KET announces Bluegrass Week, a multi-night musical celebration
During the week of June 2-8, viewers can enjoy a diverse lineup of musical performances during KET’s Bluegrass Week, including the premiere of a new season of Jubilee and Jubilee Live: Festival of the Bluegrass, live coverage of the Lexington event, which is celebrating its 40th year.
New season of Jubilee
First up is the premiere of a new season of Jubilee from the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Fan Fest in Nashville. A major event in the world of bluegrass music, this is the first time IBMA’s Fan Fest, which yearly features top bluegrass artists, has ever been recorded. The new season, which features more than 40 performances, premieres Tuesday, June 4 at 7 p.m. CT on KET and Saturday, June 8 at 10 p.m. CT on KET2.
The season premiere showcases performances from bluegrass legends Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press and The Del McCoury Band.
Osborne, who will be 82 this year, is one of the major contributors to bluegrass mandolin playing, pioneering a sound in the 1950s that remains popular today. He bridged the gap between bluegrass and mainstream country music, and Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-press was the first bluegrass act to play at The White House, in 1971.
For the past 50 years, McCoury has been defining authenticity for hard-core bluegrass fans. He was influenced in the early 1950s by the music of Earl Scruggs to pick up a banjo, and he joined Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys in 1963. In the early 1990s, he formed The Del McCoury Band with his sons, and they moved to Nashville. McCoury has influenced artists from Vince Gill and Alison Krauss to Phish and Steve Earle.
Jubilee Live: Festival of the Bluegrass live from Lexington
Then, on Thursday, begins Jubilee Live: Festival of the Bluegrass, live musical performances of the 2013 Festival of the Bluegrass from the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. For three nights, KET will air live from the festival, featuring performances from the main stage and interviews with festival organizers, artists, community leaders and more. This marks the first time KET has aired a music festival live.
Jubilee Live: Festival of the Bluegrass airs Thursday, June 6 beginning at 6:30 p.m. CT on KETKY; Friday, June 7 beginning at 1:30 p.m. CT on KET2; and Saturday, June 8 beginning at 1:30 p.m. CT on KET. Jubilee Live: Festival of the Bluegrass will also stream live at www.ket.org/live. Live coverage each night will last until the final performance of the day.
The Festival of the Bluegrass’s lineup includes bluegrass legends Del McCoury, J. D. Crowe and Bobby Osborne, in addition to IIIrd Tyme Out, Lonesome River Band and many more.
KET presents live coverage of the Festival of the Bluegrass as part of Lexington’s Best of Bluegrass (BOB) event, a first-ever, weeklong celebration of bluegrass music and culture (June 3-8), culminating in the festival. KET will also be recording the BOB concert from the band Appalatin, performing at Natasha’s Bar & Bistro, for a Kentucky Muse program airing in the fall. The six-member band uses acoustic instrumentation to combine Latin music with Appalachian folk music.
Jubilee is a KET production. Nick Helton is the producer/director and Teresa Day is the executive producer. More information about Jubilee, including streaming video, is available at KET.org/jubilee.