Summer is here, and we have songs to share. My heart is open, and I am grateful for the healing power of music to move grief and joy through my body. I look forward to seeing and singing with you so soon.
Shady Grove Summer Stage
THIS SATURDAY, July 15 / 3-6 PM
We're stoked to play this FREE, family-friendly, outdoor show in Louisville, KY along with Scott Moore and Wayne Graham (swoon!). Pack a picnic blanket, gather friends and family and join us at the Douglass Community Center.
Big thanks to Louisville Folk School for coordinating this concert series, which is supported in part by the Louisville Metro Office for Safe and Health Neighborhoods' Summer Teen Engagement Program, through which the school offers free music and art classes for teens aged 13-18. P.S. The first 50 teens (ages 13-18) to sign in at each concert will receive FREE meal vouchers!
Grand Theatre Children's Summer Matinee
July 18 / 10-11 AM
Nat and I welcome children of all ages - including those of us who are children at heart - to the historic Grand Theatre in Frankfort, KY for an interactive concert. Tickets are $5 and are available online or by calling the ticket office at 502-352-7469.
West Sixth Farm Live Music Fridays
July 28 / August 25 / 7-9 PM
Join us for beautiful views and yummy brews at West Sixth Farm in Frankfort, KY. While these shows are free, we appreciate tips to support our special guests!
July 28th's special guest is Emily Reed, a 20-year-old musician and college student studying sustainability. Her dream is to make a life as an artist living in a tiny house and enjoying life. She hopes her music brings you comfort as well.
House of Jane Songwriters Session: Full Concert Available Online
A few months ago, I played a uniquely solo set at House of Jane barbershop in Madison, IN. (Hosts, Jane and Benny, are pictured above.) That intimate show filled me up, and I'm so glad it was recorded. Enjoy the full concert on YouTube here.
Creative Connections (In Other News...)
Arts and Healing
My dear friend and musical collaborator, Jordon Ellis, tragically passed away earlier this year. Last weekend, friends, family and the greater community gathered to celebrate his life with music, storytelling and resource sharing and to embrace the healing power of the arts at the Noise for Jordon: Festival of Arts and Healing. The Jordon C. Ellis Fund for Arts and Healing, managed by the Franklin County Community Fund through the Bluegrass Community Foundation, is accepting donations to support programs that serve families and individuals who are working with substance misuse, mental health issues and for the prevention of suicide in our community.
Here's a snapshot of Ben Sollee and I leading a group sing of “This Little Light of Mine” with Kuvebo at Noise for Jordon.
I will continue to heal from the ripples of this loss through musicmaking and tending to and sharing my light with others. Take care of yourself, and let's take care of each other. I'm so grateful you're here.
Kentucky Heartwood Music Festival / July 29 / 3-10 PM
You don't want to miss this sweet all-ages music festival with a powerful impact in Millville, KY. This year features Jasmine Fouts and the Baja Yetis, plus youth music competitions, workshops, speakers, dancing and more! All proceeds support Kentucky Heartwood, a nonprofit organization that seeks to protect and restore the integrity, stability, and beauty of Kentucky's native forests and biotic communities through research, education, advocacy and community engagement. This organization and festival have been dear to my musical heart for many years. Learn more and plan to be there.
Symphonic Stroll / Sept. 9 / 4-8 PM
I'm thrilled to help organize Symphonic Stroll, an immersive evening of music, art and nature at Josephine Sculpture Park with Lexington Philharmonic! This is one of Kentucky's most unique musical experiences - in Kentucky's only sculpture park. Learn more and snag your tickets - on sale now!
OMG look for caterpillars and butterflies right now! I found this spicebush swallowtail caterpillar on its host plant, spicebush, at Josephine Sculpture Park. Following metamorphosis in my community is one of my greatest joys in life. Check out Betty Hall's photography for inspiration.
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.