LIVE MENU: June 24-30

By Matt Wickstrom

Kelsey Waldon. Photo by Reto Sterchi

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kelsey Waldon, Papadosio and Henhouse Prowlers are among the musical acts rolling through Lexington this week. View all of my top concert picks in the area for June 24-30 below along with the entire menu here.

Join me again next Monday, July 1, from 9-11 a.m. for episode 73 of Wick’s Picks on Lexington Community Radio. During the show’s first hour we’ll sit down with Jared Lee of Dead Audio Blog, Expansion Festival and Cornett to preview day one of Railbird Festival, coming to Keeneland in August. Then at 10 a.m. I’ll chat with the band Cindy about their upcoming EP release show at the Green Lantern on July 11. Tune in live on the dial at 93.9 FM or stream online at

Henhouse Prowlers

Henhouse Prowlers, a Chicago-bred bluegrass outfit with a global reach, bring their high strung show to Cosmic Charlie’s on June 27 following a performance the night before at Zanzabar in Louisville. The group will feature a new, albeit familiar face in the lineup come Thursday’s show with former New Old Cavalry and Flatland Harmony Experiment guitarist Chris Dollar now a part of the band’s ranks after coming aboard in February 2018. Dollar has been able to step into the veteran group without skipping a beat, bringing a fresh wave of energy and perspective to the 13-year-old project that has performed in 25 different countries and counting, further illustrating that the allure of bluegrass stretches worldwide.

Kelsey Waldon, John R. Miller & The Engine Lights

Western Kentucky and West Virginia collide on Friday night at The Burl when Monkeys Eyebrow, Ky. native Kelsey Waldon and Martinsburg, WV’s John R. Miller & The Engine Lights team up for a one-two punch of honky tonk. Waldon, recently announced as the first artist in 15 years to sign to John Prine’s Oh Boy Records, comes equipped with a nostalgic country howl in the veins of Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn with the modern charm of a Kacey Musgraves while Miller, a founding member of The Fox Hunt and Prison Book Club who released his solo debut The Trouble You Follow last fall, features stories of struggle and sorrow masked by a witty and poetic demeanor. The show marks the first for Waldon in Lexington since performing during the inaugural On the Rail Roots Festival at The Burl on Kentucky Derby weekend 2018, at time in which she once again shared the stage with John R. Miller.

Papadosio (two nights)

Progressive jam rock outfit Papadosio descends upon Lexington for a two-night run of shows at Cosmic Charlie’s on June 28 and 29. The shows are a part of the band’s road to Resonance Music & Arts Festival, moving this year from Legend Valley in Thornville, Ohio, to Coopers Lake in Slippery rock, Penn. from Sept. 19-22.

The Vegabonds, Vintage Pistol

Southern rock storms The Burl on Saturday evening as Tennessee via Alabama outfit The Vegabonds share the stage with Arkansas jam collective Vintage Pistol. Both groups are touring in support of new music, with The Vegabonds having dropped their fifth album V earlier this year on Blue Élan Records and Vintage Pistol releasing Trial and Error in March. The show is one of many this summer in Central Kentucky for Vintage Pistol, who will be in Livingston on July 6 for Trash Bash and again in October for the Moonshiner’s Ball after playing at Kickin’ it on the Creek and The Burl several times in 2018, making the area a home away from home or sorts for the emerging group.

Young Heirlooms, Derek Spencer, Small Batch

A roots revival will commence at The Burl on June 30 when Cincinnati’s Young Heirlooms make the short trek down I-75 to perform at The Burl alongside Louisville songwriter Derek Spencer and Lexington Americana group Small Batch. I recall first seeing the group in February 2018 at the Green Lantern and being captivated by the band’s pop-infused roots rock sound topped off by the stunning vocals of Kelly Fine, which lit up the small room in a way I’ve witnessed few others surpass. The group has been building momentum as of late that includes a recent performance in their hometown at Bunbury Festival alongside Post Malone, Fall Out Boy and Greta Van Fleet, among others.


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