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.


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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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.

D'Arkestra, Facebook

Louisville-based band D'Arkestra has been performing together since 2012. The seven-piece group brings odd meter grooves, tight horn lines and improvisation to their energetic live shows. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with leader, songwriter and saxophonist Drew Miller about how the group has developed their sound and what we can look forward to in their performance at the LowerTown Arts & Music Festival in Paducah.

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Bowling Green has an active rock music scene, with emerging groups like Cage the Elephant and Morning Teleportation. Another group on the rise is indie psychedelic rock group Buffalo Rodeo, recently releasing their new album 123 Water on vinyl. Tracy Ross speaks with keys and vocalist Jordan Reynolds ahead of their performance at the LowerTown Arts & Music Festival on May 15 at 8 p.m. 


Fifty-plus artists will grace the streets of the LowerTown Festival May 15 and 16th in Paducah. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte meets Tahmi DeSchepper who will bring her woven metal, fused glass jewelry from Fairfield, in Southeast Iowa. 

Lower Town Arts and Music Festival, Facebook

The Kentucky Tourism Bureau lists the LowerTown Arts and Music Festival in Paducah among the top Spring festivals in the Commonwealth. The annual gathering of regional music, artists and food vendors is Friday, May 15 and Saturday May 16 in the LowerTown district. Organizers Michael and Victoria Terra of Terra Cottage Ceramics joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to talk about this year's special events, the juried artists on display and the line-up of local music.


"Fall in love with Paducah" this Valentine's Day. The Main Street program has coordinated with commercial shops and non-profit organizations to make a romantic package of events available to couples and families on Saturday, February 14. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Paducah Downtown Development Specialist Melinda Winchester about the citywide effort to celebrate the day with a variety of activities.


West Kentucky Community and Technical College President Dr. Barbara Veazey says plans to renovate the Kitchens Building to accommodate the expansion of the Paducah School of Art and Design has been years in the making. On Sounds Good, she gives some historical context to the project and hopes for securing artistic and economic growth in Paducah.