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Halloween Events Round-Up

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Between midnight screenings of classic horror movies at the Kentucky Theatre, new events such as Blue Stallion’s inaugural “Witch’s Brew,” and of course the ever popular, ever expanding Thriller Parade, this Halloween season brings plenty of opportunities to dress in costume and satiate your sweet tooth. Thursday, October 23 -Balagula Theatre Presents: The Mystery of Irma Vep (Oct. 22-25, 28-31) -RITUAL presents: Devil’s Night …




In Review: Cropped Out 2014

The summer festival recap typically reads like a road map to the beach.  One leaves behind a droll and innocuous representation of daily living for an exalted destination projected to possess unlimited possibilities of self expression and merriment, i.e. chants of “Spring Break Foreverrrrr”.    With Cropped Out 2014 in the books I have now seen the sights and sounds that occur when …




4th Annual PRHBTN

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September 25 – October 25 PRHBTN, the 4th year multi-platform celebration of art forms that have been criminalized, marginalized, and underappreciated in the mainstream, will feature an exhibition of these works in a warehouse space that complements the raw, powerful nature of the message and the artistry of each piece. At Buster’s Billiards & Backroom – in the heart of Lexington, Kentucky’s …




Cropped Out 2014 Preview

Now in it’s fifth incarnation, Cropped Out music festival brings the marginalized, the avant-garde, and the weird, the gloriously weird, to American Turner’s Club in Louisville, KY.  To use their words, “Cropped Out aims to celebrate a select fistful of contemporary musicians, artists, and artisans whom we feel reflect a greater undercurrent of sonic, visual and conceptual exploration”.  This DIY …




tadoo Artist Spotlight: Vandaveer

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  They say that less is more. In the case of  Kentucky-rooted Vandaveer, the dynamic duo of Mark Charles Heidinger and Rosie Geurin, this rings very true. From the dark, raw heart-breaking sounds of their various releases, the listener unearths clever, biting lyrics, and intertwining harmonies in a tour de force of just two,  surrounded by an ever-changing cast of …




Our September 2014 Gallery Hop Guide

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The September 2014 Gallery Hop takes place Friday, September 19. Dozens of local galleries and studios will open their doors to the public during this choose-your-own-adventure self-guided art tour. While not all of these galleries are official Gallery Hop participants, we have listed below a handful of our recommended exhibitions open to the public on Friday. Ann Tower Gallery141 East Main …




Crave Lexington Food & Music Festival 2014

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The second annual food + music festival presented by Smiley Pete Publishing will feature two days of live music, local food and beverage vendors, cooking demonstrations, kid’s activities and more. Free and family-friendly, the 2014 schedule is as follows: Saturday, September 13: Noon – 11 p.m. Sunday, September 14: Noon – 6 p.m. tadoo.com is proud to announce the full …




Weekend Art Round-up: Pop-ups, parties, receptions and more (Sept. 4-5)

This weekend, Institute 193, Lexington Art League, New Editions Gallery and New Baroque Pop-Up Gallery are among the galleries hosting parties, opening receptions and other fun events for their fall exhibits. Listed below are the dates, times and locations for all of these impressive displays of contemporary art in the Lexington area. Thursday, Sept. 4  Institute 193 (193 N. Limestone) Jordan Speer: Cautious …




CRAVE LEXINGTON 2014 Music Line-up and Schedule

tadoo.com is proud to announce the full line-up and schedule that we curated for the 2014 Crave Lexington Windstream Locally-Crafted music stage! We’ve pulled together an eclectic group of artists from Lexington and the surrounding region, from indie to Afro-Beat, bluegrass to hip hop, Americana to soul. Crave Lexington Food & Music Festival presented by Windstream is FREE and all ages. Click …




tadoo Local Artist Spotlight: Palisades

Photo Credit: Katherine Hoskins. Passion. That is what separates Lexington indie-pop band Palisades from the crowd. Passion for old music, new music, and the music of their friends. Leading the powerful punk drum beats, punchy electric guitar, and pulsing rock bass rhythms are the vocals of frontman Scott Whiddon.  He recently spoke with tadoo to get a glimpse into what’s …




tadoo Artist Spotlight: Ross Hammond

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 The music of Sacramento guitarist Ross Hammond has many unique facets, but one strong theme throughout all is improvisation. Whether he is playing a warm-toned electric among brass and brushes, or a 12-string guitar, he defies genre classification.  Hammond will perform at Mecca Live Studio on Friday, August 15, as part of WRFL’s Outside the Spotlight Jazz & Improvised Music …




2014 Buckle-Up Festival Photos: Coralee and the Townies, Houndmouth, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss and more!

