20th Annual Bean Blossom Blues Fest

August 23-25, 2018

It’s A Midwest Music Party! You are invited to come have an amazing time this summer at the Bean Blossom Blues Festival – voted the #1 Music Festival in Indiana! Celebrating 20 years of the Bean with Family & Friends, the Bean has expanded to 3 nights of pure live music and blues entertainment! They have invited back some of their long standing friends to perform this year and are welcoming some new friends to the BEAN! The Bean fans come for the love of music, meet friends, enjoy a weekend of partying and leave as one big family!

The Bean Blossom Blues Festival is a Brown County, Indiana live music festival tradition. For the past 19 years, world-class music lovers from over 30 states have gathered at Bill Monroe Music Park and Campground to meet, greet and party with legendary, award-winning artists in one of the most beautiful and historic locations in the Midwest! The Bean Blossom Blues Festival is happening August 23-25, 2018. There will be award-winning Indiana craft beer, food and vendors onsite. Tickets are available online or at the gate.

2018 Bean Schedule – Kick off the weekend with

“Thirsty Thursday” – $3.50/16 oz. award winning Indiana draft craft beer all night!
The 1-4-5’s will start the evening hosting the annual Jam Session in the Pavilion Bar from 4-7 pm. Longtime blues family member Jason Ricci and the Bad Kind will ignite the main stage with Larkin Poe, deep rooted southern blues dynamic duo and their band from 7-10 pm.

Friday “Blues Under the Stars” | 5:30 – 10:30 pm The evening begins with our longest performing friend….Big Al & The Heavyweights return to help us celebrate 20 years, followed by Jason Ricci and the Bad Kind. Monster Mike Welch & Mike Ledbetter who are tearing up the blues scene this year with 7 blues nominations will have the honor of bringing Friday night to a close, with hopefully an all-star jam at the end

Saturday “Full Moon Stars” | 3:30 – 11 pm Welcome back an old friend…..Danielle Nicole returns for her 5th Bean appearance, Bernard Allison plays the same smokin’ six string shooter that his late father Luther Allison assaulted the blues with. Tommy Castro is one of the brightest contemporary blues musicians, combining passionate, fiery guitar playing with power vocals. Saturday night will almost too hot to handle.

Larkin Poe | Independent Blues Award Modern Roots Song – Nominated for Best Emerging Artist Album 2018, first time performers, Larkin Poe, two young sisters from Atlanta, are making a big mark in the music world with some old-style southern blues. Rebecca and Megan Lovell, AKA Larkin Poe, have released a fun new album called “Peach”. In support of their new album, they have performed at some major music festivals this summer including Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and are currently on tour with Keith Urban’s Graffitit U Tour. We are blessed to have them perform at the Bean this year! Larkin Poe will open the fest Thursday night at 7 pm.

Jason Ricci and the Bad Kind | Best Harmonica Player – 2018 | Longtime blues family member who first performed at the BEAN in 2005. Jason Ricci is one of the most popular harmonica players on the planet today. Listed in almost every top ten lists of players on the internet today, Jason Ricci is a polarizing force always in the spot light and on the tips of critics, artists and fans tongue’s everywhere. Years performed at the Bean: 2005, 2007, 2015. Jason will be performing on Thursday and Friday nights and conducting a Harmonica Masters & Pros Showcase on Friday at 4 pm.

Welch Ledbetter Connection | Best Traditional Blues Album – 2018 | First time performers at the BEAN, Monster Mike Welch & Mike Ledbetter are tearing up the blues scene this year with 7 blues award nominations. With over 25 years under his belt, Boston-based blues guitarist Monster Mike Welch is handily considered a seasoned veteran of the international blues scene. Chicago’s own Mike Ledbetter has had nothing short of a rich and multi- dimensional musical journey thus far. They will be closing out the main stage Friday night beginning at 9 pm.

Big Al and the Heavyweights |They performed at the first BEAN in 1999. From Cajun to Zydeco to Blues to Rock and everything in between, Big Al & the Heavyweights offer a musical gumbo sure to please all. Years performed at the Bean: 1999; 2000; 2001; 2002; 2004. They will kick-off the main stage entertainment Friday at 5:30 pm.

Bernard Allison | First time performer, the name Allison has a strong blues legacy; Bernard Allison plays the same smokin’ six string shooter that his late father Luther Allison assaulted the blues with. Heralded a blues funk master, talented guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, his newest album showcases plenty of soul-satisfying guitar work with genre bending tunes. Fresh off a European tour, Bernard plays on Saturday beginning at 5:30 pm.

