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May 2015

Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass

May 23 - May 24
Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill,
3501 Lexington Road , Harrodsburg, KY United States
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Now in its eighth year at Shaker Village, this year’s Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass will feature New York’s Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and other world-acclaimed musicians presenting chamber concerts in a restored barn, as well as the 1820 Meeting House. For the first time, this year PBS will be onsite at the the festival, filming “Live From Lincoln Center;” it also marks the first time the internationally syndicated program has been filmed outside of Lincoln Center. Time…

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6th Annual Blues Between the Bridges at Proud Mary BBQ

May 24 @ 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Proud Mary BBQ,
9079 Richmond Rd., Lexington, KY

This annual blues music festival hosted by G. busy Blues Revue will feature sets from Lexington musicians 45 pm David “Skinny Devil” McLean and G. Busy Soul Blues Revue; Louisville acts The Blues Drifters and Robbie Bartlett Blues Band; and Illinois-based Backpack Jones and Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials (Chicago slide guitar) – all set against the backdrop of the Kentucky River, at the site formerly known as Riptides and Pier 99, now Proud Mary BBQ.   2:45 pm David…

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$7

Mojo Tones: A Bob Dylan Blues Birthday Party at Natasha’s Bistro

May 24 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Natasha’s Bistro & Bar,
112 Esplanade Alley, Lexington, KY 40507 United States

The Mojo Tones, Lexington’s rhythm & soul rock revue present a full course of Bob Dylan’s Blues with a special showcase featuring musical guests.   www.beetnik.com   

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Free

Grateful Mondays at Cosmic Charlie’s

May 25 @ 9:00 pm - 11:55 pm
Cosmic Charlie’s,
388 Woodland Ave., Lexington, KY United States
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Every Monday night from 9 – 12 Lee Owen hosts an event for deadheads by deadheads. Joined by a rotating cast of musicians, this event will put you in the right mood for the week with an ever appreciative homage to The Grateful Dead. 

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$8

Laney Jones and the Spirits at Natasha’s Bistro

May 26 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Natasha’s Bistro & Bar,
112 Esplanade Alley, Lexington, KY 40507 United States

Raised on an exotic animal farm in rural Mount Dora, FL, Laney Jones sings tales of love and adventure with a voice that has been described as “a mix of lemon, molasses, gin and gunpowder” (WPRK), mellifluous and smooth but brimming with passion. Her live performance highlights her multi-instrumental prowess on banjo, ukulele, tenor guitar and harmonica backed by her band the Spirits. www.beetnik.com 

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John Ford at Willie’s Locally Known

May 27 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Willie’s Locally Known,
805 North Broadway Road , Lexington, KY 40508 United States
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Ford is a veteran of the Cincinnati music scene, playing classic rock, punk and alt country in various bands, influenced by everything from classic & college rock to country blues. currently playing a repertoire of self-composed American roots music. “I’ve been writing songs since my early teens” John explains, “Whether it be songs I’ve written or an old song from the 1930’s, I play what I fall in love with. Many times people ask if I’m doing all original music;…

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$8

Osland/Dailey Jazztet at Natasha’s Bistro

May 27 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Natasha’s Bistro & Bar,
112 Esplanade Alley, Lexington, KY 40507 United States

The Osland/Dailey Jazztet Miles Osland – woodwinds Raleigh Dailey – piano Danny Cecil – bass Paul Deatherage – drums   www.beetnik.com

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$8

The Rad Trads at Willie’s Locally Known

May 28 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Willie’s Locally Known,
805 North Broadway Road , Lexington, KY 40508 United States
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Based in New York City, The Rad Trads have quickly gained a reputation as one of New York’s most entertaining live acts. They bring their love of the game to a diverse style of soulful American music, with influences ranging from early jazz to New Orleans brass band, R&B, the Chicago and delta blues, and rock & roll. Featuring four powerful horns, a driving rhythm section, and three captivating lead vocalists, The Rad Trads consistently win over audiences with their…

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$6

Otis at Natasha’s Bistro

May 28 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Natasha’s Bistro & Bar,
112 Esplanade Alley, Lexington, KY 40507 United States

Otis…reigning from Sulpher Well, Ky, they are a young rock n’ roll electric blues outfit touring behind their new release ‘Tough Times’: A Tribute To John Brim.  www.beetnik.com     

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$8 -$10

Cory Branan at Willie’s Locally Known

May 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Willie’s Locally Known,
805 North Broadway Road , Lexington, KY 40508 United States
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“Branan’s hushed, dry whiskey voice and his sharp edged, story song lyrics make the appropriately titled Mutt a mongrel that rewards repeated spins…” -American Songwriter www.willieslex.com

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Avery Crabtree at Austin City Saloon

May 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Austin City Saloon,
2350 Woodhill Drive, Lexington, KY United States

Avery Crabtree is a local artist with a rock sensibility and a soulful voice. www.austincitysaloon.com

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Troubadour Concert Series: Hot Rize at the Lyric Theatre

