Arts Council
Solid lineup of musicians make up Kentucky Stage at Kentucky Crafted: The Market

Press Release Date:  Monday, February 09, 2015  
Contact Information:  Tom Musgrave
Communications Director
502-564-3757, ext. 489

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Diverse musical sounds ranging from world music to Kentucky bluegrass will fill the air at the Lexington Convention Center during Kentucky Crafted: The Market's Kentucky Stage Music Festival March 7-8.

Now in its fourth year as part of The Market, the Kentucky Stage Music Festival brings a selection of the best performing acts the Commonwealth has to offer.

"Kentucky Stage has become a popular feature of The Market, and has been immensely successful at tying the performing and visual artists together," said Lori Meadows, Kentucky Arts Council executive director. "Each group on the Kentucky Stage collectively represents a broad cross-section of musical interest, but they all have their common roots in the bluegrass state."

Tickets are available at the door and are $10 for a one-day ticket and $15 for two days. Children 15 and under are admitted free with a paying adult. Admission to The Market includes access to Kentucky Stage performances as well as the performers' sales table, where fans can purchase recordings of their favorite musicians.

Each performer or performing group on the Kentucky Stage has been admitted into the arts council's Performing Arts Directory, an online roster of performing artists in Kentucky. Admission to this directory follows an evaluation of work samples by an adjudication panel.

Schedule of Performances

Saturday, March 7

10 a.m., Keltricity (Louisville), Celtic
Keltricity is a Celtic-world band that features traditional, contemporary and eclectic Celtic-influenced music from Ireland, Cape Breton, Scotland, England, Brittany, New England and French Canada. The four-member group is comprised of accomplished musicians with backgrounds in various musical genres, from traditional Irish bands to Scottish and New England contra dance bands, to classical, rock and jazz.

11 a.m., The Wulfe Bros. (Louisville), Popular
The Wulfe Bros. are a diverse combination of music, fun and excitement. Their family friendly shows feature tight vocal harmonies and the trio's versatile musical skills along with fascinating facts and a touch of history.

Noon, Marcus Wilkerson (Lexington), Singer/songwriter
Deeply steeped in the classic songwriting traditions of the early civil rights and peace movements, Marcus Wilkerson's guitar style is rough and rhythmic at one moment and then light and languid the next. A passionate singer, Wilkerson uses his gift to convey the tone and emotion in each story.

1 p.m., No Tools Loaned (Frankfort), Bluegrass
No Tools Loaned (NTL) is one of central Kentucky's premier bluegrass bands. Supported by a group of accomplished musicians and songwriters, NTL appears frequently at popular bluegrass and folk festivals in Kentucky and surrounding states. Their unique mix of original songs, hot new bluegrass tunes, classic rock and folk ballads and western swing numbers puts a fresh face on the traditional bluegrass sound.

2 p.m., Reynolds Family Band (Hodgenville), Bluegrass
For nearly 20 years, the Reynolds Family Band has been singing and playing bluegrass and gospel music at festivals, concert halls, churches and other venues throughout Kentucky and surrounding states. Though heavily influenced by the traditional bluegrass styles of Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers and Flatt & Scruggs, this unique band also interweaves a bit of Grand Ole Opry style country and a touch of the blues into their music.

3 p.m., Hog Operation (Louisville), Bluegrass
Hog Operation is steeped in Kentucky's rich music tradition. The group gives high-energy performances created by the cross-pollination of many American roots music styles including blues, bluegrass, Celtic, country and rock. Hog Operation plays a style of supercharged bluegrass music using traditional instrumentation — guitar, banjo, bass, fiddle and mandolin — that accompany smooth vocal harmonies.

4:15 p.m., Carla Gover (Lexington), Appalachian
Born and raised in eastern Kentucky, Carla Gover was exposed to all the ingredients that go into making a true Appalachian musician of the first order. Gover performs solo on banjo and guitar and with some of Kentucky's best acoustic musicians.

5:30 p.m., Appalatin (Louisville), World
Appalatin's sound is the unique blend of several cultures: part Latino, part Appalachian, but most importantly world. They interpret traditional folk music in their own style and perform original songs using all acoustic instrumentation that features classical and steel string guitars, traditional Native wood flutes and pan flutes, harmonica, mandolin, charango, bass and a myriad of percussion, including congas, bongos, cajon, maracas, cowbell and guiro.

Sunday, March 8

10:15 a.m., Carla Gover (Lexington), Appalachian
Born and raised in eastern Kentucky, Carla Gover was exposed to all the ingredients that go into making a true Appalachian musician of the first order. Gover performs solo on banjo and guitar and with some of Kentucky's best acoustic musicians.

11:15 a.m., Heath & Molly (Calhoun), Americana
Heath & Molly are a dynamic two-piece roots-rock band. Highly regarded as exceptional entertainers by fans and peers alike, Heath & Molly deliver the sonic value of a much larger ensemble. Their powerful vocals, smooth harmonies, thick acoustic guitar grooves, organic djembe rhythms and rock-solid kick drum cajon combine to create a high-energy, authentic musical landscape.

12:15 p.m., Mitch Barrett (Berea), Singer/Songwriter
Remaining true to his traditional roots, Mitch Barrett's original work has created a contemporary understanding that reaches beyond his Appalachian heritage. His songwriting speaks of his own story and the stories of people who have passed through his life. Barrett has won many of the country's most prestigious awards, including the Merlefest Chris Austin Songwriting Competition, the Kerrville New Folk competition and the Telluride Troubadour Competition.

1:15 p.m., Dale Pyatt (Richmond), Americana
Multi-award winning songwriter Dale Pyatt has penned songs that cross many music genres including Americana, bluegrass, new and classic country, roots, and even island-style music. With Steve Thomas, Pyatt is co-writer of Life Goes On, winner of the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association's recorded event of the year award.

2:15 p.m., Juggernaut Jug Band (Louisville), Jug Band Americana
Dedicated to preserving the music, spirit and humor of the original Louisville jug bands of the early 1900s, the Juggernaut Jug Band was formed more than 30 years ago. Jug bands combined traditional instrumentation including guitars, mandolins, banjos, bass and vocals, and added the sounds of blowing the jug, washboards, spoons, kazoos and whatever else was available. The Juggernauts continue in this tradition of fun and welcome the audience along for the ride.

3:30 p.m., The Afrophysicists (Louisville), World
The Afrophysicists, formerly known as Coco Yam Band, present a lively world music travelogue of Afro-pop, Latin, samba and Afro-beat with derivations of funk and soul. From the inspirational grooves of West Africa to the pulse of Latin clave, the ensemble covers a lot of ground with their mighty horns and strong rhythmic drive. Their music is infectious, displaying incredible musicianship while maintaining world rhythmic versatility.

For more information about the arts council's Performing Arts Directory, contact Tamara Coffey at or (502) 564-3757, ext. 479.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, fosters environments for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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