The Lexington Old-time Music Gathering

February 7-10, 2019

 Photo credit Jo Mackby

Photo credit Jo Mackby

About:
The Lexington Gathering is a four-day winter music festival bringing Kentucky's traditional arts to the Commonwealth's largest epicenter. We welcome hundreds of visitors from across the country into this bucolic, walkable downtown for a weekend featuring the “old masters” of traditional mountain music; dance callers from throughout the state; performances by accomplished and emerging string bands; youth workshops and performances; academic presentations; jamming for all skill levels; dance, singing, and instrument workshops; literary readings; instrument and art vendors; and some of our finest farm-to-table eating experiences. Kentucky’s rural diaspora is a lineage largely responsible for the Commonwealth's unique and diverse cultural heritage. Because these Kentuckians migrated to nearby urban centers for work and education, Lexington is a perfect place to explore the boundaries of these traditions and enjoy the melting pot revival of these arts. 

2019 Schedule

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 07

Concert & Kick-off Party

7-10 p.m. @The Burl
375 Thompson Rd, Lexington, KY
($5 cover)

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 08

Open Jam

1-4 p.m. @The Thirsty Fox
215 W Main St, Lexington, KY
FREE ADMISSION

The Gathering

5-10 p.m. @ArtsPlace
161 N Mill St
Lexington, Kentucky 40507

Ticket Prices:
Single-day Passes: Friday evening, $20 at the door; Saturday $30 at the door.
2-day Passes: Includes all Friday & Saturday events at ArtsPlace, $45 at the door. 

*Parking at ArtsPlace are paid lots operated by the city. 
(Parking Rates: $6 before 2:00 p.m. Daily; $3 after 2:00 p.m. Daily & Weekends.)

Welcome Reception

5-7 p.m. - Main Gallery

Concert

Performers TBA
7-9 p.m. - Performance Hall

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 09

The Gathering

10 a.m.-10 p.m. @ArtsPlace
161 N Mill St
Lexington, Kentucky 40507

Ticket Prices:
Single-day Passes: Friday evening, $20 at the door; Saturday $30 at the door.
2-day Passes: Includes all Friday & Saturday events at ArtsPlace, $45 at the door. 

*Parking at ArtsPlace are paid lots operated by the city. 
(Parking Rates: $6 before 2:00 p.m. Daily; $3 after 2:00 p.m. Daily & Weekends.)

Open Jam Sessions

12-4 p.m. - Main Gallery

Community Sing

Shape-note Singing, Shaker Songs, Songs of Freedom and Struggle, Songwriters Circle
10 a.m.-3 p.m. - Studio 3B (3rd Floor)

Workshops

African Drumming; KY Banjo Styles & Repertoire; Intro to Square Dance Calling; 
Appalachian Flatfoot, Buck Dance, & Clogging; Intro to Fiddle & Banjo; & More!

11 a.m.-4 p.m. - Studio 3A (3rd Floor)

Square Dances

Family Square Dance; Gender Neutral Squares; Kentucky Running Sets; & More!
1-4 p.m. - Performance Hall

Concert

Performers TBA
5-8 p.m. - Performance Hall

Saturday Night Square Dance

8-10 p.m. - Performance Hall

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 10

Honky Tonk Brunch

11 a.m. @TBA

Open Jam Session

6-9 p.m. @The Elkhorn Tavern
1200 Manchester St., Lexington, KY
FREE ADMISSION

Sponsored by LexArts.