Category Archives: Music

Notebook: My broadest smiles at ’42nd Street’

A few minutes into the opening night performance of The Lexington Theatre Company’s 42nd Street, Tony Award-winner Karen Ziemba took the stage to a hearty round of applause — a true Broadway ‘star entrance’ here in Lexington, Kentucky. But I like to … Continue reading

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‘House of Cards’ composer coming to Chamber Music Festival of Lexington

Fans of the dissonant tune that ushers in every episode of the Netflix hit House of Cards will want to check out next month’s Chamber Music Festival of Lexington. Jeff Beal, whose music has also underscored films such as the Seaworld documentary Blackfish, the … Continue reading

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Forecastle Festival: Cage the Elephant and Houndmouth impress, strong Sam Smith cut short

Click here to see more than 40 photos from day one of the Forecastle Festival. For a while now, Cage the Elephant and St. Paul and the Broken Bones have been on my short list of bands I wanted to … Continue reading

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NiFi festival — slated to feature Green Day, Miranda Lambert — canceled

The Kentucky Speedway in Sparta will not rock the last weekend in August after all. The inaugural NiFi Festival, slated for Aug. 28 to 30 with headliners Green Day, Miranda Lambert and Kings of Leon, has been canceled, according to … Continue reading

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Janet Jackson coming to Rupp Arena

Janet — Miss Jackson, if you’re nasty — will make a return visit to Rupp Arena very early next year. The hitmaking singer of chart toppers like Nasty, Control and youngest sister of the famous Jacksons family will bring her Unbreakable world tour to … Continue reading

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Phoenix Friday: Go for Ben Sollee, discover Humming House

This afternoon’s Phoenix Friday concert, presented by WUKY-FM 91.3, features well-known Lexington musician Ben Sollee, who is taking the cello places most Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra kids probably never imagined it would go. But there is a discovery to be … Continue reading

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Lineup complete for Red, White & Boom 2015

With an announcement Monday morning on WBUL-FM 98.1, the lineup is now set for this year’s edition of the Red, White & Boom country music romp at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Like last year, it will be a two-day festival, but this year … Continue reading

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‘Live from Lincoln Center’ coming to Shaker Village music fest

For decades, arts fans have tuned into PBS’ Live from Lincoln Center to find out what is happening at the venerable New York institution. At the end of this month, the series will travel from New York for the first time to … Continue reading

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Review: Ben Sollee at the Kentucky Theatre

Musicians often give hometown shows around holidays. Thanksgiving or Christmas visits can provide the perfect excuse for a hometown gig. But it was only fitting that the holiday Ben Sollee chose to make a Kentucky Theatre stand was Earth Day. After … Continue reading

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Backstreet Boys go bluegrass

Easily the coolest thing at the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony Friday night was that Backstreet Boys Brian Littrell and Kevin Richardson invited a duo of college bluegrass musicians to play with them at the ceremony. Richardson discovered … Continue reading

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