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Another summer of music is on tap at the Ward Oates Amphitheater. This second “Live at the Oates” concert series will feature some of the best musical talent in Frankfort and the Bluegrass region. John Downs, who manages the amphitheater for the City of Frankfort’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Sites, recently announced the line-up for this summer.
Performances begin on June 7th with a lunchtime performance by local favorites, the KB Trio. Jonathan and Laura Keeler and Marcus Brothwell will present classic rock covers and other “bluesy” tunes. More blues and new country sounds will echo across the Kentucky River valley when the Jeff Barnes duo performs on June 14th. Chris Fallis will follow on June 28th. A songwriter who recently produced his own CD, Fallis has what Downs calls a “John Lennon – like” sound. On July 12, Murphy’s Echo – a pair of brothers and their mother – will perform bluegrass, gospel, and old-style country music.
Centre College sophomore Jeri Katherine Howell takes the riverside stage on July 26 with her folk tunes, original compositions, and “Americana” music. Ben Lacy “plans on rocking the amphitheater,” according to Downs, on August 16th. Guitar virtuoso Lacey took part in last year’s “Live at the Oates” series, and drew the largest crowd of the season. The 2013 series comes to a close with Frankfort’s “jazzy” and always popular guitar duo of Will Renshaw and Jeff Ellis.
These casual concerts will begin at 11:30 each day and last for about an hour. All are free.
Downs suggests that spectators bring lunch and enjoy both the music and the beautiful amphitheater scene on the bank of the Kentucky River. The Ward Oates Amphitheater is at the south end of Kentucky River View Park, at the end of West Main Street – next to Liberty Hall and behind the Kentucky Bar Association office building.
The Ward Oates Amphitheatre was built largely with funds provided by the estate of Mr. Oates. It is a component of the riverfront development effort promoted by the Frankfort/Franklin County Tourism and Convention Commission. The City of Frankfort’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Sites maintains the amphitheater and schedules performances there. For more information, contact the Capital City Museum at 502-696-0607 or see www.capitalcitymuseum.com.