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    UPCOMING TROUBADOUR SHOWS AT THE LYRIC THEATRE:

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    September 2014

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    Monday, September 22 – 6:45PM

    Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour

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    LAS CAFETERAS combines the vibrant energy of Son Jarocho music with an edgy LA-alternative sound & political message. Their pounding Afro-Mexican rhythms, stomping zapateado dancing, & uplifting lyrics tell stories of everyday people searching for love & fighting for justice in the concrete jungle. This alt-son group re-mixes traditional sounds, adding Afro-Carribean marimbol, Native American drum & flute, cajon, hip hop, English & Spanglish to Jarocho instruments like jarana & requinto guitars, donkey jaw-bone, & the tarima (stomp box).lascafeteras.com

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    FULLSET are quickly becoming one of the most well known bands in the Irish music scene today. In October 2011 they were honored by being announced as the winners of the RTÉ/RAAP Breakthrough Annual Music Bursary Award. As well as this, in 2012 FullSet were honoured to receive “Best New Group Award” from well respected Irish American News as well as “Best Newcomer” in Bill Margeson’s Live Ireland Awards. All accomplished young musicians in their own right, FullSet create a stunning and unique sound that is full of energy and innovation, whilst all the time remaining true to their traditional roots. The band’s latest is ‘Notes After Dark’.fullsetmusic.com

    View more on Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour’s schedule at www.woodsongs.com

    To purchase tickets, call the Lyric Box Office at (859) 280-2218

     

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    Tuesday, September 23 - 6:30PM

    School Wellness Rally!

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    Friday, September 26 – 8:00PM

    The Positive Movement Band LIVE!

    This event is free and open to the public!

    THE POSITIVE MOVEMENT BAND of Lexington, KY will stage a rare public performance of Jazz, Blues, Gospel, and R&B music! This is an opportunity for everyone to enjoy a night of free musical entertainment featuring the dynamic sounds & arrangements of keyboardist Steven Mabson, guitar player, DJ Rice; recent winner of Regional Blues Challenge and competitor for the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN! Along with group of musicians and vocalist such as Simon Peter Rawlings and Vera Soules Mabson, this band performs a variety of music, making THE POSITIVE MOVEMENT BAND one of the most classy and hottest bands in Kentucky! You won’t wanna miss this one! FREE to the public! 8-11 pm.

     

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    Saturday, September 27 – 5:30PM

    Lex End Poverty presents:

    Dr. Cornel West

    Lex End Poverty is designed to facilitate a community conversation about poverty. Dr. Cornel West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. He is a Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University.  He has written 20 books and has edited 13.  He is best known for his classics “Race Matters” and “Democracy Matters,” and his memoir, “Brother West:  Living and Loving Out Loud.”  He appears frequently on the Bill Maher Show, Colbert Report, CNN and C-Span as well as Tavis Smiley’s PBS TV Show.

    For tickets, please call The Lyric Box Office at (859) 280-2218 or purchase online by clicking here.

     

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    Monday, September 29 – 6:45PM

    Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour

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    MUD MORGANFIELD & KIM WILSON join forces to salute the 100th Anniversary of Mud’s legendary father, Muddy Waters. Mud is a multi Blues Music and Living Blues nominee and bears an uncanny resemblance to his late father’s sound. Kim Wilson is the singer/harmonica player of the iconic rock group, The Fabulous Thunderbirds. The duo’s ‘For Pops (A Tribute to Muddy Waters)’ is special album released on Severn Records that mixes some of Muddy’s better-known tunes with some lesser-known ones. The duo will be joined on WoodSongs by Billy Flynn on guitar and Barrelhouse Chuck on piano. They are part of the all-star team of players that recoded on this historic album. fabulousthunderbirds.com and mudmorganfieldsite.com

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    ANGALEENA PRESLEY fits all of the criteria for a modern country music star. Hailing from the small mining town of Beauty in Eastern Kentucky, Presley’s comparisons have likened her to the strong females of country music who have blazed the trail before her: Bobbie Gentry, Dolly Parton, Patty Loveless, and Angaleena’s musical hero, Loretta Lynn. Writing in Nashville since 2002, Presley has established herself as a no-nonsense songwriter, unafraid to tackle the toughest of subject matters. She is perhaps best known for her work as a member of the Platinum-selling Pistol Annies (with Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe). Her much-anticipated debut album, ‘American Middle Class’ shows Angaleena emerging as the clear, fierce, and joyous voice of her generation.angaleenapresley.com

     

    View more on Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour’s schedule at www.woodsongs.com

     

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    Tuesday, September 30, 2014 6:30PM

    Operation Turnout Presents:  Community Forum Series

    THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

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    Bringing the underrepresented Central Kentucky Community together so that our voices can be heard like never before.
    Our mission is to engage the minority population of Central Kentucky in the political process, like never before, through collective voter registration and commitment, voter education and voter turnout initiatives.

