Bluegrass music and good food and entertainment in a family oriented atmosphere: that’s what's going on at The Barn in Dixon this Friday.

This Friday evening, the feature at The Barn is bluegrass.  Seven bluegrass legends will be recognized as Pioneers of Missouri Bluegrass, for their musical achievements, by the Bluegrass Historical Preservation Association.

Janice Martin and a friend, a fellow musician from Missouri, CJ, started the Bluegrass Historical Preservation Association with the goal to “ honor and promote the pioneers of Missouri bluegrass, to help preserve  Bluegrass Music and it's history, and to promote it (bluegrass music) to new generations.”

The Pioneer of Bluegrass award presentation honors the people who helped create bluegrass music.  The Pioneer of Missouri Bluegrass Award is a plaque that each of the recipients receive “in appreciation for what they did in bluegrass and is a way to pay honor and tribute for all they did.  It’s is just a small token of gratitude for their dedication and hard work,” explained Janice.

Friday’s award recipients are: Burk Copeland, Mona Jones, Harold Rowden, Jim Winters, and the Withers brothers: Luther, Ralph and Russell.

These musicians have made an impact on Missouri Bluegrass in many different ways.

Mona Jones (and Bill Jones) was a big part of the Bluegrass Travelers.  For many years the Travelers played in the Labor Day Bluegrass Festivals at Karen’s Memorial Bluegrass Park near Dixon. In 1968 Mona, Bill and her daughter Karen founded this park.  

Harold Rowden was the founder of the Bluegrass Five, one of the main bluegrass bands in the seventies. Burk Copeland and Jim Winters were also part of the Bluegrass Five.

The Withers family and Dead End Road will be performing along with some special guest artists. Janice will be playing banjo with the group The Dead End Road.

Attendees can be part of bluegrass history this Friday by honoring these living legends of bluegrass music at The Barn.


Event details

When: Friday, June 23

Where: The Barn, 2 miles south of Dixon, on highway 28 at 13015 Highway 28, Dixon, MO

Time: Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.

Cost: Adults $15.00, children 12 and under are free

Additional information: Food will be available at the Cowbell Kitchen. Guests are prohibited from smoking or drinking alcohol. For more information or to purchase tickets call 573-462-0675 or 573-433-9370, email