The Oleika Great Lawn | 302 Southland Drive | Lexington, KY
1:00 – The Mojo Tones
2:00 – Letters of Acceptance
3:00 – The Ark Band
4:45 – Emily Woxihara
6:00 – The Rough Customers
7:15 – Isle of Eight
8:30 – Erika Wennerstrom
12:30 – Central Music Academy Ensemble
1:30 – Sour Cream
2:30 – RaeCamp Band
4:00 – Eastman Duo
5:30 – Pinky Liberachi
6:45 – Jive Hounds
8:00 – Italian Beaches
12:15 – Liberty Road
1:30 – Marble Creek Rangers
3:00 – Zoe Speaks
4:00 – Eric Bolander Trio
5:00 – Restless Leg String Band
6:30 – Horse Feathers
1:00 – Central Music Academy Bluegrass Ensemble
2:30 – UK Gamelan
4:30 – David "Chill" Napier
6:00 – Will Solomon
"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. And, it's really about my journey of self-awareness and healing
and finding acceptance and self-love. It's very empowering. When I started writing this record,
I thought about how maybe the struggles I've had at times in my life, and with writing, could be
changed if I could put my energy and message towards others, but 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. It's like how sometimes we need to start listening to our own advice, and 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 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.” “Horse Feathers has evolved expertly, and Appreciation is a case study in artistic growth,” says Pop Matters. Diehard fans are going to find plenty to cherish on Appreciation. But they’re going to have to make room in the club house for a lot more people – with this album, the Horse Feathers secret is officially out.
With members hailing from St. Lucia, Sierra Leone, & the U.S.A, and a career that spans three decades, The Ark Band plays roots reggae, calypso & soca music. Based out of Columbus Ohio, the group continually perform to grateful audiences in Jamaica and Canada, and the U.S., having traveled to all 48 contiguous states. Founding members Terry Bobb (drums & vocals), Eustace Bobb (bass & vocals), take the stage with Mark Hunter (vocals & guitar), Kohl Fixari (guitar), and Sam Anderson (keyboards), while Louis Bobb engineers the sound. The Ark Band are united and passionate about uplifting the human spirit with Caribbean music, and spreading a message of love, peace, togetherness and spirituality.
Beginning her musical pursuits at an early age, Lexington singer and multi-instrumentalist Emily Woxihara (formerly Hagihara)
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 before 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.”**
**Debraun Thomas wuky.org
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
"Jack-of-all trades Pinky Liberachi is the guitarist, producer, and singer on his latest track,
"Message No. 1." A love letter in the form of a voicemail, the track finds the Lexington, Kentucky
based R&B singer playing seductive guitar riffs while mulling over a current romantic relationship.
In an email to The FADER, Pinky detailed the inspiration behind the intimate ballad, which started
with a rough patch in Los Angeles. "I was having a hard time juggling music, life, and love," he wrote.
"In search of clarity and a genuine relationship, I tried to write my way through it. So this is like
my voicemail to a girl. A love letter.”*
*Ali Saliman – thefader.com
“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
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 back together and set to release a new album this summer. They accompany themselves on guitar, claw hammer banjo, upright bass, and sometimes dulcimer and clogging feet.
Letters of Acceptance are power-popular psych-song glam-folk Indie-rock Americana group from central Kentucky
comprised of Clint Newman, John Harlan Norris, Scott Whiddon and Tim Welch. "After writing and recording together
for some time, [Clint & John] began taking their music out in public, giving it the local version of a road
test before eventually enlisting bassist Scott Whiddon and drummer Tim Welch in mid-2018. Whiddon, a staple of the
Lexington music scene the last several years, had been in a band that crossed paths and joined bills with another
project of Norris while Whiddon was a grad student at LSU. He helped recruit Welch. Their music’s looseness gives
it a lived-in, organic feel, but not a sense of sloppiness. That loose approach doesn’t bleed over into the production
value, however, despite the guerilla recording effort."*
*Brian Powers – under-main.com
Born and raised in Kentucky, David “Big Chill” Napier is a new soul musician with an old soul spirit. Chill began his music career singing and performing drums in his grandfather’s church when he was a young boy. Big Chill’s love for music never wavered – while he continued to perform in church, he also joined his high school marching band playing both saxophone and percussion. After graduating high school, he went on to peruse a degree in music from Western Kentucky University. Chill’s musical abilities have grown tremendously since the days in his grandfather’s church; his smooth vocals paired with his electrifying guitar riffs are an exceptional treat for anyone listening. His musical stylings cannot be confined to a single genre, it is his blend of soul, rock, gospel, funk and country that make him truly unique and shine on any stage he steps foot on.
