Welcome to the Stringbean Memorial Bluegrass Festival!
The 21st Annual Stringbean Memorial Bluegrass Festival will be held on June 15 - 17, 2017, at Stringbean Memorial Park in Tyner, KY.
Celebrating our 21st year, the festival honors Jackson County native and beloved Grand Ole Opry star David ‘Stringbean’ Akemon. His unique stage attire, traditional claw hammer banjo style, and entertaining stage banter endeared him to fans around the world. ’The Kentucky Wonder’ was best known for his musical comedic performances on the hallowed stage of the Grand Ole Opry beginning in the 1940’s and on the television series “Hee Haw” until his tragic death in 1973.
With a rich history and beautiful locale at Stringbean Memorial Park, the festival has hosted the biggest stars in Bluegrass including the legendary Ralph Stanley who headlined the inaugural event in 1996. Other celebrated Bluegrass royalty brought in by festival founder Phillip Akemon include the Queen of Bluegrass Rhonda Vincent, 14-time Grammy winner Ricky Skaggs, Hall of Famers Del McCoury and Doyle Lawson, and 26-time IBMA Award winning band Blue Highway.
Headliners for the 2017 Stringbean Memorial Bluegrass Festival include:
THURSDAY ~ Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys
FRIDAY ~ Hall of Famer Larry Sparks & the Lonesome Ramblers ~ and ~ Shawn & Gracie Lane
SATURDAY ~ David Adkins