Are you excited about the new International Bluegrass Music Center being built in Owensboro, KY? A lot of people are, especially the staff and management of the International Bluegrass Music Museum, which will move into the Center when it is completed in the spring of 2018.
The new building will be along the Ohio River in newly-revitalized downtown Owensboro, alongside new hotels and a new convention center. In addition to the Museum exhibits and offices, the Center will house multiple concert spaces (indoor and outdoor), a much larger gift shop, expanded exhibit space, a research library, and a rooftop restaurant looking over the river.
For those eager to check on the progress of the new Center, the Museum has installed a webcam trained on the construction site, updating 24/7 online. There’s not much to see just yet with the site just prepared in recent weeks, but return visits will show girders going up and a building taking shape.
Save this link and stop by on a regular basis to see the progress as it occurs.
While funding has been secured to complete construction, the Museum is still soliciting contributions online. Tax-deductible donations can be processed by credit card at the IBMM web site.
Music instruction is also on the radar for the Museum this fall. They have four classes offered to all ages, starting October 1:
- Bluegrass Boot Camp – This class is designed for the beginner student.
- Beginners Plus – Designed as a continuation of the Spring Lessons
- Intermediate – Beginner students that have completed two semesters
- Jam Band – This class is for musicians and singers and will teach you how to play with others
And they have also scheduled Pete Wernick, Dr. Banjo, to teach one of his Bluegrass Jam Camps on site, October 21-23, 2016. Full details can be found online.