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    The Performing Arts Exchange brings many showcases, featuring 10-15 minute performances by artists from across the nation, primarily for the benefit of performing arts presenters looking for artists to book for concerts or performances. The Kentucky Arts Council will present two showcases, Traditionally Kentucky and Kentucky on Stage, featuring artists that have been selected to participate in the state agency’s Performing Arts Directory. Both showcases are free and open to the public. These showcases are an excellent opportunity to experience a sampling of the rich talent in Kentucky and l/files/storyimages/support to Kentucky’s performing artists.

    Traditionally Kentucky, highlighting traditional bluegrass, blues, gospel, and mountain genres, will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, September 27th, in Rooms 207-211 of the Kentucky International Convention Center, Fourth and Jefferson Streets, Louisville, Ky. Artists performing are Carla Gover, Berea; Hog Operation, Louisville; Jim Olive, Lexington; Daniel and Amy Carwile, Lexington; Tim Lake, Lexington; Mitch Barrett, Berea; John Edmonds, Bowling Green; Jennifer Rose, Berea; and the Juggernaut Jug Band, Louisville.

    Kentucky on Stage features a wide variety of talent including acoustic pop, Chinese dance, rock-n-roll cabaret, jazz, African American theatre, Scottish traditional music, vintage marching band music and folk music from the Americas. The Kentucky on Stage showcase will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, September 28th, also in Rooms 207-211 of the Kentucky International Convention Center. Artists performing are Holland and Corn, Richmond; Juneteenth Legacy Theatre, Louisville; Cheryl Pan, Lexington; Butch Rice, Louisville; The Bats, Lexington; Lorinda Jones, Rineyville; Orville Hammond, Lexington; Colin Grant Adams, Glasgow; and Saxton’s Cornet Band, Frankfort.

    The showcases are accessible to persons with disabilities. Services include caption theatre, audio description, American Sign Language interpretation and wheel chair access and seating.

    The Kentucky Arts Council’s Performing Arts Directory features nearly 100 performing artists, groups, ensembles, troupes, choruses and orchestras offering dance, music, theatre and storytelling. The directory, which includes sample clips of the artists’ work, is available online at

    The Kentucky Arts Council is a state agency in the Commerce Cabinet that creates opportunities for Kentuckians through the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

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