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DeeOhGee

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DeeOhGee is the new chapter in the story of a band of brothers who’ve now been through it! Formerly touring under the name “Blackfoot Gypsies”, they have dropped the old name but kept the same spirit. A spirit arising from a life dedicated to Rock-n-Roll. DeeOhGee is now comprised of Matthew Paige, Zack Murphy, and Dylan Whitlow. Each member contributes songs and brings different musical expertise to the table. These 3 musicians cover a huge spectrum of instruments - everything from timpani to pianos and banjos to harmoniums. Now, after all these years of honing their craft, the music is a concentrated serum exported from their souls, for all to share and enjoy. DeeOhGee is a band of people, made of people, for the people.

Movie Jail

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Movie Jail finds its center in an unabashed love of hooks, melodies, and solid grooves.

Their debut album, released this spring on Desperate Spirits, brings to mind a post-punk band hired to play an airport lounge, trying to reconstruct decades of pop music based on memory alone. Movie Jail is just as likely to cycle through second hand jazz chords as to careen headlong into jittery new wave territory. Their first single, “Call the Neighbors,” captures all these contradictions, opening with a volley of strident guitar and lyrical jabs at the bootstrap generation but secretly hoping to retreat to some breezy terrace for drinks and an afternoon nap. Kentucky-based five-piece Movie Jail offers further proof that college towns can provide fertile creative ground.

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Buck the Taxidermist

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Buck the Taxidermist is Lexington singer/songwriter Kyle Ayres. Over the past 6 years he’s been writing from first hand life observations in an often stream of consciousness style. Gifted with a wealth of musical friends the band often changes several times a year allowing the songs to mutate and take on the participating artists’ strengths. The sound can go from the poignant lyrical style of Townes van Zandt and Neil Young to the lushness of The War on Drugs and quirky lo fi of Dr. Dog.

Senora May

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Although Senora loves to experiment with different sounds and genres, everything always comes back to her native Eastern Kentucky in the end. One of six children, she grew up playing in the woods, going hunting or fishing with her four brothers, identifying wildflowers and their uses, and says she always felt “comforted by the hills, calmed by being outside.” In fact, Senora says she feels sorry for people who are disconnected from nature. “We need it,” she says. Her music has also been influenced by the sounds of the outdoors. “The auditory boundaries are endless. You’ll hear frequencies in the hills right before the sun goes down that you can't make up on your own with a synthesizer,” she says. “Certain birds and little yipping foxes, bobcats, pitches of bugs, there's just so much to be inspired by.” 

Senora feels a duty as someone from rural Appalachia to honor the culture’s musical tradition while also expanding notions of what it must be.

Eolith

As the moon parts the clouds, the five members of Eolith stand in a circle, instruments in hand. It is a silent moment, each one found in thought. Then, with a single, powerful drum strike, the music begins.  Cascading down the mountain, the sound echoes through the valley, beckoning the dawn - a new day begins.

Eolith is based in Lexington and began making music in 2017. Led by two enigmatic guitarists named Chris, the group has become known for their atmospheric instrumental rock and annual Solstice ritual performances. 

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Ancient
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After a multi-year hiatus, Lexington, Kentucky-based post-punk Southern gothic rockers, Ancient Warfare, are at last emerging from hibernation. With new songs and a new direction in hand, the band’s core of Echo Woxihara (vocals, guitars) and Emily Woxihara (drums, vocals) will bring their trademark operatic and nostalgic soundscapes, hushed harmony vocals, and austere, tube-driven waves of sound back to the stage this year.  

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Englishman

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Englishman is the musical work of Kentuckian Andrew Russell English, supported and transformed with help from longtime friends and collaborators with membership in The Fanged Robot, Ancient Warfare, The Scourge of the Sea, Idiot Glee, and many other projects far and wide. Englishman wonders what we’re here for and how we can best spend our time, and performs songs to try to make the wandering less lonesome.

