Welcome to the Stringbean Memorial Bluegrass Festival!



27th Annual
Stringbean Memorial Bluegrass Festival


The 27th Annual Stringbean Memorial Bluegrass Festival was held on June 20=21=22,  2024, 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 2024 included International Bluegrass Music Hall of Famer Larry Sparks & the Lonesome Ramblers on Saturday;  Lonesome River Band, featuring 5-time IBMA Banjo Player of the Year Sammy Shelor, on Friday; and Jeff Parker & Company (formerly of Dailey & Vincent) on Thursday.    Local favorites Laurel River Line will also appear on Saturday.  

2024 Festival complete Line-up of Artists and Daily Set Schedules are on our Schedule  page.

Festival founder Phillip Akemon and our artists loved welcoming bluegrass music back to Stringbean Park and Eastern Kentucky for the 27th year of our festival in June 2024.  

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