I first learned about ROMP in 2012 while attending University of California, Santa Cruz. I was about to graduate and instead of taking a graduation trip overseas, my husband (Rod) and I opted to save our money to buy a VW van and travel across the country for the summer. Sometime in the winter of 2012 I saw that two of my favorite bands, Old Crow Medicine Show and Carolina Chocolate Drops, would be performing at a festival called ROMP in Owensboro, Kentucky that summer
Written by Katie Keller, Marketing Director
My first year behind the scenes for ROMP was one of the greatest experiences in my adult career.
One of the most astounding things I witnessed was the humility of the artists involved; over the course of four days, I watched legends and pioneers of Bluegrass music mingle, jam and laugh with friends new and old--scenes that would seem better fit for a backyard bar-b-q than a world-renowned music festival. This is the beauty of Bluegrass music – the family, the love and the ties that bind us all together no matter the role we play.
Written by Chris Langdon, Promotions Director
From the time I arrive at the park on Tuesday morning until I leave on Sunday night, the festival provides equal levels of stress and joy; but it is the energy from all of our attendees that keeps me going. It's like every pat on the back, high five, or hug in a B-12 shot. I feel constantly energized by the love from our friends.