Music at the Point

BBQ and variety of music
added to former Blues fest

Live radio show taping to
be among festival highlights

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

CARROLLTON, Ky. (September 2010) – Good food and good music have always complemented each other, especially when there is a crowd of people involved. Add a gorgeous outdoor setting and you’ve got the perfect weekend to gather at the confluence of the Kentucky and Ohio Rivers.

Carroll County's Blues Brothers

Photo provided

Carrollton’s Music at
the Point 2010 will
include local, regional
and national musicians.
A new barbecue cooking contest has also been
added to the event
this season.

“When I ask people what they like about it, the first world out of their mouths is location,” said Mark Davis. He is referring to the BBQ & Music at the Point 2010 festival, formerly known as Blues to the Point. Davis and local musician Clayton Dermon have been producing the event for the last five years and decided to change a few things this year to make it more appealing to a wider audience.
“We added a BBQ contest and expanded it to include a larger variety of music,” he said. “So many festivals have come along recently that to grow this event at all, we have to appeal to a wider variety of people.”
The changes only add to the content of an already well-established festival. Blues music is still a part of it, because “we have a good sampling of Blues artists.” Also included will be local and regional bands and individuals performing light jazz, Americana, and rock and roll.
The event has been held roughly for the last 15 years, said Davis. “It is unique in that we have two stages and continuous live music.”
BBQ & Music at the Point 2010 will be held at Point Park on Friday, Sept. 10 from 5:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m., with gates opening at 5 p.m. Acts begin performing on Saturday, Sept. 11 at 1 p.m. and the festival will end at midnight. Gates will open on Saturday at Noon.
Advance tickets are available at the Carrollton-Carroll County Tourism Office. Tickets for Friday are $8 and $10 for Saturday only. A two-day pass is available for $15. Children 12 and under are admitted free. A $10 primitive camping fee per campsite is available.
The lineup includes local artists such as Indiana residents Greg Ziesemer and Kriss Luckett. Ziesemer, an Indianapolis native, is an accomplished musician and 20-year veteran of the central Indiana music community. Vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Luckett was a founding member of the Indianapolis-based Diamonds and Rust. Ziesemer was bass guitarist for the group.

Music at the point logo

BBQ & Music
at the Point 2010

Friday, Sept. 10:
5:30 p.m.: Walker & Kays
6:30 p.m.: Songwriters In The Round: John Gage, Dan Hardin, Steve Smith & Leigh Ann Yost. (This will be a Kentucky Homefront Broadcast Taping.)
8 p.m.: Lamont Gillespie
9 p.m.: Don Pedigo, Greg Ziesemer & Kriss Luckett. (This will be a Kentucky Homefront Boradcast Taping)
10 p.m.: Greg Foresman

Saturday, Sept. 11:
1 p.m.: Roy Gentry
2 p.m.: Phil Ragland
3 p.m.: Juggernaught Jug Band
4 p.m.: Marty & Vicki Miller
5 p.m.: Eight Days a Week - Beatles Tribute
5:50 p.m.: BBQ Contest Announcements
6:10 p.m.: Eight Days a Week
7 p.m.: Malcolm Holcombe
8 p.m.: Mickey Clark & Blue Norther
9:30 p.m.: Alan Rhody
10:30 p.m.: Soul, Inc. Featuring Tommy “Cosmo” Cosden, Sherry Edwards, Wayne Young, Marvin Maxwell & The Louisville Horns.

A great act that all ages will enjoy will be Eight Days A Week - Beatles Tribute, said Davis. Based in Cincinnati, this four-man band recreates the classic sounds of John, Paul, George and Ringo, better known to millions of adorning fans as, The Beatles. They perform selections from the band that changed the musical course of mankind in a six-state area surrounding Ohio.
Included in the weekend lineup will be Kentucky Homefront with John Gage. This will be a live radio show taping. The shows are usually recorded on the second Saturday evening of every month (except January and July) at the Clifton Center on Frankfort Avenue in Louisville.
“We think it’s a good event,” said Rhonda Crutcher, Carrollton-Carroll County Tourism Director. “I hope the BBQ contest will add to it to make it something different.”
The festival began several years ago and then died for a short time, Crutcher said. “Davis and Dermon agreed to take it forward if we (the tourism office) would support them.”
Crutcher said the event is an economic boost to Carroll County. “Most attendees are from out of town and that helps our tourism. Especially when people spend Friday and Saturday nights, eating and sleeping here.”
Point Park is the perfect venue for the event, she said. “It has an unbelievable view, which people who live here take for granted.” A lot of cleaning has been done along the river banks.
“With every little town here and there having a Blues festival now, we just don’t have a niche anymore with just a blues festival,” said Crutcher.
BBQ & Music at the Point definitely adds something to the area and region that does not exist in other places, said Crutcher.

• For more information, contact the Carrollton-Carroll County Tourism Office at 1-800-325-4290, Mark Davis at (502) 727-1050 or visit: www.MusicAtThePoint.com.

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