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That Bluegrass Scene

The Seldom Scene

This week's Jubilee features bluegrass veterans The Seldom Scene. The program captures the group's performance at the the 2013 Festival of the Bluegrass in Lexington.

The Seldom Scene has made its reputation by stretching the boundaries of bluegrass and taking the genre to new heights. – performs on the next episode of Jubilee. Founded in 1971, the group weathered multiple line-up changes early on (only banjo player Ben Eldridge remains from the original group).

But the band’s current members—Eldridge, along with Dudley Connell on guitar; Ronnie Simpkins on bass; Fred Travers on dobro; and Lou Reid on mandolin—have molded into something special.

The group’s current members have been together for the past 18 years. “I think it's safe to say that no second generation bluegrass group [has been] as influential as The Seldom Scene in contributing to the popularity and expansion of this genre of acoustic music,” David Freeman, a renowned bluegrass historian and founder of Rebel Records, told Smithsonian Magazine in a 2014 story.

The performance at the Festival of the Bluegrass showcases the group's signature sound—high-energy with daring instrumental solos.

After airing, each Jubilee episode is available at

KET: Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 8/7 p.m. CT

KET2: Saturday, Sept. 6 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

September 3 is the anniversary of the birth of Louis Sullivan, an American architect whose brilliant early designs for steel-frame skyscraper construction led to the emergence of the skyscraper as the distinctive American building type.

Sullivan was born in 1856 in Boston. He became one of the most influential of the architects to come out of the Chicago School, mentoring Frank Lloyd Wright and others. Sullivan is credited with the phrase "form follows function," from a poem he wrote in 1896:

It is the pervading law of all things organic and inorganic/Of all things physical and metaphysical/Of all things human, and all things super-human/Of all true manifestations of the head/Of the heart, of the soul/That the life is recognizable in its expression/That form ever follows function. This is the law

Find out more about Sullivan at the website for the film Louis Sullivan: The Struggle for American Architecture.

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

KET and Actors Theatre of Louisville invite you to a special preview showing of a new Kentucky Muse documentary about the illustrious Louisville theatre company.

The preview will be held Monday, Sept. 15 at Actors, 316 West Main Street in Louisville. The reception begins at 6/5 p.m. CT, with cash bar and small plates available, and the screening is at 7:30/6:30 p.m. CT.

Admission is free. Reserve your tickets by calling (502) 584-1205 by September 10.