May 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center,
300 E Third Street, Lexington, 40508

After 24 years on pause, legendary bluegrass quartet Hot Rize is back together with a new album, When I’m Free and a worldwide tour. Hot Rize started in 1978 and became one of Americas most popular bluegrass ensembles renown for their powerful stage presence, humor and master musicianship. The band picked up where they left off after disbanding at the peak of their fame in 1990. Featuring Dr. Banjo Pete Wernick, bass master Nick Forster and multi instrumentalist Tim O’Brien,…

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$8

Tom Green Band at Natasha’s Bistro

May 29 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Natasha’s Bistro & Bar,
112 Esplanade Alley, Lexington, KY 40507 United States

Tom Green’s many exceptional songs are performed by Lexington’s finest talents: Jim Gleason’s guitar mastery, the moving voices of Marilyn Robie & Missy Johnston, Ricky Baldwin’s solid precision bass and the compelling percussion of Paul Nuzzo. www.beetnik.com

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The Past/ The Footsteps/ Ondezvous at the Green Lantern

May 29 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Green Lantern,
497 W. Third St., Lexington, KY United States
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The Past is a progressive rock band known for their use of catchy choruses and technical instrumental sections.  The Footsteps is a three-piece psychedelic, bluesy rock band.  Ondezvous is an indie rock band.  All three bands are based in Lexington, KY.   

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The Quack at Henry Clay Public House

May 29 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Henry Clay Pub,
112 N. Upper St., Lexington, KY United States

The 11-piece group plays a broad selection of hits from four decades, ranging from classic Motown and Memphis-style dance hits, to current rock.      www.henryclayspublichouse.com  

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Bebo Baxter at Cheapside Bar & Grill

May 29 @ 10:00 pm
Cheapside Bar & Grill,
131 Cheapside St., Lexington, KY United States

Bebo Baxter is a Lexington cover band musician. www.cheapsidebarandgrill.com 

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$16 - $35

Kentucky Ballet Theatre: Cinderella at the Lexington Opera House

May 30 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Lexington Opera House,
401 W. Short St., Lexington, KY United States

The Cinderella ballet is a variation of the original rags-to-riches tale. From scurbbing the kitchen floor, to a pair of glass slippers and the transformation to a beautiful princess. This happily ever after tale, set to Prokofiev’s music, is always a classic. www.lexingtonoperahouse.com 

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$20 in advance / $25 at the door

Willy Porter at the Raven House

May 30 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Raven House Show,
3229 Raven Cir, 40502, KY United States
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“On Saturday, May 30th, Willy Porter brings his righteous brand of finger-picking guitar playing and rich songwriting to The Raven House. This Wisconsin native has toured the world sharing stages with icons Jethro Tull, Paul Simon, Tori Amos, and Jeff Beck in a career spanning two decades, eight studio albums, and multiple continents. Willy’s smart, playful, engaging performance style draws audiences in for a musical ride that makes diehard fans out of first time listeners.”

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$8

Nine Bullets Spring Showcase at Al’s Bar

May 30 @ 7:00 pm - 11:55 pm
Al's Bar,
601 North Limestone, Lexington, KY United States

This show of local and regional talent presented by Nine Bullets will include a bevy of americana and rock heavyweights on two stages at Al’s Bar.  Including headliners: Caleb Caudle (Winston-Salem, NC) Tyler Childers (Paintsville, KY) BIG SHOALS (Gainesville, FL)  The Rooster’s Crow (Lexington, KY) Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound (Cincinnati, OH) With special acoustic performances in the Beer Garden by locals: Josh Nolan  Bryan Minks  Egon Danielson  Geordan Brewer  Eric Bolander (solo) of Alcatraz Shakedown www.alsbarlexington.com

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The Other Brothers at Henry Clay’s Public House

May 30 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Henry Clay Pub,
112 N. Upper St., Lexington, KY United States

Their music ranges from electric/Americana, folk-billy, to rock n’ roll. www.henryclayspublichouse.com   

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$5

John Hatfield at Natasha’s Bistro

May 30 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Natasha’s Bistro & Bar,
112 Esplanade Alley, Lexington, KY 40507 United States

John Hatfield’s music is a mix of warm rock, organic pop and folk heart; with just enough edge to be rock, pop reliability without the overproduction, and the folk ideal of lyrical substance. www.beetnik.com   

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$8

Harry Dean Stanton Fest: “Twin Peaks Homecoming Dance” at

May 30 @ 9:30 pm - 11:55 pm
Green Lantern,
497 W. Third St., Lexington, KY United States
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Wear your formal finest and/or Lynchian best and have your Homecoming photo snapped by Shooting Frenzy. There will be two sets of songs by “Who Killed Laura Palmer?”–an all-star band featuring members ofPalisades, Big Fresh, and The Nativity Singers-with guest appearances by Coralee, Robby Cosenza, MA Turner, Chris Dennison, Emily Hagihara, Joe Drury, Joshua Wright, and Erin Reynolds-Turner.

