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Moontower Music Festival’s News and Views


There’s a great event happening here in Lexington Midway this Saturday–the inaugural Moontower Music Festival at Equus Run Vineyards. Following Kentucky’s biggest 3-day festival, Forecastle, Moontower is a one-day celebration of music and local food, drink, and culture. The fest’s planners hope to move it to a 2-day event in 2015.

The lineup features bands from a variety of genres: A Lion Named Roar (pop rock), Brave Baby (indie rock), Tyler Childers (Americana), Machines Are People Too (synth-pop), Buffalo Rodeo (alternative/progressive rock), and DJ Gary Klass; shockingly he’s a DJ. Many of the artists are from our broader region too, with guys hailing from Bowling Green, Paintsville, Tennessee (gross), Prestonsburg, and Lexington.

The headliners for the fest are Redmon’s favorites, the more than up-and-coming country duo, Sundy Best. KSR readers may recall their Senior Day rendition of my Old Kentucky Home (*SOB) and their CMT Award three goggle moment that was caught on camera. Good guys. Poor spellers. Tell them so at 7 pm Saturday.

Your big headliner is Nashville’s indie-progressive band, Moon Taxi. The guys were a featured late show at Forecastle last weekend, and I was fortunate enough to see them for the ….. well, not the first time. They play in the area a lot ok? The group is phenomenal live, putting on a high energy, intimate show no matter the venue. I encourage you to come ride the Moon Taxi at 8:45.

Full schedule here.

Buy tickets here.

And why not read my Forecastle review here?

On to the news:


George Brown Jr. chooses Florida


Three-star offensive tackle, George Brown Jr., once thought a strong Kentucky lean by most recruiting pundits went with the baby gators today–much to the chagrin of BBN. And shock. Mostly at the baby gator. How would he have pulled that off with a baby elephant…

Brown may have been the best OL of them all, but this helps ease the sting a bit perhaps? That, plus the fact that we are actually surprised to be losing out on a top-tier recruit from Ohio. Isn’t that nice?

Also, the prospect of kittens. I love kittens.

Stoops on the Louisville series

After causing quite a stir skipping Wednesday’s Governor’s Cup luncheon, leading to speculation that Stoops & Co. may distancing themselves from the series, Stoops put that to rest today. Speaking at the Greater Louisville UK Alumni Luncheon, during this time of the year he calls “talking season”, Stoops said that he feels the Louisville game is “very important.”

Any time you’re an in-state rivalry, it’s important. I think both groups, both institutions, have such strong fans and fan bases, it’s important to them; it’s important to our players, it’s important to us. There’s no denying that. If you ask me, and certainly Charlie (Strong) and I have had discussions – I don’t know Coach (Bobby Petrino) as well – but sometimes people don’t realize there’s 11 other games that we’ve gotta get to. But it is important, and we embrace that challenge.

Even if the SEC moves to nine conference games, the rivalry will continue.

“Oh, yeah, I do,” Stoops said. “As you know, that’s probably above my pay grade, but I do anticipate that staying.”

 Neal Brown and Stoops on the Kentucky offense

— Not much news on who’s winning the QB race. So there.

— Brown was asked about potential playmakers on offense,”Ryan Timmons, Braylon Heard, Javess Blue and Jojo Kemp.” Stoops got in on the conversation and added running back Josh Clemons. Brown then said, “His power output is right behind Bud (Dupree).”

— Stoops said the freshman on offense look “how they’re supposed to look” and the WRs are very physically tough.

—  Neal Brown went on and on about how good Ryan Timmons’ body looked, how he got a 4.0 last semester, and how much he’s matured. Someone has a crush! Don’t blame ya Coach.

Read more of the transcript from today’s talk with Stoops, Brown, and D.J. Eliot here. 


The Pelicans re-signed Darius Miller

One of our favorite Kentuckians is reunited with one of our favorite unibrows. Congrats Darius. Also, Ivory Coast star Didier Drogba re-signed with Chelsea. Big day for re-signing. Perhaps Stephen A. Smith should resign….?

Jalen Rose (maybe) considered taking a position at Kentucky?

“There are a few college coaches that I would consider working for; John Calipari is one of them.” When Jacoby asked he if had spoken to Cal about it, Rose said, “I plead the fifth.”

When John Calipari calls; you listen.


Thamel implies UK+5 other schools may have had racial reasonings not hiring Charlie Strong

Or have been racist. Or something. Doing real research on the unique situations at each university for his piece would have been too hard.

In other news, KSR still doesn’t like Pete Thamel. Read Matt’s thoughts here.

The Kentucky football women’s clinic is tomorrow

And I’ll be there! Looking forward to seeing what this event is all about and hearing knowledgeable gals talk some football. See, KSR does talk about football!!

Article written by Brennan English

Just give me all the bacon and eggs you have. @BrennanKSR

23 Comments for Moontower Music Festival’s News and Views

  1. BG music fan
    10:44 pm July 25, 2014 Permalink

    Moon Taxi and Buffalo Rodeo are the best bands there by far!!! I’ve been following both for years. Both are a great listen.

