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Blues festival returns to Kenlake

Kenlake State Resort Park hosts a blues festival on the banks of Kentucky Lake
Kenlake State Resort Park hosts a blues festival on the banks of Kentucky Lake
Kentucky Department of Parks

Kenlake State Resort Park, in Aurora, will celebrate the end of summer with its 25th annual Hot August Blues Festival on August 21 and August 23, 2013.

The park opens the festival on Thursday with a “Neighborhood Night Free Concert” featuring the Andy Gibson Trio from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Adam and the H-Bombs from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs and enjoy blues music on the front lawn of the lodge. This concert is free but donations will be accepted for the Marshall County Exceptional Center.

Kenlake is offering a special Thursday night lodging rate of $54.95 for this event.

The rest of the festival concerts will be held at the park’s amphitheater on the shores of Kentucky Lake.

Friday’s lineup includes performances by Noah and the Back Alley Blues (6:00-7:15 p.m.); Andy T and Nick Nixon Band (7:30-8:45 p.m.); Etta Britt (9:15-10:30 p.m.) and Street Corner Blue finishes the evening with a 10:45 to midnight show.

Saturday concerts begin in the afternoon with Nightfish (2:00-3:00 p.m.); Alonzo Pennington Band (3:15-4:30 p.m.); Justin Hatcher (4:45-6:00 p.m.); Da’ Mudcats (6:15-7:30 p.m.); Long Tall Deb and the Werewolves of Alabama (7:45-9:00 p.m.); Stella Vees Band (9:15-10:30 p.m.); and finally The Rusty Wright Band (10:45-midnight).

Advance tickets for this event are priced at $15.00 for Friday, $20.00 for Saturday, or $30.00 for both days. Tickets for the concerts can also be purchased through the website as well as at Kenlake State Resort Park, Roof Brothers Wine & Spirits in Paducah (two locations), Kaylee’s Farmhouse Restaurant in Aurora, and the UPS Store in Murray.

Tickets at the gate are $20.00 for Friday, $25.00 for Saturday, and $40.00 for both days. Children 12 and under will be admitted free of charge.

The festival will be held rain or shine; guests may bring chairs and coolers but no glass containers.

For more information about the Hot August Blues Festival or to make a reservation for lodging at the park, call (800) 325-0143.

Just over 200 miles from Metro Louisville and located on the western shore of Kentucky Lake, Kenlake State Resort Park is one of the most modern parks in the Kentucky State Park system.

Created in the 1940s by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to control flooding, Kentucky Lake, with the longest shoreline of any man-made lake in the world, covers over 160,000 acres.

Lodging and dining facilities at Kenlake include a 48-room Kenlake Hotel, cottages, campgrounds, and Aurora Landing Restaurant.

Boating, fishing, golf, swimming, and trails in addition to the tennis center provide plenty of recreational opportunities.

Directions to Kenlake State Resort Park or any other park in Kentucky can be found at www.maps.google.com.

Kenlake State Resort Park
542 Kenlake Road
Hardin, KY 42048-9737
Telephone: (270) 474-2211 or (800) 325-0143