Welcome to the Stringbean Memorial Bluegrass Festival!


 Thanks to all who came to
 the 2021 Festival!


The 24th Annual Stringbean Memorial Bluegrass Festival was held on June 17-18-19,  2021, at Stringbean Memorial Park at 1410 Oak Grove Church Road in Tyner, KY.   

Our 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 28-time IBMA Award winning band Blue Highway.

Headliners for 2021 include Hall of Famer Larry Sparks & the Lonesome Ramblers on Saturday, with Ralph Stanley II & the Clinch Mountain Boys on Thursday, and Shawn Lane & Richard Bennett on Friday.  While the names Sparks and Stanley are easily recognizable to those loyal to bluegrass, fans may recognize Shawn Lane as a 3-time Grammy nominee, 28-time IBMA Award winner, and 2015 IBMA Songwriter of the Year nominee with 27-year strong internationally acclaimed Blue Highway.  Richard Bennett is a respected vocalist, instrumentalist, songwriter, and 2-time Grammy nominee with legendary J.D. Crowe & the New South.  Local favorites Laurel River Line will also appear on Friday.  The full Festival Line-up of Artists and Daily Set Schedules are on our Schedule page.

Festival founder Phillip Akemon and our artists are happy to welcome bluegrass music back to Stringbean Park and Eastern Kentucky in June 2021 after a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic. 

How Sweet It Is!   Ya'll come!!

2021 Festival Flyer



Tickets are $20 per day or $60 for a Big 3-Day Pass.

** Children are admitted Free with a paying adult. **







2021 Headliners

Larry Sparks

Larry Sparks

Ralph Stanley II

Ralph Stanley II

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