LowerTown

Halfway to Lower Town Fundraiser Event Page, Facebook

Halfway to LowerTown is a fundraising event for the LowerTown Arts & Music Festival this Friday at 7 p.m. at Paducah Beer Werks. On Sounds Good, Seth Murphy, Music Director for the festival and Shannon Vetter of Gideon's Rifle join Austin Carter in studio with an update on the event, what the bands have been up to and Vetter plays a new song, "Existential Blues."

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A vacant lot on South Second Street in downtown Paducah is being converted into a "pocket park" for local art.

A pocket park is a small space for public gatherings and Paducah city planner Steve Ervin calls it the perfect revitalization effort for a municipal space now used mostly for refuse collection.

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Next Thursday, June 18, Paducah Main Street hosts a new community event to introduce the artists that make up this UNESCO designated arts city. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Melinda Winchester about "Meet the Artists," who reminds us that "people come to Paducah from all over the world to see our art, meet our artists and see we what we have here." She talks about how Paducah got the designation and gives a preview of the artists you'll see at this free event at the restored historic Coca Cola plant.

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"Mary" is a short video artwork about a woman in crisis now showing in a segment o the SELF festival in Venice, Italy through this month, an event coinciding with the famous Venice Biennale. Artists in our region collaborated on the production. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Paul Lorenz of STUDIOmars in Paducah's LowerTown Arts District, who composed the musical score; and Glenn Hall, whose professional photographic work ranges around Southern Illinois and Western Kentucky, the video director for this piece. 

The Loot Rock Gang, Bandcamp

St. Louis acoustic blues, roots and Americana band The Loot Rock Gang formed in 2012 as a husband and wife vocal duo Mat and Rachel Wilson. Rachel formally traveled with the Rockabilly group The Casey Sisters and Mat worked with The Rum Drum Ramblers and toured with Pokey LaFarge. They bring their unique sound to the LowerTown Arts & Music Festival tomorrow at 3:15 p.m. on the Harrison Stage and at 5:30 p.m. on the Main Stage. Tracy Ross speaks with Mat on Sounds Good.

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  Nashville-based indie rock band The Features has been playing together for over two decades and on four studio albums. They're in the soundtracks for the films Extract and Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Matt Pelham about the band's experience working with a major film, overcoming a record label change, opening for Kings of Leon and their performance tonight at 9 on the Main Stage of the LowerTown Arts & Music Festival in Paducah.

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The LowerTown Arts & Music Festival opens tomorrow at 3 p.m. There are ongoing interactive activities both days for kids at a tent between 5th and 6th on Madison. A variety of food, beverages, entertainment and and artists comprise the experience. Among the artists is Nashville's Beth McDaniel, an Alamo, Tennessee native whose dad Harold McDaniel and sister Gaye McDaniel graduated from Murray State. But it was Beth's Aunt Eula who figures most in her artwork now, as Kate Lochte learns on Sounds Good.

Bear Medicine on Bandcamp

Lexington-based contemplative folk band Bear Medicine came together organically several years ago and bring their meticulous constructions of vocals, guitar, keyboard, flute, cello, bass and percussion to the LowerTown Arts & Music Festival this weekend. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Joshua Wright about the organic beginnings of his group, playing the festival circuit and his love of classic fingerstyle guitarists.

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A diverse line-up of artists were juried into the LowerTown Arts & Music Festival happening this Friday and Saturday in Paducah, when North Seventh and Sixth streets between Harrison and Monroe are listed with artist tents, food vendors, two performance stages and more. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte meets LowerTown resident artist and batik painter David Lucht of Cowango Studios, which he and his wife Stephanie Graves say is where they make "Art with Impact."

Heather Baumbach, Facebook

A diverse line-up of artists were juried into the LowerTown Arts & Music Festival this Friday and Saturday in Paducah. Their work includes ceramics, wood, photography, batik, henna, beading, glass and more. Madison, Alabama resident Heather Baumbach brings her acrylic paintings to the beauty of every day life. Baumbach also has over 20 years of design and production experience in stage, television and film. Kate Lochte speaks with Baumbach on Sounds Good about her work.

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