I found myself on a surprisingly warm winter evening at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg, KY. Saturday’s show was the first of what will be a great year of shows at the MAC and I’m looking forward to attending as many as I can and so should you! There is no better venue in Eastern Kentucky to catch a show. The lights, the sound, the staff, the location…it’s all perfect!
Of the last four shows I’ve covered here at the MAC, three have been of the country variety. Two Tyler Childers shows, one Sundy Best (both Kentucky artists) and a Gov’t Mule show stuck in the middle. There was absolutely no doubt that tonight’s show was all about rocking and rolling all night long and of course partying every day. Once you entered the theater, you were immediately drawn to a large lighted KISS sign hanging behind and above the drum riser on stage. (more…)
Here at Capture Kentucky, I’ve said many times that it is always a great time when an artist returns to their hometown or state to play a show. On the flipside of that coin, is seeing a community rally around a young artist who they feel has what it takes to “make it”. What if both were to happen on the same night? Would my brain explode?
To answer those questions, let’s set the scene a bit. Wolfe County, which nestles the tiny town of Campton, is home to an established artist and songwriter in Jimmy Yeary. Jimmy has written or co-written many popular songs and even a few number ones. His biggest song to date is titled, “I Drive Your Truck”. The song was released by Lee Brice and went on to win the CMA award for Song Of The Year. Jimmy has been in Nashville for years, but he always wanted to come home and play a show. (more…)
If there is one thing that you can say about Central Kentucky with 100% certainty, it is that country music is King. So it should be no surprise, that Alan Jackson kicked off his latest tour at Rupp Arena. Tagging along on this tour, is former American Idol runner-up and fellow Georgian Lauren Alaina.
Rupp Arena was booming as early as 5pm and that’s awesome. Why? Because the local iHeart Media station, WBUL, partners up with a local Watering Hole, Austin City Saloon, to bring you a pre-show in the lobby of Rupp Arena. Together it is called the Austin City Saloon Sound Stage and on this night, one of our favorite local boys, Tyler Booth, occupied the stage.
On a chilly Sunday evening, I got the chance to do one of my favorite things on Earth. I got to see one of the many talented performers that our great Commonwealth has produced, back home here in Kentucky. Dwight Yoakam played to a sold-out crowd at the beautiful Paramount Arts Center in Ashland, KY.
This was my first trip to the Paramount and it was also my first time seeing Dwight Yoakam. Neither would disappoint on this night. The Paramount is a beautifully preserved theater. It’s like walking back in time to a 1930’s era “Movie House”. It’s a bit art deco with beautiful murals adorning the walls and ceilings. It’s also home to the friendliest staff that I’ve ever worked with. They truly made me feel at home. (more…)
After a week of sub-freezing and sometimes subzero temperatures this day all though cloudy was nice in comparison. It was about to get a lot better. Memphis Tennessee’s own Southern Avenue was making a stop at the Appalshop Theater in Whitesburg.
If you haven’t heard of Southern Avenue you need to correct that in a hurry. Tierinii Jackson, Ori Naftaly, Tikyra Jackson, Jeremy Powell and Gage Markey put on a high energy show and Tierinii can sing! Everyone in attendance knew they were in for a treat with the first notes of “Steady Beats” then “It’s Gonna Be Alright” if you weren’t hooked by then there’s something wrong with you!
The Carnegie Center is proud to host an exhibition of original photographs by Linda Bruckheimer, Roadside America: From Harlem to Hollywood. Join them at the reception and you will be able to personally meet Linda Bruckheimer. The date is January 19th from 5-8pm.
Linda Bruckheimer is an American novelist, photographer, film producer, and preservationist. Raised in Kentucky, her family moved to California when she was a teenager, a trip that inspired her novels, Dreaming Southern and The Southern Belles of Honeysuckle Way, as well as her passion for photography. Currently, she divides her time between her historic farm in Nelson County, Kentucky, and Lose Angeles, where she lives with her husband, film and television producer, Jerry Bruckheimer.
