Bittersweet Festival

Bittersweet Festival

Join us for Bittersweet Festival, held in downtown Mt Vernon on October 4-5, 2024.  Each year features food vendors, craft booths, kid’s activities, live music, and more.

If interested in becoming a Food or Craft Vendor, contact the City of Mount Vernon at 606-256-3437.

Kentucky Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Kentucky Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Join us as the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame welcomes Black Stone CherryRodney GriffinBobby Mackey, Paul Martin, Jimmy Mattingly, The McLain Family Band, Billy Moore, Ruble Sanderson, Sturgill Simpson, Charlie Sizemore, and Gary Stewart into the Class of 2024. The Induction Ceremony will take place on October 26, 2024, at Renfro Valley Entertainment Center. Tickets are available to the public for purchase starting Friday, March 1st at 10:00 AM at www.renfrovalley.com.

Sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting Jessica at kentuckymusichalloffame@gmail.com or calling 606-256-1000.

Friday After Five

Friday After Five

Friday After Five on Main Street in Downtown Mt. Vernon, Kentucky
Free Non-Judged Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Show on Main Street
Cornhole Tournament
Kid’s Activities with Rockcastle Arts Association

Live Music Each Month
May 18th: Donovan Howard Trio
June 21st: Driftwood Gypsy
July 19th: Bill Taylor & The Appalachian Heatherns

Everything kicks off at 6:00 PM.

Friday After Five

Friday After Five

Friday After Five on Main Street in Downtown Mt. Vernon, Kentucky
Free Non-Judged Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Show on Main Street
Cornhole Tournament
Kid’s Activities with Rockcastle Arts Association

Live Music Each Month
May 18th: Donovan Howard Trio
June 21st: Driftwood Gypsy
July 19th: Bill Taylor & The Appalachian Heatherns

Everything kicks off at 6:00 PM.

THAT ARENA ROCK SHOW ROCK: A TRIBUTE TO 70S AND 80S ROCK

THAT ARENA ROCK SHOW ROCK: A TRIBUTE TO 70S AND 80S ROCK

That Arena Rock Show is the ultimate high energy theatrical tribute to “Classic” Rock N’ Roll. Performing legendary rock anthems that ruled the airwaves in the 70s and 80s. Including artists like: Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Guns N Roses to name a few. 

This show will take you on a trip back in time, turning every sized venue into an arena for a night! Get your lighters out and your fist in the air. This rock show is more than just music – it’s an experience!

KENTUCKY BLUES MUSIC FESTIVAL

KENTUCKY BLUES MUSIC FESTIVAL

Mount Vernon Rockcastle Tourism, City of Mount Vernon, Kentucky, and Kentucky Music Hall of Fame & Museum proudly present the 2nd Annual Kentucky Blues Music Festival. It will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2024 in the Amphitheater behind the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame. 2024 will feature KMHOF Inductee, Tee Dee Young , along with Rachel Crowe and 2024 Artist in Residence Donovan Howard Music Trio. Music kicks off at 5PM and is FREE to attend.

EVERETTE AND BEN CHAPMAN AT RENFRO VALLEY

EVERETTE AND BEN CHAPMAN AT RENFRO VALLEY

Rooted in country, rock & roll, southern storytelling, and heartland hooks, Everette is glued together by two Kentucky natives who write their own songs, play their own instruments, and proudly blur the boundaries between themselves and their audience. For the boys, music is all about community. It’s about connection. That’s why the duo’s motto — “We are Everette” — isn’t just a statement about the musical bond shared by bandmates Brent Rupard and Anthony Olympia. It’s a reference to the communal bonds they share with their fans, too.

