Our contracted school facility was cancelled in April. In order to keep KMW in Bardstown we have accepted Hampton Inn's invitation to hold the classes in their property! They are bending over backwards to try to accommodate our needs and I believe it is the best option for us this year.

There will be several changes, of course, but all the important things will stay the same including the warmth of being together playing the music we love, being with some of our favorite artists, enjoying the jams and all the activities including a new event, and so much more that make Kentucky Music Week so unique!

Myself, along with all the instructors, are determined to make this one of the best KMW experiences yet! If you have already registered a letter will be emailed to you with all the particulars.

Registration will remain open through Sunday, June 23, however, many classes will close if you wait too long. Last minute registration and our Welcome Party and Jam will be held on Sunday, June 23, while we set up the hotel rooms for classes. The welcome party and jam will be held at the Gunthrie Opportunity Center at 900 Nutter Dr, Bardstown, KY 40004.

Lodging - ALL located in or close to downtown Bardstown!
#1. Sure Stay General Nelson is full with a waiting list, however, they will have a few rooms opening up soon that I have been holding.
#2. Hampton Inn still has just a few rooms left, and although they are a little expensive, it would certainly be convenient to have the classes in the same building as your lodging.
#3. Old Bardstown Inn still has rooms left and half of our artists are staying there. It is a good place to stay and a very good bargain!
#4. LaQuinta also still has really nice rooms and is just down the street from the Hampton.

On a personal note, I look forward to seeing each of you and enjoying another exceptional event!

See you all in Bardstown in June!
My best,
Nancy Barker

Kentucky Music Week offers a full five days of instruction in a wide variety of traditional arts including all levels of fretted dulcimer and hammered dulcimer, classes in ukulele, guitar, banjo, fiddle, autoharp, penny whistle, vocal classes, old-time craft classes, and much, much more! Over 125 class choices are offered this year with something for everyone!

Festivities begin with a huge welcome party and jam session Sunday evening. Week-long evening activities include concerts by instructors, open stage opportunities for participants, bonus afternoon workshops, lots of jams, an opportunity to visit area attractions, campground jam, Mardi Gras Party and Finale’ Jam!

A wonderful week is planned full of music classes, jammin’, making new friends and seeing old ones again in beautiful, historic Bardstown, Kentucky.


The Hampton Inn will be our "school" this year. They will re-arrange their rooms into classrooms toward the back of the hotel to make us feel welcome and comfortable. We sincerely believe it is the best option we have after our original school was cancelled in April.
The Hampton is fully accessible with a large elevator, and air conditioned with a separate unit in each room. The schedule has been adjusted slightly to give more time between classes.
The Sunday night Welcome Party Jam and Packet Pick-Up will be held at the Gunthrie Opportunity Center at 6:00 PM. All Sunday Night events and activities will be held there while the rooms are being transferred into our school at the Hampton.

We are sure you will love our location this year!
985 Chambers Blvd
Bardstown, KY 40004

Our host hotels this year are the "Hampton Inn" and "Sure Stay Best Western General Nelson" in Bardstown, along with several others listed on our Lodging page. You MUST say you are with Kentucky Music Week in order to receive our discounted rate! Also, be sure to tell the hotel/motel any special needs you might have.

White Acres Campground is our camp grounds for this year. The Campground Jam (held Monday night) will be at White Acres Campground.

You must make your own reservations with the motels or campgrounds directly. Phone numbers and other information can be found on our Lodging page. Jamming information is listed with each motel and campground.

Some hotels and campgrounds will fill up early, however, there are always cancellations closer to KMW. There are also a number of Airbnb's in Bardstown. Please contact us if you need help at info@kentuckymusicweek.com.

Breakfast is usually included with your motel rooms. Hampton Inn and Sure Stay Best Western General Nelson offer a full breakfast buffet. Most others have Continental breakfast items. There are many restaurants in Bardstown that offer a great breakfast.

Lunch offers several options: lunches will be catered in each day for those that want to purchase the lunch plan; you can purchase items from the concession stand; area restaurants are a short drive away or bring your own to the school.

The KMW lunch plan offers a different option each day. These include fried or roasted chicken with mashed potatoes, slaw and biscuit, Italian buffet with salad and bread, sandwiches with pasta salad, slaw, and chips, and more! All lunches come with dessert and either iced tea, lemonade or bottled water. If you have food allergies, need a vegetarian option, or special food requirements you may not want the KMW lunch plan.

Luncheon Salads are available at the concession stand with day-before pre-order. Salads and any other items that are not part of our lunch plan cannot be exchanged for our lunches.

Supper is on your own, however, there are many restaurants throughout Bardstown that are close to motels. A list of suggested restaurants will be provided in your Welcome Packet. Some restaurants give discounts to Kentucky Music Week participants! Your KMW name badge is your ticket for these discounts.

There is rarely a dull moment at Kentucky Music Week. Sunday, after you check in, there is a Welcome Party and JAM at the Gunthrie Opportunity Center. Great music and jam leaders, with hot snacks, and drinks available throughout the evening.

Jam Info: All motels listed here will have areas assigned to us for evening jams. There will also be Jam leaders in most locations on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights. The other nights you can still jam on your own, but Sunday night is the huge jam at the school from about 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM. Tuesday and Thursday nights are our concert nights and they usually run until about 10:30. You are always welcome to go to each jam location to play together. The motels ask that you clean up after yourselves when you are ready to leave for the night so the area is ready for their breakfast early the next morning.
Rick Thum will be leading the jam at the Sure Stay General Nelson. The Jam Building (the Carriage House) is only available to us on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings.
Dave Haas will be leading the jam at the Hampton Inn in Bardstown. It is a medium-speed jam, and although Dave will be leading it Monday and Wednesday in our usual jam room, Friday's jam will move to the lobby. You are welcome to use their jam room any evening except Friday as late as you want. You are also welcome on Friday to go over to the Sure Stay General Nelson for our Friday Jam and Party. It is our last night!

Monday evening is our Campground Jam at White Acres Campground. Bring your own folding chairs and anything else you might need. In case of bad weather, alternative jams are available in the hotels mentioned above.

Tuesday and Thursday are our concert nights. Location information will be provided in your Welcome Packet that you will receive when you arrive.

Wednesday night you are on your own! You can tour historic Bardstown, KY or dine in any of the resturants in Bardstown. Jams will also be held at the hotels mentioned above.

Friday night is our Grand Finale' Jam at host hotels (listed above). It's always a big party night and one last chance to join together to play some favorite tunes!

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