June and July have come in hot with the weather and music events in Kentucky. Two events in southeast Kentucky have created a unique atmosphere that music fans have instantly grown to love. In June, Pineville played host to the Laurel Cove Music Festival. Then in July, the Master Musician Festival soaked up the sun and talent in Somerset.
Laurel Cove Music Festival is unique from the moment you walk through the ticket gate into the magical surroundings of the Laurel Cove Amphitheater. Nestled inside Pine Mountain State Park, attendees can sit in chairback seats, or benches propped up with large boulders, or bring their own chair. Woodlands surround the property with the stage sitting across a small pond even fit for fishing from on stage for one laid back country picker.
The Laurel Cove Music Festival hosted so many talented folks – in fact there were over 30 acts in a two-day period gracing the main stage and campfire stage. Some personal highlights over the days included performances by Logan Halstead, Morgan Wade, Arlo McKinley, The Local Honeys, Wolfpen Branch, and many more. Most of all, it was the first concert for many since the beginning of 2020. It was a relief to be able to hug, laugh, and single with your friends.
This past weekend, the Master Musicians Festival was held in Somerset at the Somerset Community College Field. The field was packed with vendors and 3 stages full of musical talent over two days. Some notable performances included Wolfpen Branch, Driftwood Gypsy, Morgan Wade, Kelsey Waldon, Jaime Wyatt, and the Singer-Songwriter Showcase. There was also a fun interactive kids camp that brought the attention to music to those youngsters who you may end up seeing on stage or part of the committee. Also, Tommy Cate not only performed but was surprised with receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award.
As more music festivals kick off this year, we highly recommend that you attend them. The economic boost into local communities through festivals and music events really help build businesses to continue supporting the arts. Even more so, you are likely to run into old friends and meet new ones by attending festivals. You will also discover a music act or song that soon turns into a favorite. Most of all – you support the artist and their craft of music.
Jessica Blankenship is the owner and founder of Kentucky Country Music website. The Berea College graduate has been a music journalist and historian for over 20 years. She enjoys providing concert photography, reviews, historical articles, red carpet event coverage, and exclusive interviews of your favorite musicians. Jessica is proud to be a Kentucky Colonel and alumni of the FFA and 4-H Clubs. In 2018, she was named one of Laurel County’s Ten Under 40 Award Recipients. In 2019, she was a member of the Inaugural class of BRIGHT Kentucky as part of Leadership Kentucky. She has been featured on the Kentucky Music Preview podcast, Hollercast podcast, Overtones radio show, WFKY Nashville News Roundup, KET, and more. Beyond music, she enjoys traveling, helping her community, collecting gnomes, and Volkswagens.