The John Hartford Memorial Festival is quickly approaching, taking place May 29-31 at the historic Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground in scenic Bean Blossom, IN. Heading into its fourth year, the festival 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 three-day, family-friendly event features performances from 50 Americana/Roots bands on three stages throughout the day and night, with campground jamming, a songwriting contest, an old-time fiddle contest, community Chompdown breakfast, kids tent and activities, music workshops, and John Hartford storytelling.
Eric Lambert & Friends will be returning to perform a main stage set at this great festival on Thursday, May 29 at 3:15 pm. They will be part of an outstanding line-up that includes Peter Rowan, Pokey LaFarge, Pert Near Sandstone, Jamie Hartford and Friends, Larry and Jenny Keel, Danny Barnes, Great American Taxi, The HillBenders, Rumpke Mountain Boys, Bawn in the Mash, Mike Compton, Leroy Troy, and many more.
“I’m very excited and honored to be performing at the John Hartford Memorial Festival once again,” said Eric. “John has influenced me because he dared to be different and could not be pigeon holed into a category. He gave permission to be myself,” he shared. “I really look forward to the pickin’ opportunities we’ll have with the amazing and diverse group of musicians performing at the festival. It’s the most fun I’ll have all season.”
New to this year’s festival are music workshops. Eric will be hosting the guitar workshop on Saturday, May 30 at 1 pm. Festival attendees are encouraged to bring their guitar and join in. “My guitar workshop will closely follow my 123 Bluegrass DVD,” he said. “Pickers can expect me to answer questions and demonstrate different types of picking techniques. It will be interactive, audience-friendly, and lots of fun!”
Specializing in the fiery art of flatpicking, Eric has built a career writing, performing, recording, and teaching Americana music in the Chicago area and beyond. Traces of rock, folk, bluegrass, country, and blues can be found in his music, which is delivered with energy, soul and inspiration. Learn more about Eric Lambert at www.ericlambert.com. Learn more about the John Hartford Memorial Festival and purchase tickets at www.johnhartfordmemfest.com.