The Kentucky Arts Council will present Kentucky On Stage, a mini booking conference for presenters and afternoon of live performance free and open to the public, from 1 – 5 p.m. Aug. 22, in the William Stamps Farish Theater at the Lexington Public Library
Kentucky On Stage features a slate of artists from the arts council’s Performing Arts Directory, including new acts recently added to the online roster of adjudicated artists. Twelve acts will perform for 15 minutes each during the showcase.
One of those performers, singer-songwriter Dale Pyatt, was just adjudicated into the Performing Arts Directory and will perform at Kentucky On Stage for the first time. An award winning songwriter, Pyatt has penned songs that cross many music genres including Americana, bluegrass, new and classic country, roots, and even island-style music. Pyatt recently answered a few questions for us about the directory and what people can expect from his performance at Kentucky On Stage.
KAC: Why did you want to be part of the Kentucky Arts Council’s Performing Arts Directory?
PYATT: I wanted to be a part of the directory because I’m trying to take my music to a professional level. Being in the directory will allow me to work more professional shows. I would like to be a full-time artist, and I need all the help and support I can get.
KAC: For those who aren’t familiar with your music, how would you describe it?
PYATT: My music is original, fun to listen to, and has been nicknamed “BuffettGrass” by some of my friends.
KAC: What can the presenters and audience look forward to during your performance at Kentucky On Stage?
Presenters can look forward to the “Dale Pyatt experience,” and to hearing some of the stories behind my songs. I will also be discussing my singer/songwriter workshop for beginners.
Learn more about Pyatt on his website at http://dalepyatt.com/.
Other showcase performers are:
- Bob & Susie Hutchison, music, traditional Appalachian and Celtic
- Hong Shao, music, traditional Chinese
- Joe Hudson, music, thumbpicking guitar
- Lexington Children’s Theatre, theater
- TDH4, music, jazz-blues-originals
- Squallis Puppeteers, theater
- Octavia Sexton, storytelling
- A Girl Named Earl, music, singer-songwriter
- Diana Dinicola, dance, flamenco
- Art Mize, music, string band-jazz-bluegrass
- The Mark Whitley Band, music, Americana
As you can see, we’ve got a great lineup for this year’s showcase, and we hope you’ll consider joining us for the main event next Thursday afternoon. To see a schedule of the day’s events or for more information, visit http://artscouncil.ky.gov/KentuckyArt/KOS13.htm.
Emily B. Moses, communications director