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Moonshine, Music & Fun in Shelbyville, KY

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Shelbyville, KY, is a town that loves its live music. From bring-your-own-picnic concerts to a mix of headlining musicians and up-and-coming artists to a newly announced concert series at Shelbyville’s newest attraction, Shelbyville rocks out almost every weekend. Although more famous for its saddlebreds than songs, the American Saddlebred Capital of the World is gaining a reputation as the place to be on weekends for live music. Best of all, concerts are free.

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Shelbyville, KY, is a town that loves its live music. From bring-your-own-picnic concerts to a mix of headlining musicians and up-and-coming artists to a newly announced concert series at Shelbyville’s newest attraction, Shelbyville rocks out almost every weekend. Although more famous for its saddlebreds than songs, the American Saddlebred Capital of the World is gaining a reputation as the place to be on weekends for live music. Best of all, concerts are free.

 

 

Wine and song

 

 

Come rain or shine, the music (and the wine) pours forth at Talon Winery.

 

 

“Talon’s live music series makes for a great night out whether you’re with a group of friends or on a date,” said Talon’s Lauren Manuel. “Bring in a picnic while enjoying the variety of musicians and sipping a glass of Talon wine.”

 

 

Concerts take place indoors or out, depending on the weather. Inside, there is comfy seating in a gleaming tasting room with vaulted ceiling and three-sided bar. Outside, guests are privy to sweeping views of the surrounding countryside from Talon’s back porch and lawn.

 

 

You might choose Talon’s Sweet Evening Breeze, an elegant Reisling, to pair with a warm spring evening, Afterglow to sweeten up a rain-soaked day.

 

 

Talon Winery has music 6-9 p.m. every Friday, April through October, and 4-7 p.m. on Saturdays, year-round. Upcoming artists: Sissy Brown, April 22; Zane Hilton, April 29; Hadley Kennary, May 19. Visit Talon’s Facebook page or website for updates.

 

 

Brews and bands

 

 

With its original paintings and other artworks, books by local authors and eclectic seating and decorations including old crates and jugs and a Radio Flyer wagon, Harvest Coffee &Café looks like an artists’ enclave. And it is. A community-focused café serving local whole foods and gourmet coffee in an antique store setting, Harvest hosts not only artists and authors, but musicians, too.

 

 

Just about every Friday and Saturday evening, the café features live music in a setting that seems tailor-made for mellowing out over a menu of sandwiches, soups, salads, sweets and pastries and Cellar Door’s small-batch chocolates.

 

 

Monthly house musicians are locals Reggie Van Stockum, Corey Tyler, Matt Simons and Nick Cottrell. Filling out the calendar, according to general manager Louise Riley, are up-and-coming artists and/or bigger headliners.

 

 

“Local greats like Lewis Mathis, Tom Hynes and Lynne McReynolds Chenault have rocked out in Harvest’s cabaret atmosphere,” said Van Stockum. “The Patsy Cline-voiced Chloe Tate Jackson plays there regularly.

 

 

“I often have the pleasure of backing up the soulful singing of Sophie Deaton and am especially pleased when Melinda Mathis Hardin joins us at the microphone. She and her brother Lewis are the heart and soul of the music scene in Shelbyville.”

 

 

Visit Harvest Coffee & Café’s Facebook page or website for more information.

 

 

Moonshine and music

 

 

Jeptha Creed is Shelbyville’s newest gem. This beautiful distillery set on 64 gently rolling acres brings to mind those upscale and elegant, warm and welcoming lodges one finds in a mountain resort, but this distillery with glowing wood floors and massive stone fireplace is Kentucky right down to the heirloom Bloody Butcher corn seed used in making its bourbon.

 

 

This family-owned distillery specializes in high-end heritage distilled spirits: vodka, moonshine and bourbon. Many of the ingredients are grown right on Jeptha Creed farmland for an authentic ground to the glass experience.

 

 

The distillery has just added weekly a concert series featuring regional musicians, food trucks and the Jeptha Creed bar, which stays open until 10 p.m. Plenty of time to explore the distillery room, tasting station and gift shop, and relax or dance on the expansive outdoor patio.

 

 

Here are upcoming artists and eats: Usual Suspects, 6-9 p.m. and Black Rock Grill, 5-9 p.m., April 28; Stir Krazy, 6-9 p.m. and The BBQ Cowboy, 5-9 p.m., May 5. Visit Jeptha Creed’s Facebook page or website for updates and more information.

 

Kathy Witt

 

 April 22, 2017

 

PHOTOS

 

Double Dog Dare performs at Talon Winery in Shelbyville, KY.

Photo: Talon Winery

 

Matt Simons is one of the house musicians at Harvest Coffee and Café in Shelbyville, KY.

 

The patio at Jeptha Creed, Shelbyville, KY’s newest attractions, rocks during Jammin’ At Jeptha live music concerts.

Photo: Jeptha Creed Distillery

 

 

 

 

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