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Lexington's Bluegrass Collective Next on Jubilee

The 23 String Band

Lexington’s Bluegrass Collective proves that, sometimes, pickin’ with friends can grow into something truly special. The band — which started out as a jam-fest among buddies on guitar player Dove Gevedon’s porch — now is a staple at Lexington-area bluegrass festivals. The next episode of Jubilee showcases the band’s performance at the 2013 Festival of the Bluegrass in Lexington.

For seven years, from 2000-2007, Bluegrass Collective performed weekly Sunday shows at Lexington’s Fishtank bar. In the process, they found their groove and became a “must-see” for local bluegrass lovers. Now, the group performs regularly at Willie’s Locally Known and other area venues. In May, they were one of the headliners at this year’s inaugural Moonshiner’s Ball held at Berea’s HomeGrown HideAways campground.

With a toe-tapping, traditional bluegrass sound that mixes musicianship with soaring harmonies, the group’s hits like “On and On,” “Foggy Mountain Top,” and “Liza Jane” keep bluegrass fans coming back for more. Bluegrass Collective includes Brandon Bowlds on banjo; Dove Gevedon on guitar; Roddy Puckett on bass; Danny Williams on mandolin; and Don Rogers on fiddle.

After airing, each Jubilee episode is available at

KET: Tuesday, August 19 at 8/7 p.m. CT

KET2: Saturday, August 23 at midnight/11 p.m. CT


See a complete listing of this week's arts programs.

Do You Know About Noh?

Noh Theater is a form of Japanese drama performed in masks and costumes and featuring voice and very slow, precise, movement. Noh Theater is noted for its restraint, subtlety, and adherence to tradition.

A new collection of education resources on PBS LearningMedia, produced by KET, features videos on Noh theater, music, and mask making; a student performance; and Noh in a classroom setting.

Arts Anniversary

On August 18, 1958, three years after its debut in France, Vladimir Nabokov’s novel Lolita made its first appearance in the United States. The American edition sold 100,000 copies in the first three weeks. Lolita went on to become one of the most widely read, controversial, and critically acclaimed books of the 20th century.

Find out what happened in the arts today and every day in the Arts Toolkit's This Day in the Arts calendar.

State of the Art

America's bicentennial celebration in 1976 inspired new interest in traditional arts such as quilting. But the quilt makers of the late 20th century pushed the form to new limits, exploring new techniques, materials, and approaches.

You can see a variety of their works in MasterPieces: Quilts of Inspiration. This exhibit of works by some of quilt making's most respected contemporary artists at Paducah's National Quilt Museum through September 9.

A related exhibit, Backstitch, on display through September 16, celebrates the silver anniversary of the New England Quilt Museum by exploring the changes in quilting over 25 years due to innovative tools and techniques and influential teachers.