My dear friends over in Eastern Kentucky are brewing up an absolutely amazing festival right as we speak, and I am keeping a watchful eye upon this event. I covered this event for many years, before the covid basically stopped all life last year. Every single festival that I deal with on a yearly basis had cancelled for 2021, and even then some have once again moved to 2022.

The Master Musicians Festival has once again launched a fantastic campaign to make your July even hotter this year. I’m going to be talking about many of the musical acts that will be adorning the stages that weekend, and I’ll also delve into some of the different things to do there.

I’ve always been a huge advocate for this festival, because of the outstanding job they do on behalf of the community. See, this one isn’t your typical run of the mill festival here. They rely solely on sponsors and US to provide the revenue possible to continue to hire the talent.

For the last 6 months, I have been researching and making articles on how we can all do our part in resurrecting live music again. All  of the smaller venue shows have returned, as well as larger shows now. NOW IS the most important time to come forth and financially, and physically support whatever music community you love…more to come.

The History Of Master Musicians Festival

2021 will be the 28th year for the premier summer event in the Lake Cumberland region. The 2018 festival headliner was the beloved singer-songwriter John Prine, while recent years featured Willie Nelson, The Counting Crows, and Steve Earle.

Named as a Kentucky Travel Industry Association’s Top 10 Summer Festivals & Event, and the Southeast Tourism Society’s (STS) Shining Example of the Year, the Master Musicians Festival is a premier event in the Lake Cumberland region and beyond.

This festival has remained true to its roots, paying special tribute to “Master Musicians” who have devoted much of their lives to preserving their musical heritage and whose contributions have had a significant effect in their musical genre. Musicians such as Willie Nelson, Howard Doc Watson, Odetta Vassar Clements, Guy Clark and J.D. Crowe have entertained thousands.

In addition to the headliners, the festival has featured some of the best new and upcoming artists, like Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, as well as local talent. Other performers have included Amanda Shires, Dawes, Mark O’Conner, “Pigmeat” Jarrett, Nickel Creek, Richie Haven, Punch Brothers, Robert Lockwood, Jean Ritchie, The Avett Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show and hundreds of other captivating acts.

Over nearly three decades, the festival has averaged 3,000 – 6,000 attendees. MMF has tremendous community support, with an all-volunteer/working board of directors. Over 150 volunteers from across the county and many public/private partnerships work together each summer to ensure that the festival is a continuing success for the thousands that come to Somerset every year to see and hear true Master Musicians perform their magic8

Non-Profit Board Keeps Ticket Prices Low

The Master Musicians Festival endeavors each year to bring a wide variety of multi-cultural, multi-generational and multi-racial music to our eclectic stage – from the blues to bluegrass, from celtic to Haitian roots, from rock ‘n’ roll to jazz to progressive newgrass to country to Americana and everything in between – for the best ticket price around.

The Master Musicians Festival is led by a non-profit, all volunteer board of directors dedicated to bringing musical excellence to rural Kentucky.

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