First Friday Berea, Inc.
July 3 – September 4, 2021
First Friday Berea will present the fourth Levitt AMP Berea Music Series with a mixture of in-person, virtual and pop-up concerts, celebrating the city’s social justice heritage and energizing Berea City Park Expansion with an eclectic array of Kentucky-based artists. The 2021 series will continue to fuel Old Town’s economic recovery and transformation into a welcoming hub for art, food and community gatherings.
Saturday, July 3, 2021
Emmy award winning composer, cellist, songwriter and storyteller, this Kentuckian blurs the lines between music, tech, and activism.
Sunday, July 4, 2021
The Wooks harness the rich musical and storytelling traditions of Kentucky into a new, old sound that embraces both string-music heritage and rock ‘n roll, jam, and singer-songwriter influences.
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Mama Said String Band
This 4-piece collection of Kentucky songwriters draw influences from Bluegrass, Folk and Americana while focusing on vocal harmonies and contemporary instrumentation.
Friday, July 30, 2021
Singing Bird Music School Teaching Artists
Appalachian music rooted in Kentucky traditions, featuring fiddle-and-banjo hoedowns, old time gospel, guitar and ukulele, original music, and more.
Saturday, July 31, 2021
Berea College Traditional Ensembles
Berea College Traditional Music Ensembles Showcasing Berea College students and professors performing folk and roots music from
America and around the globe. Featuring African-Latin Percussion, Black Music, Bluegrass and Folk Roots Ensembles, and Mariachi Berea
Friday, August 6, 2021
Exploring the great expanse of the American songbook—touring, conspiring, songwriting—fused together by the Mississippi heat, molded in the mountain air of Western North Carolina, and flung free in the hills of Kentucky bluegrass.
Saturday, August 7, 2021
An authentic, completely Brazilian rhythm section based in Louisville, Kentucky, this fiery quintet plays bossa nova and samba, and music in the traditional and modern styles rarely played in the US such as Baiao, Ijexá, Choro and Partido-Alto.
Saturday, August 28, 2021
This Afrobeat collective out of Louisville, Kentucky layers rich earthy vocals over the city’s finest horn and rhythm players, creating a fiery propulsive groove for their poignant politically charged lyrics, in the spirit of the great trailblazers of West African riot music.
Friday, September 3, 2021
Kentucky singer-songwriter S.G. Goodman blends the sounds of traditional country and folk with moody electric grit and progressive ideas.
Saturday, September 4, 2021
Senora May’s sound is organic; she loves to experiment with different sounds and genres, always coming back to her native Eastern Kentucky, to honor the culture’s musical tradition while also expanding notions of what it must be.
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