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Give the gift of performance

The calendar couldn’t do it, but the snow last week has finally moved me into a state of elation over the possibility that Christmas will be here soon — Hooray! I’ll be watching my TV listings for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, How the Grinch Stole Christmas (animated version, of course), and my must-see, A Charlie Brown Christmas — it wasn’t such a bad little tree. And with the notes of those familiar theme songs, I have to admit that it’s time to do some shopping.

I love my family and friends, but we often don’t share the same taste and I anguish for weeks and months about what to get “Aunt So-And-So” or “Cousin What’sHisName.” No way I’m buying anyone a tie or a fruit cake. And Sue, my BFF in fourth grade, put the fear of god in me as far as paper dolls as an appropriate Christmas gift. (Does anyone still make paper dolls?) Even toy shopping is stressful.

Some experts say to give gifts that you like. That certainly makes it easier. And how about gifts that you like and your family and friends will love? Of course — gifts that keep giving, music and dance! One of my very favorite things in the world is live performance and the next best thing is a recorded performance. Tickets to shows or CDs and DVDs make excellent gifts for anyone, anywhere, anytime! If I’m on your Christmas list, I’ll take two of each.

The Kentucky Arts Council has put together a listing of live performances by some of the performers in its Performing Arts Directory. All Performing Arts Directory artists go through a rigorous panel process in order to be included in the directory and you can rest assured these artists are among the very best. I began doing my Snoopy dance as soon as I saw the range of live performances available this season. From classics like Lexington Children’s Theatre’s The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and Lexington Ballet Company’s The Nutcracker to the enchanting Yule Y’all, a Celtic celebration with Keltricity and the Chattering Magpies and the Louisville Orchestra’s Christmas Spectacular. And that just scratches the surface. With all the exciting performances on the list, your Christmas shopping can be done in a heartbeat and you can sit back and enjoy the show along with the applause from all your delighted friends. Ticket prices are excellent–some are even free. Have a look at the listing and take your favorite people out to enjoy a live performance, or two, or three!


Heath and Molly’s three CD holiday gift pack, a perennial favorite.

If you can’t get everyone together to go to the show, have a look at our listing of Performing Arts Directory artists CDs and DVDs. Each has been recently released and will provide hours of entertainment value to the lucky so-and-so who gets them. From Latin-mountain fusion artists’ Appalatin to rock-and-rooters Heath and Molly, the Lexington Ballet Company to the Louisville Chorus, gypsy jazz by Stirfry Musette to Lexington Vintage Dance–oh my, so much to enjoy! And there’s still more — cowgirl fun by Raison D’Etre, folk music by LaMay & Reese, good ol’ country music by Dale Pyatt and the Chickengrease Band and wait, we aren’t done yet…There’s too much to capture in one short blog post. With so much music and dance to choose from, every Who in Who-ville will be thrilled and even the Grinch will rejoice!

Tamara Coffey, individual artists director

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Special edition: four reasons not to miss the Kentucky Stage

Here we are just days away from Kentucky Crafted: The Market. The excitement continues to build all across the Commonwealth as we look ahead to the 30th anniversary celebration and gathering in Lexington, Ky.

Personally, I can hardly contain myself. My head is swirling with thoughts of Kentucky’s finest food, art, crafts, literature, and of course… Music! The more I think about the lineup of talent scheduled for this year on the Kentucky Stage, the more I realize how fortunate we are to have such a tremendous roster of world-class talent right here in Kentucky.

Obviously, we’re very proud of our music and rightfully so. You may have heard about the two full days of live entertainment. However, I haven’t talked much about the fifteen performing artists who will be throwing it down on March 3rd and 4th. It’s important to point out that artists listed in the Performing Arts Directory are some of the most talented in the nation and have received national and international recognition and accolades.

So, I’ve got some good news and some bad news. The bad news, for now, is that space and time prohibit me from discussing, in detail, each of the fifteen scheduled artists. The good news is that you can come to The Kentucky Stage and experience each and every concert for yourself, LIVE and in person! With that in mind I’ll briefly focus on four of Kentucky’s finest.


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1. Tim Lake hits the Kentucky Stage on Saturday, March 3, at 1 p.m. EST. He is a professional musician, singer-songwriter, composer, performer, and teacher. A world renowned banjoist, he has released ten albums of original songs, including “An American Concerto for 5-String Banjo and Orchestra”, which he performed with the Atlanta-Emory Orchestra. Tim holds a doctorate in music from the University of Kentucky and was the recipient of the 2002 Distinguished Alumni Award.

As a solo artist or with his group The Little Big Band, Tim has performed his brand of American music at international music festivals and concerts all over the world, including Tokyo, Japan; Ambato, Ecuador; Bo and Oslo, Norway; Graz, Austria; and Wexford, Ireland. Pretty darn impressive!

2. John Edmonds will entertain on March 3 at 3 p.m. EST. The word gospel is translated to mean good news, and there is no better way to describe the music delivered by John Edmonds. Even so, gospel music is not the only genre to which you will be exposed at a John Edmonds concert. “I’m a gospel singer by style,” says Edmonds, “but I’m just a simple message singer at heart.” This nationally and internationally acclaimed singer/pianist, who will soon celebrate 50 years of professional performing, has a repertoire that includes tunes such as “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother,” “I Believe I Can Fly,” “I Believe In Music,” and “What The World Needs Now Is Love.” Of course, his listeners will also hear great gospel standards such as “How Great Thou Art,” “My Life Is In Your Hands,” “Joshua,” and “How I Got Over.”

“I like to sing songs that convey a message of peace, hope, joy, and love,” Edmonds continues, “love for God, for one’s self, and for one’s fellow man.” Edmonds goes on to say that he intends for his musical messages to reach people of all religions and all denominations. “It is my desire that even non-believers will be inspired by my songs,” he concludes.

3. Another sonic treat coming to the Kentucky Stage at 4 p.m. EST on March 3 is Appalachianfolksyrastafunkybluesman Mitch Barrett. He is one of Kentucky’s most sought after and talented contemporary singer-songwriters. Remaining true to his traditional roots, his original work has created a contemporary understanding that reaches beyond his Appalachian heritage to the music that today is being called Americana. Mitch’s songwriting talent has won him many of the country’s most prestigious awards, including the Merlefest Chris Austin Songwriting Competition twice awarded; the Kerrville New Folk competition; first place at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons, Colo. (out of more than 900 entries); and in 2009 he won the 2009 Telluride Troubadour Competition, selected at the 36th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

He is a versatile and riveting storyteller of Appalachian tales. Ears perk up and eyes widen when he begins his eclectic mix of myth, tall tales and folklore. Being comfortable with any audience Mitch tells stories to audiences both young and old. His storytelling resonates with humor and poignancy. At any given performance, his show can be filled with Jack tales, tunes on the dulcimer and guitar and a lot of great reflection about his life and the traditions of the mountains.

4. Champion fiddlers, multi-instrumentalists, music educators and composers, Daniel and Amy Carwile bring over 50 years of performing experience to the Kentucky Stage at 5 p.m. EST on March 3. Their broad repertoire includes traditional tunes as well as original compositions stylistically ranging from bluegrass and old-time to Celtic and swing. The Carwile’s unique blend of music has been heard on the Grand Ole Opry, and throughout the United States, Canada, and the British Isles. They have performed and/or recorded with Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, Alison Krauss, Tim O’Brien and John Cowan, among others. “They are two of the most accomplished musicians I have run across in a long time,” said Don Rigsby, head of the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music.

So there you have it. Keep in mind, that’s just four of the fifteen artists coming to The Kentucky Stage on March 3 and 4. It’s hard to believe so much talent is coming to one place. It’s even harder to believe that tickets are as low as $8 and kids 15 and under get in free! I hear they even have extra chairs ready, so bring the whole family!

I am honored to be a part of such an amazing group of artists. Wow! Now, if I can contain my excitement, I need to rehearse a while…


Ill see YOU at the Kentucky Stage!

Peace, Love, Joy, & Diversity,

Heath Eric


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Two full days of live music on The Kentucky Stage!

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!

Carla Gover

Carla Gover. Appalachian tradition meets cutting edge songwriting and musicianship!

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?



Appalatin. World music with a Kentucky soul.

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!


Amos Hopkins

Amos Hopkins. Everything from foot-stomping music to sentimental ballads.

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!


Heath Eric

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Peace, Love, Joy, & Diversity,

Heath Eric

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They had to drag me kicking and screaming, but here I am

I was in high school when the first iPods and other MP3 players arrived. At that point, they were still a novelty. Typical consumers were not aware that CDs were about to be replaced by a new format and that people would be buying, sharing and consuming music in a new way.

Even as these devices improved in price and function, I was still hesitant. I clung to my stacks of jewel cases, and convinced myself that people would tire of the lesser sound quality of the ethereal MP3 and the introverted selfishness implied by wearing ear buds. I liked having a tangible item of music with paper album covers. I liked sharing music openly with friends.

Then again, I am not a Luddite. I also liked the idea that I could back up my music as many times as I wanted and carry all of it anywhere. I liked that MP3s are cheaper; you don’t have to buy a whole album for one song.

On a shopping trip three years ago, I happened upon some recently-recorded 180 gram LP records. The records are perfect for an audiophile, and many included a voucher to download the MP3 files. After this discovery I only bought these music products, but they were few and far between.  As a result, I stopped buying music all together. I was in music limbo, so I began migrating all of my CDs to the digital format. When I became pregnant, I decided to get an iPod to make playlists for the delivery and labor (sidenote—this never came to fruition). After my baby was born in March, my husband convinced me to sell all of our CDs to make much-needed room in our home. The process was cathartic.

Just a few of the Performing Arts Directory artists you can find in the ether.

Today I buy MP3s exclusively. Many music lovers came to this conclusion years ago. If you are a fan of Kentucky performers, then rest assured that your favorite artists have evolved right along with you. Carla Gover, Appalatin, Heath Eric, Juggernaut Jug Band, Downtown County Band and Lorinda Jones are among the arts council Performing Arts Directory artists that can be found on iTunes or CD Baby.

If you’re still holding fast to paper liner notes, don’t worry. We will be waiting here for you.

Sarah Schmitt, arts access director

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