The structure has been an iconic image in the bluegrass for decades. The music has been an iconic part of the bluegrass since Bill Monroe walked the soil of the Commonwealth a century ago.
Now, the two worlds will meet in one of the the nation’s most fascinating venues of roots music in north America.
Organizers of the Troubadour Concert Series and Highbridge Spring Water have partnered with the new owners of the Kentucky Castle along Versailles Road to launch a national level series of concerts that will be held in theatre-like seating at the legendary Castle, celebrating renown Bluegrass artists and their music.
Yes, the famous Castle is being turned into a 300 seat theater for the most elegant presentation of bluegrass concerts in north America.
“At the Kentucky Castle we want to celebrate everything that is great about Kentucky,” says Matt Dawson, a co-owner of the Castle. “What better way to share this iconic landmark with others than with a great concert series, the musical art form born here in the heart of our great state.”
The idea of bluegrass concerts in the region and the fact that there are few, if any, venues to hear bluegrass music in the area is not lost on Producer, folksinger Michael Johnathon, who founded the series as well as the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour.
“It’s the cultural inheritance of this area,” says Johnathon. “The Lexington area without bluegrass music is like New Orleans without jazz, or Memphis without the blues. It is the musical stamp of what Kentucky is. Only this is more spectacular. Fans will enjoy bluegrass concerts by major artists under the stars of a romantic castle in the foothills of Appalachia.”
Already confirmed are Doyle Lawson, John McEuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), and Riders in the Sky to the castle for full concerts.
“The volunteers of the Troubadour Concert Series are so excited about this,” says Rick Rushing. “The series has presented nearly 400 national level concerts, so this is right up our alley.”
The series is respected nationwide for the quality of its artists presented but especially for the way artists are treated when they perform. Usually in theaters like the Opera House, Lyric Theatre or even the Highbridge Spring Water Cave in Wilmore, each concert is a genuine musical event.
“This is incredibly exciting news,” said Linda Griffin, President of Highbridge Spring Water, the sponsor of the Troubadour Concert Series. “We thought Michael’s idea of concerts in our cave was fun, but this is truely visionary. It makes Highbridge the champagne of waters just being associated with something as legendary and visual as the Castle.”
According to Mary Quinn Ramer, President of VisitLEX.com, the Lexington Tourism office, the Concerts at the Castle will be a huge boon to Kentucky, Lexington and the entire bluegrass region.
“What an iconic backdrop for a celebration of Kentucky’s musical legacy – bluegrass music,” said Ramer from her Lexington office. “We know fans near and far will thoroughly enjoy this series. VisitLEX is delighted with the Concerts at the Castle music series.”
To support the Castle Concert series, the Troubadour family of media partners have all chimed in. Aside from longtime media partners WEKU-FM NPR and LEX18 NBC is the unusual partnership of LM Communication commercial stations, Lexington’s only Locally Owned Radio and Broadcasting Company.
“The concerts at the Castle series produced by Michael Johnathon is a new exciting event,” says Len Martin, owner. “With Hank 96.1 FM as the lead country station, and Classic Rock 92.1 FM involved in the promotion, the blue grass and Americana music that will be performed will be a great match for our audiences.”
Tickets, dinner packages and the chance to even stay in one of the Castle rooms overnight will be available soon. For up-to-date details visit TroubaShow.com/Castle or TheKentuckyCastle.com/Concerts