The Paducah Symphony Orchestra teams with the Lower Town Neighborhood Association again this year to bring a mix of fresh faces and local favorites to the 2013 Lower Town Arts & Music Festival (LTAMF). As the first of several announcements to come from the PSO, the headlining bands for Friday and Saturday nights, May 17 & 18 have been selected.
This year, two of the hottest regional bands will perform as headliners on Friday and Saturday night, May 17-18. Friday night will feature JD Wilkes and the Dirt Daubers and on Saturday evening, headlining LTAMF will be The 23 String Band. Performance time for both bands will begin at 9:00 p.m. each night.
In early 2009, JD Wilkes formed The Dirt Daubers,an old-time roots-influenced side project with his wife, Jessica, and "Slow" Layne Hendrickson. The band's self-titled debut was released in October 2009. Hailing from Paducah, Kentucky and Nashville, Tennessee, these three have travelled the world internationally, singing loud-and-proud an eclectic mix of Appalachian, ragtime and hot jazz standards and original music. From cowboy songs to bluegrass, Harlem jazz to honky tonk, the Daubers tackle it all with vim, verve and vigor.
The 23 String Band, featured in the March edition of Kentucky Monthly magazine is self-described as playing fun, fuel-injected, original Americana that dangerously weaves across the lanes of modern acoustic music — windows down, accelerator to the floor, on a joyride into the unknown with one eye on the vintage sounds in the rearview mirror. It’s a bluegrass attack fueled by high-octane rock-n-roll energy and triple-distilled old-timey roots. Your feet hurt from dancing; your face hurts from grinning.
Stay tuned for more band announcements over the next couple of weeks. For more information on the Lower Town Arts & Music Festival, please visit PaducahSymphony.org
The Paducah Symphony Orchestra is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, provides operating support to the Paducah Symphony Orchestra with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.