1. 140th Anniversary Battle of Richmond 1pm, 4252 Kingston Highway, Richmond. Free admission. 800-866-3705.
14th annual roots and heritage festival
Held annually in September as a month-long series of events, the Roots and Heritage Festival promotes pride and cultural continuity among area residents through cultural exchange, and highlights contributions by African-Americans. The Roots and Heritage Festival includes a parade, art exhibits, health fairs, concerts and symposia, recreational activities, poetry readings, plays, speakers, a formal ball, film presentations, children's activities, and a two-day street festival. African-American artists are featured, and festival-goers get a chance to meet the artists and purchase their signed work. The parade takes place along Lexington's Rose Street Extension. Two performance stages featuring guest speakers, spirited music, singing, African dance, a fashion show, and a large variety of other activities for young and old highlight this all-day festival. Stage one is the main stage, and serves as the guest speaker's platform and an arena for key entertainment, which has included some nationally known speakers and performers in the past. Stage two provides enjoyment primarily for and by young people. Performers include story-tellers, dancers, rappers, singers, and actors. The festival ends with the soulful sounds of gospel music which local and regional church choirs and soloists from various denominations will perform. September 8 - 28. Info, 859/258-3140
On Friday evening, September 20th, Louisville, Ky is going to hear the opening chords of a three-day festival showcasing Americana music. Blue Sky JamFest is a full weekend all about music with roots. Nationally known performers as well as many local and regional favorites will be bringing to town Americana music, from foot-stomping Bluegrass melodies, to the lusty low-down blues of smoky urban bars, and every imaginable chord in between. Four stages, one in Louisville's Slugger Field and three more in Waterfront Park, will offer up a rich sampling of the diverse sounds, styles, and ethnic flavorings. The bands performing include Alison Brown Quartet, Bodeco, Bluegrass 101, Sam Bush, Danny Flanigan & the Rain Chorus, The Derailers, Dennis Ervin Band, Donna The Buffalo, Jerry Douglas, Emma Gibbs Band, John Gage, Tanita Gaines, Gary Brewer & the Kentucky Ramblers, Patty Griffin, Richie Havens, Joe Hanna, Beau Haddock, Hell's Half Acre, Hog Operation, Dr. Hemiola, Heidi Howe, Inquire Within, Johnny B. & the Honky Tonk Revival, Juggernaut Jug Band, Chris Thomas King, LA Groove, Leftover Salmon, Los Lobos, Tift Merritt, Buddy & Julie Miller, Delbert McClinton, My Morning Jacket, Nashville Bluegrass Band, Nick Stump Band, Reel World String, Butch Rice, Roundabout, Satchel's Pawn Shop, Peter Searcy, Skynny Lynyrd, Storefront Congregation, Steve Ferguson & Midwest Creole Ensemble, Tenrece, The Rashers, Tim Krekel & The Groovebillys, Wildfire, John Whitaker & the Middle Men, Carter Wood, and Zoe Speaks. September 20 - 22, Louisville KY. Tickets range from $10 - $75. Info, 502/298-1282 or www.blueskykentucky.com
Ace Weekly best of lexington issue premier party
They'll all be there...Lexington's brightest stars come out to shine at the Ace Weekly Best of Lexington Premier Party. Meet them all: The Most Eligible Bachelor, The Best Plastic Surgeon; Lexington's Best Photographer; the person who sports the best hair; maybe the politician you love-to-hate. and all the winners from over 50 categories in the Annual Best of. They will all attend the annual gala event and you can too. Show up and start making your pitch for next year's issue, schmooze with the winners, or just enjoy the splendid food and beverages. The Ace Weekly Best of Lexington Issue premier party is one of the coolest, sexiest events of the year; don't miss it.
Terrapin Hill Harvest Festival 2002
Dedicated to the small farmer, a healthy community, and ecological consciousness, Terrapin Hill Harvest Festival is the only one of its kind in the region. Hosted on a certified organic farm in central Kentucky, Terrapin Hill Harvest Festival is three days of incredible music, locally produced fresh food, free camping, late night performances, and an unforgettable family vibe. Over the past 10 years the festival has grown from small family farm parties to hosting such acts as The David Grisman Quintet, The North Mississippi Allstars, Merl Saunders, and Yonder Mountain String Band. Combining the best in local, regional, and national talent, while holding on to the roots of Kentucky heritage and Bluegrass culture is the secret recipe for this amazing organic event. The line up for this years festival incudes: Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Dark Star Orchestra, Keller Williams, Sam Bush, DJ Logic, Green Genes, Club Dub, Born Cross Eyed, Guest, Dose, Sativa Gumbo, Dreadnot, Astrolyte, Inner Vision Collision, Deltagrass, Halias, Barn House Effect, Single Malt Band, and The New Kentucky String Ticklers. Harrodsburg, KY September 27 - 29. Info, www.terrapinhillharvestfestival.com. or 859/233-9399.