ROMP Festival: Celebrating the Roots & Branches of Bluegrass

Hosted by the International Bluegrass Music Museum

The 15th annual ROMP Festival will take place on June 27-30, 2018. Held in Owensboro’s Yellow Creek Park, the four-day music, camping, and art festival  will feature over 30 top bluegrass, folk and Americana acts. Lineup announcements and ticket sales will begin mid-December, 2017.

Daviess County’s Yellow Creek Park, a 150-acre facility famous for its nature trails, winding creek and fishing lake, and sweeping tree-lines, plays host to ROMP each year.

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.

Additional offerings at ROMP Festival include organic and farm-to-table food vendors, craft vendors featuring Kentucky Proud products, art installations and professionally-led children's activities.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their instruments and jam throughout the weekend, and dance until dawn at the infamous after parties, featuring national acclaimed acts on the cabin stage in the park's rustic Pioneer Village.

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.  Museum admission is free to festival-goers.

Artist additions, single day tickets, volunteer opportunities, vendor applications and daily schedules will be available soon. To stay up-to-date with the latest news from ROMP fest, music fans can visit, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and sign-up to become a ROMP insider.

About the International Bluegrass Music Museum:

The International Bluegrass Music Museum is a 501c3 non-profit located in Owensboro, Kentucky focused on gathering, preserving, exhibiting and disseminating the artifacts, history, collection and performance art of the global history of bluegrass music through an educational experience. 

Formed in 1991, the IBMM is currently constructing a new building in downtown Owensboro, KY along the Ohio River.  Just three blocks west of the current location, this new facility will double the museum’s exhibit space and incorporate a 450 seat theater, an outdoor performance area, expanded research library, rooftop restaurant and much more.  


Past Events

ROMP 2017

The ROMP 2017 Lineup:

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Punch Brothers, Keller Williams' Grateful Grass, Los Lobos, Rhiannon Giddens, Yonder Mountain String Band, Jerry Douglas Band, Peter Rowan, The SteelDrivers, Pokey LaFarge, Dailey & Vincent, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, We Banjo 3, Billy Strings, Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley, Scythian, Becky Buller, The Dustbowl Revival, Kelsey Waldon, The Wooks, Driftwood, Snyder Family Band, High Fidelity, Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, Hogslop String Band

ROMP 2016

2016 Lineup:

Old Crow Medicine Show, Del McCoury Band, Sam Bush Band, Jerry Douglas presents The Earls of Leicester, Infamous Stringdusters, Mary Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, Steep Canyon Rangers, Lee Ann Womack, Larry Sparks & the Lonesome Ramblers, Travelin' McCourys, Della Mae, Bryan Sutton Band, Scythian, 23 String Band, Town Mountain, Billy Strings, Wood & Wire, Mipso, Jon Stickley Trio, Front Country, The Tillers, Old Salt Union, Bumper Jacksons, Monogram, Breaking Grass, The Lil' Smokies, Sheriff Scott & the Deputies, Annabelle Watts & Friends, Mike Wheeler, Kings Highway, Kentucky Bluegrass AllStars

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