MIghty Mystic

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Mighty Mystic is considered as one of the leaders in the U.S. Reggae scene and labeled by many as one of the more prolific artists to develop outside of Jamaica. He has gripped the scene with ferocious conviction and an uncanny ambition worthy to be mentioned among the greats. He has gone from being a fan of reggae music to being a contributor to the art. Mighty Mystic came on the scene in 2006 after scoring his first international hit with the song “Riding on the Clouds.” However, it wasn’t until the release of his first album “Wake up the World” (2010) that he became a household name. “Wake up the World” boasted several standouts, such as “Revolution,” “Riding on the Clouds,” “Original Love,” and “Slipped Away” with appearances from reggae icon Shaggy and roots rocker Lutan Fyah. Mystic continues to wake up the world with his high energy, message driven brand of reggae music which he emphatically calls “HARD ROOTS.” It is this unique spin on classic reggae blended with Hip Hop & Rock that has catapulted him to the forefront of today’s Reggae Revival. Mighty Mystic is also the younger brother of current Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness. When asked, does being the brother of Prime Minister Holness have any impact on your music? Mystic simply says “Andrew has a job to do and so do I, impact or not we both have our own mission to complete”.

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Rob Dread
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The KMA

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Rob Dread was introduced to Reggae music in the late 80’s by Ciam Carr while the two them covered bass and guitar in the international west African tour band “The Riddem Afrique” and was highly influenced by The Ark Band, Identity and The Ras Bonghi All Stars as well as Peter Tosh, Bob Marley, 3rd World, Aswad, Steel Pulse, The Abyssinians, and the Ethiopians. Being a descendant of Ethiopia and Washitaw, reggae music and its way of soothing the soul touched Rob in a manner that could not be denied. It felt like being at home. This is the music that can and will unite the family. “The Whole of We”. The family being all of the people. In 1995 Rob then founded “The Dub Enforcement Agency” with Doctah X and started the reggae series at Atomic Cafe in Lexington, KY. which ran until 2016 when the venue closed its doors due to the owner's retirement.  The KMA (Kindread Music Association) was formed in 1997 when Rob and Doctah X decided to expand in different directions. Rob Dread and the KMA did an extensive tour of the midwest as well as various Indigenous Nations throughout the region...

Club Dub

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Club Dub is Steve Cherry-bass, Willie Eames- guitar & vocals, David Farris-drums. The band formed at the dawn of the 21st Century before the AI overlord wars. They weave in and out between hybrid styles of early Jamaican Dub, late-60’s/early 70’s Funk & Soul while putting it under a a psychedelic lens.

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Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

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Two time BMA nominee's The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band are the greatest front-porch blues band in the world. They are led by Reverend Peyton, who most consider to be the premier finger picker playing today. He has earned a reputation as both a singularly compelling performer and a persuasive evangelist for the rootsy, country blues styles that captured his imagination early in life and inspired him and his band to make pilgrimages to Clarksdale, Mississippi to study under such blues masters as T-Model Ford, Robert Belfour and David “Honeyboy” Edwards. Now The Big Damn Band is back with a new record "Dance Songs For Hard Times" that debuted at #1 on the Billboard and iTunes Blues Charts.

Mama Said String Band

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Delivering a refreshing reinvention of sounds once forgotten through their own brand of grassroots, Mama Said String Band has been making an impact on the Bluegrass Scene & beyond since their debut in 2016. Based out of Louisville Kentucky, Mama Said String Band is a four-piece collection of songwriters & players, David O’Neal, Katie “Didit” Caudill, Kaitlen Farmer, and Kris Potts. Each member brings a unique perspective with backgrounds spanning multiple cultures, genres, and styles. Together they draw influences from Bluegrass, Folk and Americana while focusing on vocal harmonies and contemporary instrumentation to build an eclectic, eurythmic melody and tactfully delivered message.

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The New Beckham County Ramblers

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The New Beckham County Ramblers were founded in 2016 in the heart of the Daniel Boone National Forest in Morehead Kentucky. Drawing influence from old-time music, bluegrass, and delta blues The New Beckham County Ramblers do not stray far from their upbringing in Kentucky, and southern Ohio. *

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Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle

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This four-piece moves from fast-paced, foot-stomping anthems to harmony-laden ballads and traditional dirges of spirit and labor. “The group started around the love of music that moves you,” says drummer/vocalist and band spokesman, Casey Campbell. “The music accompanies the story; and sometimes the music is the story by which we can all connect to one another.”   

With the release of their 2019 album, Stranger in the Alps [the group strengthened] their original music portfolio while paying homage to select tunes that have had lasting impact on the band.

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Abe Partridge

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Abe Partridge is a heralded musician, singer/songwriter, visual artist, and podcaster based in Mobile, Alabama... Since the release of his debut, Partridge has toured relentlessly, including several tours of the Netherlands and the U.K. developing a reputation for moving, passionate, and sometimes comedic, performances at prestigious songwriter festivals and a regular at Nashville’s Bluebird Café. He has performed on the syndicated radio programs, Mountain Stage and Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour. Most recently, Partridge and co-producer Ferrill Gibbs released the Alabama Astronaut podcast, where they explore songs previously undocumented at churches in Appalachia.

