Save The Date
Join us May 30 - June 2, 2018 in Bean Blossom Indiana, at the Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground for the 8th annual John Hartford Memorial Festival, "The Most Laid Back Festival in America!" That's where it all takes place. Single Day Tickets are now available. Can't make the whole shindig? Never attended but you are curious? Single Day tickets are the perfect answer. Click Here to purchase tickets.
Folks have figured out the early picker gets the jam spot. The first two tiers of Full-Festival tickets have SOLD OUT. Don't worry, you can still purchase limited full-festival tickets at 3rd tier levels. Better jump on these tickets as they are moving quicker than a steam powered aereo-plain.
A few months ago we announced our full lineup, and the John Hartford Memorial Festival Family answered with record ticket sales! We announced early so you could plan that special week to come to Bean Blossom and re-unite with your festival family. Now we are tickled to announce the Hourly Stage Schedule. Every stage will soon be brimming with fantastic folks plying their musical wares for you. Now is the time, so start planning your festival fun with the help of the hourly stage schedule. Over forty bands will be spread over three stages (Hartford, Boogie, Hippy Hill) throughout the Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground in beautiful Bean Blossom, IN May 30 - June 2.
Download The Program Guide
For the first time ever we are making the official program guide available as a digital download! Download this 7 MB PDF and save it to your device. Everything you need to know and more via the link below.
Song Writing Announcement & Showcase
After listening, reading, pondering, listening, reading and pondering even more, our panel of judges have arrived at a conclusion. We deliberated relentlessly over the most even and toughest field of John Hartford inspired songwriters yet. Congratulations to Will Kimble from Cincinnati, OH for winning this years Challenge with his song "Paddleboat Shuffle". Read all about Will Kimble by clicking here. This year's top ten represented eight different states and Canada. We are honored to present our Songwriter's Showcase featuring our top five 2018 finalists and last year's champion songwriter, Micahlan Boney. The following top five songwriters will be appearing in our Showcase. Congratulations to:
1: Will Kimble. Cincinnati, OH.
2: Kenny Cornell. Broken Arrow, OK.
3: John Lilly. Charleston, WV.
4: Mark Heinrich. Carlsbad, NM.
5: Adam Yount. Steelville, MO.
6: Robert Thatcher. West Signal Mountain, TN.
7: David Godsey. Columbia, MO.
8: Mace Hathaway. McClelland, IA.
9: Dan Latner. Guelph, ON Canada.
10: Jane Fallon. Brookline, NH.
You can hear the top ten winners from each contest on our contest page by clicking here. Be sure to support these John Hartford inspired songwriters when they perform their winning songs live, Friday, June 1 on the Hartford Stage at 1pm.
All Hartfod Sets at JHMF8
In keeping with our legacy and mission to direct awareness to our namesake, John Hartford, we will once again open the main stage every day with 100% all Hartford sets. Join your friends at the main stage each day for kickoff sets featuring Wednesday - The Wheelhouse Rousters, Thursday - Flatland Harmony Experiment, Friday - The Mighty Pines, Saturday - Robert Ellis and Courtney Hartman present "Dear John".
Relive the musical memories and take a stroll back to Bean Blossom, IN with the official recap video of JHMF7. Kudos to Jeremy Sewell for filming the festival.