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Terrapin Hill will jam on a festive Labor Day weekend

Australian blues-rock guitarist Geoff Achison will play Friday and Saturday at the Terrapin Hill Harvest Festival.
Australian blues-rock guitarist Geoff Achison will play Friday and Saturday at the Terrapin Hill Harvest Festival.

Terrapin Hill Harvest Festival

Sept. 2-4 at Terrapin Hill Farm, 3696 Mackville Rd. in Harrodsburg. $60, $95.

The retooled Red, White & Boom (See pages 9-12) might be a new entry among the Labor Day festivities, but the Terrapin Hill Harvest Festival remains a mainstay of the last semi-official weekend of summer celebration.

A grassroots-driven enterprise favoring jam bands, songwriters and new-generation string-music stylists, the festival gets into full gear Friday (it opened Thursday) with a lineup boasting local, regional and national returnees including the Restless Leg String Band, David Gans, Rumpke Mountain Boys, Cornmeal and more.

But if you’re headed to Terrapin Hill Farm this weekend, keep an ear out for a new guest: Australian blues-rock guitarist and song stylist Geoff Achison. A sometime collaborator with veteran Southern songsmith Randall Bramblett and fellow Aussie Chris Wilson, Achison will perform twice at the festival: Friday with his long-running blues and soul troupe The Souldiggers, and Saturday in a solo acoustic setting.

Achison’s newest album, released a scant two weeks ago, is “Another Mile, Another Minute.”

Here is the full schedule for this year’s Terrapin Hill Harvest Festival. Performances will run on multiple stages.

Friday: Restless Leg String Band (1:30 p.m.), David Gans (3:30 p.m.), Geoff Achison and the Souldiggers (5 p.m.), Spiritual Rez (7:30 p.m.), Fire Show (9:30 p.m.), Hope Clayburn and Soul Scrimmage (10:30 p.m.), Rumpke Mountain Boys (1 a.m.).

Saturday: Geoff Achison (11 a.m.), David Gans (12:30 p.m.), Electric Garden (3 p.m.), Marbin (5:30 p.m.), Joe Marcinek Band (7:30 p.m.), Fire Show (9:30 p.m.), Rumpke Mountain Boys (10:30 p.m.), Devil Train (1 a.m.).

Sunday: Still Holler (noon), Moonshine District (2:30 p.m.), Hot Brown Smackdown (4:30 p.m.), Cornmeal (6:30 p.m.), Vessel (9 p.m.).


2 p.m. Sept. 4 at Proud Mary BBQ, 9079 Old Richmond Rd. $10. 859-913-5611.

It’s called Lexi-Fest, a series of concert events begun in 2015 that have been designed to showcase as much of the stylistic range of the Lexington music community that can be squeezed into one bill in one day. The Lexington Music Awards, held early in the new year, figure into Lexi-Fest, too. The performances are a promotional device for the awards while encouraging networking for local artists and potential music industry contacts.

Mostly, though, Lexi-Fest is about music — lots of it. The series’ latest performance will be Sunday at Proud Mary BBQ and sports veterans and newcomers representing rock, pop, jazz, R&B, hip hop, folk, Americana, country and more.

A partial list of participating artists include the McLain Family Band, the Osland/Dailey Jazztet, Alan Robinson, Devine Carama, Soljam, Beth Dean, Taylor C. Hughes, Rhyan Elizabeth Sinclair and many others. “Mighty” Max Corona from WBVX-FM 92.1 will be the emcee.

Daniel Boone Pioneer Festival in Winchester

Before the Terrapin Hill Harvest Festival, Lexi-Fest or even the revamped Red, White & Boom, there was a regional event that already had become a staple of Labor Day weekend. It’s the Daniel Boone Pioneer Festival in Winchester, which celebrates its 38th anniversary starting Friday with a downtown street dance beginning at 6:30 p.m. It continues with an arts and crafts fair at College Park, 17 Wheeler Avenue, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The Pioneer Festival traditionally hits its zenith Sunday evening at Lykins Park, with major-name country music performances, now dubbed the Kitty Strode Concert Series. Many national hitmakers were presented at the festival during the early stages in their careers (Sugarland and Jamey Johnson top the list), but this year’s show knocks on our own back door to present two cross-generational Kentucky-bred acts: Sundy Best and Exile. Winchester native Lauren Mink rounds out the bill (5:30 p.m.; $10 for adults, free for ages eight and younger). Gates open at 4 p.m.

For a full listing of all Pioneer Festival events, call 859-744-0556 or go to

Guitar + stick

In a weekend overrun by festival gigs, the Kentucky Coffeetree Café, 235 West Broadway in Frankfort, offers a slice of choice musical intimacy Friday by way of a return duo performance from guitarist Bert Lams and Chapman stick player Tom Griesgraber (9 p.m., $20).

The two have been musical compatriots for many years, creating textured instrumental pieces of cinematic-like ambience from a stylistic palette that ranges from classical to prog. Lams is perhaps best known as one-third of the California Guitar Trio, whose forthcoming studio album was cut at Griesgraber’s Encinitas, Calif., recording studio. The duo also has two splendid albums to its credit, 2009’s “Live at the Museum of Making Music” and 2013’s “Unnamed Lands.”

Given the Café’s limited seating capacity, along with the duo’s (and the Trio’s) performance history in the area, a sellout is likely. Call ahead for ticket availability at 502-875-3009 or check out the venue’s website at