About this festival
John Hartford was a ground breaking trend-setter who started a movement in music that forever changed and opened up the landscape of bluegrass music, giving way to the name “Newgras.
We are fortunate to have the freedom to gather and celebrate life with music. We can shop for festivals that will satisfy any musical taste. Most start out small then grow with profit usually being the driving force, at least for the mainstream festivals. People will come together in large numbers to hear music, enjoy alcohol and party. Our festival, The John Hartford Memorial Festival is different. It’s different in that we bring musicians and music lovers together in a laid back atmosphere to celebrate the life, music and legacy of the late John Hartford. We have fulfilled the vision of our founder John Hotze and co-promoter Tom Burkhart. We have become a family bent on education and the preservation of our namesake's rule defying genre bending, all inclusive music.
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