All Roots Lead to Owensboro

Last week we sat down with Chris Joslin, Executive Director of the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum, to talk all things Owensboro and bluegrass music. Joslin, a self-proclaimed “banjo nerd”, has always had a love for bluegrass music, playing various instruments at a young age and studying both music and business in college.…

The Bluegrass Music Capital of the World

You’d be hard-pressed to find any Kentuckian who couldn’t recite the lyrics to “Blue Moon of Kentucky” on the spot. When Bill Monroe wrote the lyrics to this iconic song, he had no idea the legacy he was creating for himself, for the music industry, and for Owensboro, Kentucky. The song became a smash hit…

Terry Bradshaw’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon

When you hear the name Terry Bradshaw, you likely think of the Pittsburgh Steelers star quarterback who led the team to win the Super Bowl four times between 1975 and 1980. You may also know him now as one of the most iconic sports analysts on broadcast television. Regardless of how you know him, you…

Kentucky State Fiddle Championship

With last year’s concerts and the ROMP festival cancelled, we’re overdue for some rompin’ and stompin’ around Owensboro. Thankfully, The Bluegrass Museum and Hall of Fame and museum is delivering just that! 2021 marks the 47th Kentucky State Fiddle Championship in its new home in Owensboro. The competition has been held in a variety of…

The First Concerts of 2021

Indoor concerts are making their return to Owensboro.  Sure, it will look a little different.  Audience capacity will be limited to ensure there’s room for social distancing.  You must also wear a mask unless eating or drinking.  Hand sanitizer will be a plenty.  But of course, it’s for your own safety and for those around…

CVB trying to rebuild community calendar

There wasn’t much on the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau’s community calendar during the last nine months of 2020. Most things were canceled by the coronavirus pandemic. But it’s 2021 now, and the CVB wants to hear from people planning “tourism-friendly” events.   “Our calendar keeps the public, both locals and visitors, informed of…

CVB wins ConventionSouth award

The Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Visit Owensboro arm has won ConventionSouth’s Readers’ Choice Award for the third time. ConventionSouth is a national multi-media resource for planning events in the South. More than 3,000 destinations were nominated for the honors.   They were then placed on an online ballot and meeting professionals and fans…

Bacon appointed to state travel board

Claude Bacon, vice chairman of the board at the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, has been appointed to the Kentucky Travel Industry Association’s board of directors. Mark Calitri, CVB president, said having a seat on the state board is a big deal for Owensboro. “With the devastating results of COVID-19, this is a significant…

CVB focusing on post-pandemic recovery

  Mark Calitri, president of the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, says there are 8 million people within a 200-mile radius of Owensboro. That includes an area bordered by St. Louis, Cincinnati, Lafayette, Indiana, and a few miles into northern Alabama. And Calitri’s goal is to bring as many of them to town as…

CVB wins ConventionSouth award

The Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Visit Owensboro arm has won ConventionSouth’s Readers’ Choice Award for the third time. ConventionSouth is a national multi-media resource for planning events in the South. More than 3,000 destinations were nominated for the honors. They were then placed on an online ballot and meeting professionals and fans voted…