Restless Leg String Band is a 4–Piece Bluegrass Arrangement straight from the heart of The Bluegrass — Lexington, Kentucky. Restless Leg String Band draws from a deep well of traditional string band music, combined with unique original material to create a new ‘Progressive Bluegrass.’ The members are Joe Schlaak (bass & vocals) Casey Baumgardner (guitar & vocals) Ishi Wooton (fiddle & vocals ) and Jonathan Bramel (banjo, dobro & vocals). Beginning in 2013 and releasing a highly anticipated, self-titled album in 2016, they incorporate traditional bluegrass numbers and high-energy originals. With their style and energy, RLSB have garnered a strong fanbase and a reputation for great shows at festivals and venues alike.">
"The Marble Creek Rangers lead is Eric Cummins, who pulled the band together mostly from his other two bands,
the more electric sound of the Eric Cummins Band, and the beloved Allman Butter Band. The Rangers are a more acoustic
sound, but very eclectic, hitting everything from Johnny Cash to Gillian Welch, The Allman Brothers, Billy Joe
Shaver and Alejandro Escovedo in their covers, mixed with originals mostly written by Cummins, with a fast, upbeat
bluegrass sound. But even those are not just Bluegrass. “We cut a wide swath,” Cummins says of his band’s diverse
tastes and talents. Joined by Martie Clough on bass and harmony, Brandon Bowlds on mandolin and harmony, Mike DeLong
on drums and Don Rogers on fiddle and singing, the Marble Creek Rangers are a powerhouse of solid musical talent."*
*Cara Blake Coppola – under-main.com
Lexington, KY native band Isle of Eight is a four piece indie rock band comprised of Isaac Craft, Nick Bernard, Austin Vitucci, and Dale Devore. Their 2015 debut album Of Chesapeake features a “diverse sound across the record from high energy to ambient soundscapes.” – Reverbnation.com. They mold the shape of their sound with Isaac on rhythm guitar and vocals, Nick on lead guitar and vocals, Austin on bass and synth, and Dale bouncing the sticks off the skins. When the four of them aren’t busy making music you may find them pursuing some of their other interests like eating – they really like food.
Rooted in the traditional music soundscape of eastern KY, Eric Bolander's flavor of Americana/folk music offers soulful vocal tone with thoughtful melodies that have staying power. Lyrically driven by life experiences, Eric's songs will give you a glimpse into his life and a realization that happiness can be perpetuated through pain. Growing up in Garrison KY, Bolander learned the value of hard work and personal relationships, from his father. The Trio are Eric (guitar & vocals) Seth Murphy (cello) and Ben Caldwell (drums & backing vocals). Already this year, the group have performed on Red Barn Radio and WDVX’s Blue Plate Special, an opening spot for Ian Noe, as well as gigs in Tennessee, Indiana, and Illinois – and they show no signs of slowing down.
Miles Osland and Dieter Hennings are the Eastman Duo:
"Director of the University of Kentucky's prestigious and successful Jazz Studies program, as well a professor of saxophone, Miles Osland cut his professional teeth at an unusually early age. He was just ten when he was playing flute in local San Diego establishments with some of his teachers. Osland successfully combines his roles as a performing artist and an educator. Influenced by Herbie Mann's flute and the saxophones of Johnny Hodges, Paul Desmond, and Cannonball Adderley, his recordings have focused on the possibilities of modern saxophone playing using all four of the more popular members of the sax family: soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone."*
"The musical endeavors of Dieter Hennings Yeomans span from new music on guitar to early music for lute, baroque guitar, and theorbo. Mr. Hennings has been a soloist with Canada’s New Music Concerts Ensemble, Orchestra of Lecce, Italy, The Riverside Symphony of NYC, Eastman BroadBand Ensemble, Julliard’s 415 Early Music Ensemble, Guanajuato and Monterrey Symphony Orchestras, among many others. Since August of 2009, Dieter Hennings is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Kentucky where he directs the Classical Guitar Studies program."**
*Dave Nathan – allmusic.com
The Rough Customers are a high energy ska/punk band that incorporates almost every genre of music in their songs. From "Bach like" chorales to romantic period tone poems to 1980's punk, to third wave ska, they’ve got it! With eight members – Andrea Moffett (vocals) Matthew Lawrence (drums) Tim Vice (bass) Brad Minton (guitar) Mike Trusty (saxophone) Tommy Townsend (trombone) Noah Tolson (trumpet) and Taylor Brandenburg (sousaphone) – and eight distinctive tastes in music, The Rough Customers run the gamut of musical space and knowledge, and cram it all together! Their music is catchy and is so danceable they dare you not to dance!
