Welcome to the Stringbean Memorial Bluegrass Festival!
The 24th Annual Stringbean Memorial Bluegrass Festival will be 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 Saturday. The full Festival Line-up of Artists will be announced in May, with Daily Set Schedules to be released in early June.
Festival founder Phillip Akemon and our artists are happy to welcome bluegrass music back to Stringbean Park and Eastern Kentucky in 2021 after a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic.
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2021 Early Bird Ticket Sale
Early Bird Sale!
Big 3-Day Pass is only $45 through May 15 here in our Website Store ~ StringbeanPark.com/Tickets. Single Day Tickets are also on sale for $20 per day. You may purchase your tickets here on in our Website Store, or mail your ticket order to Stringbean Park, 1410 Oak Grove Church Road, Tyner, KY 40486. Mailed orders for Early Bird 3-Day discounted passes should be postmarked by May 15.
Festival Flyer for 2021 ~ Coming soon!