Category Archives: Music

‘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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Review: Joshua Bell and the UK Symphony

The night before the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team was set to take the court in Indianapolis in pursuit of a historic 39th win and berth in the national championship game, the UK Symphony Orchestra put a W in … Continue reading

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Former UK singer wins in Metropolitan Opera Auditions

University of Kentucky graduate Reginald Smith Jr. was one of five winners Sunday afternoon in the final round of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He is only the second UK winner in the auditions, widely considered to be the … Continue reading

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The second annual Moonshiner’s Ball lineup

We can now declare the Blind Corn Liquor Pickers‘ Moonshiner’s Ball an annual event as it has unveiled the lineup for its second annual edition. Lexington’s-own Ben Sollee will headline opening night, May 15, with Canadian folk artists The Duhks also … Continue reading

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Reginald Smith Jr. takes UK experience to Met finals

The first time Reginald Smith Jr. stepped on the stage at the Lexington Opera House, he looked down into the orchestra pit and then up at the second balcony. “I was thinking, how do I look down at the conductor … Continue reading

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Listening too … Houndmouth, ‘Little Neon Limelight’

“Go and take the millions, and the Derby hats, and stick ’em up your —,” Houndmouth guitarist Matt Myers drawls on the acid-induced ballad For No One, that is indicative of the band’s second album, Little Neon Limelight. The band that hails from … Continue reading

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Listening to … Ben Sollee, ‘Steeples, Part One’

Minimalism is becoming all the rage these days: downsizing, simplifying your living space; tiny houses; basic cars; bare-bones wardrobes. We can look at the clutter around us and think, there can be too much of a good thing. Steeples, Part … Continue reading

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Reginald Smith Jr. – official Met finalists photo

In case you missed it … ahem … ICYMI … University of Kentucky graduate Reginald Smith Jr. became one of nine finalists Sunday in the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions. He will perform with the other eight finalists in the … Continue reading

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