Southsider Magazine’s 2012 Summer Entertainment Guide

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Welcome to our annual Summer Entertainment Guide. Each June, we compile schedules and other details for Lexington’s recurring summer series, festivals and other arts and entertainment events. Some are longstanding traditions in Lexington, many have just found their niche in recent years, and some are brand new events, starting this year. From concert and film series to art fairs, wine festivals, and antique car shows, Lexington and the surrounding areas offer no shortage of entertainment options for the warmer months. Read on for more info.



Southland Jamboree

7 p.m., Tuesdays through Sept. 4

Collins Bowling Alley Lawn, 205 Southland Dr.

Free admission

The Southland Jamboree is back for its seventh season of operation, featuring weekly free bluegrassconcerts outside on the side lawn of Southland Parking lot. Presented by the Southland Association. Patrons are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair. Food vendors are available.

June 5 Driving Rain

June 12 Kati Penn & Newtown

June 19 Stoney Creek

June 26 The Mountain Connection

July 3 The Velvet Blue

July 10 Stringtown

July 17 Jeff Van Clair

July 24 Dean Osborne Band

July 31 Laurel River Line

Aug. 7 Custom Made Bluegrass

Aug. 14 Dale Ann Bradley and Steve Gulley

Aug. 21 2nd Time Around

Aug. 28 No Tools Loaned

Sept. 4 TBA


Big Band & Jazz Series

7 – 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays

June 4 – 26 at MoonDance at Midnight Pass Amphitheater

July 10 – Aug. 28 at Ecton Park

(859) 288-2925

Free admission

One of Lexington’s longest-running concert series, the Big Band & Jazz Series has traditionally taken place at Ecton Park each Tuesday evening throughout the summer.

This year, the first half of the series will take place at the new amphitheater at Beaumont, Moondance at Midnight Pass, with the final two months of the series resuming at Ecton Park.

The concerts feature live performances from regional jazz artists and big bands; all concerts are free and family friendly. Patrons are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chairs and pack a picnic dinner.

Moondance at Midnight Pass Amphitheater

June 5 Joey & the Cruisers

June 12 Osland Daily Jazztet

June 19 Dan Brock & Friends

June 26 Tim Lake Little Big Band

Ecton Park

July 10 Lexington Concert Band

July 17 Colonel’s Choice

July 24 Jay Flippin & Friends

July 31 Ozone

Aug. 7 Walnut Street Ragtime Ramblers

Aug. 14 Rick Cook Quintet

Aug. 21 Jazzberry Jam

Aug. 28 DiMartino Osland Jazz Orchestra



Summer Classics Film Series

Wednesdays through Sept. 5

1:30 and 7:15 p.m.

Kentucky Theater, 214 E. Main St.

All seats are $5

The movie industry’s transition from 35mm film to digital projection has created obstacles for theaters to obtain quality prints of many old films, but downtown Lexington’s historic Kentucky Theatre isn’t letting that put a damper on their efforts to showcase classic films each week throughout the summer for the Summer Classics Film Series.

Starting May 30 and running through the first week of September, the Kentucky will showcase a different classic film each Wednesday afternoon and evening, taking into account fan requests received throughout the year as much as possible. All films are shown via 35mm prints with reel-to-reel projection.

June 6 “The Wizard of Oz,” directed by Victor Fleming (1939; original IB technicolor print)

June 13 “Johnny Guitar,” directed by Nicholas Ray (1954; rare studio vault print)

June 20 “Ghostbusters,” directed by Ivan Reitman (1984; new 35mm print)

June 27 “Annie Hall,” directed by Woody Allen (1977)

July 4 “Mr. Smith Goes To Washington” directed by Frank Capra (1939)

July 11 “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World,” directed by Stanley Kramer (1963)

July 18 “Casablanca,” directed by Michael Curtiz (1942)

July 25 “Carousel,” directed by Henry King (1956; new restored 35mm print)

Aug. 1 “Notorious,” directed by Alfred Hitchcock (1946)

Aug. 8 “Mary Poppins,” directed by Robert Stevenson (1964)

Aug. 15 “The Manchurian Candidate,” directed by John Frankenheimer (1962; the last surviving 35mm print of this film in the country)

Aug. 22 “Pillow Talk,” directed by Michael Gordon (1959)

Aug. 29 “White Heat,” directed by Raoul Walsh (1949)

Sept. 5 “The Leopard,” directed by Luchino Visconti (1963; new restored 35mm print)



Central Bank Thursday Night Live

4:30 – 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 18 (music starts at 5:30)

Fifth Third Pavilion at Cheapside Park

Free admission

The increasingly-popular Thursday Night Live concert series returns this year. Organized by the Downtown Lexington Corporation, the series features local artists in a variety of musical styles, food and beer vendors, and free admission.

