The Lexington Gathering

Save the date, Feb. 7-10, 2019!

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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 Tentative Schedule

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 07, 2019
@The Thirsty Fox (The old Courthouse)
($5 cover)

  • 7:00-Midnight - The Gathering’s Kick-off Party

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 08, 2019
@ArtsPlace
161 N Mill St
Lexington, Kentucky 40507
(All events included in Festival Pass. Or Friday night passes for $20, at the door. FYI, parking around ArtsPlace are paid lots operated by the city: Parking Rates - $6.00 Before 2:00 pm Daily, $3.00 After 2:00 pm Daily & Weekends.)

Main Gallery

  • 5:00-6:00 pm - Weekend Welcome Reception.

Performance Hall

  • 7:00-9:30 pm - Friday Night Showcase

Dance Studio II

  • 7:00-10:00 pm - Square Dance

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 09, 2019
@ArtsPlace

161 N Mill St
Lexington, Kentucky 40507
(All events included in Festival Pass. Or Saturday single-day passes for $30, at the door. FYI, parking around ArtsPlace are paid lots operated by the city: Parking Rates - $6.00 Before 2:00 pm Daily, $3.00 After 2:00 pm Daily & Weekends.)

Throughout ArtsPlace
10:00 am-5:00 pm - Performances, Workshops, Dances, Presentations, Jams, & more! 

Main Gallery
Jam Sessions Hosted by Kentucky Masters

  • 11:00 am-12:00 pm - Performance TBA
  • 12:00-4:00 pm - Jam Sessions

Performance Hall
Workshops, PerformancesJams, and Conversations

  • 10:00 am-11:00 pm – African Drumming with Joan Brannon
  • 12:00-1:00 pm – Kentucky Banjo Jam 
  • 1:00-2:00 pm – TBA
  • 2:00-3:00 pm – TBA
  • 3:00-4:00 pm - TBA

Studio 3A (3rd Floor)
Workshops

  • 12:30-1:30 pm – TBA
  • 1:30-2:30 pm – TBA
  • 2:30-3:30 pm – TBA
  • 3:30-4:30 pm – TBA

Studio 3B (3rd Floor)
Workshops and Showcase

  • 10:00 am-12:00 pm – Shape-note Singing with Dr. Ron Pen
  • 12:00 -1:00 pm – Community Sing
  • 1:00-2:00 pm – Songs of Freedom and Struggle 
  • 2:00-3:00 pm – TBA
  • 3:00-5:00 pm – KSEC Student Music Showcase

Performance Hall
5:00-8:00 pm - Saturday Showcases

  • 5:00-5:30 pm – TBA
  • 5:30-6:00 pm – TBA
  • 6:00-6:30 pm – TBA
  • 6:30-7:00 pm – TBA
  • 7:00-7:30 pm – TBA
  • 7:30-8:00 pm – TBA

Performance Hall
9:00-11:00 pm - Saturday Night Square Dance

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 10, 2019
@TBA

10:00 am - Honky Tonk Brunch

@The Elkhorn Tavern
(free for all)

6:00-9:00 pm - KYOTI Jam