    As a part of Operation Turnout’s Truth Campaign, this Forum is the first of three Community Wide Forums leading up to the General Election on Tuesday November 4th.  The candidates will be asked numerous questions that will give citizens in attendance a clearer understanding of where the candidates stand on various citywide issues, including issues that are of particular interest to minorities and the economically disadvantaged.  Each Forum in The Truth Campaign Forum Series will provide a tremendous and unique opportunity for citizens and voters to become empowered by information.  All Operation Turnout Events are free and open to the public.

     

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    October 2014

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    Saturday, October 4 – 1:00PM

    Historic East End Walking Tour

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    The second tour of the Fall Walking Tour schedule on October 4th will take us up Third Street to observe all the changes that have occurred since we begin our tours last year. Among them are Lexington Market corner store; the proposed site for an Art-Stop bus shelter; Charles Young Park that is being considered for a National Register placement and the construction at the former site of the home of Lucy and Isaac Murphy, the jockey. Ground breaking took place in June this past summer. Come see the progress that has been made toward the memorial park to honor African American men involved in the thoroughbred racing industry.
    Wear comfortable clothing and shoes and don’t forget the umbrella in case of rain!

    To purchase tickets for this, call (859) 280-2218 or click here to purchase online.
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    Monday, October 6 – 6:45PM

    Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour

    The indelible legacy of Buddy Holly continues to touch fans and has inspired decades of artists across multiple genres. Although he only played rock and roll for a few years, the breadth of material Holly recorded made an enormous, lasting impression on popular music. 

    In recent years, Holly has been honored with a six-disc career retrospective, a pair of best-selling tribute albums, and two Grammy nominations for works inspired or created by the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.

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    DAVID FRIZELL, country Music star and multi-award-winner, has gathered a cadre of music’s elite for a very special homage to Buddy Holly with The Buddy Holly Country Tribute: Remember Me. davidfrizzell.com/——–Helen-Cornelius-1

    DAVID FRIZELL, country Music star and multi-award-winner, has gathered a cadre of music’s elite for a very special homage to Buddy Holly with The Buddy Holly Country Tribute: Remember Me. davidfrizzell.com/

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    View more on Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour’s schedule at www.woodsongs.com

     

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    Sunday, October 12 – 6PM

    Hair Therapy

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    Monday, October 13 – 6:45PM

    Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour

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    CROWE, LAWSON & WILLIAMS are three Bluegrass Hall of Fame legends. Banjo master J.D. Crowe, multi-award winning trailblazer Doyle Lawson, and Bluegrass Gospel legend Paul Williams have joined forces for a second time to produce and deliver an amazingly powerful selection of songs on Standing Tall and Tough. Capturing the traditional drive, emotion and feel of 1950’s and 60’s Bluegrass, the trio presents songs that they themselves helped make classic. The entire WoodSongs broadcast will be devoted to these three icons of bluegrass music.http://crossroadsmusic.com/crowe-lawson-and-williams/standing-tall-and-tough/

    View more on Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour’s schedule at www.woodsongs.com

     

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    Monday, October 20 – 6:45PM

    Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour

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    EMI SUNSHINE isn’t your average 10-year-old. She is not only a singing sensation, she’s an old soul. The Madisonville, Tenn. native grew up listening to classic Bluegrass and country singers. Emi has already performed at the Ryman, appeared on the TODAY show and garnered over a million views on YouTube with her cover of “Folsom Prison Blues.” She is a multi-instrumentalist and writes her own songs. Emi and her band The Rain will be performing songs from her album ‘Black Sunday ’35′. facebook.com/emisunshinemusic 

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    ROB ICKES AND TREY HENSLEY have a a new duo project together that features a stellar mix of bluegrass and traditional country. Rob is recognized as one of the most innovative Dobro players on the scene. He won The IMBA’s Dobro Player of the Year award for a record-setting fifteenth time in 2013. He is a founding member of the bluegrass supergroup Blue Highway and has recorded with a wide range of artists, including Merle Haggard, Alison Krauss, Alan Jackson, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, David Lee Roth, and more. Trey is only 23 and has performed with some of the best in country and bluegrass music including: Marty Stuart, Earl Scruggs, Johnny Cash, Charlie Daniels, Ricky Skaggs, and Steve Wariner. Rob gave his partner high praise by calling him “one of the most talented folks I’ve ever worked with.”resorevolution.com/robickes.html and treyhensley.com

    View more on Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour’s schedule at www.woodsongs.com

     

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    Monday, October 27 – 6:45PM

    Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour

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    IAN McLAGAN is a genuine, dyed-in-the-wool rock’n’roller. McLagan’s musical career began in the 1960’s in the UK as the keyboard player for the Small Faces and the Faces. He has performed and recorded with the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and Billy Bragg among others. Awarded the prestigious Ivor Novello Award in 1996 for his outstanding contributions to British music, inducted into the Texas Music Hall of Fame in 2004, and the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 as a member of both Small Faces & Faces, McLagan is beloved by musicians and music lovers alike. United States is his first new studio album in five years via Yep Roc Records. ianmclagan.com 

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    JANIVA MAGNESS is among the premier Blues and R&B singers in the world today. Her voice possesses an earthy, raw honesty born from her life experience. Having released 10 albums thus far, Magness is a charismatic performer known for her electrifying live shows. A dynamic musical powerhouse, Janiva has received 22 Blues Music Award nominations to date, winning the coveted Blues Music Award for B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year and most recently, Contemporary Blues Female Artist Of The Year and Song Of The Year, “I Won’t Cry” at the 2013 Blues Music Awards. Her new album ‘Original’ stretches the artistic boundaries of roots, rock and soul music. janivamagness.com

    View more on Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour’s schedule at www.woodsongs.com

     

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    Tuesday, October 28 – 7:30PM

    Troubadour Concert Series presents

    An Evening with Leo Kottke

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    The volunteers of the Troubadour Concertt Series and Highbridge Spring Water are proud to bring the incredible guitarist LEO KOTTKE back to Lexington. A widely recognized master of his instrument, Leo Kottke is an acoustic guitarist known for his innovative and idiosyncratic finger picking style.  He plays syncopated and polyphonic melodies drawing on blues, jazz and folk influences and has also built a jam band type following having collaborated with Phish’s Mike Gordon for some albums and tours.  Leo’s fan favorites include “June Bug,” “Pamela Brown,” “Julie’s House,” “Pepe Hush” and “Jack Gets Up.”

    Kottke was born in Athens, Georgia, but left town after a year and a half. Raised in 12 different states, he absorbed a variety of musical influences as a child, flirting with both violin and trombone, before abandoning Stravinsky for the guitar at age 11. After adding a love for the country-blues of Mississippi John Hurt to the music of John Phillip Sousa and Preston Epps, Kottke joined the Navy underage, to be underwater, and eventually lost some hearing shooting at lightbulbs in the Atlantic while serving on the USS Halfbeak, a diesel submarine. Kottke has been awarded two GRAMMY® nominations; a Doctorate in Music Performance by the Peck School of Music at the U of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; and a Certificate of Significant Achievement in Not Playing the Trombone from the U of Texas at Brownsville with Texas Southmost College.

    For tickets, call (859) 280-2218 or purchase online by clicking here.

     

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    November 2014

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    Saturday, November 1 - 1:00PM

    Historic East End Walking Tour

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    If you missed the popular and original “Back to Dewees” tour, join us on November 1st. Along the way, the history of the development of homes and businesses of both white and black citizens will create a picture of what the third quadrant of Lexington, known as the East End, really looked like from 1780 though the 1960s. New archive information will be shared about structures/homes not included in the original tour.

    To purchase tickets for this, call (859) 280-2218 or click here to purchase online.

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    Monday, November 2 - 6:45PM

    Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour

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    For more information of Woodsongs’s schedule, visit www.woodsongs.com

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    Thursday, November 6 - 7:00PM

    Lexington Lab Band LIVE!

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    The Lexington Area Music Alliance is proud to present the Lexington Lab Band in concert on Thursday November 6th at 7:30pm! LLB is a project dedicated to recreating iconic songs while highlighting Central Kentucky’s deep well of artists. With over 280,000 online views since their debut in 2013 the band has decided it’s time to take the music offline and bring it to The Lyric Theater. You will not want to miss this rare, nearly 2 hour show jam packed with songs from their 9 episode catalogue!

    For tickets, call The Lyric Box Office at (859) 280-2218 or

    purchase online by clicking here.

     

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    On Display June 3 – October 11, 2014

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    The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center presents:

    Black Roots: Art Creations 2014

    ‘Black Roots: Art Creations 2014,’ an exhibition organized by The Lyric, will be on featured in their Gallery from June to October. This exhibition includes several noted African American artists, most of who reside in the Lexington area. Consisting of a variety of mediums all of the exhibited art expresses how Kentucky’s diverse culture and unique history have influenced each artist’s work.

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    September 6, 2014 – January 3, 2015
    “We Wear the Mask: Black Superheroes Through the Ages”

    This exhibit features a comprehensive timeline highlighting the history of black superheroes illustrated with framed posters, original art, comic books and action figures from the private collection of Frank X Walker & his son Taajwar D’Van Howard.