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Kenlake's Hot August Blues Festival

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Kenlake Blues Festival August 25-26, 2017

BluesGreat blues, delicious food and an enjoyable atmosphere come together at the 28th Kenlake Hot August Blues Festival at Kenlake State Park. This year’s lineup includes all-star performances by Alonzo Pennington, Laurie Jane and the 45s and Big Mike Griffin. This will be Big Mike Griffin’s first performance at the festival in nine years. Also returning to the Hot August Blues Festival, after a five-year absence, is a regional favorite, Lew Jetton and 61 South.

New This Year

In addition to performing with his band, Lew Jetton has also taken over as this year’s festival promoter. He assumed the role in February and has worked to find ways to enhance the festival’s lineup and draw in new faces to the crowd.

"We're really trying to take the festival up a notch this year. This is the best lineup we've had in many, many years," Lew says. "We really want the younger people to come back out. We used to get a lot of students from Murray State to come, and we’re really trying to bring them back."

One of the ways the organizers are appealing to younger audiences is through enhanced amenities that the festival has never offered before. These include a cooling station, a mobile charging station, and a food boat on the lake that will sell food and merchandise.

"It’s one of the top events in the state of Kentucky every year," Jetton says. "That's why we're so intent on picking it up and continuing with the great work that's already gone on with it. We want to take what was already in the event and make it even better."

Music Lineup

ScaleHound and Adam and the H-Bombs will kick the festival off on Thursday, August 24, at 6 p.m. on the lawn at Kenlake State Park. On Friday, August 25, the festival will move to the park’s amphitheater. Gates open at 3 p.m. and the music will run from 6 to 11:30 p.m. On Saturday, August 26, gates open at 10 a.m. with Street Corner Blue kicking off the event at noon. The festivities will wrap up at 11:30 p.m.

Tickets On Sale Now

Tickets to the Hot August Blues Festival can be purchased at Kenlake State Park Lodge and Kaylee’s Farmhouse Restaurant in Aurora, James’ Barber Shop in Benton, Cellar Door Wine and Spirits in Draffenville, Music One in Murray, and Unga Bunga Music in Paducah.

Tickets are $20 on Friday and $25 on Saturday. You can also purchase a weekend pass for $40. Individual tickets will be sold at the door and weekend passes can be purchased in advance online (kenlakeblues.com/tickets). In case of rain, the Festival will move indoors to the Park’s Tennis Center.

About the Festival

The Kenlake Hot August Blues Festival began in 1990 as a one-day event. The festival has grown into a three-day event, which takes place on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday before Labor Day Weekend each year. Previous years’ acts have included Delta Moon, Deja Blues Band, Toad Strangler and several other notable blues musicians.

 Guest can enjoy live music, great eats and a variety of resorts and lodges to make the weekend comfortable and complete.

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