Summer Concerts To Be Hosted Throughout The County

Published 6:02 pm Wednesday, June 5, 2024

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June has arrived, and other than being the start of pride month, it also marks the beginning of the free-of-charge concert season. 

Every year, there are multiple concert series going on throughout the county in Wilmore, Nicholasville, and the greater Jessamine County area. This year will be no different.

Each series organizer works together so no show overlaps. 

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Stonebridge & Gospel on the Green Wilmore shows

Wilmore holds two different concert series: Gospel on the Green on Fridays and Stonebridge on Saturdays. All concerts will be held on the Wilmore Downtown Green and will start at 6 p.m., a change from last year’s 7 p.m. start time. 

Stonebridge organizer and Wilmore Community Development Board Director said the start time was changed in an effort to get more people to come and stay. 

“We just felt like maybe we were losing the crowd who wanted to get home especially if they are older or have children. People may not want to stay till nine o’clock in case they have church the next day so we just moved it up,” Woolums said.

The Stonebridge Concert series was started 17 years ago. Three or four years after that, Jody Brock, now the organizer of the Gospel on the Green series, asked Judy, “Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a gospel night too?” Judy agreed and ever since, Brock has been organizing the Gospel series.

Chairs are provided, but Jody recommends bringing your own chair if you’d like something a bit more comfortable. Food trucks and food from local restaurants will be available for purchase. Admission is free, but non-perishable food donations and pet food are requested. The food is donated to the Wilmore Community Service Center and the pet food is donated to the Jessamine Humane Society. 

The following is the schedule for the Wilmore shows:
June 14 — Marlana VanHoose & Proverbs 31
June 15 — Bent Penny Band Revival
June 28 — Blake Jones and Family
June 29 —  S.O.S.

July 12 — Meadow Green Trio
July 13 — McLain Family Band
July 26 — String Roots Trio
July 27 — Lightnin Rod & The Thunderbolts

August 09 —- Elkhorn Pickers
August 10 —- MOACA (Men of a Certain Age)
August 23 —- Moron Brothers
August 24 — The Metrognomes

Riney B Park shows

The Jessamine County Public Library sponsors multiple free-of-charge concerts at Riney B Park in Nicholasville. The first concert with Roger Day, food trucks, and face painting has already passed, but there will be more to come. 

Each show is from 6-7 p.m. Bring chairs or picnic blankets to sit.

Wed. June 19 – Honeychild on Juneteenth, 6:30 p.m.

Sat. July 20 – Conch Republic – Not a beach party, 7:00 p.m.

Fri. August 23 – Nightflyer 7:00 p.m.

Sat. September 14 – Appalatin Hispanic Heritage, 6:00 p.m.

Performance Park shows

Director of Visit Jessamine, Charla Reed, worked hard about two years ago to convince the Nicholasville City Commission to agree to a summer concert series in the performance park right next to the Euro Wine Bar at 102 S Main Street. The Commission approved the idea and it’s been going on ever since. 

Food and drinks will be available for purchase at nearby local restaurants. Attendees will be able to use a restroom of one of those nearby businesses.

Fri. June 7 – BareBones Duo 7 p.m.

Fri. July 5 – Five Below 7 p.m.

Fri. August 2 – Encore of Lexington. 

Rock Fence Park shows

Last but not least is the Rock Fence Park Concert Series organized by Teg Evans. Chairs are recommended. Rock Fence Park is located at 306 N Third Street and also has a playground for the kids.

Sat. June 8 – Kelly Caldwell and Kashmere 7 p.m.

Sat. June 22 – Eastbound Bluegrass Gospel Reunion Show 7 p.m.

Sat. July 6 – Men of a Certain Age 7 p.m.

Sun. July 21 – Heritage Messengers Gospel 7 p.m.

Sat. August 3 – The Drifting Cowboys: Hank Williams Tribute Band 7 p.m.