Hip-hopper Rob Base to close out Spotlight festival

Hip-hop artist Rob Base, best known for his 1988 No. 1 hit It Takes Two with DJ E-Z Rock, will be the final act at the Spotlight Lexington Festival.

His show, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza, will top off 17 days of performances that will run concurrently with the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

"Anyone who comes downtown during those 17 days will have a fabulous time," Mayor Jim Newberry said at an announcement Thursday morning at the Fifth-Third Bank Pavilion in Cheapside Park. "It's something we've never done before. The community has never experienced 17 straight days of performances downtown."

The Spotlight Lexington Festival will open Sept. 24 with country music singer Blake Shelton, who has topped the country charts for two weeks with All About Tonight. The single is from his album of the same name, which was the No. 1 album last week.

Other national artists scheduled for the festival include jazz artist Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue (Sept. 26), country music singer and Lexington native Laura Bell Bundy (Oct. 1), and bluegrass music artists J.D. Crowe and the New South and Sam Bush (Oct. 8).