Welcome to the Stringbean Memorial Bluegrass Festival!
The 22nd Annual Stringbean Memorial Bluegrass Festival will be held on June 14 - 16, 2018.
Stay tuned for more details coming soon!
The 21st Annual Stringbean Memorial Bluegrass Festival was held on June 15 - 17, 2017, at Stringbean Memorial Park in Tyner, KY.
Celebrating our 21st year in 2017, 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, Hall of Famer Larry Sparks, 14-time Grammy winner Ricky Skaggs, Hall of Famers Del McCoury and Doyle Lawson, and 26-time IBMA Award winning band Blue Highway.
Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who joined us for our 2017 festival!
Our festival's heart and soul was not with us ... Blockages were found in the heart of our festival founder Phillip Akemon the week of the 2017 festival, and doctors kept him hospitalized for observation prior to open heart surgery on Monday, June 19. Anyone who knows Phillip, knows he tried to talk doctors into letting him come to the festival! Phillip is a good man whose heart, loyalty, and love for the music and his Uncle Stringbean have kept this event going for 21 years. Phillip and the Akemon family appreciate your kind support and prayers as Phillip continues to recover from surgery. He is doing well and improving slowily and steadily.
We're grateful for your support and patience, and the 22nd Annual Stringbean Festival info will be coming soon!
The Akemon Family appreciates your kind support and prayers!