326 Southland Drive | Lexington, KY
This "neo-carnival rock n' roll group, based out of Lexington,
KY produce a sound that harkens back to a by-gone era of gypsy
caravans and rail-riding hobos. This, married with blistering
progressive rock technicality and heavy punk, is all brought
together under multiple vocalists that are a study of compliment
and contrast. It all manifests as an auditory spectacle that is
both well-timed and well-executed. The result is compellingly
jarring, featuring narrative lyrics and theatrically-matched
music all wrapped up in a deliriously raucous stage show.
FTR feverishly pulls you to your feet and drives you to dance,
thrash, and shout.."
Borrowing its name from the Ginsberg poem “Howl,” Leaden Verse is a solo experiment by Jim Shaw
of The Recipe for Gamma Rays (Lexington). Wearing a vocoder mask and homemade LED goggles that
light up with his vocals, he bashes out sometimes-rhythmic drum beats together with ferocious,
sequenced bass-waves, industrial arpeggios, and soaring synth leads. Surrounded by pulsing lights
and fog, Leaden Verse brings you melodious tunes of a grim personal future.
(WARNING: attendees with light-sensitivity issues should proceed with caution.)
Kentucky-based Big Fresh, has undergone a few lineup changes before arriving
at its current incarnation. After nearly a decade of writing, performing, recording,
touring, and repeating it all, the group has become recognized as one of Lexington’s
premier acts. This ten-member ensemble features members of such groups as Club Dub,
The Apples in Stereo, Bear Medicine, Satellite Giant, Eggstone, Candy Claws, and
many more. Having been described as prog-pop-soul, hippie-psych, jazzy-pop, etc.,
Big Fresh’s sound is anything but boring; it keeps the audience on their toes, eager
to hear what will happen next. Dancing, harmonies, horns, keys, antics, slips, falls,
guitar, drum, and bass – they will not disappoint.
The Big Maracas play musica latina. A few years back, Venezuelan ex-patriot Enrique Gonzalez
got together with a few friends to have a little fun, and since that time the Big Maracas have
grown to incorporate more band members, a multitude of styles, and a great deal of fun! The
Maracas delve into many branches of Latin and Tropical music, being particularly fond of the
great Cuban traditions and Brazilian samba, but that's only the beginning.
Too self-conscious to dance? Perhaps not when you make it to a Maracas show... Que bueno baila usted!
- Photo Andrew Brinkorst
“…Fabled Canelands fits together like a tapestry. Song edges overlap and bleed, offer moments of
fulfillment and emptiness, and trace out a past that continues to exist at our own margins.
It’s new, it’s old, it’s ambitious, and it just so happens to be quite good." -- North Of Center --
Front-man, Warren Byrom, couples primarily acoustic melodies and steady rhythms with the occasional
pedal-steel, key, or trumpet parts to convey his purely Kentuckian breed of music. Referencing local
landmarks, bodies of water, and surrounding cities, Fabled Canelands bring a sound that feels like home.
The Local Honeys are comprised of Linda Jean Stokley and Montana Hobbs. Stokley from the
rolling hills of the Bluegrass, learned her love of singing and playing from her mama, who
exposed her to a wide array of music throughout childhood, and encouraged her to keep playing
and writing. Her music is her solace. Hobbs, from the foothills of the Appalachian region, also
gained her love of music from her family – her older brother shared a spectrum of sounds from
the grungy acts of the ‘90s, to the heartland picking and singing of John Prine, which piqued her
interest in songwriting. The two have dedicated themselves to the preservation of old music and
the creation of new music.
Hailing from Lexington, Kentucky, Doc Feldman is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist
interested in exploring the darker sides of folk music. Unafraid of incorporating distortion, weird
field recordings, and other noise experimentation, Doc's debut album Sundowning at the Station feels
rooted in traditional forms of American music, yet totally new. ALT+CNTRY+DEL (Alt Country Delete)
is a subversive cosmic Americana band from Lexington, Kentucky.
Ethos Jazz Quintet, Lee Carroll's latest project combines the wisdom of experience with the fire of youth. Tripp Bratton (C The Beat, March Madness Marching Band) and Ibu Diop from Senegal on drums, Thomas Usher (C The Beat, DAD, Blind Corn Liquor Pickers) on upright and electric basses and Jonathan Barrett (C The Beat) on saxes. From Bluenote classics re-interpreted and second line funk to searing original compositions, you won't be able to stay in your seat. This is serious funky jazz at its most joyful and celebratory. They regularly pack the house at Lexington's Crēaux jazz club, it's as close to NOLA's Frenchman Street music Mecca as you'll find north of the French Quarter. Gumbo, cocktails and hot jazz.
Daisy Helmuth, Madeline Farrar, Charlie Overman, and Jack Quinn - "just a few rock and roll kids"
from Lexington - make up People Planet. When the band mates are not out dog-whispering or in sleeping,
they are likely holding their instruments and holding their own. Frequenting the Lexington all-ages
circuit like true weekend warriors, People Planet have taken stage at venues such as Lynagh's, Al's Bar,
and Willie's Locally Known, and Moontower Music Festival. This band carries the torch of Lexington's
music scene for a fresh, ready-to-rock generation.