LIVE MENU: July 8-14

By Matt Wickstrom

From Left: Senora May (photo by Erica Chambers) and Joan Shelley (photo by Amber Estes Thieneman)

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Joan Shelley, Magnolia Boulevard and Senora May come to town on this week’s live menu. View all of my top concert picks for July 8-14 below and the entire menu here.

Join me again next Monday, July 15, from 9-11 a.m. for episode 75 of Wick’s Picks on Lexington Community Radio. I’ll be joined by local doom/sludge rock project Forrest the first hour to discuss their new album out July 17 followed by Jessica Crockett of the Master Musicians Festival in hour two to discuss the happenings at the event’s 26th annual gathering slated for July 19 and 20. Tune in on the dial at 93.9 FM or stream online at

Joan Shelley, Senora May

The gentle acoustics and soft harmonies of Joan Shelley and Senora May, two of the women helping to lead the region’s country and folk music revival, will team up for a weekday show for the ages on July 10 at The Burl. Evoking visions of old-time country and 60’s folk, Shelley has toured around the globe relentlessly in recent years as a solo musician while juggling roles with Maiden Radio and other regional acts both headlining and opening for artists such as Richard Thompson, Patty Griffin and Wilco. The warm and affectionate front porch-styled musings of Senora May have been a large part of the musical boom in Estill County as of late, which has become a gold mine and hub of sorts for many of the region’s most rugged and authentic storytellers.

Southland Jamboree presents NewTown

Familiar faces return to the Southland Jamboree on July 11 when bluegrass and old-time outfit NewTown performs at Moondance Amphitheater. The band, led by Jr and Kati Penn Williams, have brought their rich ballads steeped in Appalachian lore to the Southland Jamboree every year since its inception in 2006, proving to be one of the series’ few constants after moving to Moondance Amphitheater in 2015 from it’s original site on the lawn adjacent to Collins Bowling on Southland Drive, in which the series draws it’s name.

Cindy EP release

Local surf/grunge duo Cindy will celebrate the release of their debut The Essential Cindy EP on July 11 at the Green Lantern with surf/punk troupe Whalerus, pop-punk trio Sean, and grunge rock collective Townsel Turner. Comprised of Bryce Benifield and Josh Hutson, the group formed at the start of last summer and have quickly developed a tight groove and large soundscape even as a scaled down duo. The group joined me last week for episode 73 of Wick’s Picks on Lexington Community Radio, which you can listen to above.

Summer Nights in Suburbia present Bear Medicine and Warren Byrom

The indie folk sound waves of Bear Medicine — the collective spearheaded by Joshua Wright an incorporating other area musicians such as Kim Conlee, Cecilia Wright and Scott Wilmoth — come to Moondance Amphitheater on July 12 for the latest iteration of the free concert series Summer Nights in Suburbia. Opening Friday’s show will be soft-spoken singer-songwriter Warren Byrom, who kicks off the show at 7 p.m.

Magnolia Boulevard, Down to the River

Southern rock, Memphis blues and psychedelic soul will collide on July 12 when Lexington favorites Magnolia Boulevard return to action at the Burl for a fiery Distillery District throw down. The group, recently back from a three month hiatus, is picking up steam step-for-step with the boiling summer heat, recently performing at Taste of Randolph and at a Dead & Company after party with Dumpstaphunk in Chicago along with local appearances at the Bluegrass BBQ Fest and Cinder & Smoke Fest.


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