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Celtic, Bluegrass, Americana Musicians to Headline Kentucky Crafted: The Market


Diverse musical sounds ranging from world music to Kentucky bluegrass will fill the air March 5-6 at the Lexington Convention Center on the Kentucky Stage during Kentucky Crafted: The Market.

Now in its fifth year as part of The Market, the Kentucky Stage brings to Lexington a selection of the best performing acts in the Commonwealth. Sixteen acts will perform during the two-day event. American Sign Language interpreters will be provided for all Kentucky Stage performances.

Each performer or performing group on the Kentucky Stage is an adjudicated member of the Kentucky Arts Council’s Performing Artists Directory, an online roster of performing artists in Kentucky.

Singer-songwriter Butch Rice, of Louisville, who will perform March 5, said Kentucky Stage is an opportunity for music lovers to see regional groups from around the state they might not see in their own communities.

“The Market brings us together,” Rice said. “As a musician, this is a growth opportunity and a chance to network with other musicians. As a music consumer, though, I’m looking for good music.”

“On the Kentucky Stage you’ll see people like me, great jazz, traditional music, and dulcimer music. You can tell it’s all Kentucky influenced music. And it’s right here in one place – The Market. There’s no difference in quality between what we’ve got going on and a national touring act coming through your city.”

Laurel Fuson, accordionist for the Celtic music group Keltricity who plays Sunday, echoed Rice’s sentiments about finding different genres of music at The Market.

“I’m always interested in live music,” Fuson said. “I’m an instrumentalist, and I love hearing what different instruments are being played by the other groups and how they’re putting their own twist on music. If you’re a music fan, it’s a good opportunity to see groups you’ve not heard before, because they usually play in a different part of the state.”

Music on the Kentucky Stage greets Market visitors as they enter the atrium of the Lexington Convention Center. In addition to the music festival, admission includes special exhibits, hands-on activities, and shopping for art, craft, literature and Kentucky Proud foods. Rice said the diversity of art available, coupled with the eclectic lineup of musicians, makes the price of admission a tremendous value.

“You’re paying $10 for all day access. There are so many artistic disciplines and genres to experience,” Rice said. “You’re not just paying $10 to see bands all day. You’re seeing great Kentucky art, tasty Kentucky Proud food and a wide range of sounds from across the state. You’re getting all three of those for $10 all day.”

Tickets are available at the door or can be purchased online and are $10 for one day or $15 for two days. Children 15 and under are admitted free with a paying adult. For more information about Kentucky Crafted: The Market, visit the arts council’s website at: http://artscouncil.ky.gov/KentuckyArt/2016Market.htm

Kentucky Stage Schedule of Performances

Saturday, March 5

•             10 a.m., LaMay & Reese, Americana

•             11 a.m., Butch Rice, Americana

•             Noon, Colin Grant-Adams, Celtic

•             1 p.m., Dale Pyatt, Americana

•             2 p.m., The Reynolds Family Band, bluegrass

•             3 p.m., No Tools Loaned, bluegrass

•             4 p.m., Hog Operation, bluegrass

•             5 p.m., Arthur Hatfield & Buck Creek, bluegrass

•             6 p.m., The Rick Oldfield & Curnie Wilson Band, bluegrass

Sunday, March 6

•             10 a.m., Marcus Wilkerson, Americana

•             11 a.m., Greg Schaber, blues

•             Noon, Keltricity, Celtic

•             1 p.m., Mitch Barrett, Americana

•             2 p.m., The Afrophysicists, world

•             3 p.m., Heath & Molly, roots rock

•             4 p.m., Appalatin, world

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, fosters environments for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The arts council is celebrating 50 years of service in 2016.

Paul Hitchcock earned his Masters in Communications from Morehead State University and Bachelors in Radio-TV/Psychology from Georgetown College. A veteran broadcaster for more than 40 years and an avid fan of blues, jazz and American roots music. Hitchcock has been with WMKY since 1986 and was named General Manager in 2003. He currently hosts "Muddy Bottom Blues" (Fri., 8pm-9pm), "Nothin' But The Blues" (Sat., 8pm-12am), "Sunday Night Jazz Showcase" and "Live From The Jazz Lounge" (Sun., 8pm-9pm) and "The Golden Age of Radio" (Sun., 2pm-3pm). He also serves as producer for "A Time For Tales" and "The Reader's Notebook."
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