Playing all around Central Kentucky at markets, cafes, fairs, and festivals, Liberty Road performs bluegrass music seasoned with swing, jazz, occasional original tunes, and more. Beginning in 1996, with founding members Thomas Adler, Wesley Atha, Brian Powell, and Terri Powell, the band played in the region for several years, before moving on to other groups. In 2016 Tom (banjo), Wes (bass), and Terri (bass) decided to pick together again, with the addition of Noah Adler on mandolin. Later that year, the group performed on WEKU’s Red Barn Radio. Since then, the four have been going strong and helping keep the tradition of Bluegrass alive in the Bluegrass.
Four Lexington locals reunite to combine the two generations of the blues infused garage rock that is The Jive Hounds. The band originally formed in the summer of 2012 with Jordan Hall, Dan Kerwin, and Jack Gallentine, and revamped in 2013, after the untimely passing of drummer Dan Kerwin. This new lineup included Jordan Hall, Ryan Deatherage, and Clif Meyers. These three carried on releasing 3 albums and playing countless gigs in all your favorite dives. Now, after hiatus, The Jive Hounds are back, along with founding member Jack Gallentine. Jordan (guitar & vocals) Ryan (drums) Clif (bass) and Jack (guitar) bring all the same energy to the stage as ever, and are sure to have you jiving with all the other hounds in memory of your friend and ours Dan Kerwin.
"The Mojo Tones started out as four friends just getting together, playing Blues and
Blues-Rock songs for the fun of it. Mike Joyner (drums) initiated things by asking Billy
Compton(guitar) if he’d be interested in doing a Blues project, just for fun, just because.
“One thing led to another, word got out, and suddenly, we were playing gigs by word of mouth,”
says Billy. Mike knew a singer/harmonica player in Joe Conkwright... With Gerald Evans, on
bass the group mix genres, within songs, playing Country Blues with Blues Rock, Jump Blues
with Jazz, without any of the high-brow sensibilities. It still comes down to four friends
playing music, for the love of music."*
*Melissa B – steveclayton.com
Sour Cream is a Lexington, KY based hard blues rock band, mixing influences from all flavors of rock music. Bringing the vintage sound back with young faces are Jon McGee (drums) Colby Grant (bass) and Harlan Cecil (guitar). The three of them have been gigging around the central-eastern United States since February 2017, and released their debut self-titled album in November of 2018. Sour Cream's unmistakable vintage sound is molded with the energy and raw power of youth... and they're only getting started.
The RaeCamp Band formed in May of 2018, as the result of a supposed ‘one time’ show for a birthday gathering. Originally Doug Ford (musical director and keyboardist), Tyler Mayfield (percussionist) and Paul Logan (bassist) came together with Rae’Shawna Campbell (vocalist). Now Kenny Payne (bassist) has joined the unit along with Cameron Fogle to create what is now a neo-soul, jazz fusion and R&B inspired sound that will leave you wanting more! From a Motown sound to soul, to a jazz turnaround- this band appeals to all with songs everyone can relate to and vibe through. Music to your ears and medicine for your soul- The RaeCamp Band will not disappoint!
Associate professor of ethnomusicology, Donna Kwon, leads this ensemble. The group offer a unique
opportunity to experience this indigenous art form first-hand. A gamelan is a traditional, Indonesian
orchestra comprised of a variety of tuned bronze gongs, gong-chimes, metallophones, drums, one or more
flute, bowed and plucked string instruments, and sometimes singers. Gamelan music dates as far back as
the twelfth century and is historically present throughout Indonesian worship and ritual.