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Celebrate Music in Kentucky
The Bluegrass Music in Kentucky is as famous as their love for horses, and you can be a part of it at the annual Festival of the Bluegrass in Lexington. This more than four-decade-old celebration is now held at the Kentucky Horse Park. Enjoy multiple stages of Bluegrass Music greats, as well as music programs for kids. Of course, the festivals here are not limited to Bluegrass. During the summer months, there are celebrations of Gospel Music, Reggae, Brass Bands, Blues, Celtic, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Jazz, Country, Americana, Chamber Music and more.
Other terrific venues in Lexington include the Lexington Opera House and the Singletary Center for the Arts. Lexington Opera House is a grand historic venue that welcomes Broadway touring companies, ballet and solo musical tours. Singletary Center for the Arts calls the University of Kentucky home. Whether you want to hear a concert from their signature series, or just want to attend one of their many events, a concert at their Concert Hall or Recital Hall is always a good time.
Iroquois Amphitheater is the ideal place to attend outdoor shows and events in Louisville. It’s a partially-covered, outdoor venue that can seat more than 2,000. It’s also home to a small, experimental theater. And if you are traveling in the western section the state, be sure to get tickets for the annual International Thumbpicking Weekend at Merle Travis Music Center in Powderly.
Though Kentucky is often known for its blue grass, horse racing, and excellent bourbon, the state is also home to one of the premier performance venues you'll find. Make your way into Louisville and check out the Iroquois Amphitheater. You can find it south of downtown, just west of New Cut Road.
The Iroquois Amphitheater has been entertaining fans since it opened in 1938. After a modernization project in 2000, the theater is now state-of-the-art, with 2,348 seats available, top quality audio, and concessions. Throughout the year, you can find a number of excellent events and shows at the Iroquois Amphitheater.
Lexington Opera House
Enrich your cultural experiences during your visit to Lexington. Make your way downtown for an enjoyable afternoon at the Lexington Opera House. This historic opera house, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1886 and opened to the public in 1887. This magnificent opera house features many luxurious details including, red velvet curtains, hand-carved walnut door frames and a French crystal chandelier. It's an easy drive from Georgetown.
This opulent theatre was one of the country's most well-designed and well-equipped theaters of its time. Notable theatre performers, including Ethel Barrymore, George M. Cohan, W.C. Fields and Will Rogers performed on stage through 1926, the date of the last live performance. Once the live performances were done, the theatre began playing movies. While in downtown Lexington, make your way to the Lexington Center for an enjoyable day of ballet, music, a broadway theatre production or family show at this historic eastern Kentucky landmark.
Merle Travis Music Center
As you plan your next trip into Kentucky, make sure those plans include a swing out west. There's a wide range of exciting and world class attractions to view and explore throughout the state, and out near Central City, be sure to check out the Merle Travis Music Center.
Found in the city of Powderly, a short drive south from Central City, the Merle Travis Music Center is a premier music and entertainment venue within the state. Opened in 2007, the Merle Travis Music Center seats 321, with additional standing room only areas. Along with numerous Thumbpicking Guitar events, this site also hots pageants and more.
UK Singletary Center for the Arts
Enjoy attending a variety of cultural events in the lively city of Lexington, on the University of Kentucky campus. The UK Singletary Center for the Arts is the place to be to partake in one of several educational and cultural events scheduled throughout the year. Named after Otis A. Singletary, the eight President of the University of Kentucky, this fine center has hosted several hundred performances in the Recital Hall and Concert Hall since opening in 1979.
More than 3.7 million people have attended an event in this wonderful eastern Kentucky cultural center. The center is affiliated with the College of Fine Arts and the University's School of Music, and is a short drive from Georgetown. Those seeking a wonderful venue for a private event, concert or performance, should consider renting the Concert Hall or Recital Hall. Whether at the center for the latest performance in the Signature Series or just touring the center, enjoy your time on campus.