Kentucky Music Weekend Bluegrass Festival

Kentucky Music Weekend

For the 39th consecutive year, the KENTUCKY MUSIC WEEKEND folk festival brings together some of the finest folk musicians and Kentucky traditions to Louisville’s Iroquois Amphitheater and the tree-lined area nearby. Voted into law as Kentucky’s “Premier Folk Festival”, KMW continues to be one of the top folk festivals in the country.

There will be a $10 per person donation collected for the festival each night this year. Daytime events are free. Funds collected support our performers and also contribute to continuing Kentucky’s musical heritage through this event.

For the eleventh year, KMW will host the Kentucky State Mountain and Hammered Dulcimer Championship contests during the Saturday daytime events. The contests will be held from 12:00 noon until about 2:00 PM, with the first place winners receiving either a McSpadden Mountain Dulcimer or Jake’s Cabin Hammered Dulcimer, a trophy, plus entry fees to the Walnut Valley national contests in Winfield, Kansas. For registration information please visit the KMW web site and search under contest information.

Kentucky Homefront and John Gage will be recording the evening concerts for future “Kentucky Homefront” radio programs on regional National Public Radio stations. Kentucky Homefront Performances is a partner/sponsor of KMW.

Kentucky Music Weekend would not be possible without the help of many organizations as well as individuals. Metro Councilman, Dan Johnson, is a major sponsor again this year, helping with facility costs. The Louisville Dulcimer Society continues to be a sponsor along with Kentucky Music Week, Inc., Iroquois Amphitheater and Metro Parks, and a large group of tireless volunteers continuing this 38 year musical tradition. McSpadden Mountain Dulcimers and Jake’s Cabin Hammered Dulcimers are contest sponsors, providing instruments to grand prize winners. Artist fees come from donations received during the event.

For more information, please visit our web site: http://www.kentuckymusicweekend.com.

Festival Dates & Times:

FRIDAY – JULY 25

7:00 PM – 11:00 PM Main Stage Evening Concerts
Fresh Cut Grass – Traditional Bluegrass
Hound of the Buskervilles – Easy listenin’ folk music with a message.
February Sky – Duo specializing in music from the British Isles.
Barefoot Best Friends – Fiddle, banjo and guitar accompany young voices.
Alan Rhody – Singer/songwriter, nationally known tunesmith.
Anne MacFie – One of the finest songwriters in Kentucky.
Gary Gallier & David Wilson – Mountain Dulcimer national champion, accompanied by the unique fiddle sounds of David Wilson.
Mickey Clark & The Blue Norther – Nationally known singer/songwriter with high powered acoustic band.
Jon Pickow – Son of famous Kentucky traditional singer and dulcimer player and songwriter, Jean Ritchie, carrying on the family tradition.


SATURDAY – JULY 26

9:30 – 11:00 AM Musical Instrument Instructional Workshops
Location – meet instructors at the back stage entrance to the Amphitheater.
Classes offered: Mountain Dulcimer. $20 fee paid directly to instructors.

10:00 AM – 7:00 PM Arts & Crafts at Iroquois
A variety of artists and crafters display their wares along the tree-lined walkway just outside the Iroquois Amphitheater. FREE

10:00 AM – 6:30 PM Kentucky Music Weekend Park Stage 1
Located under the trees and among the crafts outside the Iroquois Amphitheater. FREE See detailed daytime schedule attached.

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Gazebo Stage 2
Located at the crossroads near the back of Iroquois Amphitheater. FREE

11:00 AM – 6:00 PM Jam Tent with Louisville Dulcimer Society
Informal area for jamming. All are welcome – bring your own chairs. FREE

11:00 AM – 6:00 PM Sunny Hill Pavillion Second Festival Jam Site
Informal area for jamming. All are welcome to share music together. FREE

12:00 PM Iroquois Amphitheater Main Stage
Kentucky State Mountain and Hammered Dulcimer Championship Contests
Registration and check in from 11:00 – 11:45 AM, Main Entrance.

1:00 PM – 4:15 PM Iroquois Amphitheater Main Stage
Mini concerts during contest deliberations followed by concerts and workshops.

7:00 PM – 11:00 PM Main Stage Evening Concerts – Iroquois Amphitheater
($10 per person donation with proceeds going to performers.)
Keltricity – Celtic Band
Sue Massek & Friends – Banjo picker, socially conscious song-writer, singer and some of the members of Reel World String Band
Rick Thum – High powered hammered dulcimer player
John Gage, Aaron Biblehauser, & Steve Cooley – Master musicians all!
Small Potatoes – Dynamic instrumentalists and songwriting duo.
TDH4 – Laid back, bluesy/jazzy/folksy group.
Susan Trump – Beautiful vocals, intricate and beautiful dulcimer instrumentals.
Sparky & Rhonda Rucker – Rockin’ Traditional Blues
Storefront Congregation – Intricate vocal and instrumental harmonies blend together in this bluegrass/newgrass band.

SUNDAY – JULY 27

12:00 Noon – 5:00 PM Arts & Crafts at Iroquois
A variety of artists and crafters display their wares along the tree-lined walkway just outside the Iroquois Amphitheater. FREE

12:00 Noon – 5:00 PM Kentucky Music Weekend Park Stage 1
Located under the trees and among the crafts outside the Iroquois Amphitheater. FREE

12:00 Noon – 4:00 PM Gazebo Stage 2
Located at the cross roads near the rear entrance of Iroquois Amphitheater. FREE

12:00 Noon – 4:00 PM Jam Tent with Louisville Dulcimer Society
Informal area for jamming located at the end of the walkway near Kenwood Drive
park entrance under the double tent. All are welcome – bring your own chairs. FREE

12:00 Noon – 4:00 PM Sunny Hill Pavillion Second Festival Jam Site
Informal area for jamming. All are welcome to share music together. FREE
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Detailed performer schedules available on our website as well as performer information, photos, and links to their individual web sites where available.
www.kentuckymusicweekend.com
Artist list is subject to changes due to circumstances beyond control of Kentucky Music, Inc.

Suggested Donation of $10

Free

For the 38th consecutive year, the KENTUCKY MUSIC WEEKEND folk festival brings together some of the finest folk musicians and Kentucky traditions to Louisville’s Iroquois Amphitheater and the tree-lined area nearby. Voted into law as Kentucky’s “Premier Folk Festival”, KMW continues to be one of the top folk festivals in the country.

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Kentucky Music Weekend Bluegrass Festival

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