Our friend and photo correspondent Andrew Brinkhorst represented tadoo.com at Buckle Up Festival in Cincinnati this past weekend, and snapped some great shots of several acts at the festival, which included headliners Alison Krauss & Union Station, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson and more, as well as Lexington’s Coralee and the Townies and Louisville’s Houndmouth (pictured below).   Click here to check out Andrew’s full gallery of Buckle …




tadoo Artist Spotlight: Idiot Glee

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  Idiot Glee is the low-fi brainchild of Lexington singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist James Friley. Utilizing synths, tape recordings, and melodies harkening back to 80’s Brian Eno and the vocals of Smiths era Morrissey, he diverges from the expected, adding elements of soul and pop to make a shimmering and refreshingly sparse electronic vibe. Tadoo has the latest, in-depth scoop …




In Review: Forecastle 2014

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I found this year’s Forecastle to be a significant stride for Kentucky’s biggest music festival, which I’ve had a dear place in my heart since 2006, the first year I attended (it was held at Mellwood Arts Center that year; Sleater-Kinney was headlining and I will never forget it if for no other reason than the memorable nest of chiggers that my girlfriends and …




PRHBTN announces initial artists and Kickstarter campaign

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PRHBTN, Lexington’s annual “celebration of art forms that have been criminalized, marginalized, and under-appreciated in the mainstream,” is turning the gears for this year’s fourth-annual event, which will once again bring internationally acclaimed guest artists to Lexington to create permanent public murals throughout the city’s urban landscape. In October, NY-based twin brother artist team HOW and NOSM (German in heritage, born in Spain) as well as …




Tadoo Artist Spotlight: Street Gnar 

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Hometown Boys and ‘River Girls’ Street Gnar, the ongoing solo project of Case Mahan, can already boast three solid records in as many years (‘Poking the World with a Stick’, ‘Study Wall’, ‘Kenwicked’). With a fourth on the way from a label of his own design (River Girls), one can expect a continued affirmation of sonic growth and maturity from …




Forecastle 2014 Preview

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FORECASTLE MUSIC FESTIVAL kicks off this weekend, July 18-20, at Louisville’s Waterfront Park. Now in its 12th year, this year’s festival – which announced a partnership with the region’s leading mega-festival producers, AC Entertainment, in 2011 –features perhaps its most ambitious lineups to date, with an incredibly diverse roster of national acts including Outkast, Beck and Jack White. Assuming you’re likely familiar with the headliners, …




2014 Bunbury Festival Photos – The Fanged Robot, Big Fresh and more!

Our friend and photo correspondent Andrew Brinkhorst represented tadoo.com at Bunbury Festival in Cincinnati this past weekend, and snapped some great shots of several acts at the festival, which included national headliners Flaming Lips, Empire of the Sun, Fall Out Boy and more, as well as Kentucky Proud bands The Fanged Robot, Big Fresh and Cage the Elephant (pictured top to bottom below).   …




This weekend’s Bunbury Festival to feature 2 of Lexington’s own!

Now in its third year, Cincinnati’s Bunbury Music Festival consistently draws solid headliner acts while at the same time providing a venue for the best up-and-coming acts to surface. This year, two of Lexington’s own bands are included in the line-up. Fanged Robot plays Friday, July 11 at 5:45 p.m., and Big Fresh hits the stage Saturday, July 12 at 2:45 p.m.  Also …




tadoo Artist Spotlight: Ma Turner

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Ma Turner (AKA Michael Andrew Turner) has been transporting listeners with his avant-garde, hard-to-categorize music through various tours in the US and Europe for 15 years. He just released a new record, ‘ZOZ’ on Sophmore Lounge Records, out of Louisville. He caught up with tadoo before he hits the road again. When did you first become serious about playing music? …




