Lovers of bluegrass and folk music can go no further than the Richmond Area Arts Council on Aug. 10 for their Evening with Bluegrass and Folk with Olde Towne Project.

The annual event features musical group Olde Towne Project, a Berea-based group that showcases several of the area's most talented bluegrass/folk musicians including Curt Chapman, Danny Barnes, Robin Barrett and Randall Conn.

According to RAAC director Randy Westbrook, those who attend the event can expect a lot of great bluegrass and quite a bit of diversity in the music. He noted one of the members of Olde Towne Project, Chapman, previously played as a bassist for the legendary banjo player J.D. Crowe.

"Music will be the heart of the event," Westbrook said.

Also playing on Aug. 10 is Wanda Barnett and Pam Perry. Barnett currently runs one of the largest violin/guitar/ukulele studios in central Kentucky and has been featured many times as a performer at Renfro Valley.

Westbrook said Perry also has an extensive background in the music industry, starting in the late 1980s and early 1990s as a member of Wild Rose. She later served as the director of talent at Renfro Valley before moving into her current position at the Eastern Kentucky University School of Music.

"It's become an annual event for us to feature this style of music and I have some of the best bluegrass and folk musicians in the area performing," Westbrook said. "We've got very excellent musicianship and experienced and talented artists in bluegrass and folk."

In addition to good music, Westbrook said Mother & Daughters Catering will be providing a fish fry dinner.

Before the event starts at 7 p.m., attendees can check out the reception for "Copper and Glass." The reception celebrates two artists, Kathy Walker and Tracee Carmichael. Walker makes art out of copper wire and other materials, while Carmichael makes her artwork out of stained glass.

The music will begin at 7 p.m. at the Richmond Area Arts Center, 399 W. Water Street. Admission, which includes the night of music and dinner, is $25. Tickets can be ordered online, by visiting the RAAC in person or by calling 859-624-4242.

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