Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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April 11, 2014

Highlands Museum to offer open mic night

Program to get under way April 17

ASHLAND — Pickers and crooners may want to tune up for a new opportunity to perform.

The Highlands Museum and Discovery Center will present Bluegrass and Classic Country Open Mic Night every third Thursday. The first one will be from 7 to 9 p.m. April 17. Admission is $3 per person.

Vocalists and those who play instruments are invited to attend, as well as those who wish to just listen, Carol Allen, executive director of the museum, said. She also said performers are urged to call ahead to reserve a spot.

While the event will be a fundraiser for the museum, it’s also meant to raise awareness, curator Matt Potter said.

“We want to let people know we’re here and we’re part of the downtown arts district and to let people know about the Country Music Heritage Hall we have here,” he said. This exhibit showcases 12 local musicians whose careers have brought national attention to the area, including Billy Ray Cyrus, Miley Cyrus, Keith Whitley, Loretta Lynn and the Judds.

Potter said they expect to have from six to 10 musicians at the first open mic and they may come from as far away as Pikeville, Ohio and West Virginia.

“There’s not quite anything of this genre around here,” he said, noting performers will be restricted to bluegrass and classic country tuesn.

Popcorn, candy bars and soft drinks will be available for purchase.

For more information, call the museum at (606) 329-8888.

LEE WARD can be reached at lward@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2661.

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