By Matt Wickstrom
OWENSBORO, Ky. — The Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum has announced the first Downtown ROMP taking place on its outdoor stage Saturday, Sept. 14. Held in conjunction with activities during the Owensboro Air Show, the Downtown ROMP Air Show After Party will feature past ROMP Festival alums Dustbowl Revival, Scythian, Rumpke Mountain Boys and Hogslop String Band.
Beginning at noon on the day of the event ticket holders have access to lawn seating in the outdoor stage space to take in the sights and sounds of the air show, which drew an estimated 70,000 patrons to the area for it’s three-day event in 2018 according to the Owensboro Times. This year’s air show performers include the F-16 Viper Demo Team, USAF Heritage Foundation, Team Aeroshell, Kevin Coleman, Philips 66 Aerostars, Northrup F-5, Billy Werth, Noah Watts Skydiving, F-86 Sabre, Mig 17, Army Aviation Heritage Foundation, A-1 Skyraider, B-25J – Mitchell, and Flagship Detroit DC-3.
At the conclusion of the air show, music begins on the outdoor stage and continues into the evening. Food vendors, outdoor bar stations, and concessions are available throughout the event. The movie “Top Gun” featuring Tom Cruise will also run continuously during the air show in the Hall of Fame’s theatre.
The Downtown ROMP is the next in a series of upcoming concerts scheduled to commence inside the newly renovated Bluegrass Hall, which reopened in October 2018 following a $15.3 million facelift that doubled the size to 50,000 s.f. and includes the 447-seat Woodward Theatre and 1,500-seat outdoor amphitheater, both of which will be utilized during events surrounding the Air Show and Downtown ROMP.
Other concerts on the venue’s slate include Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band (Aug. 24), Mandolin Orange (Sept. 28), The Steeldrivers (Oct. 5), We Banjo 3 (Oct. 12) and Della Mae (Oct. 19), among others.
For more information on this event and others taking place at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum visit BluegrassHall.org.