Fundraiser to Benefit WMMT/Appalshop (Lexington, KY)

Join WMMT and Appalshop at Natasha's Bar and Bistro (112 Esplanade in downtown Lexington) this Friday evening!

Appalshop is a non-profit multi-disciplinary arts and education center in the heart of Appalachia producing original films, video, theater, music and spoken-word recordings, radio, photography, multimedia, and books.

WMMT is noncommercial community radio station that airs programming created largely by community members. Broadcast to five states and via the internet, the station brings the voices Appalachian and rural communiti

Cover: $10 and up suggested donation

Nick Stump: Former Metropolitan Blues All-Star, Nick Stump's songs have been called by Blues Access, "The most literate songwriting since Kris Kristofferson." and his song Deep Mine Blues has been on two Grammy nominated albums, including the recently released, Music of Coal and Larry Cordle's CD, Murder On Music Row.

Rich and the Po'Folk: Rich and the Po' Folk are four friends who share a lifetime of love for Appalachia's traditional music. Fiddler & mandolinist Rich Kirby, has performed across the region and nationally. Prize-winning banjoist John Haywood brings a deep store of songs, tunings, and techniques learned from Kentucky banjo legend George Gibson. Bassist Nate Polly took up old-time music after playing for years with Kentucky bluegrass bands. The group's newest member, guitarist Brett Ratliff is already a veteran of several bands.

Brett Ratliff & the Giant Rooster Sideshow: Musician Brett Ratliff grew up in the historic coal camps of Van Lear, Kentucky, in Johnson County. His music echoes with an exquisite reverberation that has been a part of Kentucky culture for generations. The Giant Rooster Sideshow combines the drive of traditional mountain fiddle music with electric honkatonk instruments for a sound steeped in the hallowed hollers and accented by boots on whiskey soaked hardwood floors.