Darrin Hacquard

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Native to the Hocking Hills of Ohio, Darrin Hacquard takes his appreciation of folk lore traditions and the truth of country music to deliver authentic relatable life experiences through his song writing. 

Darrin Hacquard writes songs that connect. He’s funny, tortured, melancholy, and joyous. Sometimes he’s all of these at once. It’s an uncanny gift for empathy. He can see characters for not just what they are, but what they hope to be. His sonic landscapes are as diverse as the lyrical subjects that populate his songs. From Old Time, to Psyche-Rock, to Country, to Spaghetti Western, Darrin builds stories in a way that only he can, and tells them with unflinching vision and kindness.

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Lylak

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With a name that hints at color and nature, Lylak makes a point to play with heart and leave the stage a bit more beautiful than they found it.Interweaving vocals, from Gideon Maki (vox/guitar) and Elizabeth Varnado (vox/violin/guitar), present approachable lyrics which explore the lighter and darker aspects of life and love, memory and friendship.Dynamic guitar licks catch the ear while swelling synths, moody violin, and intricate rhythms (Paul Varnado, bass/synth; Jesse Hornbeak, drums) color the background.

Quiet Hollers

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Quiet Hollers formed in Louisville around singer-songwriter Shadwick Wilde. Their alt. country-styled debut, I Am the Morning, came in 2013, spawning a cult following via some critical praise, allowing the band to tour heavily, where changes in personnel and musical direction saw the band exploring territory beyond their beginnings.

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Scott Whiddon

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Scott Whiddon is a musician, writer, and teacher living in Lexington KY. Along with playing bass for Letters of Acceptance, he's shared stages with artists ranging from Athens GA indie legends Elf Power to NPR/Pitchfork fave Lucy Dacus. From 2012-2016, Scott served as music director for the Harry Dean Stanton Fest while developing grant-supported film scores for Richard Knox Robinson (Smithsonian/National Geographic). His new solo album, the Best of Intentions, was produced by J Tom Hnatow and is set for release in Spring 2023.

Mariachi Azteca

De Kentucky

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With over 15 years experience, Mariachi Azteca de Kentucky is the state’s premiere and most authentic Mariachi band.

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& No Rulez Banda

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Ours is Funky, Romantic, Hot, Dancing, Happy Feet Music!

Distilled and bottled in Kentucky, the music of No Rulez Banda conjures the essence of the Amazon. This band blends a unique mix of salsa, jazz, and Latin flavor to form an amazing sound.

Let the rhythms of the wild sound go to your head and make your “happy feet” dance.

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The Ark Band

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The ARK Band is a St. Lucian reggae band based in Columbus, OH. Founded in 1987 by Terry and Eustace Bobb, (The St. Lucian Riddim Twins), The ARK Band has continually toured across the United States, Canada, and Jamaica, sharing its roots reggae, calypso and soca music.
Combining heavenly harmonies with tight, crisp, performances, this powerhouse of talent captures their audiences with their very first note. Hailing from Columbus, OH, THE ARK BAND combines original and cover compositions with classic and current reggae hits designed to entertain, educate and enlighten all types of people. THE ARK BAND continues to be a dynamic force on the American scene after three decades, their songs expressing the love, peace, togetherness and spirituality needed in our world today!

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Wayne Graham

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Wayne was a renaissance man. Curiousity and good hand-eye coordination are a deadly combination. He was an electrician, a locksmith, a mechanic, a coal miner, a guitarist, and a singer, but the roles that took the highest priority in his life were husband, father, brother, and son. He approached life with a laughable optimism and proved over time he was right. He made sure to be my earliest memory and I have consulted him, wherever he is, with every major decision in my life. Over the years, I've met many strangers who knew him.  Their tall tale is the same as those I've heard before. He was a legendary man with more soul than his body could hold.

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C the Beat

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Exploring the musical dialog between Africa and the New World. C The Beat is a rhythm driven quintet, and improvisational juggernaut.

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KITH & KIN

Kith & Kin explore the overlap between soulful music from across cultures.  The band is comprised of Eli Utteroff on bass, Paul Deatherage on drums, and Ross Whitaker on guitar. 