  2. BOSOX
    10:53 pm July 25, 2014 Permalink

    Pete Thamel is a moron…. This whole race card game just to get views or hits is stupid! No one cares what your race is as long as you are doing good and winning at your job. I am going to say you completely suck as a sports writer cause you are white!!! Call me a racist then… PT ignorance is showing with his post and next time do some research and get your facts straight before you start shooting BS out of your mouth!!! Sorry guys that crap made myself a little salty… What an idiot

  3. Kyle
    11:36 pm July 25, 2014 Permalink

    What’s silly about Thamel is I don’t think he even knows we had Joker lined out to be the new coach a year or so in advance and guess what he was African American as well

  4. Kyle
    11:37 pm July 25, 2014 Permalink

    What’s silly about Thamel is I don’t think he even knows we had Joker lined out to be the new coach a year or so in advance and guess what he is African American as well

  5. Pud
    12:33 am July 26, 2014 Permalink

    I am worried, KSR is getting desperate…

    • Rump
      1:24 am July 26, 2014 Permalink


  6. hubba hubba
    12:39 am July 26, 2014 Permalink

    Don’t know if George Brown was elite….only one site had him as a 4 star guy. Espn in their evaluation of him says he is a prospect, but has a ton of fundamentals to refine and at least 25lbs to get where he needs to be as a tackle. He wasn’t even our #1 tackle on our board. Larry Wells was who is 6’6 /315 already. Would he have been a nice feather in our cap? Yes. Is he a make or break guy? Absolutely not. I was more worried with Conrad camping at OSU and Stump ‘ s visit to Stanford which both happened in a way that UK is still leaders for both.

  7. JaredCarterIsMyHomeboy
    12:52 am July 26, 2014 Permalink

    I’ve seen Moon Taxi at both Hangout Festival and Forecastle and they’re pretty awesome.

  8. Cousins Fake Tooth
    2:34 am July 26, 2014 Permalink

    Never heard of any of them.

  9. CancerDancer
    5:09 am July 26, 2014 Permalink

    This has to be the most depressing post since…
    the Bear left…

  10. MC
    7:27 am July 26, 2014 Permalink

    Stay on Conrad Kentucky. He wandered to OSU last night! Go Blue!

    • bluegrassstu
      9:53 am July 26, 2014 Permalink

      Heard Conrad had a poor workout at Osu, and Osu took another player who played the same position. Not surprising as this other guy had a better offer sheet than Conrad. Hopefully Conrad is all Cat now.

  11. DT in DC
    8:53 am July 26, 2014 Permalink

    Not to sound like I’m from PETA, but what is he going to do with that baby gator now that his photo op is over?

  12. wkylawcat
    9:44 am July 26, 2014 Permalink

    The last nail in the coffin on middle-age was hammered down after I read this post. I have no earthly idea who any of these bands are.

  13. Dazed and Confused says
    9:53 am July 26, 2014 Permalink

    “Party at the Moon Tower.”

    • Wooderson
      10:15 am July 26, 2014 Permalink


  14. kybigblue
    10:13 am July 26, 2014 Permalink

    A commitment from a 3 star player does get much press in Florida since they sign a lot of 4 and 5 star players.

    • kybigblue
      10:15 am July 26, 2014 Permalink

      Sorry that should have read a 3 star commitment doesn’t get much press in Florida.

  15. Georgia Blue
    10:25 am July 26, 2014 Permalink

    Don’t get caught up in Stars because you have mor 3 Stars in the NFL than 4 and 5 stars. A couple of years ago a 2 star was the overall pick. Randall Cobb was 2 Star who lit up the Sec . So don’t get confusing by stars . Because 3 stars from football states might be 5 stars in non football states

    • Michael
      2:35 pm July 26, 2014 Permalink

      I’ve listened to this argument from many UL fans lately (mostly since Stoops is beating them on the recruiting trail).

      How many prospects are rated as 3 stars compared to 4 stars? Twice as many? Three times as many?

      Draft results show that 4/5 stars have a much higher chance of being drafted. I think there is also a correlation with successful college football programs and their high number of highly rated recruits. Alabama, USC, and LSU are always near the top of recruiting rankings for a reason.

      However, unlike basketball, getting highly rated recruits doesn’t always lead to instant gratification. It may take 2-3 seasons before these guys start making an impact.

  16. Han
    10:49 am July 26, 2014 Permalink

    A couple months ago when Strickland went with Coach O, some people online were throwing out names for people to come in and fill a similar role. Rose came up more than a couple times. Quality NBA PG who knows what it’s like to be surrounded by pressure and trying to succeed as a freshman under the microscope. Also knows through associations what can happen if a young player makes the wrong decisions and how it can impact your legacy. Add in that he’s very recognizable from TV…

    4:06 pm July 26, 2014 Permalink

    Some of Alabama and LSU 1st round drafted pick wasn’t 4 or 5 stars coming out of HIGH SCHOOL. PLUS for the past 5 drafted years in the NFL 64 4 stars , 43 3 stars, 21 2 stars and 3 unranked. Believe me coaching up has a lot to do with it and mindset of the players. Facility, Strength and Conditioning and eating right plays a big role in a program too. How do BOISE STATE compete with the BIG DOG

  18. Pete Thamel(Toe)
    8:24 pm July 26, 2014 Permalink

    Yes, I know UK had named a Coach in Waiting 2 years prior, who was a former UK player, and yes, I know he was an African American, but they still should have hired Charlie Strong, because… well, I don’t know why, but there must be lots of good reasons, or I wouldn’t have wrote the damn story.