LowerTown

Government
4:14 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

'Pocket Park' for Local Art Coming to Paducah's Downtown

Location of pocket park, provided by Melinda Winchester, Downtown Development Specialist for the Paducah Planning Department
Credit Google Earth

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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Arts
4:31 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Paducah Main Street Invites You to "Meet the Artists," Thursday

Meet the Artists Event Graphic
Credit paducahky.gov

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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Arts
2:09 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Local Artists' Collaborative Video Art Showing in Venice Festival

Still from "Mary" by Paul Lorenz and Glenn Hall
Credit paducahartsalliance.com

"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. 

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Arts
10:35 am
Fri May 15, 2015

St. Louis Roots Americana Band Loot Rock Gang Brings Vocal Harmonies to LowerTown

Credit 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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Arts
10:15 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Nashville Indie Rock Band The Features Play LowerTown

Credit The Features, Facebook

  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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Arts
4:50 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Beth McDaniel's Reclaimed Jewelry Started with Aunt Eula, Coming to LowerTown

Beth McDaniel
Credit reclaimedjewelry.com

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.

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Arts
3:29 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Organic Lexington-Based Folk Band Bear Medicine Plays LowerTown

"The Moon Has Been All My Life" by Bear Medicine
Credit 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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Arts
3:36 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

David Lucht Brings His Batik Fiber Art to LowerTown

"Lessons of the Fall" by David Lucht
Credit cowango.com/davidlucht

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."

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Arts
3:02 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Baumbach's Art "Captures the Beauty of Everyday Life" & Comes to LowerTown

Heather Baumbach's booth at a recent festival
Credit 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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Arts
2:25 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

T.R. Reed Brings Comic "Creachters" & Whirligigs to LowerTown Arts & Music Festival

T.R. Reed's 'Creachters' are on display and for sale at the LowerTown Arts & Music Festival
Credit Odd-Creachter, Facebook

Chattanooga-based artist T.R. Reed brings his kinetic, comic, whirligig "Creachters" to the LowerTown Arts & Music Festival, which features over 50 artists whose creations will be on display and for sale at the two-day event. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Reed about how he creates the colorful pieces and how he got started as an artist.

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