Oldham County Day Festivities
to highlight musical lineup
The young, all-girl band plays bluegrass music
LA GRANGE, Ky. (July 2014) – As vibrant as their name implies, the Kentucky Bluebelles have a passion for performing bluegrass music. Hailing from northern Kentucky, this four-member band entertains audiences young and old with a sound as distinctive as the brilliant blue blossoms they are named after.
Ranging in age from 16 to 24, they harbor a deep-rooted respect and honor for the founders of the bluegrass genre. They have a special way of imitating these original sounds, transporting the listener to a bygone era.
The Kentucky Bluebelles bluegrass band consists of Ellie Miller, Andrea Williamson and sisters Amelia Samuel and Chloe Blayne.
The Kentucky Bluebelles take the Second Street Gazebo stage at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 19, during the Oldham County Day entertainment lineup. They are just one of several acts that will be performing for the crowds.
Even though they are all young, the Kentucky Bluebelles have had many years of experience playing bluegrass and a variety of other musical genres. Banjo and lead singer Chloe Blayne was a founding member of the youth bluegrass band, Kentucky Sassafras, at age 14. The band spent four years entertaining fans throughout north central Kentucky and played events in several surrounding states. When the band broke up, “I knew I wanted to start a band,” she said.
Along with younger sister, Amelia Samuel, who plays the upright bass, and two other talented friends, Ellie Miller and Andrea Williamson, the Kentucky Bluebells was formed. They have been together playing professionally for the last year.
Second Street Gazebo
• 9 a.m.: County Kickers line dancing
• 9:30 a.m.: “Hairspray” (by the St. Francis School)
• 11:30 a.m.: A Cappella Fellas
• 12:30 p.m.: Kentucky Bluebelles (bluegrass)
• 2:30 p.m.: Servant Band
• 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Living Statues
• Noon: Gunfight
• 12:30 p.m.: Cupcake Eating Contest
• 1:30 p.m.: O.C. Community Band
• 2:30 p.m.: Gunfight
East Lawn - Bluegrass
• 9 a.m.: Four 4 One
• 9:30 a.m.: Weeks Brothers
• 11:30 a.m.: Elias Delbridge & Friends
• 12:30 p.m.: Tom McShane
•1 p.m.: Adoration
• 2:30 p.m.: Bluegrass Jam (bring your chair, instrument and play along)
Blayne plays both the three-finger and the claw hammer style of banjo. After leaving Kentucky Sassafras, she studied vocal performance at the University of Louisville.
Miller has the reputation of being the youngest “belle” of the band. Having grown up in a musical family, she’s had lots of musical influence. Miller plays viola with the Louisville Youth Orchestra and has been accepted into the Governor’s School for the Arts.
She had the chance of a lifetime to attend the Cowan Creek Mountain Music Camp in Letcher County, Ky., along with some old-time fiddlers from Oldham County, learning first-hand fiddling techniques. It is easy to recognize the Eastern Kentucky slant to the Kentucky Bluebelles music, especially on the fiddle.
Williamson plays several instruments, having learned to play the banjo first. She was still very young when she began performing with the Gallatin County Bluegrass Band, her school’s band.
After graduating from high school, Williamson organized a band known as Southern Sky in which she played guitar and sang. Listeners will automatically notice her flat-picking skill on the guitar, something very few women have undertaken. Andrea studied computer science at Northern Kentucky University.
Williamson took up the upright bass at age 10 in her school’s bluegrass band. At age 12 she joined Kentucky Sassafras and stayed with them for two years.
Samuel also performed with Williamson in Southern Sky. While pursuing a mechanical engineering degree at the University of Kentucky, she had the opportunity to join the University of Kentucky Bluegrass Band.
This band’s music showcases the many hours spent in jam sessions, festival performances, private lessons and professional seminars throughout the state and several surrounding states. Each member has a distinctive voice, but yet they blend naturally to complement one another.
Oldham County Day entertainment kicks off at 9 a.m. on July 19 with the County Kickers line dancing demonstration, followed by a performance of “Hairspray” by St. Francis School. All musical performances will take a break for the 10 a.m. parade to make its way through the town, beginning at fifth and Jefferson streets.
Also performing on the Second Street Gazebo will be A Cappella Fellas at 11:30 a.m. The Servant Band will take the stage at 2:30 p.m.
Six Guns Entertainment will re-enact two gunfights during Oldham County Day, July 19, in La Grange, Ky.
Entertainment will take place on the Courthouse Lawn as well following the Oldham County Day Parade. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Living Statues will mesmerize the crowd with their realistic wax figures and poses.
The Antique Iron Club will have a display of antique tractors, farm implements and tractors on the grounds of the Oldham County History Center. A special exhibit entitled “Remember the Time…” will showcase 50 years of service by the Project Guild of La Grange. It will be displayed in the back room of the Peyton Samuel Head Family Museum. Upstairs in the museum visitors can see a World War II themed exhibit, “I Pledge Allegiance: Honoring our World War II Veterans.”
The fun continues at noon with a Gunfight at High Noon, presented by Six Guns Entertainment. A second gunfight will take place at 2:30 p.m. on the Courthouse Lawn in which attendees might see Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp or the Outlaw Josey Wales.
A Cupcake Eating Contest will be sponsored by the Cupcake Clinic at 12:30 p.m. An entrance fee is charged. Following this will be a performance by the Oldham County Community Band at 1:30 p.m.
The day’s musical lineup includes an East Lawn Stage that features bluegrass music throughout the day. The festivities begin on this stage at 9 a.m. with Four 4 One, a gospel quartet, followed by the Weeks Brothers at 9:30 a.m.
The Weeks Brothers, Garrett and Patrick, are the sons of Dan and Paige Weeks, and usually all four perform together. “They’ve grown up doing this stuff with us,” said mom, Paige Weeks. Their music is a blend of Bluegrass, gospel and folk.
Elias Delbridge & Friends will perform at 11:30 a.m., with Tom McShane, owner of Hewn From the Mountain Music Café, taking the stage from 12:30-1 p.m. The gospel quartet Adoration will follow at 1 p.m. The day will conclude with a Bluegrass Jam at 2:30 p.m. on the East Lawn Stage. Everyone is welcome to bring a chair and instrument and join in.
Due to budget cuts, there will be no Friday night Dancin’ in the Streets concert this year. Additional entertainment includes the YMCA’s annual 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk at 7 p.m. Friday, July 18. This race through the heart of La Grange will begin at the Covenant United Methodist Church, 909 W. Jefferson St.
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