The Bluegrass is home to much more than Bluegrass Music
Kentucky is the birthplace of Bluegrass music as well as dozens of music stars from many types of music including rock, soul, country, pop and of course Bluegrass. You can ride along U.S. 23 in eastern Kentucky, known as the Country Music Highway, and find the birthplaces of stars like The Judds, Loretta Lynn, Dwight Yoakam, Ricky Skaggs and Billy Ray Cyrus. Other famous musicians born and bed here in Kentucky include: Phil and Don Everly, Skeeter Davis, Kenny Bishop, Les McCann, Crystal Gayle, Nick Lachey, Homer Ledford, Bill Monroe, Patty Loveless, Joan Osborne and more.
Throughout the year, there are Bluegrass Music Festivals all over the state, and a celebration of the diverse genres of music being heard in outside concerts, concert halls, bars, pubs and playhouses. In Lexington alone, there is are diverse venues where you can enjoy anything from classical to blues, and even latin music. With a range of venues from the lovingly restored Lexington Opera House to the 23,000 seat Rupp Arena to the amphitheater at Equus Run Vineyards, there is never a shortage of entertainment options.
Here are a list of Musical Venues in Lexington, KY:
Natasha’s Bistro & Bar: Natasha’s features live music from local, regional, and national touring performers. Known for its intimate, listening room setting, Natasha’s features a wide range of acts from bluegrass to jazz, folk to rock. www.beetnik.com
- The Lexington Singers: The Lexington Singers is one of the oldest continuously performing independent community choral groups in America. Based in Lexington, Kentucky, the Singers currently comprises approximately 180 voices. Since its founding in 1959, the group has entertained hundreds of audiences throughout Kentucky, the United States, and the world. http://lexsing.org/
- Lexington Opera House: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Lexington Opera House is one of the premiere performing arts centers in the region. Programming at the Opera House offers something for everyone: ballet, opera, children’s productions, family shows, comedy, music, and professional national BROADWAY tours! www.lexingtonoperahouse.com/
- Red Barn Radio Hour: Red Barn Radio records each show before a studio audience for later broad-cast. Come help us cheer on the fine musicians who keep alive the Traditional Music of Kentucky!The Performance Hall at ArtsPlace,161 North Mill Street in Lexington, Kentucky: Wednesdays at 8 PM. http://www.redbarnradio.com/
- Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour: The Woodsongs: Old Time Radio Hour is taped in front of a live audience every Monday at 7pm. A global living room concert, featuring grassroots independent artists from Appalachia and around the world, taped live and broadcast across the USA and several foreign countries.
- Musicland: Every Saturday night Kenny Whalen & The Travelers, along with special guests, take the stage for a night of smoke-free and alcohol free entertainment. If you are looking for a good family atmosphere, good food, and great music, you just found it. Musicland’s Facebook page.
- Cheapside Bar & Grill: One of Lexington’s favorites serving a mix of rhythm & blues and rock & roll on the weekends. www.cheapsidebarandgrill.com/
- Spring through early fall: You’ll find live music every Thursday evening in the small park beside the old Courthouse on Main Street. (859) 425-2590.
- In the summer: Listen to live jazz outdoors at Ecton Park. MoonDance Amphitheatre and the Southland Jamboree are also great settings for live music during the warmer months. Also, the Jazz Arts Foundation offers free monthly concerts at the Central Library.
- Thursday Night Live: Runs from April to October. Come to the Fifth Third Pavilion at Cheapside Park from 4:30pm – 8:00pm for beverages, food from local restaurants and of course, great music by live bands!
If you’re coming to hear the music of the Bluegrass, come stay at University Inn Hotel, centrally located in Downtown Lexington, which is walking distance to multiple venues where live music is featured.