Category Archives: Music

Every note tells a story for ‘House of Cards’ and chamber festival composer Jeff Beal

Read Walter Tunis’ profile of Chamber Fest artist-in-residence Jason Vieaux. Click here for the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington schedule. All of Jeff Beal’s music tells a story. Lately, it’s the story of Machiavellian Washington power couple Frank and Claire … Continue reading

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Kentucky’s Nappy Roots make POTUS playlist

Bowling Green’s Nappy Roots are reveling in unexpected honor this month: The groups’ optimistic 2008 hit Good Day was one of 40 songs named to President Barack Obama’s Spotify Summer Playlist. According to the White House website, the summer playlists — one for … Continue reading

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Campaign launched to bring ‘Parks and Rec’ band Mouse Rat to CentrePit

Even a renewed promise to finally develop the controversial CentrePointe block has not deterred Lexingtonians from launching new campaigns and initiatives regarding the block. The latest, launched Wednesday, is a bit of life imitating art involving the NBC sitcom Parks and … Continue reading

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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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