Troubadour, which brings a steady stream of marquee names like Robert Cray (Feb. 25) and Weird Al Yankovic (March 26) to venues like the Lexington Opera House and Lyric Theatre, is launching a summer series of bluegrass shows at the iconic structure, which was inaccessible to the public for years. In recent years, it has opened as a dining, event and lodging destination, and under new ownership is opening its doors even more, including the concert lineup.
According to Troubadour, the concerts will be held in theater-like seating for 300 on the roof of the castle, so get ready for music with a view.
“What better way to share this iconic landmark with others than with a great concert series, the musical art form born here in the heart of our great state,” Castle co-owner Matt Dawson said in a news release.
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Producer Michael Johnathon, host of “The WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour,” said the series in part aims to correct a dearth of bluegrass concerts in ... well ... the heart of The Bluegrass.
“It is the musical stamp of what Kentucky is,” Johnathon said. “Only this is more spectacular. Fans will enjoy bluegrass concerts by major artists under the stars of a romantic castle in the foothills of Appalachia.”
Here is the lineup for the series:
May 31: John McEuen. The founding member of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and member of the Banjo Hall of Fame will kick things off the Thursday after Memorial Day.
July 12: Kruger Brothers. The Swiss trio, now based in North Carolina, is built for speed and has a bit of classical edge.
Aug. 9: Riders in the Sky. Frequent visitors to the Troubadour series, the group called “America’s Favorite Cowboys” are known for their music with Pixar productions like “Toy Story.”
Aug. 23: Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver. The Tennessee group is one of the most prolific and awarded ensembles in bluegrass and gospel.
Sept. 20: Darrell Scott. The series bids summer adieu with the singer and songwriter best known for the Kentucky-based classic, “You’ll Never leave Harlan Alive.”
Tickets go on sale to the general public March 9, but they are available to recipients of the WoodSongs/Troubadour email, now. They are $35 for the concert only, $95 for the concert and dinner at the castle. Contact the castle if you want to add a room to the experience. Dinner is served at 6 p.m., concert seating opens at 7 and the concerts will start at 7:30.
Rich Copley: @copiousnotes