The HillBenders will be one of the bands at this year's Frankfort Bluegrass Fest. | Supplied photo
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What: Frankfort Bluegrass on the Green Fest Fundraiser
When: 6 to 10 p.m. Friday
Where: Smokey Barque Grill,
20 Kansas St., Frankfort
Cost: $15 in advance at www.frankfortblue
grassfest.com or $20 at the door. Cash bar.
Etc: For more information or to make a donation, visit www.frankfortbluegrass
Updated: June 12, 2014 6:24AM
The annual Frankfort Bluegrass on the Green Fest wants to remain a free, family-friendly event for a long time, festival board member April Jackson said.
“Our goal is to keep this a free community event, and that is why we’re asking for the support of the community,” Jackson said.
To that end, a Frankfort Bluegrass Fest fundraiser will be held Friday at the Smokey Barque Grill. Jackson said the fundraiser will feature three floors of bluegrass music.
The bar on the main floor and the banquet hall on the second floor will each have bluegrass bands during the evening, and the basement bar will be a “jam room where everyone can bring their own instruments and play, too,” Jackson said.
The bands include Dog 1, Sunnyside Up, Bluegrass Escape and Not Far From the Tree.
The price of admission — $15 in advance and $20 at the door — includes food, raffles, split-the-pot, a silent auction and live music.
The raffles will include baskets with a variety of products, services and gift cards from area businesses. Jackson said Down Home Guitars, one of the festival sponsors, will donate a ukulele package and a guitar package.
All proceeds will directly fund the July Bluegrass Festival, which will feature more than a dozen national and local bluegrass bands over a two-day period, Jackson said.
“It’s just infectious to see these young musicians play,”she said. “I mean, you’ve got pure musicianship. There’s no fill-in with computerized music. These guys are so talented.”