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MoonTower Music Fest boosts lineup with Drive-By Truckers, more

Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley (L-R) and Drive-by Truckers performs at the 2014 Lock'n Festival on Friday, September 5, 2014, in Arrington, Virginia. The band is one of the main attractions at the 2016 MoonTower Music Festival.
Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley (L-R) and Drive-by Truckers performs at the 2014 Lock'n Festival on Friday, September 5, 2014, in Arrington, Virginia. The band is one of the main attractions at the 2016 MoonTower Music Festival. Invision/AP

Manchester Orchestra, Drive-By Truckers, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and Jr Jr will top the bill at the third-annual MoonTower Music Festival, Aug. 27 at Masterson Station Park.

The bill-toppers represent a significant upgrade for the fest that featured Moon Taxi as its marquee artist for its first two editions. Last year, the event -- presented by LexEffect Events, which now also manages Manchester Music Hall -- made the move from Equus Run Vineyard in rural Midway to the Lexington public park, drawing 4,000 people according to a festival news release.

Since its inception, MoonTower has combined national and regional artists with local acts, and this year’s homegrown lineup includes Blind Corn Liquor Pickers, which has a festival of its own coming up with Moonshiner’s Ball in May; Small Batch and Johnny Conqueroo, who is playing the Downtown Arts Center’s Sunday Sessions concert April 10.

Rounding out the two-stage, 14-artist lineup, are Judah & The Lion, The Floozies, The Weeks, Mandolin Orange, Aubrie Sellers, Bassh, and Chrome Pony. Louisville’s DJ Tank, veteran of several Red, White & Boom festivals and other events, will be spinning between sets. The one-day fest is 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Tickets are $49 in advance, $59 the day of the show. Ages 12 and younger do not need a ticket to attend.

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