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Kentucky – music and more calling this summer!

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Celebrate the music with fans of the W.C.Handy Blues & Barbeque Festival

Kentucky is where my parents were both born. My mother’s remaining relatives still live in the Louisville area. And the  entire state is full of food and beauty and music – and it’s calling us to “come on down” and immerse ourselves in it. Just for starters, pack up your lawn chairs, dress in your best fun clothes, and go sample one or more of the amazing selection of music festivals going on just this June, 2019.

The Great American Brass Band Festival – June 6-9, A one-of-a-kind event committed to preserving brass band music through performance and education. 2019 marks the event’s 30th anniversary. www.gabbf.com, Danville, KY.

Festival of the Bluegrass – June 6-9, Music and laughter flow as freely as the bourbon, and new friends are made around campfires, over banquet-size meals, and while hootin’ and hollering’ at the artists on stage.  www.festivalofthebluegrass.com, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY.

Laurel Cove Music Festival – June 7-8 – Inaugural event at Pine Mountain State Resort Park set in the scenic Laurel Cove Amphitheater, featuring both talented local and national music acts. The festival will also include food/drinks as well as craft vendors. https://www.facebook.com/events/803524303347347/

W.C. Handy Blues and Barbeque Festival – June 12-15, A weeklong musical event that features blues and Zydeco bands from across the United States. Not to mention the mounds of barbecue, red beans & rice and other great treats available from local vendors, http://www.handyblues.org/, Henderson, KY.

Rudy Fest – June 15-22 – Bluegrass Music Festival with various artists performing over multiple days. Camping also available. Morehead, KY.

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Music and memories for boomers at 210 Live in Highwood, IL

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We don’t often cover events and places in the suburbs, but this combination of music and memories was too good not to share.

210 Live, 210 Green Bay Rd, Highwood, IL. Some say this is the best Chicagoland venue for tribute bands – and that means they’re going to be playing our songs, people. 210 Live offers food, live music, and lively people plus a full bar. See below for some of the soundtrack-of-our-lives events coming up, and then check out everything on their live music calendar.

As far as location, 210 Live is right by the Highwood Metra stop – way up north – but it looks like the last train back to the city is a little after midnight. So if you drive and plan to stay late and/or imbibe, find yourself a hotel nearby. BTW, the club is very close to Fort Sheridan, the dramatically repurposed former military base – and oh, my, do I have memories of us girls (late teens) driving out there to visit sailor friends! Anyway, here are some of the tribute shows:

  • The 210 Live May lineup is your chance to re-live your life’s soundtrack with authentic re-creations of the music of Led Zeppelin, Santana, The Allman Brothers, The Grateful Dead, John Lennon, The Rolling Stones and Billy Joel. The tribute shows get underway on Thursday, May 2 as GMiV (Great Moments in Vinyl) presents Led Zeppelin and Physical Graffiti at 9 p.m. Opening the evening at 7 p.m. are the Real Pretenders, veterans of Chicago music scene with a passion for heard driving rhythms, catchy melodic hooks, soul tortured lyrics and loads of passion.
  • Hot Rocks Rolling Stones tribute

    Although the Rolling Stones have postponed their 2019 tour (get well, soon, Mick), you can still get Yer Ya Ya’s out with Hot Rocks’ Rolling Stones Tribute on Thursday, May 9 at 9 p.m. This is an exciting theater-like show with the look, the music and the energy! Performing a variety of ‘Stones’ music spanning more than 50 years of hits, 60’s thru today, rock, country, disco and blues. Clap, sing along and dance to these hard-drivin’ songs. Hot Rocks is the only band ‘officially’ selected to represent the Midwest by The Rolling Stones, Paramount Pictures and Martin Scorsese. Come on out, see why people say, “It’s always a party with Hot Rocks.”

  • On Friday, May 10, 210 Live presents the 70s FM Rockumentary. This is a guided tour of the greatest 70s rock music led by Lester “The Nightfly” who tells his tale of being an FM deejay in the 70s. The DJ is on video, but the music is live! This is a unique show, unlike any you’ve seen. Experience the wild lifestyle in this jukebox musical documentary that celebrates rock’s arguably greatest radio era.

A little road trip that can bring back memories in more ways than one… Carpool, anyone?

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