Saturday, August 8, 2015

Kenlake's Hot August Blues Aug. 28-29

The Hot August Blues Festival at Kenlake State Resort Park is celebrating its 26th anniversary Aug. 28-29.

The festival is held at the park’s amphitheater on the shore of Kentucky Lake. The show opens Friday, Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. with 2 Miles Back Band. The program the next day starts at 2 p.m. with Deja Blues Band.

Advance tickets are $15 for Friday and $20 for Saturday. Two-day advance tickets are $30 a person. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets at the gate are $20 for Friday, $25 for Saturday and $40 for both days. Advance tickets may be purchased online or at these locations: Roof Brothers Wine & Spirits in Paducah; Kaylee’s Farmhouse Restaurant in Aurora, the UPS Store in Murray and at Kenlake State Resort Park (cash only).

More ticket and schedule information is available at The festival is held rain or shine, and guests may bring chairs and coolers (no glass).  A shuttle service from the park lodge and campground will also be available.

As a warm-up for the festival, Kenlake will host its “Neighborhood Night Free Concert” on Thursday, Aug. 27 from 6 to 10 p.m. Two bands are scheduled to play, Two Years Wasted from 6 to 8 p.m. and River Towne Alley Cats from 8 to 10 p.m. Food will also be available.

Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs for an evening of blues music on the front lawn.  The concert is free, but donations will be accepted for two charitable groups -- the Marshall County Exceptional Center and Murray WATCH.

The park restaurant will be open 5 to 8 p.m., and special lodging rates for Thursday night starting at $54.95 for a lodge room are available.