No, that wasn’t an earthquake originating in downtown Lexington last night, but rather shockwaves emitting from Rupp Arena during a performance from rockers Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, Starset and Bad Wolves.
Despite the ups and downs that 2017 the year brought us great music aplenty. With the year in the rear view mirror, we at Big Blue Tunes take a look back on some of our favorite albums of the year, ranging from Americana to rock’n roll and indie pop.
In its third year, Kickin’ it on the Creek, located a “Country mile” from downtown Irvine, Ky. May just be the best festival you’ve never heard about.
Organized in memory of Pete Jones and to raise money for mental health awareness and suicide prevention, the first annual PeteFest at Jones Fields outside Louisville was a smashing success. Driving up to the festival it was hard to fathom how close it was to the bustling downtown of Louisville, with meandering roads hugged by bustling tree lines leading to the festival grounds, offering the perfect escape for a weekend of music and philanthropy.
With the dreary weather plaguing Friday’s opening performances of Red, White & Boom long gone, it’s closing night couldn’t have been more of a contrast, with sunny skies and dry weather drawing fans to Whitaker Bank Ballpark in droves dressed head to toe in cowboy boots and American flag garb to see Blake Shelton, Dustin Lynch, William Michael Morgan and Carly Pearce cap off a weekend of star-studded country music.
Since 1994 the Master Musicians Festival has brought marquee names to Somerset and the Lake Cumberland region including The Avett Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show and Willie Nelson. This weekend’s 24th annual gathering boasted fan favorites Colter Wall, Old 97’s, Dawes and Blackberry Smoke on stage at Festival Field at Somerset Community College.