MT. STERLING, Ky. (Oct. 4, 2017) – Gateway Regional Arts Center and local Americana duo Grits & Soul have teamed up for “Howl at the Moon,” an evening of arts and music, Friday, Oct. 13, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door; kids 10 and under get in free. The Gateway Regional Arts Center is located at 101 East Main Street in downtown Mt. Sterling.
Music starts at 6 p.m. with Josh Nolan and His Band, followed by The Local Honeys at 7:30 p.m., and local Mt. Sterling musicians Grits & Soul at 9 p.m. Children’s art activities will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. West 6th and Country Boy Brewing beverages and snacks will be available for purchase in the outdoor beer garden.
Jeanette Tesmer, GRAC’s Director, looks forward to the event, saying, “Court Days is when Mt. Sterling takes center stage. So many people from the region visit our town that weekend and we are eager to share what we do with the community. Our mission is to be a gathering space for Kentucky arts and culture, and we proudly showcase our community through events like this. There will be art activities for the kids, and for the adults, we booked some of the best musical acts in the state.”
Josh Nolan is eastern Kentucky’s Bruce Springsteen. He is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has merged his musical background of dance halls, spare-room-recordings, and fireside jams with his experiences as a blue-collar, small town, restless soul to create a music that is more than heartfelt. It’s unforgettable.
The Local Honeys are comprised of Linda Jean Stokley and Montana Hobbs. They have dedicated themselves to the preservation of old music and the creation of new music. Coming off a 2017 Chris Austin Songwriters Contest win at Merlefest for the song “Cigarette Trees,” they will tear your heart in two with their high lonesome Appalachian sound, hard-driving fiddle tunes, and will tell a damn good story.
At the heart of Grits & Soul are Anna Kline and John Looney. They are known for their soulful, roots country sound and seamless harmonies. The duo has honed their sound, logging six years-worth of highway miles and hundreds of yearly performances across the Southeast and Europe. Anna and John lend their voices to the rich tradition of Southern songwriters who constantly explore and push the boundaries of American roots music. They recently appeared on an episode of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern which highlights Kentucky and The Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail.