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  Kentucky Arts Council

Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet

Feb. 9, 2016
Media Contact: Tom Musgrave
Communications Director
502-564-3757, ext. 489

16 Kentucky musical acts will perform at
Kentucky Crafted: The Market

FRANKFORT, Ky. — 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, 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.

Kentucky Stage Schedule of Performances

Saturday, March 5

Sunday, March 6

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.

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