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Flash News!

Our August show will be at the Patriot Center on August 13th at 6:30 PM.

Pre-show at 6 PM!

See the Next Show page for concert information.

 

No GOBMS Show in September due to Bluegrass & Chili Festival!

 

October GOBMS show will be October 1st (First Saturday) due to OIBF the 2nd weekend)

 

 

A Word From The Chairman

Hello Bluegrass Family!

Here’s hoping this article finds you well. We are continuing to monitor the COVID situation and will be scheduling shows as we are able to host them. We hope to start by hosting them on a bi-monthly basis.

The GOBMS exists to preserve and promote Bluegrass Music, chiefly in Oklahoma and beyond as well. We will continue to do so as long as we can. The newsletter will still go out to our membership and will be the primary source for GOBMS information, as well as our website at www.gobms.org and on Facebook. We look forward to continuing to see you at our shows. The GOBMS is merely one organization among several. But even if we are not able to provide opportunities, we know Bluegrass fans and performers such as you are really the ones who keep it going. We continue to see many of our own folks organizing get-togethers and jams. The tradition lives on! Keep it going! As times goes on, we will be evaluating our efforts, possibly devising new methods to promote Bluegrass. Feel free to submit ideas. If you have a Bluegrass event to promote, let us know about it. Continue your preventative efforts to slow the spread of the virus. Thank you for your continued support. Stay tuned and we will do our best to keep you updated. You can find us at GOBMS.org and also on Facebook. Keep pickin’ and stay healthy. Thank you,

Nathan Sanders

Chairman Greater Oklahoma Bluegrass Music Society

 

 

GOBMS celebrates bringing you bluegrass music to the Central Oklahoma area since 1978.

Bill Monroe
The father of Bluegrass music

William Smith Monroe was born on September 13, 1911, on a farm in Jerusalem Ridge, just outside Rosine, Kentucky. His mother played accordion, fiddle, and harmonica, while his siblings played guitar and fiddle. After his father died when Bill was 16, he moved in with his uncle Pendleton Vandiver (later immortalized in the classic song "Uncle Pen"), who taught Bill to play guitar, mandolin, and fiddle. Perhaps because no one else in the family played it, Bill concentrated on mastering the mandolin. Bill joined with his brothers Charlie, who played guitar, and Birch, who played fiddle, to play on radio broadcasts. By 1930, the Monroe brothers had found success with "Kentucky Waltz," "Footprints in the Snow," and "Blue Grass Ramble." In the 1940s, Bill formed a new group called "Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys" (the bluegrass came from his home state of Kentucky). That started a new musical genre that has spread worldwide.

 

For information about GOBMS, contact Ronna Monse at (405) 317-2618 or (405) 226-9191 or via e-mail at rbass1151@gmail.com

 

For any corrections to this page please e-mail to the GOBMS Web-Master

 

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