In preperation for this year's festival, we asked our friend and long-time ROMP attendee and camping expert, Kelly Farr, for some ROMP camping tips.
Camping at Romp is an awesome way to immerse yourself in the full festival experience! The following is a suggested list of things to bring and some tips for enhancing your camping experience.
We're kicking off #rompfest 2017 by teaming up with some of our favorite Owensboro spots: the Western Kentucky Botanical Garden, and O.Z. Tyler Distillery.
We surveyed hundreds of ROMP Festival attendees to put together a list of items you may want to include while packing for an incredible weekend of music. Here are some of the top items mentioned in no particular order....
Arnie Weil has been the Tour Manager for Boulder, CO based band, Leftover Salmon since late 2014. He paused for a brief moment during their hectic touring schedule to answer a few questions about life on the road, working in the music business, and some of the wild things he has seen on the road…
Written by ROMP chair & IBMM Treasurer, Chris Love
Live music…..the first live concert that I remember was Billy Joel in 1978. I was 12 and I was hooked! There’s simply nothing like the experience, and often times, the magic happens when you least expect it.
That was the case during the 2007 ROMP....
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.
Hootie, a Great Horned Owl from the Western Kentucky raptor center is a fan favorite of ROMP and acts as the festival’s official mascot.
written by Jesse Love, marketing intern
ROMP has been a very big part of my whole family for a very long time. When my dad, Chris Love, became involved with the festival in 2011, it was as if the whole family jumped into this wonderful adventure together. I was born immediately loving all types of music, so it was only natural for me to love all the musicians that come to the ROMP stage every year.
One day back in 2011, while getting lost somewhere in the depths of Facebook, I came across something pertaining to ROMP. At the time I had never even heard of ROMP! Whaaaaaa??!?! I know, it seems inconceivable! How had I gone so long without knowing about this festival?!? Especially with it being just about an hour from home! I had to check it out right away. After a little digging I knew I wanted to to be a part of this festival! The line up was amazing, and it was right at home.
It's been blisteringly hot all day but as the sun begin to set and and the stage lit up, all of the sweat and soreness and tired, aching eyes fades into nothing. The first long fiddle note fills the air and before long, the ground is covered with people dancing and swinging and singing songs that have been sung in our Commonwealth for the last hundred years...
As the little wooden sign in my house states: “I wasn’t born in Kentucky but I got here as fast as I could.” If you know me well, you know I am a proud Kentuckian. I have been here 26 of the 29 years of my life and it has been a great pleasure and privilege to grow up in and come back to Paducah. If I made a list all the things I love about my gorgeous and great home state, it could wind the track at Keeneland twice – maybe three times. I won’t bother trying, but I will tell you that one of the things I am most fond of is: The Music of Kentucky. And most specifically: Bluegrass.