Cabin Fever Reliever
Noon April 22-24 at Terrapin Hill Farm, 3696 Mackville Rd. in Harrodsburg. $40 (single day admission today and Saturday), $70 (weekend pass); $5 (parking). Terrapinhillfestivals.com.
Spring makes its formal festival entrance this weekend at Terrapin Hill, the Harrodsburg farm property that has long been a home base for “jam-grass” and jam-band jamborees.
The first of Terrapin Hill’s three annual festivals runs through Sunday. Dubbed the Cabin Fever Reliever, it’s a springtime hint of what comes to a zenith every fall with the Terrapin Hill Harvest Festival. The formula is essentially the same at both gatherings, although the Cabin Fever Reliever downsizes things a bit. With most of the marquee acts saved for the fall, the spring outing concentrates on local and regional favorites. It also keeps the performances to a single stage, whereas the Harvest Festival often uses three.
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The names on the Cabin Fever Reliever roster will sbe familiar to most jam-band enthusiasts. The Cincinnati-based string troupe Rumpke Mountain Boys, which headlined a Cosmic Charlie’s show earlier this month, performs Friday night and Saturday, with fellow Ohio groove merchant Freekbass fleshing out Friday’s bill. Saturday’s lineup also features the Louisville psychedelic string-music troupe Vessel and local progressive grass fave The Restless Leg String Band. For a full schedule, go to Terrapinhillfestivals.com.
Terrapin Hill’s other festival event, the Family Reunion, is slated for June 16 to 19. The Harvest Festival will be held Labor Day weekend.
The Devine Experience 10th Anniversary
It has been a busy eight months for Lexington hip-hop impresario Devine Carama. He has released his A Vintage Love Supreme album (and asking for a deed of community service from fans as a means of purchase), has spread the positive poetry of rap to more than 100 colleges and high schools, and hauled more than 300 cases of bottled water to Flint, Mich., households during the city’s water crisis.
On Saturday, Carama is back on home turf, at The Lyric Theatre, to celebrate — and raise money for — The Devine Experience, the collective that encompasses his musical, community and outreach projects. The family-friendly program will encompass music (from Carama, Tim Talbert Trio, Just Me & Sheisty Khrist, Jaria Gordon, Christian Motley and DJ J-47) and visual art exhibits, poetry recitals and youth performances.
Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.
Corey Smith and Kelsie May
For more than a decade, Corey Smith has amassed a substantial following through folk-infused rock ’n’ roll that has played heavily to (and been received heartily by) college audiences, as well as 20-somethings nostalgic for recent collegiate experiences.
The Georgia-born songster also has been an independent artist who only recently took advantage of some outside alliances. He surrendered production duties (to Grammy winning country stylist Keith Stegall, whose client list includes the Zac Brown Band and Alan Jackson) and record company placement (to the longstanding bluegrass/Americana label Sugar Hill) for his 2015 album While the Gettin’ is Good.
Although expectedly country in intent, the record doesn’t stay pinned to one style too long, as evidenced by the neo-Dixieland stride of Don’t Mind and the travelogue ballad Taking the Edge Off.
Louisa native Kelsie May, a 17-year-old country singer with some major TV and radio exposure to her credit (a Season Eight stint on The Voice and a slot alongside Jewel on the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour) will open the evening.