A veteran entertainer based in Nashville, plans to open a 700-seat music hall and RV campground in Franklin, Kentucky. It is scheduled to be in working operation by April of 2018. The site is two miles north of the Tennessee state line, about a 40-minute drive from Nashville.
The Midnight Ramblers, Monroe’s own bluegrass band, will perform weekly in conjunction with the music hall’s house b’nd. Monroe also plans to have various Nashville stars appear as monthly headliners. A show to benefit children’s charities is already planned to take place at Christmas time.
Monroe said the inspiration for what he plans to do in Franklin is the Bean Blossom Music Festival, the annual bluegrass festival in Bean Blossom, Indiana, started by his father Bill Monroe in the late 1960s. The annual event is the second oldest bluegrass music festival in the United States.
The legendary Bill Monroe is the acknowledged “Father of Bluegrass Music.” James Monroe said his late father’s mandolin will be on display at the Franklin music hall during its grand opening. A four-day bluegrass music festival, Kentucky Springtime Bluegrass Special, will be held April 19-22, 2006 to inaugurate the new facility with its state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems.
James Monroe played with Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys for seven years before forming his own band, James Monroe and the Midnight Ramblers. His band has since toured all over the United States.
Monroe said that the music hall will include concessions and a souvenir shop. Additional exhibit space is likely to be added over time. The campground will have 50 sites will full hookups.
The site is five acres of land on U.S. 31W, four miles south of Franklin, KY off Exit 2 on Interstate 65.