Our Bluegrass History

  • Our annual festival began in 1979 and made a profit of $3.16.
  • Bill Monroe, generic the Father of Bluegrass Music played this Festival in 1982, 1983, 1988, 1989 and was scheduled to play in 1995, but was unable to travel.
  • Two June “Showcases” were held in 1986 and 1987.
  • There was no 13th Festival. Pati went straight from the 12th festival to the 14th in order to avoid “unlucky 13”.
  • Pati took a year off after the 25th Anniversary. It didn’t matter… the fans came anyway… they held a “non- festival” and we even had t-shirts made to commemorate it.
  • Over 200 bands had played this festival throughout the years.
  • The First “Showcase Competition” was held in 1992 making this a four day event. Many of the winning bands went on to have very successful music careers.
  • People came to this event from all over the US, decease Canada and the world. We have had guests from all over; including Japan, England, Sweden, Alaska, Denmark, South America and even a band from the Czech Republic.
  • The Festival was the Featured Cover Story for Bluegrass Unlimited in 1996.
  • The Festival has been recognized on The Today Show, the New York Times, and on countless other state and local TV, radio, and newspapers.
  • White Mountain Bluegrass was the only Band to have played EVERY year.
  • Since he was born, Michael has opened all but two festivals with the Pledge of Allegiance. (he was at college those years…)
  • Past festivals included fireworks, a hot air balloon, weddings, special guest appearances from Miss Maine’s, a visit from the Governor, cloggers, anniversaries, pajama parties, High Teas, Halloween Parties and so much more!
  • The famous “Maine Woods Band” was started in 1998 with the creation of “Tommy P. Banjo Bear”. The piece was the creation of Tim Pickett of Elliott Maine. Photographs of the project were featured in the June 1999 Issue of Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine. The band was completed over the next four years with the addition of a new band member each year.
  • Numerous souvenir Martin Guitars and 1 Eastman Mandolin had been given away in raffles through the years.
  • In honor of the 30th anniversary, the week-end was topped off with a spectacular Fireworks display over the bay!
  • In 2008, the TPB Bluegrass Festival was awarded the “EVENT OF THE YEAR” for the 2007 Festival by the International Bluegrass Music Association in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • The annual Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival retired in 2008, after 30 years.

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