It has been a successful year for the Levitt AMP Berea Music Series, which saw the lawn in front of the cabin in old town fill will community members each week to listen to various musical acts, according to concert promoter and businesswoman Ali Blair.
But all good things must come to an end, at least for a season. On Friday, the series will celebrate its finale with “an evening of old time in old town.”
Working with Berea local and former Tourism Director Belle Jackson and a group called Friends of Old Timey Music, the 10th and closing concert of the series will feature music unique to Berea.
“People love that kind of music here,” said Blair, noting that the musicians set to play Friday night are ones who carry on that tradition.
Among the performers are The Ritchie Nieces, who will perform songs made popular by their aunt, folk legend Jean Ritchie. David & Delois Sherman will share tunes made known by The Carter Family. Other acts include Sam Gleaves, Deborah Payne and local favorite Donna & Lewis Lamb.
The finale coincides with an arts conference hosted by Berea College, said Blair, noting those attendees will be able to not only see, but also hear a taste of Berea.
Blair hopes the concert will be well attended, after she had to make the hard decision to cancel the Sept. 1 concert due to rain and storms.
“As tough as it is, right now, when we are paying attention to what is going on in the news, to have an event where we can come connect as human beings, community and neighbors is incredibly needed,” said Blair, who encourages folks to come join her for the family-friendly night of music.
Food trucks, the Berea Farmers Market, Artist pop-up shops and kids activities will all be on site, according to the event’s Facebook page.
The Levitt AMP Berea Music Series Evening of Old Time in Old Town will be at the Cabin in Berea’s Old Town Artisan Village Friday evening. Streets will close and vendors will begin to set up at 5 p.m.; music will start at 6.
Though the final note has yet to be played, Blair said she has already begun preparing to submit an application to host the series in Berea next year. The deadline to apply for the competitive private family funded Mortimer and Mimi Levitt Foundation grant is Oct. 2.
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