Sixteen musical acts representing every genre of music from bluegrass to hard rock have signed up to perform at the first-ever Somerset S.L.A.M. (Support Local Arts and Music) festival May 17-18 on the grounds of The Center for Rural Development in Som-erset.
The event, co-sponsored by Clear Channel-Lake Cumb-erland and The Center, will bring together some of the region’s top performers and bands—including the winner of this year’s Battle of the Bands, Too Many Drummers —for nearly 12 hours of live music from Friday through Saturday night in the first local festival of the season.
The first six musical acts will take the stage shortly after 6 p.m. on Friday. On Saturday, 10 more musical acts will perform, starting at 2:30 p.m. The music will continue throughout the afternoon and into the night.
“We are excited to partner with Clear Channel-Lake Cumb-erland to host the first-ever Somerset S.L.A.M. festival in what we hope can become an annual community event,” said Laura Glover, director of sales and events at The Center. “We have some of the most talented musicians and artists in our area, and we want to showcase their creative talents and lend our support for the arts.”
Local artists and crafters, as well as nonprofits and comm-unity service organiz-ations, have been invited to set up free informational booths at the festival. Organizers are looking for people in the arts community, including writers, poets, dancers, and children’s groups, to be involved in the event and share their love for the arts.
“The goal of Somerset S.L.A.M. is to support, encourage, and promote local art and music in the Lake Cumberland area,” said radio personality Wynona Padgett of Clear Channel-Lake Cumberland. “We want this to be a festival-type atmosphere where people are exposed to different types of music and bands and the creativity of our local artists and crafters.”