When storied northside watering hole Al’s Bar went up for sale in late 2018 everyone was caught off guard, none more than business partners and northside natives Tim Small, Seth Brewer and Brian Surbaugh.
In the spring of 2016 Gregg Erwin moved to Lexington from Knoxville and began searching for like-minded musicians to perform with. Soon, he stumbled upon a songwriter’s night nestled within the beer garden at Al’s Bar and decided to go, though he went armed only with an electric guitar, and he didn’t sing.
For the last eight and a half years Lexington’s literary community has hooted and hollered at Al’s Bar as part of their monthly Holler Poets Series, curated by local poet and conservationist Eric Scott Sutherland. The series, which first began as an outlet for Sutherland’s politically-charged poetry has blossomed into a jumping off point for many of the area’s most clever minds.
Last week I had the opportunity to sit down for a chat with Maggie Noelle (Stanley), guitarist and vocalist for Lexington-area appalachian folk group Moonshine District. We discussed everything to the band’s beginnings, women of appalachian music, Floyd Fest, and much more. Check out the full interview after the break.
This Friday at Al’s Bar, mountain music and bluegrass will collide as local bands Moonshine District and The Wooks join forces for what will continue a fantastic week of music around Lexington. The show is the start of a busy summer of festivals and new destinations for Moonshine District, a band with deep roots in Appalachian music.
This Friday night, local band Driftwood Gypsy will be bringing its unique sound, which guitarist Dereck Oldham refers to as “dabstomp,” to Al’s Bar on the corner of Limestone and West Sixth streets. The group will be joined by guests Big Atomic, a six-piece rock outfit from Murray, Kentucky.
Thursday night local bluegrass quintet The Wooks will bring their home-brewed blend of mountain music to The Green Lantern — the group’s first visit to the bar that’s been a mainstay in Lexington for over 60 years.