemen
  • Scythian
  • The SteelDrivers
  • Della Mae
  • Town Mountain
  • Lost Bayou Ramblers
  • David Wax Museum
  • The Boston Boys
  • G2
  • The Spinney Brothers
  • 10 String Symphony
  • Professors of Bluegrass
  • Goodwill
  • Renegade String Band
  • Faubush Hill
  • Giving Tree Band
  • Kings Highway
  • Hillbenders
  • Kentucky BlueGrass AllStars

2012 Lineup

Old Crow Medicine Show, Vince Gill, Punch Brothers, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Pokey LaFarge & South City Three, 23 String Band, The Deadly Gentlemen, Jesse McReynolds, Lonesome River Band, Town Mountain, The Expedition Show, The Farewell Drifters, Greensky Bluegrass, Monroeville, Some Rye Grass, NewTown, Renegade String Band, Higher Ground, Snap Jackson & the Knock on Wood Players, Bawn in the Mash, The Giving Tree Band, County Line Bluegrass, Don Stanley & Middle Creek, Grandview Junction, KY Bluegrass AllStars, Arnold Shultz Revival, Bearfoot, Newfound Road, Belfry Fellows

2011 Lineup

Steve Martin with the Steep Canyon Rangers, Emmylou Harris, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Punch Brothers, Trampled By Turtles, The Infamous Stringdusters, Tony Rice with Mountain Heart, Sarah Jarosz, Josh Williams Band, Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike, Audie Blaylock & Redline, Kenny & Amanda Smith, 23 String Band, Professors of Bluegrass, Pete & Joan Wernick, The Farewell Drifters, King's Highway, KY Bluegrass AllStars, Loos Cannon Bluegrass, Bawn in the Mash, Harpeth Rising, County Line Bluegrass, Travers Chandler & Avery County, Howard's Creek, Fade 2 Blue, The Vespers