June 7 Stooges Brass Band

June 14 Ralph Curtis – Johnny Cash Tribute Artist

June 21 Kenny Owens

June 28 The Squirrels

July 5 Better off Dead

July 12 The Tim Talbert Project

July 19 Oh My Me

July 26 The Twiggenburys

Aug. 2 Rebel Without A Cause

Aug. 9 Conch Republic

Aug. 16 Kenny Owens

Aug. 23 Superfecta

Aug. 30 Catch 22

Sept. 6 Sixtyfourwest

Sept. 13 Girls, Guns and Glory

Sept. 20 The Big Maracas

Sept. 27 Coralee & The Townies

Oct. 4 Chris Campbell Band

Oct. 11 Blind Corn Liquor Pickers

Oct. 18 The Payback – James Brown tribute band



Fountain Films on Friday

Every other Friday, from June 1 – Aug. 24.

Movies start at dusk, with pre-show activities starting earlier in the evening

Triangle Park (between W. Main and W. Vine St., just west of Broadway)

Free admission

This year marks the inaugural film series at the recently renovated Triangle Park, with free movies shown on an inflatable screen.

Organized by the Downtown Lexington Corporation, the films chosen are a mix of contemporary and classics with a broad, family-friendly appeal. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

June 1 “Breaking Away”

June 15 “Dirty Dancing”

June 29 “1776”

July 13 “Sahara”

July 27 “Chocolat”

Aug. 10 “Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom”

Aug. 24 “Ferris Beuller’s Day Off”



Equus Run Music Series

1280 Moores Mill Rd., Midway

(859) 846-9463

This year’s summer entertainment schedule at Equus Run Vineyard includes free live music on Sunday afternoons in June and July, and a monthly Saturday night concert series. Equus Run has a full stage, large lawn for dancing and a beautiful country backdrop.

Tunes in the Vine

2 – 4 p.m. Sundays in June and July; Free live music on the Equus Run patio

June 3 Beth Burden

June 10 Still Kickin Band

June 17 Great Shoes Band

July 1 TBA

July 8 Dudley Roberts

July 15 Lisa Raymond

July 22 Jasmine Band

July 29 David White

Summer Concert Series

Gates at 4 p.m. (Dinner from 5:30 – 7 p.m.)

Live Music at 7 p.m.

July 14 Jordan English

Aug. 11 BAJA Jazz Big Band

Sept. 8 Old School Band


Talon Winery Music Series

7086 Tates Creek Rd.

(859) 971-3214

Talon Winery’s summer entertainment schedule features free live music on select Fridays, a series of weekend fundraiser concerts from June through September, and a local, one-day jazz festival.

Live Music Fridays (Jazz on the porch)

5 – 8 p.m.

June 29 Mark Gardner & Company

Aug. 31 Mark Gardner & Company

Sept. 28 Baja Yetis

Lexington Jazz Festival

June 3, 1 – 7 p.m.

$15 in advance; $20 at the gate. Children under 12 are free.

Presented by the Jazz Arts Foundation and Bluegrass Community and Technical College in conjunction with Talon Winery, the Lexington Jazz Festival features a variety of local and regional jazz musicians. Concessions, wine and beer will be available for purchase; organizers recommend bringing lawn chairs and blankets for seating.

Lineup includes Baja Yetis; Jamey Aebersold Quartet; Jazz Collective with vocalist Gail Winers; Ben Lacy and Bob Bryant Duo; and O-Zone.

Charitable Concerts

Concerts benefit the charity listed. All shows are from 6 – 9 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

June 2 UK Children’s Hospital

July 14 MacKenna Foundation

July 28 American Diabetes Association

Aug. 17 Lexington Humane Society (7 – 10 p.m.)

Sept. 21 Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center



Free Friday Flicks

Fridays in June (rain date: July 6)

Pre-show activities begin at 7 p.m.;

movies begin at dusk

Jacobson Park, 4001 Athens Boonesboro Rd.

Free admission

The family-friendly film series Free Friday Flicks, which offers newly released movies in an outdoor park setting, celebrates 17 years this June. The event also features children’s games and a petting zoo, all for free. Concessions are available on site as well. Patrons are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on, and picnic dinners are allowed.

June 1 “Cars 2”

June 8 “The Muppets”

June 15 “Dolphin Tale”

June 22 “Puss in Boots”

June 29 “Adventures of Tin Tin”


Festival of the Bluegrass

June 7 – 10

Kentucky Horse Park Campground

For the 39th consecutive year, some of the biggest names in bluegrass music (listed below) will converge at the Kentucky Horse Park campground for the oldest family-run bluegrass festival in the country, the Festival of the Bluegrass.

Music begins at 7 p.m. on June 7 and concludes with a gospel show on the morning of June 10. On the days in between, music begins at 1 p.m. and runs until after midnight.

Started in 1974 by Bob and Jean Cornett, this event is attended by thousands or new and returning fans. At its heart, the mission of the festival is to maintain the roots of bluegrass music in Kentucky and to honor the community spirit of evenings spent on front porches throughout Appalachia. The same spirit can be found in the pop-up “villages” around the campground, where the music spills beyond the stage to individual campsites.

Individual day and four-day ticket packages are available with or without camping, which can be ordered through the festival’s website.


Lonesome River Band

Bluegrass Collective

Kentucky Blue

Camp Kids


IIIrd Tyme Out

Jim Lauderdale

Junior Sisk


The Moron Brothers

Bluegrass Collective


The Seldom Scene

The Roys

23 String Band

J.D. Crowe & The New South

Dry Branch Fire Squad

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