RHONDA VINCENT AND THE RAGE AT RENFRO VALLEY

RHONDA VINCENT AND THE RAGE AT RENFRO VALLEY

Rhonda Vincent is a firecracker of talent that powers one of the hottest bands in any genre of music today. From humble beginnings in the tiny town of Greentop, Missouri, Rhonda’s musical heritage traces back 5 generations of the Vincent family. Her dad would pick her up from school each day, and they would sing and play till dinner. After dinner, friends came over, and they would sing and play till bedtime. She began her professional music career singing in her family’s band The Sally Mountain Show. It was an immediate “on the job training,” as they had a TV show, radio show, and made their first recording when Rhonda was 5 years old. She picked up the mandolin at eight, the fiddle at twelve, and learned a valuable life lesson as a teenager performing with her
family at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri. While they were playing in the pouring rain to empty seats, and what they thought, no one listening — a week later they received a call from Hal Durham, general manager of the Grand Ole Opry at the time, and who just happened to be listening with his family around the corner. Mr. Durham loved what he heard and invited the Vincent family to appear on the Opry.

Rhonda’s life of music evolved into a successful career in bluegrass music; after being discovered by Grand Ole Opry Star “Jim Ed Brown,” and later spending what she calls her musical college years recording for Giant Records; and learning about the music business from Nashville’s best like James Stroud, Jack McFadden, and Stan Barnett.

It was her pivotal bluegrass album “Back Home Again” that transformed Rhonda
Vincent into the All American Bluegrass Girl, and crowned the New Queen of Bluegrass by “The Wall Street Journal” in 2000.

A multi-award winner, with a 2017 Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album, an Entertainer of the Year 2001, Song of the Year 2004, and unprecedented 7 consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association 2000 – 2006 and an 8th win of IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year in 2015.

Her lifelong dream came true when she was invited to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry on February 28, 2020. Rhonda waited an unprecedented 345 days and was
officially inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry on February 6, 2021.
Her powerful vocal style transcends the boundaries of bluegrass music, as evidenced in her collaboration with Dolly Parton on the Elton John / Bernie Taupin Tribute Project “Restoration” 2018.

NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND ALL THE GOOD TIMES: THE FAREWELL TOUR

NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND ALL THE GOOD TIMES: THE FAREWELL TOUR

On March 21st, 2024, the Dirt Band will kick off the first leg of their last traditionally scheduled gigs, ALL THE GOOD TIMES: The Farewell Tour. No need to fret, this isn’t goodbye forever, but it will be the last fans see of multi-city runs and long bus rides from the group that helmed the multi-artist Will The Circle Be Unbroken series that featured the likes of Mother Maybelle Carter, Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal, Levon Helm, and dozens more.

“‘All The Good Times’ perfectly describes our career,” said the band in a statement this week. “Playing our music for Dirt Band fans all over the world has been an incredible experience for us. The most important part of that has been the connection to our audience—that beautiful communal give and take is like nothing else. That’s the very spirit we’ll be celebrating as we head into our farewell tour. We really look forward to seeing you folks. Good times will be had by all!”

ABOUT NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND

With a refreshed lineup and newfound energy, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, featuring founding members Jeff Hanna (lead vocals, guitar) and Jimmie Fadden (drums, harmonica, vocals); Bob Carpenter (keys, vocals)—a member of the band since 1979; Jim Photoglo (bass, vocals); Jaime Hanna (guitar, vocals); and Ross Holmes (fiddle, harmonica, vocals); remains one of the most accomplished bands in American roots music.

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band played their first gig in 1966 in Southern California as a jug band and by 1969 had become a cornerstone of the burgeoning country-rock community. Their career breakthrough came in 1970 with the release of the record Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy and the single “Mr. Bojangles,” a folksy Top 10 pop hit that brought folk music to the national forefront. In 1972, they released the first of three groundbreaking Will The Circle Be Unbroken records, collaborating with many of the best bluegrass, Country, and folk artists in the world. The band also has enjoyed vast success on the U.S. Country charts with hits like “Fishin’ In The Dark,” “Modern Day Romance,” and “Stand A Little Rain.” Their latest album, Dirt Does Dylan—released in 2022—has received widespread critical acclaim.