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Capital City Blues and River Festival

Presented By Farmers Bank

Benefiting Family Abuse Services, Inc.

The date is set and the talent is secured!!!!!! The 2016 Capital City Blues and River Festival Presented by Farmers Bank will take place on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at the Ward Oates Amphitheater in Frankfort, KY from 6:00pm – 10:00pm.

The Capital City Blues & River Festival committee is pleased and EXCITED to announce that Robbie Bartlett is BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND as the headliner for this year’s Festival! AND… even more EXCITING news; the festival will be opened with “a blues legend in his own time,” Tee Dee Young!!!!

Robbie Bartlett has been performing in Louisville area nightclubs since 1982. With her talent and strong sense of musical direction, it is electric and engaging. Her warm smoky alto voice is heard regularly at popular clubs. She started singing at age four and developed a strong foundation in R&B and jazz. Styles include “Respect” by Aretha Franklin, “Good Morning Heartache” by Billie Holiday, “Give Me One Reason” by Tracy Chapman, and “At Last.” by Etta James. When the Louisville Palace was renovated, Robbie was called to perform at Stagedoor Johnnie’s, the adjoining nightclub. When the Palace booked Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones, Sheryl Crow, The Righteous Brothers and many others, Robbie and her band opened there shows. David Crosby and Graham Nash specifically asked for her to perform before and after their concert. B.B.King sent word back through his daughter (Shirley King) after hearing me sing with her and her band, ” Who is that? I like her voice”. Check her out at http://www.robbiebartlett.com/

Tee Dee Young has definitely got the blues and he loves “firing down on that guitar”. While playing his own unique style of the Blues, his dynamic stage presence, exciting harmony and energy will put you in the mood for dancing! He is a native of Lexington Kentucky and has been performing and playing for audiences for years. He got his start playing the guitar sitting by the railroad tracks and at the early age of thirteen he was exposed to the life of blues learning the basics mentored by an elderly gentlemen, the late Mr. Harrison Coleman. He would pick up singing from his late father gospel singer Leonard Young and he would later be influenced by his late brother George Young who would constantly reminded him to never change his style in which he plays the blues. What makes Tee Dee Young unique is the style in which he plays the Blues. Young’s playing and singing are authentic to the genre but oblivious to current industry trends. His guitar is a weapon, wielded with total authority, assailing the listener with his sheer virtuosity!! He writes and performs his own music, while still being able to maintain his originality covering music written by other artist and his love for pleasing his audience, while he’s “firing down on that guitar!” Check him out at http://www.teedeeyoung.com/

BBQ and fixin’s provided by Wendell Thomas of Fall City Smokers AND burgers & brats from the Frankfort Police Department will be available for purchase at the festival along with assorted soft drinks and water. 100% of their sales go directly to Family Abuse Services, Inc. For your enjoyment there will also be a live desserts auction with lots of wonderful goodies to choose from, a silent auction, door prizes and a table decorating contest!!! We highly encourage you to take a night off from cooking and enjoy a night of GREAT music, food, and loads of fun!!!!!!


A Little About Family Abuse Services, Inc. (FASI) – a private, non-profit organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of family violence. As part of its mission, FASI operates SOLACE, the community’s only housing for domestic violence and elder abuse victims and operates as a clearinghouse for victims to receive critical information and assistance. FASI also strives to build awareness of child abuse, partner abuse and elder abuse issues. Last year, FASI assisted 187 individuals (men, women, and children) by providing over 1,821 safe nights of housing, developing future safety plans or providing referrals to other community support services. These services were provided all while going through a transition to a newer and larger facility in which SOLACE was not in full operation for approximately 3 months!


Children under 12 get in free. You can bring blankets, chairs, food and beverages to the event but we do encourage you to take the night off from cooking and enjoy the BBQ, fixin’s, burgers and brats available for purchase! NO canopy tents please. The concert will go on rain or shine…no rain out date.

To order tickets or for more information, click HERE