Lower Town Arts & Music Festival reveals headliners

With just under three months until the Lower Town Arts & Music Festival kicks off in Paducah, the festival's organizers revealed the headliners and several other performers that will take the stage at Seventh and Madison streets on May 15-16 to the Sun earlier this week.

"I tried to get a great, diverse lineup to showcase music that maybe doesn't get the spotlight at other events in the area," said Seth Murphy, the festival's music director. "So we're bringing in world music and indie artists while keeping a good balance of local performers and folks from a little farther away."

Topping the festival bill are the folk and Mexo-Americana group David Wax Museum and Irish dance band Scythian. Other out-of-region acts announced include Blackfoot Gypsys, The Wooks and Tall Tall Trees.

"I brought in some more rock 'n' roll bands, which is exciting. We took a small step that direction last year with having Reverend Peyton there last year, and he was definitely a crowd favorite," Murphy added. "We want to continue to bring a high energy, rocking party kind of vibe."

The festival's lineup also will feature west Kentucky favorites like veteran rockers The Wheelers, violinist Julia Watkins and a trio of singer/songwriters in Melanie A. Davis, Luke Taylor and Kalib Swift.

Drunk N Sailor, out of Louisville, is a pair of pirate musicians who will play a set in addition to wandering the festival grounds singing shanties and spending some time at the children's stage.

Classy and Grassy, a pair of young bluegrass musicians from Marion, also will be performing multiple times at the festival.

The rest of the festival's lineup will be revealed during Paducah Beer Werks in late March.

The Yeiser Art Center, the local arts nonprofit and gallery that organizes the festival, is focusing on creating more children's programming and making the festival more family friendly.

"We want the festival to be as accessible as possible for everyone that wants to enjoy it," YAC executive director Lexie Abra Millikan added. "We have some great updates to the Children's Pavilion area this year. McCracken County Chiropractic and Saving Our Sons are sponsoring two new tents so that we can offer a quiet and private space for breastfeeding and expectant mothers."

The art portion of the festival will be spread out around the grounds of Lower Town with over 60 artist booths present along with nonprofits and various art activities.

"We are all very excited," Millikan told the Sun. "Planning for the next year's festival starts basically as soon as the previous year's festival has ended, so it's nice to see the pieces begin to fall into place as we get closer."

For more information about the Lower Town Arts & Music Festival, visit www.lowertownamf.com.

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