Music Around Kentucky

Music is a part of Kentucky's culture from the Appalachian Mountains to the Ohio River.  The rich history of Bill Monroe, Loretta Lynn, and Everly Brothers are part of our heritage. Live music can be found in large and small venues year round. Or get your groove on at any of Kentucky’s incredible music festivals. Below is just a sampler of the many festivals that take place throughout the state. For up to date Covid-19 information always remember to check each festival's website. 
Great American Brass Band Festival, June 5 - 6, Danville
The Great American Brass Band Festival is a Festival that celebrates brass music and is in its 31st year. The Festival happens every June in beautiful downtown Danville, Kentucky. The Festival is a free, family friendly four day event. Bands come from all over the United States and Europe. Many fine soloists are also featured each year at the Great American Brass Band Festival.
WC Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival, June 16-19, Henderson
The W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival has become one of the largest free music festivals in the nation, drawing attendees from just about every state and many countries. The festival is a celebration of the life and legacy of Henderson resident and “Father of the Blues,” William Christopher Handy.
ROMP, June 23-26, Owensboro
Throughout the history of ROMP Festival, many legends of bluegrass have graced the stage including Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, Del McCoury, Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush, Alison Krauss, and Jesse McReynolds. ROMP also embraces the roots and progressive branches of the genre by featuring John Prine, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Rhiannon Giddens, Old Crow Medicine Show, Trampled by Turtles, Leftover Salmon, Yonder Mountain String Band, Billy Strings, and so many more.
Master Musicians Festival, July 16-17, Somerset
This festival is a two day event in the heart of Lake Cumberland. Here you will find an eclectic mix of bluegrass, rock, jazz and newgrass. Headliners have included: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Nickel Creek, The Avett Brothers, and Old Crowe Medicine Show.
Railbird, August 20-21, Lexington
This newly formed music festival in 2019 is on the historic grounds of Keeneland. Music can be found for two days on three stages. Artists featured here include Maren Morris, The Decemberists, Trampled by Turtles, and Tanya Tucker.
Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival, September 11 - 19, Morehead
Over 100 bands travel here the third week of September each year to share their love of music. A diverse array of transportation will allow you to explore an entire world of bluegrass. Immerse yourself within the 1400 acres of beautiful Kentucky hills.
Louder Than Life, September 23 - 26, Louisville
One of the countries largest rock festivals has featured artists like Rob Zombie, Guns 'N' Roses, Ice Cube, Slipknot, and Staind. This three day concert is located at KY Expo Center in Louisville. 

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