The Lower Town Arts and Music Festival (LTAMF) is a unique, artist/musician led initiative that highlights the best and most extraordinary things that our particular region has to offer. As the festival has evolved since 2009, it has matured and grown in a way that includes more and more of the areas arts organizations.
In 2017, the festival has become part of the Yeiser Art Center (a 501(c)3 non-profit). This strategic move is a perfect fit for the region and both organizations. Now that the Festival has a ‘bricks & mortar’ home it will be able to sustain a full year of arts programming and community engagement. The Yeiser, (affectionately known as the YAC), will be able to sustain its already considerable annual arts and education programming with additional funding from the LTAMF. A perfect fit!
LTAMF’s mission has always been to introduce the art, music, and food of our region for the purpose of cultural education and celebration. The organizers believe all the arts play a major role in shaping the lives of Paducah and its surrounding area.
“This is a juried festival,” explained Stacey Reason, Director at YAC, and LTAMF’s newest Co-Director. “We place a special emphasis on the quality of every aspect of the weekend. The artisans and crafts people you’ll find at LTAMF are fantastic.
Victoria Terra, Co-Director for the past five years, explained that just as the artists are carefully juried into the Festival so are the musical acts. Music director, Seth Murphy, works very hard to make sure the musical line-up is interesting and innovative. This year’s musicians include the Jon Strictly Trio, Nikki Lane, Mike Wheeler, William Wild, and Wonky Tonk - just to name a few!
The Directors, together with all of their dedicated Committee Chairs, work tirelessly year round to create two days of fun, laughter, and wonder for their patrons. They craft a Festival where those attending are sure to find art they love. You can listen to great music, eat yummy, local food, purchase high quality art, encounter local actors in costume, watch artist demos, bump into poets performing the spoken word, see comedy performed from balconies, and wander into surrounding artist studios.
For those of you that are new to town, LTAMF is a family-friendly, two-day festival. This year it will start at 3pm on Friday, May 19 and rock on until 10.30 pm. On Saturday, May 20 it opens at 10 am and closes at 10.30 pm.
There will be over 70 booths displaying every imaginable type of art and creative items - paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, clothing, and more! The Festival is always free although donations are gladly accepted. Families will find it has a laid back feel and it’s easy to spend the day enjoying all there is to explore.
You can get fantastic food from regional restaurants at “the Taste of Paducah”. Bring your kids to the Children’s Pavilion and enjoy an entire section dedicated to family friendly fun, free arts and crafts, a photo booth, entertainment and more!
You can drink craft beer and fine wine, while watching hilarious local comedy in the ‘Laugh Tent’. You can get a henna tattoo or your face painted. You can stroll (with your beverage) around the festival to shop and listen to music. What’s not to love about all this!
The festival covers a seven block area and the streets are closed to traffic. There is street parking available and, on Saturday, you may use the Paducah Bank lot (between Monroe and Harrison at 6th Street). This festival is very popular and you may have to park a few blocks away.
There are flushable toilets throughout the festival that are plumbed into the city sewer system. They are equipped with baby changing stations and hand washing stations. The Children’s Pavilion has a shade tent, picnic tables, free sunscreen, water and even Kleenex – we did say it was very family friendly!
LTAMF strives to be “the greatest little Festival around", so please plan on coming to this event and supporting all of your local business sponsors who make this party unbeatable! For more information, please visit lowertownamf.com.