Performer list for Paducah, Ky., festival told

Performer list for Paducah, Ky., festival told

Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 8:00 pm

A performance by the Paducah Symphony Orchestra, Americana bands, bluegrass, rock and roll and gospel music will all take stage at the Paducah Lower Town Arts and Music Festival 2013: “America’s Artland,” Friday through Sunday.
“The musical side of the Lower Town Arts and Music Festival 2013 offers stellar variety again this year,” said Paducah Symphony Orchestra executive director Daniel Sene.
With two stages, audiences will be able to drift through the art booths and other offerings and be entertained from one end of the festival to the other.
“For the first time ever at the festival, Maestro Raffaele Ponti will conduct the Paducah Symphony Orchestra in a performance at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. Also new this year, several local churches will bring their choirs to perform on Sunday,” he said.
On Friday at 8 p.m., the Duke of Uke returns after “their smash success entertaining the crowds last year,” Sene said.
Anna Hochhalter, a Duke band member who plays tenor and bari saxophone and sings, says the group’s style is “hard to pin down.”
“We play original compositions and collaborate in the songwriting process. We draw from many influences — Louis Armstrong, Victor Wooten, Vittorio Monti, Johannes Sebastian Bach, The Beatles, Captain and Tennille, to name a few. Our founder, Dave King, is a disciplined composer, writing every day, but the muse is an unpredictable force. With seven of us, finding the right pocket for a song is a labor of love.”
Paducah’s very own JD Wilkes and the Dirt Daubers will close the show Friday.
In early 2009, Wilkes formed the band an “old time roots-influenced project.” As a harmonica player, Wilkes has recorded for Merle Haggard, John Carter Cash, Mike Patton and Hank Williams III. He can be spotted playing harmonica for Hank Williams III in the 2004 “American Masters” film Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues. His song, “Swampblood,” can be heard on the Grammy-nominated soundtrack for HBO’s “True Blood” series.
Saturday night’s featured act is The 23 String Band from Kentucky’s Cumberland Valley. Band members describe their music as “a bluegrass attack fueled by high-octane rock-n-roll energy and triple-distilled old-timey roots.”
Sene also said the PSO Youth Orchestra will make an appearance.
For more information, go to www.LowerTownAMF.com.

Published in The Messenger 5.14.13

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