Heading into its ninth year, the John Hartford Memorial Festival, a family friendly event, is on a mission to preserve and continue the legacy, music, and ideals of John Hartford; one of America's most beloved songwriters, performers, and musicians. The John Hartford Memorial Festival, “The Most Laid-Back Festival in America”, has announced their final line-up along with the kick-off of their John Hartford Band Contest and Songwriter’s Challenge.

They began accepting entries for both contests on January 1, 2019. Deadline to enter the John Hartford Band Contest is February 28, 2019, and the deadline for entering the Songwriter’s Challenge is March 31, 2019. Win cash, booking opportunities, and perform on the Hartford Stage, a.k.a. “The House That Bill Monroe Built!” Please click HERE to visit the Band Contest page or HERE to visit the Songwriter’s Challenge page for more information on how to enter, to read interviews with, and to hear music from past winners.


This year’s headliners this include Sam Bush, The Tim O’Brien Band, Laurie Lewis, Della Mae, Great American Taxi, Larry Keel Experience, The Special Concensus, Rumpke Mountain Boys, The Way Down Wanderers and many more!

Check out our photo coverage of last year’s John Hartford Memorial Festival, courtesy of contributing photographer, Will Huston.

Read more about the 9th Annual John Hartford Memorial Festival held each spring in historic Brown County, at the Bill Monroe Music and Camping park, located in beautiful Bean Blossom, Indiana. www.hartfordfest.com