For more information visit the Carnegie Center’s website here. For more about Linda Bruckheimer, visit her site here.
The Carnegie Center is located at 251 West Second St. Lexington, Kentucky. You can reach them by phone at (859) 254-4175.
For the second year in a row, we’ve celebrated the New Year at my personal favorite venue on the planet, the Louisville Palace. Last year, we rocked our way into 2017 with Southern Rockers, Blackberry Smoke. That was a truly fantastic night of fun, but on an absolutely frigid Sunday night, Church was held at the Louisville Palace.
The War & Treaty kicked off the night. I scanned a couple of tracks online before the show, but with the hectic schedule of the holidays, I was really going into their set blindly. In hindsight, that probably wasn’t my best move, but after the fact, I wouldn’t change a thing. Why? Glad you asked. Have you ever received a totally unexpected gift that caused a huge cheesy grin that you simply couldn’t wipe off your face for no amount of money? Good. Now you exactly how I felt the moment the husband and wife duo opened their mouths. (more…)
For a long time, Lexington, KY’s music scene languished, seemingly never able to realize it’s identity and enjoy the talents of those in this area. There were spurts that gave it life, but it seemed that no one knew what could be done to bring everyone together. In the last 15 years, the scene has seen some amazing musicians, many of which picked up and left to make their mark elsewhere. The loss of the Dame certainly set back the scene for years, but right now the scene is vibrant and booming.
Sure some venues have survived and even thrived, but it’s the last five years that has built a community that really supports artists. Maybe it’s all the local craft beers. Maybe it’s the plethora of venues we have once again. Maybe it’s just a shift in culture. Maybe it’s the success of so many great Kentucky artists that rekindled a spark for live music. Or maybe it’s just that Lexington found its’ identity. Craft beer, bourbon and venues that know their audience have all helped build it up, but at its core, I feel it’s the talent that has grown immensely. The music is now its own force to be reckoned with and artists like Sundy Best have brought people together to be a part of something bigger than themselves.
An Early Bird ticket sale is now underway for the 5th annual Louder Than Life, to be held Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30, 2018 at Champions Parkin Louisville, KY.
During the Early Bird sale, a limited number of General Admission weekend tickets are available for only $94.50 (the same as the 2017 price). Layaway will be available during the Early Bird sale, with the second payment not due until June 2018. To purchase tickets, visit: https://goo.gl/Q2ZWMb.
Camping options can also be purchased now at www.LouderThanLife.com
In 2017, the fourth annual Louder Than Life marked the festival’s biggest year yet, solidifying its standing as one of America’s premier destination music festivals. Louder Than Life 2017 drew 60,000 fans to Champions Park to witness headlining performances from Ozzy Osbourne featuring Zakk Wylde on Saturday and Prophets Of Rageon Sunday, plus Five Finger Death Punch, Incubus – returning to Louisville for the first time in over a decade — Rob Zombie, Stone Sour, Rise Against, and nearly 30 other bands on three stages.
Check out the 2017 Louder Than Life video recap below:
The 2018 Louder Than Life music lineup and other details will be announced in late spring 2018. Visit www.LouderThanLifeFestival.com for details. (more…)
Danny Wimmer Presents has announced the 2018 dates for its nationally acclaimed festivals held at Champions Park in Louisville, KY.
The 2nd annual Bourbon & Beyond is set for Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23, 2018. The 5th annual Louder Than Life will be held the following weekend on Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30, 2018.
To celebrate the success of Bourbon & Beyond’s inaugural year, Danny Wimmer Presents has announced a special Early Bird ticket sale now underway for Bourbon & Beyond 2018. A limited number of General Admission Weekend passes are available for $119.50 (matching 2017’s lowest price). To purchase tickets, visit:https://goo.gl/fg1KoW. Hotel and camping options are also available at www.BourbonAndBeyond.com. (more…)