In May 28 Issue
The third Annual Lake Cumberland Blues, Boats and BBQ Festival gets underway June 4th at Lake Cumberland's State Dock. Starting as an idea from a few musicians getting together after-hours at the dock, the event is rapidly growing into one of the region's premier musical attractions.
"State Dock has provided us with a very unique opportunity to hold this festival. There are some great blues festivals in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee, but none can match this setting of being right on the water. It just absolutely reeks of fun. And, it's brought blues music into a relatively new market in the lake region. Our first festival was maybe the hottest day of the entire summer, with humidity to match.
Yet, boaters came off the water to see what this was all about. And, more importantly, they stayed to listen. I'm a boater too, and I don't know that I could have done that unless it was something really, really good. The bands really look forward to it as well, and word is spreading quickly in the music community. They get to play to a very appreciative crowd, but while they're not playing they get to enjoy the kick back, lake lifestyle.
This has enabled us to draw some very, very good bands with a wide range of playing styles and sounds. Some of them have world tour experience, but rated our festival as one of the best they'd ever attended for it's fun factor.
As we continue to grow and acquire sponsorship from local businesses, this festival will be one of the highlights of the total summer lake experience. It's not just another party at the dock, but an event for all lovers of good music" says event coordinator Patrick Morley.
Of course, no festival would be complete without the smell of hardwood-fired BBQ. Sam Diggity's BBQ from Richmond will be on hand to tantalize the taste buds with their mouth-watering menu.
The music starts Saturday at 1 p.m. and will go until midnight. Tickets are $15 each for a full day of music and fun. $10 for State Dock annual slip customers. Children under 12 are free.
Call State Dock at 270-343-2525 for more information.
State Dock also asks that all patrons to the Blues Fest be 21 years of age or be accompanied by an adult.