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Schedule of Performances

Enjoy live music — Americana, Celtic, World, jazz, indie and string band — and more on the Kentucky Stage, all performed by some of the Commonwealth’s most exciting musicians. The Kentucky Stage features professional touring performers who have been selected to participate in the Kentucky Arts Council’s Performing Artists Directory.

Take the music home with you! Performers will have CDs and other merchandise available for purchase. Look for them at the sales table beside the stage between sets.

Buy tickets at the door!

One-day ticket: $12
$2 discount to seniors (62 and over), military and state employees with ID.
Children 15 and under are admitted free.

Ticket price includes performances on the stage, entrance to The Market exhibit hall, and other Market activities.

Saturday, April 22

10 a.m. na Skylark, Celtic
na Skylark performs Celtic music on Ireland’s national instruments: the Irish harp, flute, tin whistle and uilleann pipes, and completed with Kentucky’s mountain dulcimer as a mainstay in arrangements. At times, the duo are joined by a fiddler to round out the perfect blend of authentic Irish music played much the way you’d expect to find it in the most out-of-the-way shebeen.

11 a.m. Butch Rice, Americana
Soulful acoustic pop has never hit quite so close to home. Butch Rice writes about what we can all identify with: love and loss. With every tune, the heartstrings resound as if the guitar has been in the hands of too many, slightly bruised and worn, but stronger in character. Yet it is in his phrasing and undeniable striking timbre that his powerhouse vocals will leave you shaken and asking for more.

Noon Homer Ledford Award Presentation
and taping of Knott Downtown Radio Hour Since 2007, the Kentucky Folklife Program, based in the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology of Western Kentucky University, has awarded the Homer Ledford Award to Kentucky luthiers who have demonstrated outstanding craftsmanship, mastery of making and setting up instruments for excellent tone and playability, and who have been recognized by the communities of musicians they serve. This year’s winner is Doug Naselroad of Winchester. Watch Doug receive the Homer Ledford Award then do an onstage taping of his radio show, the Knott Downtown Radio Hour, to be broadcast on WMMT-88.7 FM Whitesburg.

1 p.m. Kentucky Wild Horse, string band
Kentucky Wild Horse is named after an old eastern Kentucky fiddle tune. Their repertoire includes old-time, bluegrass, swing and fiddle tunes learned directly from earlier generations of Kentucky musicians, as well as original songs. They specialize in music from and about Kentucky, and are likely to include in their performances vintage music from all parts of the state.

2 p.m. The Misty Mountain String Band, string band
Drawing influence from old-time music, Americana, bluegrass and songs of labor and protest, Misty Mountain String Band (MMSB) doesn’t stray far from its upbringing in Kentucky and West Virginia. Formed as a pickup group for an old-time camp revival, MMSB has evolved into a professional band that’s as comfortable playing with the Louisville Orchestra as it is playing at bluegrass festivals with Americana favorites.

3 p.m. Zoe Speaks, Americana
The trio Zoe Speaks (Mitch Barrett, Carla Gover and Owen Reynolds) draws on their deep roots in the region to put their own spin on everything from traditional ballads to finely-crafted, award-winning originals. A smooth, mellow instrumental mix lays the background for the close vocal harmonies that are a defining feature of their sound. They accompany themselves on guitar, claw hammer banjo, upright bass and sometimes dulcimers and clogging feet.

4 p.m. Appalatin, World
Appalatin performs original songs and interprets traditional folk music in their own style. The six-member band uses all acoustic instrumentation that features classical and steel string guitars; traditional Native wood flutes and pan flutes; harmonica; mandolin; charango (Andean ukelele); bass; and myriad percussion, including congas, bongos, cajon, maracas, cowbell and guiro to name a few.

5 p.m. A Cornbread & Tortillas Preview, World
Get a special sneak preview of this work-in-progress which began as a collaboration between award-winning Appalachian/Latin fusion band Appalatin, and Appalachian musician/dancer Carla Gover, of Zoe Speaks, and has expanded into a multi-disciplinary storied journey of music and dance that explores the common ground between Appalachia and various Latin American cultures. Cornbread & Tortillas brings together musicians, dancers and actors from all over the world, and is a celebration of our shared humanity which seeks to foster understanding, compassion and community.

Sunday, April 23

10 a.m. Keltricity, Celtic
Keltricity is a Celtic-world band that features traditional, contemporary and eclectic Celtic-influenced music from Ireland, Cape Breton, Scotland, England, Brittany, New England and French Canada. The four-member group is comprised of accomplished musicians with backgrounds in various musical genres, from traditional Irish bands to Scottish and New England contra dance bands, to classical, rock and jazz. The variety of these experiences converge to provide some of the most innovative music around.

11 a.m. Stirfry Musette, gypsy jazz
Stirfry Musette's eclectic gypsy style has an upbeat and dynamic spirit. Their world music instrumentation includes violin, guitar, accordion, mandolin, bass and percussion and a varied repertoire. A stellar lineup of talented musicians featuring Jeff Ellis, Joanna Hay, Ben Griffith and often a percussionist.

Noon Juggernaut Jug Band, jug band
Dedicated to preserving the music, spirit and humor of the original Louisville Jug Bands of the early 1900's, the Juggernaut Jug Band was formed over 30 years ago. The only full time touring jug band, Juggernaut performs with the traditional instrumentation of guitars, mandolins, banjos, bass and vocals, and the sound of blowing the jug. They might even top it off with a washboard, washtub bass, kazoos, nose flutes and whatever else is available.

1 p.m. Marcus Wilkerson and the Rising Sons, indie/folk
Deeply steeped in the classic songwriting traditions of the early Civil Rights Movement and the Peace Movement, Marcus Wilkerson's guitar style is rough and rhythmic at one moment and then light and languid the next. He considers himself a student, teacher and performer of all music that marks the development of human consciousness, and a lover of all styles as exemplified by his thoughtful originals and seminal song choices.

2 p.m. Phourist & the Photons, indie
Phourist & the Photons began as Nick Hill's solo project. He went through countless lineup changes until drummer Scott Boice, with a firm grasp of dynamics and a uniquely instinctual style of playing, joined him. Bassist Stuart Wicke's aggressive musicality perfected the lineup and combined with Hill's cinematic style of writing melodies.

3 p.m. Small Time Napoleon, jazz
Small Time Napoleon is the combination of new ideas and old sounds. Their interest in the jazz standards of the swing-era shines through in their voices, writing and playing, while their ear for new sounds and ideas constantly drives them forward. The product of this pairing is what Kyle Ware of Insider Louisville has called “a mad science blend of western swing, hot jazz and folk,” which is “already starting to gel into something wholly singular.”

4 p.m. Heath & Molly, Americana
Heath & Molly are an American roots-rock duo that blends vocals, acoustic guitars and various percussion to create a homegrown, original, folk music experience with the sonic value of a much larger ensemble. Heath & Molly have been featured at numerous festivals and venues across the country and in Europe.


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American Sign Language interpreters will be provided for all Kentucky Stage performances.


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