Initial Moontower Music Festival in Midway draws a youthful crowd

rcopley@herald-leader.comJuly 26, 2014 

MIDWAY — Despite temperatures in the high 80s and her all-black wardrobe, Susan Hall was there for every act at the inaugural Moontower Music Festival, dancing the afternoon away just feet from the stage at Equus Run Vineyard.

"I can't help dancing when I hear music — it just moves me," the Lexington resident said. "This is great, and I love that they have all of these different types of music out here."

The Moontower festival is the latest addition to a busy summer music festival scene in the Central Kentucky region that includes events like the Forecastle Festival in Louisville, which was held last weekend.

With an expected attendance of 1,200, Moontower obviously wasn't as huge as the Louisville event that attracted tens of thousands of fans over three days. But LexEffect founder and president Kaelyn Query said she hopes the festival will grow.

Equus Run team leader Adam Lawrence appreciated that the event was drawing a younger crowd to the vineyard.

"We usually don't have so many people under 30 out here," he said.

The event distinguished itself by offering a variety of music styles, from country to indie rock to pop rock.

Victoria Wise and Karlie Richardson, fans of bluegrass and Americana artist Tyler Childers, were up front for his 2 p.m. set but said they were also excited for headliners Moon Taxi and other acts.

"We listen to all kinds of music, so this is perfect," Wise said.

After his set, Childers said he usually plays festivals focused on bluegrass and country, like last weekend's Buckle Up country music festival in Cincinnati, and he appreciated the chance to be on the bill with artists of other genres.

"We don't get to see each other much, so this is great," Childers said.

Query said she will let the audience direct how future Moontower fests are programmed, but she hopes to maintain diversity.

Hall just enjoyed the chance to dance.

As Brave Baby started its encore, she said, "I hope they do this again."

Rich Copley: (859) 231-3217. Twitter: @copiousnotes. Blog: copiousnotes.bloginky.com.

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