Magnolia Boulevard

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“What a righteous time to be alive / right here with one another,” sings Magnolia Boulevard’s Maggie Noelle roughly a minute into the joyous and jaunty “Ride.” The words are ostensibly about a budding relationship between two individuals, but Noelle could just as easily be referencing the singular and special connection that exists between her and her Magnolia Boulevard bandmates—guitarist Gregg Erwin, keyboardist Ryan Allen, bassist John Roberts, and the quintet’s latest addition, drummer Chad “The Beard” Gravitt—or, as likely, their bond with the fans that have been packing clubs in the band’s hometown of Lexington, Kentucky and beyond to shimmy, shout, and dance to the music.

The Jenkins Twins

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(aka Trevor and Trenton Jenkins) have worked for years to craft a sound that seats them squarely on the cutting edge of modern country, pioneering a sort of cosmic Americana that nods to contemporary indie without turning their nose up to golden-age pioneers like The Everly Brothers and Roy Orbison.*

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the local honeys

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Their debut album, Little Girls Acting Like Men, propelled them on tours through the United States and Europe with Colter Wall. Soon, they found themselves focal points of traditional music festivals, becoming a headline draw throughout the UK almost instantly.

Since then their specific sound of Appalachian music has grown, along with a fan base of music enthusiasts and proactive culture. A tour with Tyler Childers in early 2020 was followed up by a fun, yet controversial album The Gospel. With two records at their back, The Local Honeys set a standard for the preservation of old-time, hillbilly music, and the contemporary influences that inspire their songwriting. The Local Honeys have true charisma, and on stage, there’s no doubt they are headline artists.

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derek spencer

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From the hills of eastern Kentucky, Beattyville-native and singer-songwriter, Derek Spencer found a passion for songs, like so many other Appalachian youths, in church - at his mother's side singing from the Sunday hymnal. Embodying the purest form of folk tradition, Spencer is ultimately a storyteller. His songs and stories are filled with the characters and conflicts so familiar to Appalachian culture such as faith, doubt, damnation and redemption - but never without the one element that makes art universal - humanity.

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Ben Sollee

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Over the last two decades, Kentuckian Ben Sollee has distinguished himself as multi-faceted creative, blurring the lines between music, tech, and experiential design. As a cellist, songwriter, and storyteller he has toured the globe, sometimes by bicycle, performing his original music. As a composer he has created music for stage, screen, and virtual reality apps earning an Emmy Award for his 2018 score for Base Ballet. As a producer, he has curated hundreds of live events including experiences for the Speed Art Museum and Lincoln Center. Throughout it all, he has continued to advocate for people and the land by creating and curating experiences that grow a greater sense of togetherness.

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Alma Gitana

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Alma Gitana is a world music group in every sense of the word. The group’s core sound is deeply rooted in the flamenco sounds of the Andalucia region of Southern Spain. However, each member brings to the table his or her own musical background and experience. The result is a truly unique hybrid of musical genres that spans the spectrum from Arabic to Bluegrass. In this respect, the group’s name, which means “Gypsy Soul” in Spanish, fully embodies the collective vision and artistic efforts of each of its personnel. Remember, you don’t have to be a Gypsy to have a Gypsy soul!

Rakadu Dance Theatre

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Based in Lexington, Kentucky, Rakadu came together in October of 1998 under the direction of Teresa Tomb. Now, after more than 20 years, the troupe has expanded its repertoire to include other forms of dance and music through various teachers and theater techniques. Today, Rakadu Gypsy is best known for its rich musical diversity, highly explorative utilization of theater, and seamless improvisation. These qualities weave beautiful storylines in their pieces, which all exist in a unique presentation for consideration.

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The Johnson Brothers

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The Johnson Brothers are Bill Fairchild (bass) Jim Gleason (guitar) Dave Hamon (drums) Steve Pasquariello (guitar) Marty Walker (drums) Phil Simmons (keyboard) and Harold Young (keyboard). The group hit the ground running in 1994, and haven’t looked back. No matter the gig - whether it’s playing for the neighbors at a local bar, rockin' at a summer concert series, or orchestrating the occasional stage production - The Johnson Brothers love to give the audience a groovy, good time.

The Bats

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The Bats - comedy meets cabaret meets ...rock and roll! There have been many Bats over the band’s nearly 20 years performing. The current lineup features, founding member, Missy Johnston (vocals) along with Marilyn Robie (vocals) Susan Thomas (vocals) Kim Smith (vocals & guitar) Marianne Sherman (vocals & bass) Jim Gleason (vocals & stunt guitar) Harold Sherman (keyboards & alto sax) Craig Cornwell (drums). With superb musicianship, tight harmonies and sharp wit, they bring their audiences songs of love lost, weight gained, growing older, retail therapy and everything else life throws their way. Small or large stage, backyard party or laundromat, The Bats are sure to get faces smiling and feet moving.

