Counting Crows, a band which had several hits in the 1990s, is set to perform this weekend at the Master Musicians Festival in Somerset. The schedule of artists also includes St. Paul and the Broken Bones, a band featured in March on Morning Edition.
Festival president Tiffany Bourne says organizers aren’t restricted to any particular kind of music when they finalize the lineup.
“We just look at any and all genres for musical excellence,” said Bourne. “We try to bring musical excellence to rural Kentucky. We don’t really have a criteria, we just pick what we think the crowd’s gonna like.”
Bourne says this weekend’s lineup will include some local fare. Four local singer-songwriters have been chosen to perform in the “Songwriter Social” at Noon Eastern Saturday.
“That’s another great part of our festival is that we have a lot of local bands that get to share the same stage as national artists,” said Bourne.
This marks the 21st year for the “Master Musician Festival” in Somerset. Bourne attributes the festival’s longevity to support of the community – both concert-goers and volunteers. The music begins Friday night and continues Saturday afternoon and evening at Festival Field on the campus of Somerset Community College.