Tommy Castro & the Painkillers | 2018 Independent Blues Award Traditional CD | B.B. King Entertainer of the Year – 2010 | First time performer, Tommy is one of the brightest contemporary blues musicians, combining passionate, fiery guitar playing with power vocals. Tommy Castro & The Painkillers’ road-hardened, seemingly telepathic musicianship bring an unmatched passion to Castro’s blue-eyed California soul and hard-rocking, good-time songs. Tommy Castro takes the main stage Saturday at 7:30 pm.

Danielle Nicole Band | Three 2018 Independent Blues Awards – Contemporary CD, Contemporary Song & Music Video | Danielle returns for her 5th Bean appearance on the tails of a hot new album and heavy touring schedule. Originally appeared as “Trampled Under Foot” in 2008, Nicole is reaching out more and trying different things. “I grew up playing the blues, and the blues is still a big part of what I do. It still sounds like me, but I’m stretching out a lot more than I have previously.” 2014 Best Instrumentalist Bass…Years performed at the Bean: 2008, 2009, 2012, 2015. Danielle Nicole will close out the BEAN on Saturday at 9:30 pm.

Gene Deer | Welcome back to the Bean! A true blues artist, born and raised in the Midwest, Gene Deer’s style and music pulls on his old soul flavor of iconic blues artists from the Mississippi Delta, as well as classic rock legends. Gene’s rock ‘n roll spirit, and passion deliver high level energy from the stage in every performance. Gene Deer open the main stage on Saturday beginning at 3:30 pm.

Gracie Curran & the High Falutin’ Band | First time performer at the Bean…Gracie Curran has earned her reputation for jaw dropping Blues & Soul, in every blues club and juke joint from Boston to Beale Street. Gracie and her band will be at the Pavilion Bar Stage Saturday with 3 sets – 5, 7, & 9 pm.

NEW THIS YEAR – Bean Blossom Musical Talent Contest | Saturday, August 25 – 2 pm | Hippy Hill Stage

Calling all Bean Friends, Family & Fans! Do you play an instrument? Can you sing? Presenting the inaugural “Bean Blossom Musical Talent Contest” during this year’s Bean Blossom Blues Fest. They want to see your performance on the Hippy Hill Stage – anything musical goes! Prizes will be awarded including $100 – 1st Place. Some rules:

• Single or duo act – sing, play an instrument – drums, guitar, harmonica, spoons, etc. • Maximum performance time – 3 minutes
• Mic & amp supplied
• No nudity
• Sign up throughout the weekend at the South Central Indiana Blues Society Booth •Check-in at 1 pm Saturday at the Hippy Hill Stage

Hosted by the South Central Indiana Blues Society, this contest replaces the Harmonica Contest that has been held in previous years.

There will be plenty of food vendors onsite, offering just as a diverse menu as the performers. Try a bison burger from Red Frazier Bison, enjoy smoked pork beef and chicken from Fuzztops Backyard Smoke Shack, mouthwatering smoked ribs, brisket and pulled pork from Carsons BBQ, Cajun cuisine and seafood cooked to perfection by NaWels Cajun Cooking/NaWels Boiling Spot and Strombolis, Pizza and Nachos from Serena’s Food Hut.

Once you are finished with your main course, delight in desserts from Grannies Goodies on the Go!

Host Hotels – The Seasons Lodge, Brown County Inn, Quality Inn and the Green Valley Motor Lodge in Nashville are offering discounted festival rates for the weekend. Fans are encouraged to spend the weekend, a Blues welcome package will be in each room and FREE shuttles are provided to and from the fest. The BEAN makes it easy for their fans to enjoy the music and a few good craft beers without the worry of driving back to their hotel. Coolers, blankets, lawn chairs, bicycles, and golf carts are permitted, and friendly pets are permitted as long as they are on a leash.

Advance tickets can be purchased via the website or purchased at the gate. You can also reserve a golf cart rental online, these go very quickly and there are only 2-seaters still available to rent. Ticket prices:

Weekend tickets – Adults 16 and over
Last Chance Advance | $65 – August 2 – 23
At the Gate – $70 | Saturday Only – $25 | Friday Only – $35 | Saturday Only – $45

Weekend tickets – Youth ages 10-15
Weekend Ticket – $22.50 | Friday Only – $12.50 | Saturday Only – $20

The Bean Blossom Blues Fest is held at the historic Bill Monroe Music Park and Campground in Morgantown, Indiana. Camping is available and campsites can be reserved through the park.

For complete details and schedules, and to order advance tickets, visit the Bean website: http://beanblossomblues.com/ and their Facebook page: BeanBlossomBluesFest