Umphrey’s McGee, Blackfoot Gypsies and Daisy Helmuth round out Moontower lineup

By Matt Wickstrom

Moontower Music Festival completed its 2017 lineup on Monday, announcing the additions of Umphrey’s McGee, Blackfoot Gypsies and Daisy Helmuth to the Aug. 26 event in Masterson Station Park.

The finalized poster for the 2017 Moontower Music Festival.

For festival headliners Umphrey’s McGee, Moontower will mark its first Lexington show since a performance at Buster’s in January 2013. That’s a stark contrast from Nashville’s Blackfoot Gypsies, who played at The Burl in February and the Moonshiner’s Ball in nearby Irvine last month. The Gypsies will make another stop in Lexington prior to their Moontower set on July 22 to help celebrate The Burl’s one-year anniversary.

The final of the new additions, Daisy Helmuth, is a locally-bred talent following in the footsteps of her father Otto, a veteran of Lexington’s music scene and bands such as The Blueberries and Slo-Fi. Helmuth, a 16-year-old singer-songwriter steeped in folk and rock influences, performs on guitar, keys and organs.

View the full recap from Saturday at Festival of the Bluegrass at LexGo/


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