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If you’ve not caught a FREE concert at the Ward Oates Amphitheater yet, then you are really missing an afternoon with true local musical talent!  The people going to these free lunchtime concerts is steadily climbing.  Recently, about 60 people gathered to enjoy the original talent of Chris Fallis for the third installment of the mid-afternoon concert series.  John Downs, who manages the amphitheater for the City of Frankfort’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Sites, describes Fallis as having a “John Lennon – like” sound.  If you’ve not been able to make one of the first three concerts, never fear!  There are still five more concerts scheduled between now and September 27th.  Everything from Bluegrass to Americana and original compositions are still slated to play.

The City of Frankfort has graciously provided several portable shelters for shade, tables and chairs to enjoy your lunch under.  Pack and picnic and bring the family or a group of coworkers down.

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.