The Wooks

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Since their inception in late 2014 The Wooks have won the 2016 RockyGrass Band Competition, placed in the finals for the 2017 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition, and were a 2017 IBMA Momentum Award Nominee. With CJ Cain (lead guitar) Harry Clark (mandolin) George Guthrie (banjo) and Allen Cooke (dobro) The Wooks parlay a love of the rich musical and storytelling traditions of Bluegrass music into a new, old sound that embraces both a string-music heritage, and rock ‘n roll, jam, and singer-songwriter influences. Live on stage, or through the speakers at home, the Kentucky based band delivers their signature sound, “...with improv-savvy interplay that endears the band to jam music fans and bluegrass traditionalists alike.” - Lexington Herald-Leader.

The Possum Queens

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Old-time fiddle tunes and bluesy songs from four strong women who met in the heart of Lexington's North Side. Jode Koch (guitar) Nadia Ramlagan (banjo) Stephanie Jeter (upright bass) and Anna Harrod (fiddle) are the Possum Queens.

CMA Bluegrass Ensemble

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The Central Music Academy is an arts enrichment program that has provided free musical learning opportunities for more than 1,000 financially disadvantaged kids since 2004. Offering lessons on many different instruments, including brass, woodwinds, bowed strings, percussion, guitar, voice, Bluegrass and Old Time instruments, and piano, CMA accepts students with any level of experience and tailors studies and material to student's individual needs. CMA's long-term aim is to strengthen the community by reaching out to one child at a time with the hope to see their students become well-rounded individuals who, even if they do not choose to make their career in music, maintain a lifelong passion for, and connection with, the arts.

Tinderbox Circus Sideshow

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An all-American classic circus sideshow, combining timeless acts of shock and amazement with a punk rock presentation, and a dirty south attitude. The result is a uniquely modern experience; unlike anything else in today's entertainment industry.

Shawnthony Calypso

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Shawnthony Calypso started as a home recording project for noise/experimental/pop/techno around 2003. Since then it has morphed into a sing-song skate tinged twangy bar rock fight club. 100 songs and multiple member lineups later they're still cruising along. Front-man, Reid Small, says of his writing style I often quote Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo , or at least paraphrase 'There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness.' Bad times write songs and it isn't until you move past those times that you can appreciate what a helpful tool song writing can be. It's like therapy. All that said most of my songs are about beer, my sons, skateboarding, Kentucky and wanting to be a cowboy.

Yellow Dog Jazz Band

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The Yellow Dog Jazz Band is a New Orleans Jazz revivalist band, playing traditional Hot Jazz from as early as 1890 until as late as 1930. Lots of this music was written and performed by artists such as Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Sydney Bechet, Jelly Roll Morton, Bix Beiderbecke, W.C. Handy, Scott Joplin, and others.

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Mariachi Azteca

De Kentucky

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With over 15 years experience, Mariachi Azteca de Kentucky is the state’s premiere and most authentic Mariachi band.

Renato Y Santiago Band

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Deep Nourished Roots

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Deep Nourished Roots' 2020 Tahlsound Tailgate performance.

Ben Lacy

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Guitar virtuoso, Ben Lacy, pays tribute to the late Eddie Van Halen at 2020's Tahlsound Tailgate.

Letters Of Acceptance

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Letters Of Acceptance performs at 2020's Tahlsound Tailgate.

HAncock & Shouse (Wolfpen Branch) &
Small Batch

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2020's Inaugural Tahlsound Tailgate featuring Wolfpen Branch & Small Batch

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Erika Wennerstrom

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"It's just more of me. It's as simple as that. I was able to get deeper and you get another level of my heart and soul... ...When I started writing this record, I thought about how maybe the struggles I've had at times in my life... what I got was the most self-healing I've ever had through the creative process. My positive message to others became my own mantra... singing these songs repeatedly has given myself a message I need to hear when I sing them over and over again." Says Erika Wennerstrom of her solo debut, Sweet Unknown. Fans [of Heartless Bastards can rest] assured that what they've grown to love about Wennerstrom's music is still front-and-center. Her trademark vocals that NPR so aptly calls "warm yet gritty, throaty yet sweet, gigantic yet intimate" are that... times 10. And the bluesy, rock vibes that Relix describes as "smoky, late night [rock] that exists somewhere between Royal Trux and the Rolling Stones" has only gotten smokier and bluesier.

