Summer is full of great music events all around Central KY! Many are FREE and great for all ages.
Big Band and Jazz at Moondance Amphitheater and Ecton Park FREE
The return of spring means the return of one of Lexington’s longest running and most beloved concert series – Big Band & Jazz. With a full schedule of live music planned, concert-goers can enjoy weekly Big Band or jazz music at Moondance Amphitheater (May & June concerts) or Ecton Park (July & August concerts). Picnics are encouraged and patrons should bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating.
Tuesdays, May 15 – Aug. 28, 2018 7 – 8:30 p.m.
May and June concerts – Moondance Amphitheater
July and Aug. concerts – Ecton Park
Big Band and Jazz 2018 schedule
May 22 | Young at Heart Big Band
May 29 | Bluegrass Area Jazz Ambassadors (BAJA)
June 5 | Lexington Concert Band
June 12 | Walnut St. Ramblers
June 19 | Dave Shelton Trio
June 26 | Tim Lake and the Blue Jazz Persuaders
July 10 | Dimartino Osland Jazz Orchestra (DOJO)
July 17 | Lexington Concert Band
July 24 | Rick Cook Quartet
July 31 | Colonels Choice
August 7 | Dan Brock and Friends
August 14 | Raleigh Dailey Quartet
August 21 | Jazzberry Jam
August 28 | Osland Bailey Jazztet
Get downtown every Thursday, April 5 – October 11, 2018 for Central Bank Thursday Night Live! Join thousands of your closest friends for live music, local food and beverage vendors, and the hottest party in town. The event takes place each week at the Fifth Third Bank Pavilion at Cheapside Park (251 W. Main St). This event is rain or shine! The party starts at 5:00pm, with live music from 5:30pm – 8:00pm! Don’t miss out!
APRIL 5 – AUGUST 30 * Event Times are 5:00pm – 9:00pm
SEPTEMBER 6 – OCTOBER 11 * Event Times are 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Band Name * Non-Profit Volunteer Group* Night Sponsor
May 17 – Honeychild * Community Action Council * Night Sponsored by Hilton Lexington/Downtown
May 24 – The Big Maracas * The Well of Lexington
May 31 – Lauren Mink Band * The Rotary Club of Lexington, KY
June 7 – Charlie Shuck & The Trendells * Local First Lexington
June 14 – The Twiggenburys * International Book Project
June 21 – Girls Guns and Glory * Kentucky Cystic Fibrosis Services
June 28 – The Johnson Brothers * Altrusa International of Lexington KY Inc.
July 5 – Grayson Jenkins * Central Christian Child Development Center
July 12 – Better off Dead * Friends of the Lexington Public Library
July 19 – Tony and the Tan Lines * Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass
July 26 – Off The Clock * Lady Veterans Connect
August 2 – Frontier * Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation
August 9 – 64West * Kentucky Equine Humane Center
August 16 – The Ranahans * Lexington Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association
August 23 – Kenny Owens & Group Therapy * Lexington Humane Society
August 30 – Tim Talbert Project * United Way of the Bluegrass
September 6 – The Mercy Men * Lexington Montessori School
September 13 – Boogie G & The Titanics * The Nest
September 20 – Superfecta * Carin for Nurses
September 27 – Rebel Without A Cause * Lexington Lions Club
October 4 – The X’s * DLP Foundation * Night Sponsored by Keeneland
October 11 – Five Below Band * DLP Foundation
Summer Nights in Suburbia at Moondance Amphitheater FREE
What better way to unwind after a long week than at an open-air concert with friends. Especially when the concert is free!
June 1 – Aug. 24, 2018 7 p.m.
Moondance Amphitheater will once again offer a summer concert series featuring genres to include jazz, bluegrass, indie rock, blues and folk, just to name a few. In addition to the live music, there will also be food trucks. Bring your lawn chairs/blankets and come enjoy the music.
Summer Nights in Suburbia 2018 Schedule
June 1 – C The Beat
June 8 – Appalatin
June 15 – Trisko’s Garage
June 22 – Honey Child
June 29 – Cora Lee & the Townies
July 6 – Slo Fi
July 13 – Baja Yetis
July 20 – Boogie G & the Titanics
July 27 – Johnson Brothers
August 3 – Other Brothers
August 10 – Bruce Lewis
August 17 – Ben Lacy
August 24 – Bendigo Fletcher
August 31 – Tribute Band (Lost Legends)
Summer Concert Series at Richmond Center
7 pm – 10 pm FREE
Kicks off May 18, 2018
Great American Brass Band Festival in Danville May 31 – June 3, 2018
The Great American Brass Band Festival is a Festival that celebrates brass music and is in its 29th year. The Festival happens every June in beautiful downtown Danville, Kentucky and on the campus of Centre College. The Festival is a free, family friendly four day event. Bands come from all over the United States and Europe. Many fine soloists are also featured each year at the Great American Brass Band Festival.
Festival of the Bluegrass (Bluegrass Music) June 8 – 11, 2018
Join us, June 7-10, 2018, for the Festival of the Bluegrass, a traditional Bluegrass Music Festival in the heart of the beautiful Bluegrass region of Kentucky. Established in 1974, this family-run festival has a little something for everyone. Join us this June at the Kentucky Horse Park Campground.