Live Music in Glasgow, KY

By Joe Morris on April 29, 2012 at 10:00 am EST
George J's On The Square in Glasgow, KY

PHOTO CREDIT: Antony Boshier

Getting out to see live music in Glasgow and Barren County can be a little difficult, unless you’re good at picking and choosing.

There’s no shortage of musical talent here, as well as plenty of showplaces and special events to hear it. In fact, there’s probably something for just about every musical taste here, according to the folks who put on the shows and perform in them.

Glasgow Big Band

For more than a decade the community’s music lovers and performers have come together in the Glasgow Community Band, which performs on the square in downtown Glasgow, holds an annual Christmas concert at the Plaza Theatre, and puts on other performances as its members’ schedules allow, says Bill Brogan, the band’s current director.

“We play for the Veterans Day banquet, and provide music for the ceremony downtown at the parade,” Brogan says.

Many band members are current or retired musicians as well as current high school students who take top honors for their abilities. There’s also some crossover with the Barrens Big Band, which plays at retirement homes and various civic-group events.

“We’re up to five doctors now, three attorneys, six band directors and some other teachers, so we’re an unusual bunch," Brogan says.

Concert on the Square

Classical music aficionados get their fill every year when the annual Concert on the Square brings well-known regional symphony orchestras to town for a concert on the Friday night before July 4. Begun in the late 1990s, the concert has gotten so popular now that it brings several thousand locals and visitors to town for what has become a summertime must-attend event, says Randy Edwards, who chaired the event from 2009 to 2011.

“Every year it’s just gotten to be more of a tradition for folks,” Edwards says. “We keep pretty strict guidelines about the music, which is light classical that’s easily recognizable in the first half, and then patriotic for the second. The orchestras have been great to work with. And we try to add one or two new things every year just to keep it fresh.”

Strings of Erin

While they may not be playing on the square just yet, the sister duo of Strings of Erin are making a name for themselves on the local folk and Celtic music scene.

“My sister is a classically trained violinist, and I play the harp and sing and tell stories to music,” says Katie Daniels, who along with sister Bethany makes up the group. “Bethany is concertmaster of the Bowling Green Youth Orchestra, and we also have performed at the Glasgow Musicale. There are a lot of opportunities here, and I think we’ll continue to have a lot of chances to perform.”

George J's on the Square

One venue that might host them, along with any other talented performer or group, is George J’s on the Square. New owners Daniel and Angela Neukomm have plans to make the legendary local eatery a hub for entertainment, and are well along on their way to making that happen.

“We are endeavoring to become a regular nightspot,” Daniel Neukomm says. “Our goal is to have every Friday and Saturday night full with a live band, and so far we’re booked up well into 2012. We will be featuring local bands, but also get some bands in from the Nashville area and elsewhere so we can bring in some outside talent as well.”

The Neukomms have built a stage and installed new sound and lighting, so look for George J’s to become a touring stop for not only local talent, but regional and national up-and-comers as well.

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