I am a full-time, professional performing artist from Kentucky. It is both a challenging and rewarding line of work. I love every moment of my chosen path, and I get incredibly excited when I see big opportunities to highlight Kentucky music and spotlight the performing artists of Kentucky. I cannot recall a time in recent years when I have been more excited than right now. Here is why:
Kentucky Crafted: The Market returns to Lexington, Ky., March 1 – 4, 2012, at the Lexington Convention Center. For years, folks from all over have flocked to The Market to enjoy Kentucky’s finest arts, artists, crafts, food, workshops, seminars, performances, music, activities for the kids and more.
This year the Kentucky Arts Council, which produces this annual gathering of all things great in Kentucky, is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of this fabulous event. That alone is cause to celebrate! Thirty years is a long time, especially when talking about developing, growing, and sustaining an event the size and magnitude of the Market.
It’s no secret that there is always an abundance of super cool things happening at The Market: great food, Kentucky art & craft and insightful workshops, to name but a few. In years past, there was a cozy little stage nestled into the rear of the exhibit hall with performances from artists who are listed in the Performing Arts Directory.
However, this year there is a new focus on the LIVE music portion (hence my greatest excitement). The Kentucky Stage will be located in a separate room from the exhibit area, in the lobby entrance area of the Lexington Convention Center. Performances will be concert-style, loud & proud, and performing artists will be able to pull out all the stops to create their musical magic for the audience!
On March 3 & 4, attendees will be able to enjoy two full days of Kentucky’s finest and most talented performing artists in a concert setting. There is truly something for everyone with a broad and diverse array of genres presented including: gospel, rock, pop, singer/songwriter, roots-rock, folk, Americana, jazz, blues, thumbpicking, Celtic, bluegrass, traditional, Latin-American, Appalachian, swing, reggae and MORE! Shout out loud with me, “WOW!” Can you feel the excitement?
It gets better. A one-day ticket is as little as $8 and a 2-day pass as little as $12, when bought in advance online. Additionally, kids 15 and under get in FREE! Furthermore, the ticket price gets you access to the exhibit hall, food vendors, and all areas of The Market. It’s OK to say it again, “WOW!”
Music lovers across the land now have a reason to come, gather, make a little noiseand enjoy this celebration! Round up your friends, pack up the kids, and make plans to make a trip to Lexington, Ky. for an incredible music experience. We’ll have plenty of seating available and close access to food and drink, not to mention everything else at The Market!
The 2012 Market presents new opportunities for both Kentucky performing artists and Kentucky music lovers alike. Rarely does one get a chance to experience such a diverse and talented group of artists, all for only a few bucks admission. Please make it a point to come out and support Kentucky’s finest performing artists on March 3rd & 4th in Lexington, Ky.!
Oh and in case you were wondering, if you want to hear more of the artists you’ll see on The Kentucky Stage, CDs will be available. After you enjoy the show, make sure to stop by the Marketplace booth located right across from the Kentucky Stageand buy a few. Take the wonderful vibe and the contagious grooves home with you for yourself and others to enjoy.
One final thing. We need your help! Check out the complete lineup, details, ticket information, and more on our official Facebook Page. LIKE the page, SHARE the page, tell all of your friends about the page and please help us spread the word!
Thanks for YOUR support of Kentucky Music and Performing Artists! I’ll see YOU at The Kentucky Stage at The Market, for two full days of FABULOUS Kentucky Music! It’s going to ROCK!
Peace, Love, Joy, & Diversity,