Horse Feathers

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Horse Feathers feels like a secret you don't really want to share. Over twelve years and five albums, a passionate fan base has experienced this band as a precious commodity that they want to keep close to their hearts. One reason for this can be found in lead singer Justin Ringle's distinctive voice, at once vulnerable and piercing, and in the quality of the music: gorgeous, lush string arrangements surrounding stark, visceral lyrics whose bite makes a piquant juxtaposition to the surrounding beauty. With Ringle on guitar and vocals, Nathan Crockett on violin and mandolin, Robby Cosenza on drums and J. Tom Hnatow on bass, and pedal steel, the band's most recent album Appreciation (recorded partially in Lexington's own Shangri-La Studios) creates a sound that Exclaim! hails as "beautiful" and "borderline orchestral." Diehard fans are going to find plenty to cherish on Appreciation.

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The Ark Band

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The ARK Band is a St. Lucian reggae band based in Columbus, OH. Founded in 1987 by Terry and Eustace Bobb, (The St. Lucian Riddim Twins), The ARK Band has continually toured across the United States, Canada, and Jamaica, sharing its roots reggae, calypso and soca music.Combining heavenly harmonies with tight, crisp, performances, this powerhouse of talent captures their audiences with their very first note. Hailing from Columbus, OH, THE ARK BAND combines original and cover compositions with classic and current reggae hits designed to entertain, educate and enlighten all types of people. THE ARK BAND continues to be a dynamic force on the American scene after three decades, their songs expressing the love, peace, togetherness and spirituality needed in our world today!

Emily Woxihara

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Beginning her musical pursuits at an early age, Lexington singer and multi-instrumentalist Emily Woxihara has become one of the area's most sought-after talents. Over her tenure as a musician Woxihara has been a member of many local bands such as Chico Fellini, The Binders, Ancient Warfare, and Bear Medicine (to name a few). Additionally, she has collaborated on studio recordings with several wider-known artists including Jim James and Ben Sollee. "I love collaboration," she says, " ...I try to say 'yes' to as much as I can."*
Creatively, in her own songwriting, Woxihara brings all her talents together. "I'll try and finish a music idea on the instrument first befor
e I really get into vocals. 'Cause I like for the, obviously, the marriage of that to be really fluid, but I like the idea of constructing the song in parts, and really focusing on those parts individually."**

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Will Solomon

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Will Solomon began singing, writing, and playing guitar at an early age. Having grown up in Lexington, he moved east to study jazz at Morehead State University, and afterwards lived in Nashville for six years. Here Solomon focused his energy on creating his own sound and honing his talent, while playing in several of the area's bands. By 2013 Will felt Lexington was "calling him back," he returned to his hometown, bringing a desire to blend the bluegrass roots of Central KY with the honky-tonk and neon inspired sounds of the Music City. Having put together an ensemble featuring upright bass, fiddle, and mandolin, Will added a pedal steel, and drums to the mix on his 2016 debut album The Pelican & The Herring. Since this, he has spent time touring with Nashville duo Johnnyswim and Lexington-based Ryvoli, while also working up some new material for his digital EP The Dead Oceans, which was released in May 2019.*

*The Lexington Herald Leader

Italian Beaches

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"Italian beaches is a potent collection of live synths from Farhad Rezaei, pre-programmed and live beats by Dave Farris, and haunting vocals from Reva Russell English that accumulate into some kind of disorienting science-fiction reality; think Massive Attack but loose enough to be from some alternate dimension. 'We have this like digital reality that is not the reality that any of us evolved for, or with,' Says Reva 'and so, most people I know are experiencing a cognitive dissonance and extreme anxiety, and Italian Beaches tries to harness that and let us experience it, but in musical form.'"*

*Chuck Clenney. undermain.com

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Zoe Speaks

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Zoe Speaks consists of Kentuckians Mitch Barrett, Carla Gover, and Owen Reynolds, (and often joined by Zoey Barrett and Arlo Barnette) who draw on their deep roots in the region to put their own spin on everything from traditional ballads to finely crafted originals. A smooth, mellow instrumental mix lays the background for the close vocal harmonies that are a defining feature of their sound. A veritable songwriting powerhouse, their awards include songwriting wins at Telluride Bluegrass Fest, Merlefest, Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, and Kerrville Folk Fest, among others. A staple on the Kentucky music scene for over a decade with three successful CDs under their belt, they are