“It was really about boiling it down to what was most important to me in the world, and then finding the courage to go after it. For me, that journey was not just like ‘finding myself’ because everyone is always trying to do that, but it was really more about uncovering the important things, and then staying with it, and feeling the courage to do something like this,” says Missy Raines of New Frontier, her new album that boldly treads into the worlds of folk and Americana. “Even though it was going to be something very different than folks were
expecting to hear, I had to say ‘This is what I want to do, and I have to do it.’”

Bluegrass, Newgrass, Gospelgrass, Rock N’ Rollgrass…true innovators like John Cowan break boundaries and personify innovation. John’s ability to take audiences on a musical journey through multiple genres has made him one of the most unique vocal artists of his generation.

John Cowan rose to fame when he became the lead singer for New Grass Revival. He and band mates Sam Bush, Bela Fleck and Pat Flynn introduced a new generation of music fans to an explosive, experimental brand of bluegrass…Newgrass! However, after inspiring and entertaining fans for nearly two decades, New Grass Revival disbanded in 1990.

California Guitar Trio


The universe of guitar knows no boundaries for The California Guitar Trio. Since 1991, the group has enthralled listeners with a singular sound that fearlessly crisscrosses genres. The trio’s questing spirit drives it to explore the intersections between rock, jazz, classical, and world music. It even throws in the occasional surf or spaghetti Western tune for good measure.

Mary Morales

$10 cover at door

While listening to the mellow sounds of her mother’s soprano wafting through the womb to the lilting melody of the alphabet song, Mary Elaine Morales knew music would forever be a part of her life. She can tell when music is playing even with her eyes closed! Growing up exposed to music of all genres—from bluegrass, to salsa, from classical piano to psychedelic prog rock—and having lived through the childhood shame of being forced to sing show tunes on a trampoline for New-Years-resolutionary-fitness-buffs at the local YMCA, has left Mary with unique and varied musical tastes, and an adaptability to whatever melodious mischief comes her way.

Bert Lams and Tom Griesgraber

Our ticketing process and policy:
When purchasing an online ticket, your party will be placed on an access list for the performance. There is not a physical ticket, but you will receive an email confirmation of the ticket sale. Reservations for seating will automatically be made for all ticket purchasers on a first-come, first-serve basis. Reservations for this performance will not be made without an advance ticket purchase. If you need handicap access or have a physical disability, please make a note of it in the order comments and we will accommodate you appropriately.

With the release of Unnamed Lands, guitarist Bert Lams and Chapman Stick player Tom Griesgraber celebrate the completion of one of the most inspired projects either musician has ever been a part of. Fourteen original instrumental tracks tie together with artwork and text to tell the adventures of a North American wagon train journey through one traveler's personal experiences circa 1840.

The trio Zoe Speaks consists of Mitch Barrett, Carla Gover, and Owen Reynolds, who jump in and out of their east Kentucky vernacular to play everything from traditional ballads to guitar-thumping contemporary acoustic tunes. With a smooth, mellow instrumental mix, which includes guitar, banjo, upright bass, and dulcimer by turns, close vocal harmonies are a defining feature of their sound. The duo is a powerhouse of songwriting, with wins at many of the nation’s top contests between them, including the Kerrville New Folk Award, the Telluride Troubadour Contest and 3 time winners of the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Competition at Merlefest.

Jeri Katherine Howell with Grace Rogers: A benefit for KY Student Environmental Coalition

$10 suggested donation

She’s coming home! Local musician and songwriter, Jeri Katherine Howell, returns to the Kentucky Coffeetree Cafe with special guests and opener Grace Rogers for an acoustic fundraiser concert benefitting the Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition. Jeri Katherine is a singer-songwriter-guitarist who delivers an energetic, passionate and intimate performance of unique folk and bluegrass original and cover tunes. She has performed with and opened for musicians like Ben Sollee, Robinella and Sam Bush and released her second CD - “Collage” - in 2013.

About the artist:
Jeri Katherine Howell is a singer-songwriter-guitarist from Frankfort, Kentucky with a few things to say in the realm of feeling stuff, empowerment, and those good 'ol sounds we call folk, bluegrass and mountain music.

Kentucky Derby Celebration with the Downtown County Band

$10 (to be collected at door)

Join us for our all-day Derby Day celebration. We'll start with brunch at 9 am (going to 1 pm), moving on to drink specials, and showing the race that evening. Afterwards, all will gather to have a heckuva Derby Day party, featuring the Downtown County Band! (The cover only applies for the performance at 8 pm.)

Get ready for a good time! The Downtown County Band will change your idea of old time music. This young five-piece ensemble returns to the place they got their start, Downtown Frankfort. They have played countless venues across several states, and gained a reputation for artistic excellence. The Downtown County Band plays Memphis blues, appalachian, and jug band music, along with originals written in the old-time tradition. WARNING: THIS IS NOT A BLUEGRASS SHOW!!!!

Second Sunday Reading Series

No admission fee

Join us for the Second Sunday reading series with poets Chris Helvey and Rebecca Howell, both of whom have books. We'll also be witnessing the Frankfort debut of l9-year-old singer Brittany Gillstrap of Glencoe, Kentucky.

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