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$10

Bridge 19/ Mouth of Babes at Natasha’s Bistro

May 31 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Natasha’s Bistro & Bar,
112 Esplanade Alley, Lexington, KY 40507 United States
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Mouths of Babes is Ty Greenstein (Girlyman) and Ingrid Elizabeth (Coyote Grace). This tender tomboy and rough-and-tumble lady come together to melt hearts and shake souls with undeniable chemistry and an unexpected heralding of wisdom. Mouths of Babes’ sound is equal parts celebration and blues, folk and soul, salve and anthem.   Bridge 19 released their new album in March, Audrey Cecil and Amanda Lucas co-wrote the songs, honing a sound of harmony driven, undeniably evocative music. www.beetnik.com

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June 2015
$10

Glen David Andrews at Natasha’s Bistro

June 1 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Natasha’s Bistro & Bar,
112 Esplanade Alley, Lexington, KY 40507 United States
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Glen David Andrews, a native son of New Orleans, has made a compelling case for his own deliverance. “Redemption” (Louisiana Red Hot Records), Glen’s critically acclaimed new release, is his balm after a very personal storm. It’s about acceptance and forgiveness, about rebirth and renewal.

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$10

Natalie York/ Raye Zaragoza at Natasha’s Bistro

June 2 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Natasha’s Bistro & Bar,
112 Esplanade Alley, Lexington, KY 40507 United States
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A Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter with Kentucky roots, Natalie York is a force to be reckoned with. The Washington Post has called her debut “one of the best releases of 2010,” and praised her “soulful and warm vocals” and “sophisticated palette.” Natalie has earned favorable comparisons to Grace Potter, Norah Jones, and Bonnie Raitt. She studied jazz at the University of Miami, and was the first graduate from the distinguished institution’s Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music Program. Raye Zaragoza is a singer-songwriter…

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$7

The Brad Myers Quintet: CD Release Party at Natasha’s Bistro

June 3 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Natasha’s Bistro & Bar,
112 Esplanade Alley, Lexington, KY 40507 United States
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Brad Myers is known as a versatile guitarist who’s work with Cincinnati Ohio’s jazz/funk outfit Ray’s Music Exchange and Aja – Tribute to Steely Dan has put him on the radar of many jazz  lovers in the Midwest. After completing his Masters Degree in Jazz from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music he is releasing his debut jazz recording, Prime Numbers, on Colloquy Records. The band features Brad Myers on guitar, Chris Barrick on Vibraphone, Ben Walkenhauer on Saxophone,…

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Great American Brass Band Festival

June 4
Various venues, Danville, Ky,
Danville , KY United States
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The 26th annual Great American Brass Band Festival is continuing its push for education and preservation of brass history and innovation for the new generations of players. Headlining the weekend this year is Airmen of Note, a Glenn-Miller-style military ensemble. Festivities will include a New Orleans-style block party, a parade, a hot air balloon race, a daylong picnic concert, yoga in the park, an instrument petting zoo for the kids, swing dancing, and more. www.gabbf.org Highlights:   June 4  …

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$10 - $15

Lagniappe Brass Band at the Lyric Theatre

June 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center,
300 E Third Street, Lexington, 40508

The sticky, fried catfish scented air is the funk that New Orleans’ own Lagniappe Brass Band breathes. Lagniappe Brass Band hits hard with its up-tempo, high energy funk that makes hips shake and sweat glands sweat. The group has logging 250+ shows a year nationally and internationally. From small and authentic smoke filled and beer tinged New Orleans bars, to festivals for audiences of thousands – Lagniappe’s six horn players bring an undeniable, massive wall of sound that fills your ears and the air…

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$7

Andrew Duhon Trio at Natasha’s Bistro

June 4 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Natasha’s Bistro & Bar,
112 Esplanade Alley, Lexington, KY 40507 United States

Andrew Duhon is a songwriter from New Orleans, a teller of stories with an undeniable voice, weighted and soulful. Duhon has released 3 recordings, the latest of which, ‘The Moorings’, was nominated for a Grammy in 2014 for ‘Best Engineered Album’. He has toured solo for much of his career, and that troubadour element is certainly present, an usher of modern day folklore. His latest group, however, The Andrew Duhon Trio brings a new musicality to the tunes with upright…

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Zach Deputy/ Freekbass at Cosmic Charlie’s

June 4 @ 10:00 pm
Cosmic Charlie’s,
388 Woodland Ave., Lexington, KY United States
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Freekbass isn’t just another funk artist who regurgitates traditions. Despite growing up in the same Cincinnati/Dayton funk hotbed that produced James Brown’s pioneering King Records catalog and Bootsy Collins and the Ohio Players, he’s produced a 21st century style over the course of six releases that meshes traditional elements of funk with decidedly more modern soundscapes. Zach Deputy demonstrates his extraordinary ability to perform and record in multiple contexts. He conveys the sensibilities of a mature singer/songwriter and demonstrates that…

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