Hanson Village Annual Arts Festival

Around the end of the 19th century, the town of Hanson, Kentucky was actually a very popular stop along the railroad stop for tourists and traders. Well, today, the beautiful historic downtown area of Hanson is a true gathering place for folks that are passionate about antiques and arts.

Hanson’s Village Arts Festival is an annual event that’s the first festival of the year that’s taking place in March. Throughout the year, several festivals draw huge crowds to the city’s most charming historic business district. This year’s Village Arts Festival took place in March so if you want to see what it’s all about, check out Hanson next year and you’ll be surprised at what’s on display and for sale. With a wide variety of activities, this annual festival is offering something to please everyone.

Let’s see what this year’s Village Arts Festival in Hanson had on offer:

Crafters and artists from all across the tri-state region displayed and sold their work. There were over 25 authors that contributed to the festival’s book fair. Fans of fabric arts could enjoy the interesting quilt exhibit and there was a great chainsaw artist demonstrating his craft and art. All through the days, there was live music at Hanson’s downtown gazebo and visitors could learn interesting new crafts at hands-on workshops and for the children, there were special craft lessons and classes throughout the day.

The historic downtown area of Hanson has been nicely restored thanks to the efforts and dedication of one woman who was born and raised here, Teresa Anthony. Read all about her motivation and great work in this interview with Teresa.

Fun and Music in Madisonville and Hopkins County

Visit “Sizzlin’ Summer Sounds” – Free outdoor concerts
Well, the weather may be hot, but the acts performing at Madisonville’s “Sizzlin’ Summer Sounds” are even hotter! You are invited to check out the city’s free summer outdoor concerts. Free concerts are on Friday Nights (the “Friday Night Live Series”) and during Madisonville’s 4th Fest. The following video (2013) gives a nice impression of what’s its all about:

Friday Night Live Series – Downtown Madisonville, 6 pm to 10 pm

June 14: Tracy Lawrence, Joe Nichols
Tracy Lawrence belongs to America’s best recognizable vocalists in country music. She’s known for songs like “Time Marches On”, “Paint Me A Birmingham”, “Find Out Who Your Friends Are”, and  “Alibis”. Tracy Lawrence has had over 20 songs on various Billboard Top-10 charts that included 18 Number one singles, and she has sold more than 12 million albums. Tracy Lawrence has received multiple platinum ACM and CMA awards for her work as a recording artist and she has recently celebrated 22 years in the music industry.

Tracy Lawrence will be joined by Joe Nichols who has earned several Billboard, CMA, ACM, and CMT awards. Joe also has had four Grammy nominations and his album “Man With a Memory” (2002) racked up no less than 6 Number One hit singles and 8 Top-10 hits, including songs like “Tequilas Make Her Clothes Fall Off.” and “Brokenheartsville”. Joe Nichols’ recent album is titled “Crickets” which includes the platinum-certified Number-One hits “Sunny and 75” and “Yeah”. For an overview of the history of Hanson, Kentucky, check out this post.

July 19 – Grand Funk Railroad
On July 19, you are welcome to celebrate 50 years of “Grand Funk Railroad” at Madisonville’s Friday Night Live! Grand Funk’s music laid the basic groundwork for bands as Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, and Van Halen with the band’s hard-driving signature sound, muscular instrumentation, soulful vocals, and forceful, strong pop melodies. The band produced several mega-hits such as “I’m Your Captain/Closer To Home”, “We’re An American Band”, “Some Kind Of Wonderful”, and “Locomotion”. All these great songs still get lots of airplay on Classic Rock stations. Over the years, Grand Funk managed to score 8 top-40 hits, 19 charted hit singles, and “Locomotion” and “We’re An American Band” were the band’s number one hits that each sold over one million copies.

August 2 – Sister Sledge, The Gap Band
With their first hit “Mama Never Told Me”, Sister Sledge immediately made it big in the U.S. and their careers dramatically took off when they released the album “We Are Family”. The album’s title track skyrocketed the vocal group right into the musical top echelons and the hits “All American Girls”, “Lost in music”, and “Thinking of You” made sure the group’s status was cemented.

The Gap Band. They are known for their party-like, groove thumpin’, high energy music. During the late 70s and early 80s,  The Gap Band was dominating the U.S. R&B charts through their funk grooves. Of the band’s 9 albums, 4 went straight to platinum plus as they sold millions of copies including 15 Top-10 R&B hits, and 4 Number-1 R & B hits. Famous are songs like “Party Train”, “You Dropped a Bomb on Me”, “Burn Rubber“, Oops Upside Your Head”, “Outstanding”, “Early in the Morning”, and “Yearning for Your Love”, their best-known love song.

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