John Hartford Memorial Festival

First, let’s get through the obvious:


  1. If you have never attended any music festival at the Bill Monroe Music Park (BMMP) in Beanblossom, Indiana, do so soon. The main stage is hallowed by both bluegrass and country music legends. It is a place that all fans of live music need to make a pilgrimage to visit.

This year we pulled off what many have said was the best festival yet. It takes a lot of talented people and entities in both the foreground and background to produce the John Hartford Memorial Festival, and we'd like to publicly acknowledge the folks who used their talents to make the event run as smooth as a steam powered aero-plane. We would like to thank everyone who helped out including; John Hotze for his vision of founding the festival, we miss him very much.

My heart was torn when I read that the John Hartford Memorial Festival would be in Springville, Indiana, not Bean Blossom, IN at the Bill Monroe Music Park. I love my little cabin in the woods at the Bill Monroe Music Park (BMMP). It has served us well for many adventures at the John Hartford Memorial Festival (JHMF). And it was reserved and paid for from June 1-5, 2022. ‘My’ cabin has beds, an air conditioner, mini fridge, microwave and sleeps four. We know how to set up to suit our tastes and keep dry.

The Long Hot Summer (festival) Days are finally here! Its’ been 1,095 days since we all got together back in June of 2019 to celebrate the namesake of your festival, John Hartford. We are in full jubilation mode and thrilled that next week y’all will descend upon the new and much larger venue at the Lawrence County Recreational Park in Springville, IN. We’ve got over 30 bands to facilitate the “Vamps In The Middle” of your musical tastes. We believe this roster of talent is as eclectic and varied as John Hartford.

In just a month we will finally all be back together celebrating the music of the late and great John Hartford! What exactly is the John Hartford Memorial Festival? Well, we are a family friendly, kid friendly, dog friendly, jam friendly, just plain friendly bluegrass and folk music festival. We strive to reach the right number of people for your maximum comfort and will continue to limit the amount of multi-day tickets sold to just 3,000 Full-Festival Tickets.

You’ve been patiently waiting, and we’re tickled to finally announce the daily lineup and the sale of single day tickets. We’ve got over 30 bands and 45 sets of music over the course of four days. Entertainment will be spread out over three stages at our new venue in beautiful Springville, IN. Newgrass, Bluegrass, Jamgrass, Old Time and everything in between will soon be flowing through the campgrounds of the Lawrence County Recreational Park. Plan your festival adventure accordingly and as always expect a few surprises along the way.

Point your rig to Springville, IN because all roads and flights lead to the Lawrence County Recreational Park! Fill up your 1970s Volkswagen van with biodiesel from your deep fryer or top off the tank on your Steam Powered Aereo-plain, regardless of how you get here, we want you at the Most Laid Back Festival In America, the John Hartford Memorial Festival taking place June 1-4, 2022.

Call up the band members and tell them to start practicing! We just opened the registration for the John Hartford Memorial Band Contest. Registration will remain open until 11:59pm ET on February 28th. Judges will narrow down the qualified entries to a maximum of up to 12 finalist bands to compete live at the 2022 JHMF. Final contestants will be notified via email by Monday, March 7th.

We’re tickled to announce the initial lineup for the 2022 festival taking place June 1-4 in Springville, IN. We’ve put together a superlative lineup that features many of the acts that were booked (and never performed) at the 2020 festival. We know this diverse lineup will appeal to bluegrass, newgrass, jamgrass and old time fans. At the center of our booking philosophy is the concept of putting together a roster of talent that is as eclectic and varied as the music of our festival namesake, John Hartford.

The next installment of the John Hartford Memorial Festival is in the works, With the regretful 2021  passing of the creator, John Hotze. Tom Burkhart has joined with Brent Turner and John Grantz to maintain the festival into the future.  The event is scheduled for June 1st through the 4th in 2022.

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