After six years of planning, Bluegrass music fans celebrate the start of construction of the new International Bluegrass Music Museum.
Officials break ground this afternoon on the more than $15 million project in downtown Owensboro.
“Together today, we crossed that finish line,” says Chris Joslin, Executive Director of the International Bluegrass Music Museum.
For Bluegrass musician Jesse McReynolds, today was the end of a long wait.
“I never thought this would happen,” he says. “It’s hard for a town to get behind it. It’s a great thing.”
The groundbreaking, marking the start of construction of the new music museum and hall of fame.
“I think Owensboro is a good location since bluegrass started down in Rosine, not far from here, by Bill Monroe, and I’m sure it means a lot to the state of Kentucky to have something like this,” says McReynolds.
The new center includes indoor and outdoor space for concerts, a recording studio, and rooftop restaurant.
“It’s been a long time coming,” says Terry Woodward of the International Bluegrass Music Museum. Woodward says in the six years of planning and fundraising, there were moments where he wondered if this day would ever happen.
“Originally, we were going to renovate the old state building, and when we found out that it wasn’t going to happen, the price tag went up, which meant our fundraising efforts had to go up, it was doubtful a couple of times,” he says.
While ground was broken today, Bluegrass music fans will have to wait a little longer for the actual music center. It’s not going to open until Spring of 2018.