The effort from all corners of the bluegrass world to memorialize the Bill Monroe centennial in 2011 is getting an assist from the bluegrass state’s Owenboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau. They have launched a new web site, billmonroe100thbirthday.com, to make information available about the many centennial events taking place in Kentucky during 2011.
Owensboro, KY is the home of the International Bluegrass Music Museum, and is located a short distance from Monroe’s home place in Rosine. It was also the original home for the IBMA, and the first World Of Bluegrass and International Bluegrass Music Awards were held in Owensboro in the late 1980s and early ’90s.
In addition to the event listings, the new site features a biography of Monroe for the uninitiated, and a list of his career highlights. There are also images from official centennial photographers, and the complete catalog of the IBMM Centennial Art Exhibit. This exhibit includes new works of Monroe-themed art being offered for sale to benefit the work of the museum.
And of course there is a thorough listing of events in Kentucky during September 2011, leading up to Monroe’s 100th birthday celebration on September 13.
Find it all at www.billmonroe100thbirthday.com.