Roy Miller Cornett

Festival of the Bluegrass Celebrates 40 Years

Let the Bluegrass Community Roll On!

By Nancy Cardwell

In his summary of six years of ethnographic field research td “The Portable Community: Mobility and Modernization in Bluegrass Festival Life,” Robert Owen Gardner of the University of Colorado at Boulder examined participants’ involvement in bluegrass music and festival culture in the American West.  “Participants left their community-starved home neighborhoods to cultivate what I refer to as ‘portable communities,’” Gardner says. 

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