Blues playing at Bean Blossom

By Suzannah Couch
For The Republic

BEAN BLOSSOM—Award-winning blues musicians who have toured Europe, competed on “The Voice,” and performed with B.B. King, John Lee Hooker and the Allman Brothers will all take the stage in Bean Blossom this weekend.

For the 18th year, the annual Bean Blossom Blues Fest will return to the Bill Monroe Music Park and Campground.

From Thursday, Aug. 25 to Saturday, Aug. 27, fans will be able to meet and talk with the performers, sit in on jam sessions and learn how to play the harmonica, according to a press release.

The musical lineup includes Jeff Jensen, Moreland and Arbuckle, Carolyn Wonderland, Matt Tedder, Ghost Town Blues Band, Tad Robinson, Jack Broadbent, Victor Wainwright and the WildRoots and Elvin Bishop.

The Indiana State Harmonica Championship will take place Saturday beginning at 3 p.m. on the Hippy Hill Stage. Professional judges will listen to players in adult and youth categories and a $200 cash prize will be awarded to the winner.

Coolers, blankets, lawn chairs, bicycles and golf carts and “friendly pets” on leashes will all be permitted.

Camping will be available on site. A free shuttle to “host hotels” Green Valley Lodge and Brown County Inn will be offered.

To see a schedule of events, visit or follow Bean Blossom Blues Fest on Facebook.

Tickets, $20 to $60 for adults and $12.50 to $22.50 for ages 10-15, can be bought in advance online or at the gate. Parking is free.

The festival will go on rain or shine.