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.”
Musical acts scheduled to perform at Somerset S.L.A.M. on Friday include Jonathon Byrd, The Little Ship, Southern Hemisphere, The Seas, Random S.L.A.M. Jam, and No Pressure Blues Band. Taking the stage on Saturday will be Sammie Suggitt, Dead Willy, Signature, Tidalwave Road, Psygogglin, The Old Americans, Too Many Drummers, Out of the Ashes, Sometimes Saturday, and OTIS.
Along with arts, crafts and music, there will be vendors, food, children’s activities and inflatables.
Artists and crafters, local authors and any community or outreach program for music, art or drama are welcome to participate at no charge. Also, any non-profit organization is welcome to participate at no charge. Please contact email@example.com to sign up no later than Monday, May 13.
Those with free booth spaces may not sell food items due to contracts with other food vendors. They can, however, sell any other items, distribute literature or accept donations for craft or art activities for children and/or adults.
A limited number of vendor spaces are still available for $50 each for food, home-based businesses or other types of merchants. These may be reserved by contacting Laura Glover at The Center at 606-677-6000 or the Clear Channel Radio Sale Department at 606-678-5151.
Padgett said she hopes this could become an annual event — potentially even in the spring and fall both — if it gets enough public support.
“We are very excited to bring this event to Somerset and hope it will be a successful display of music and art for our community,” said Padgett. “Our biggest hope is that not only will it be successful this year, but will be something that will grow and prosper in the coming years. There is just so much musical and artistic talent in the area and I think many people have no idea just how much doesexist until they are all brought together for an event like this.
“I’ve had so many people tell me they want a festival for our community, so maybe this will do the trick!”
For more information about Somerset S.L.A.M. or to reserve booth space, contact The Center for Rural Development at 606-677-6000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Festival tickets are $5 per person. Children under 5 are admitted free. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets since all activities will take place on the front lawn of The Center. There will be food vendors on site both days of the festival.