May 27, 2015
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; sometimes I do, depending on the venue, but sometimes it’s just an old Son House song or a new Chris Smither song that people have never heard, that I consider to be a great song.”
The Osland/Dailey Jazztet
Miles Osland – woodwinds
Raleigh Dailey – piano
Danny Cecil – bass
Paul Deatherage – drums
The Lee Street Backsliders were formed when Arnold L. Farr (The Backslider) a solo performer joined forces with Caroline Buchanan and Colin Smith. Farr is a singer/songwriter who was raised singing with his brothers in the south. The group performs covers of other artist as well as originals that were written by Farr. Their covers that include songs by Sam Cooke, Bob Dylan, Toni Childs, Tracy Chapman, The Animals, John Lennon, and others. Their originals cover every aspect of the human condition from love to social justice, to comedy.
Hammertowne is a part progressive, part traditional, but all firmly in eastern Kentucky bluegrass traditions.
May 28, 2015
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 relentless energy, charisma, and enthusiasm.
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.
Jon Curtis is a central Kentucky singer and guitarist playing country pop and rock covers and originals.
May 29, 2015
“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
Avery Crabtree is a local artist with a rock sensibility and a soulful voice.
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, the band now includes Grammy winner Bryan Sutton on guitar to replace the late Charles Sawtelle.
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.
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.
Allen Lane Band is a Louisville-based southern rock and country band.
Bebo Baxter is a Lexington cover band musician.
May 30, 2015
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.
“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.”
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.
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:
Their music ranges from electric/Americana, folk-billy, to rock n’ roll.
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.
Restless Leg is a local bluegrass band with newgrass elements featuring guitar, bass, fiddle and mandolin.
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.
May 31, 2015
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.
June 1, 2015
June 2, 2015
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 from Manhattan, New York. Raye has performed at venues all over the United States. She just recently recorded her debut EP at Red Bull Studios, and will be releasing it this May.
June 3, 2015
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, Peter Gemus on Bass and Tom Buckley on Drums. Myers’ compositions are intricate but never contrived; challenging, but totally accessible; and innovative, but consistently lyrical.
Culture Collide says of Teach Me Equals : “Through their use of a wide range of tools — guitar, cello, Theremin, violin, and more — they are able to deliver a unique sound that is at times reminiscent of electronic artists like The Xx, but with an edgier, industrial-meets-orchestral vibe.”
Spirits and the Melchizedek Children are a shoe-gaze rock group formed out of Atlanta, GA.
Sudden Edge is a power electro/noise rock band from Lexington.
June 4, 2015 – June 5, 2015
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.
Gallery Hop 5:30 – 8:00 PM
Great American Swing Dance 7:30 – 9 PM
Boyle County Library Park
Brass Symposium 8:45 – 4:45 PM
Weisiger Theatre, Danville
Bayou and Brass Block Party 5:30 – 10:00 PM
Main Street, Danville
Free Concerts at the Main Stage 12:00 PM – 11:30 PM
Main Stage, Danville
Airmen of Note, Washington, D.C.
202nd Army Band, Frankfort, KY
Advocate Brass Band, Danville, KY
All Stars Brass and Percussion Youth Band, Winchester, OH
Circle City Sidewalk Stompers, Indianapolis, IN
DOJO, Lexington, KY
Raleigh Trio, Lexington, KY
Household Troops Band of the Salvation Army, Cambridge, UK
Lagniappe Brass Band, New Orleans, LA
Oakland University Brass Band, Rochester, MI
Rhythm & Brass
Saxton’s Cornet Band, KY
Storyville Stompers, New Orleans, LA
Townbranch Five Plus Two, Lexington, KY
U.S. Fleet Forces Band, Norfolk, VA
Al Hood, Aurora, CO
Rex Richardson, VA
Wycliffe Gordon, Lexington, KY
The 20th season of Thursday Night Live will begin on April 3rd and run every Thursday through October 16th. Featuring live music, food, beverages, and a lively social atmosphere, the family-friendly event is held at the Fifth Third Pavilion at Cheapside Park.
April 2 – August 27 * 4:30pm – 9:00pm
September 3 – October 22 * 4:30pm – 7:30pm
April 2 – Encore of Lexington
April 9 – The Payback
April 16 – The Mojo Tones
April 23 – Swing Street
April 30 – Scott Said
May 7 – The Swells
May 14 – Chris Campbell Band
May 21 – Boogie G & the Titanics
May 28 – Ralph Curtis and The Nashville Imposters
June 4 – The Trendells
June 11 – Thumper Rewind
June 18 – The Johnson Brothers
June 25 – Rebel Without A Cause
July 2 – The Tim Talbert Project
July 9 – SixtyFourWest
July 16 – Better Off Dead
July 23 – Prime Cut Band
July 30 – The Bobby Perry Band
August 6 – The Big Maracas
August 13 – Lauren Mink Band
August 20 – Conch Republic
August 27 – Kenny Owens
September 3 – Mercy Men
September 10 – Big Black Cadillac
September 17 – Girls Guns & Glory
September 24 – The Barrows
October 1 – Five Below Band
October 8 – Blind Corn Liquor Pickers
October 15 – The Twiggenbury’s
October 22 – Tony and the Tanline