4th of July Events

From food trucks to fireworks, tadoo.com presents here a list of selected events occurring this weekend to aid in your celebrations.    Patriotic Concert at Transylvania University (July 3): Music from Young at Heart Dixieland jazz band and the 202nd Army Band of the Kentucky National Guard, directed by Everett McCorvey.  NoLi Night Market - 4th of July Edition (July 4): Featuring dozens of booths with …




tadoo Artist Spotlight: J. Marinelli

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When you think about Appalachia, raw, basement punk doesn’t necessarily come to mind. But that is the world that Morgantown, West Virginia native J. Marinelli lives in. That same mountain melancholy swirls with his distinctive, filtered vocals, throbbing rhythms, and jangly electric guitar. He has a powerful live presence, bringing his folk/blues/punk sound to audiences in a one-man-band format. On …




Our June 2014 Gallery Hop Guide

Quartet, 2014, acrylic on carved and constructed wood with hand carved mechanism, 22 x 18 x 5.5 inches by Steve Armstrong.   The June 2014 Gallery Hop takes place Friday, June 20. Dozens of local galleries and studios will open their doors to the public during this choose-your-own-adventure self-guided art tour. Below are a handful of our recommended stops. Ann …




Everything You Wanted to Know About the 4th Annual Harry Dean Stanton Festival (but were afraid to ask)

June 13-15 Multiple venues www.haryydeanstantonfest.org With a career spanning over 60 years, including more than 100 appearances in both popular and cult films, Kentucky native Harry Dean Stanton has cemented his place among the best actors and most recognizable faces of his generation. The annual multi-venue festival in his honor, produced by the Lexington Film League with support from the …




Best of Bluegrass to host more than a dozen bluegrass music events this week (many of them free!)

Best of Bluegrass June 9-12 Various venues www.bluegrasslex.com Best of Bluegrass, affectionately referred to as  B.O.B., began in 2013 when a group of passionate volunteers came together to craft an event that would not only coincide with the 40th anniversary of Festival of The Bluegrass at the Kentucky Horse Park, but also serve to highlight one of Lexington’s signature cultural …




tadoo Local Artist Spotlight: Bear Medicine

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Lexington’s Bear Medicine is an organic indie-folk outfit led by the soft falsetto vocals of Josh Wright.  Tipping their ballcaps to the psychedelic sounds of the sixties and beyond, the quartet, consisting of Josh Wright, Kim Smith, Seth Murphy and Severn Edmonson, combines mellow acoustic guitar, cello, flute, and light percussion to make a pensive, dreamy, and sometimes rousing melodic …




At-a-Glance Summer Entertainment Calendar

By no means a comprehensive calendar, this list incorporates a bevy of local warm-month-specific concert series, fairs, festivals, culinary events and other great summer entertainment happenings. As always, visit our calendar for the most comprehensive arts, culture and entertainment listings in town.




Eight Best (New) Summer Events in Lexington

Below is a handful of events that are new(ish) to Lexington’s summer lineup, many of which are entering their inaugural season in 2014. Though some of them have been around for a few years, we have chosen to highlight them because we either feel they aren’t as present on the public radar as maybe they deserve to be or because …




EKU Center for the Arts 2014-2015 Season to include David Sedaris, Kronos Quartet and more!

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tadoo.com is excited to co-present, alongside the EKU Center for the Arts, an evening with beloved sardonic essayist David Sedaris on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Tickets for this show and the rest of EKU’s recently-announced 2014-2015 season,  will go on sale Monday, May 12. EKU Center for the Arts’ 2014-2015 season also includes: An Evening with Garrison Keillor, host of “Prairie Home Companion,” …




tadoo Local Artist Spotlight: Bluegrass Collective

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There is one facet of a musical project that can be very fleeting: longevity. That’s not the case for Lexington’s Bluegrass Collective. After 14 years as a band, they are still going strong, playing shows and festivals across the area. tadoo.com spoke with the frontman and mandolinist, Danny Williams. How did you all get started? Bluegrass Collective got its start …