Here are some of the places in Kentucky where you and your family can go to hear live music, and some will even let you join in the fun or dance along.
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91 Madison Avenue
This nationally renowned arts, media, and education center includes a roadside theater with music.
1838 J.H. O’Bryan Ave.
Home to a variety of performances including a two-hour Branson-style musical review called Variety! Music, Memories & More, which celebrates American music from the 1940s to the present and includes singers, dancers, and a live band performing music from swing to Motown to country. Shows on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. The 2007 season includes occasional matinees.
345 Buster Pike
Features The Kentucky Strangers and guest performers. Fridays from 7-10 p.m.
Calvin Ray’s Live Music
5170 Beaver Dam Rd. (Hwy. 62)
Family entertainment on Saturday nights, 7 p.m. Central Time.
Country Place Jamboree
60 Old Sheep Pen Rd.
A family-friendly place to hear a mix of new and old country. Family karaoke and the occasional comedy caravan on Friday nights, 7-10 p.m.
C.R. Wilson Bluegrass Friday Night
1833 Hwy. 44 W, about three miles west of I-65
Bluegrass music for the entire family.
Eagle Lake Country Music Show at Eagle Lake Convention Center
US 127 (six miles from I-64 off the Frankfort/Lawrenceburg exit 53A)
Every Saturday night join Mike Fryman and the Eagle Lake Band along with Les Taylor, formerly of Exile, for a blend of traditional and contemporary country music, with some bluegrass and gospel. Smoke-free and alcohol-free.
Executive Inn Rivermont Showroom Lounge
One Executive Boulevard
Riverfront showroom with Las Vegas-style entertainment such as Keith Urban, 38 Special, and Wayne Newton. Shows Friday and Saturday nights.
502 S. Dixie Hwy.
Rock and country music in a casual atmosphere. Live band on Saturdays, 8 p.m.–midnight. No alcohol allowed.
Greenbo Lake State Resort Park Amphitheater
965 Lodge Road
A variety of entertainment at this outdoor amphitheater including Battle of the Bands, drama productions, music festivals, arts, and concerts.
Jefferson Hall at Newport on the Levee
1 Levee Way, Suite 2118
A live music venue celebrating both local and regional entertainment artists, offering diverse genres every day of the week.
4245 Swope Road
The Robinson Family puts on a high-energy, wholesome family show featuring old and new country songs as well as original music. Audience participation is encouraged during several parts of the show. Most performances include a full, sit-down dinner. They can seat up to 200.
Lexington Opera House
401 W Short Street
This historic theater, which can seat more than 950, features national touring productions, local music, and theater performances.
Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum
2590 Richmond Road (Exit 62 off I-75)
1 (877) 356-3263
The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame & Museum honors Kentucky performers, songwriters, publishers, promoters, managers, broadcasters, comedians, and other music professionals who have made significant contributions to the music industry in Kentucky and around the world. Located near the Renfro Valley Entertainment Complex.
Kentucky Opry Show
88 Chilton Road off Highway 641
Branson Missouri-style, family entertainment featuring country, gospel, and bluegrass music. Every Saturday at 8 p.m. Also Fridays in June, July, August, and December. For other Friday night shows, please check schedule on Web site.
Kevin Grissom’s Music Ranch USA
407 South Street
There is a country jamboree every Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Other music shows vary, mostly Friday nights and Sunday afternoons, blues, some bluegrass and gospel.
2579 Lincoln Farm Road
This family show has been running since 1954. Every Saturday night year-round. A country restaurant is also on the premises.
Meadowgreen Park Bluegrass Music Hall
465 Forge Mill Road
Live performances every Saturday night October through April, featuring top bluegrass performers and local groups. This music hall was built exclusively for the preservation and performance of bluegrass music.
Mountain Arts Center
50 Hal Rogers Drive
In addition to a wide range of performers, the Mountain Arts Center is home to Kentucky Opry. This troupe blends country, bluegrass, gospel, and pop music with lights, costumes, and mountain humor. They also feature “Munroe,” a comedian/singer/wannabe country music star. The entire cast lives in eastern Kentucky.
Olde Star Mall Theatre
1418 N. Main Street
Enjoy country music entertainers on Friday nights, bluegrass and gospel on Saturday nights, including top names such as J.D. Crowe, The Moron Brothers, and Bobby Mackey. The first Friday of every month features a ’50s & ’60s dance. No smoking and no alcohol.
Paramount Arts Center
1300 Winchester Avenue
Headline entertainers, Broadway plays, and performances in every genre year-round. Housed in the restored Paramount Theatre, which was built in 1931 and has a resident ghost, “Paramount Joe.” Fans also come to see the location of Billy Ray Cyrus’ Achy Breaky Heart video shoot.
115 East Main Street
The Plaza Theatre is a recently renovated 1934 vaudeville and movie house that hosts a series of live events, including national and internationally known performances.
Renfro Valley Entertainment Center
2380 Richmond Road, Exit 62 off I-75
From March through December, the center has 12 shows weekly, headliner concerts, festivals, shopping, full-service RV park, lodging, and country cooking.
101 Daviess Street
Performing arts, Broadway tours, and symphony concerts are among the entertainment offered at the center. Summers from May-August, they offer a 15-week free music series called “Friday After 5.”
Rosine Barn Jamboree
8225 Blue Moon off Kentucky Hwy. US 62
On the National Register of Historic Places, the Rosine Barn offers music and dancing every Friday at 7 p.m. Central Time. Multi, live jam sessions of bluegrass, country and gospel music year-round except the last three weeks of December. Bring your own chairs for outside seating in summer. Admission is free. Blue Moon Weekend is held on the last weekend in June on Friday and Saturday nights.
Shepherdsville Country Music Show
1833 Hwy. 44W
Country music shows with 44 country bands and special guests weekly. Call for group rates.
Stephen Foster—The Musical
My Old Kentucky Home State Park
411 E. Stephen Foster Avenue
Open June-August, nightly at 8:30 p.m. except Monday; Saturday matinee in an indoor theater at 2 p.m. With a cast of more than 50 performers, this musical is based on the life of America’s first great composer, Stephen Foster. Many of Foster’s most popular songs are featured. A second Broadway musical is offered each summer in July and August, with performances alternating with Stephen Foster—The Musical, as well as a live music concert series on Monday and Saturday nights.
11700 US Highway 27 South
Live country music performances and a dance floor.
WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour
214 E. Main Street (Kentucky Theatre)
The WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour is taped in front of a live audience every Monday at 7 p.m. Features grassroots independent artists from Appalachia and around the world, taped live and broadcast across the U.S. and several foreign countries. Check their Web site for local stations and archives of past programs.
To read the Kentucky Living November 2007 feature that goes along with this supplement, go Readers’ Favorite Kentucky Musicians