Oldham County Day offers wide range of musical acts
3XMO is a band that offers a unique sound
LA GRANGE, Ky. (July 2016) – The entertainment for Oldham County Day on July 16 comes in many forms. There is always music to suit every taste, whether it is country, bluegrass, blues or rock and roll, as in the case of 3XMO.
The History Center will also be honoring the Living Treasures with breakfast and lunch, and providing a float for them to ride on in the parade. The Living Treasures are elders in the community who have influenced many and made major contributions to the community.
“We basically play traditional rock and roll music but we also play a lot of blues and occasionally some country music,” said band member Scott Moore. “We consider ourselves a ‘Jam’ band.’ ”
Moore, who plays acoustic guitar, harmonica, keyboards and backing vocals, said the band got together a couple of years ago. “I have been trying to get a band together for a while now and finally have landed on a consistent core group.”
This will be the first time 3XMO will have performed for the crowds at Oldham County Day. Typically, “we like to play for private parties, but occasionally we play for public venues,” Moore said.
Locally, the band has played at Beef ‘O Brady’s in La Grange and performed a few times at Marmadukes in the Camp Taylor area. They will perform on Oldham County Day at 3:30 p.m., rounding out the day’s entertainment.
3XMO is made up of five members: Bryan Rader, lead guitar and backing vocals; Chris Compton, bass guitar; Michael Hayden, drums and percussion; David Massey, lead vocals and acoustic guitar; and Moore.
Moore said he began “playing guitar about 10 years ago and discovered I also had a little talent playing harmonica.” Harkening back to when he took piano lessons for four years at age 10, the band decided to throw some keyboards into the mix of the songs they were playing.
They will be just one of the bands performing for Oldham County Day, which is organized each year by the nonprofit group, The Project Guild. According to Project Guild member Paige Weeks, there will only be one stage this year (the Gazebo on the Oldham County Courthouse lawn), due to last year’s remodeling efforts to spruce up the courthouse lawn.
“There will be people performing who haven’t performed before for Oldham County Day,” said Weeks.
The entertainment kicks off at 9 a.m. with Haven Alexandra. Known for her indie rock and country sound, Haven hails from Oklahoma. She got her start singing in competitions and music festivals at age 14.
Haven’s music is a reflection of her country and folk roots, mixed with her flair for indie rock. She has written a lot of her own material and her voice has been described by Lydia Lowe in The Hutchison News as “crisp and clear and sounds amazing out in the open air.”
There will be a break in the music for the Oldham County Day Parade at 10 a.m. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Living Statues will amaze passersby with their portrayal of human wax figurines that never seem to move. The mastermind behind the concept is Stephen Logsdon. Living Statues has been on display many times for Oldham County Day and the Colonial Trade Faire event, presented by the Oldham County History Center in June.
Music will resume at 11:30 a.m. when the bluegrass band, the Kentucky Blue Belles, take the stage. This all-girl bluegrass band is a returning favorite. Each time they play, the audience automatically knows they have spent many hours in jam sessions and festival performances throughout the area.
Their music has a definite Eastern Kentucky slant, especially on the fiddle. Combined with the guitar, banjo and their sweet, young harmonies, the Kentucky Blue Belles is always a crowd pleaser with their blend of traditional bluegrass, old-time music and more progressive original songs.
The Oldham County Community Band is well known for playing a variety of musical genres. Seen often at many local venues, its returns to the Oldham County Day musical lineup this year at 1 p.m. with what will no doubt be a show-stopping performance.
Six Miles South is a band with a country, classic southern rock sound. Performing at 2 p.m., they will get the crowd ready for 3XMO. Lead vocalist Jamie Tingle has been quoted as saying their style “is rock, with a little twang.”
This band will definitely get everyone on his feet with its high-energy show. Formed in fall 2009, the band derives its name from Six Mile Creek in Trimble County. They can often be found performing locally at the Bedford Bash in August.
In addition to music, the Kentucky History Mobile will be parked at the Oldham County History Center for the day. The current featured exhibit is “Torn Within and Threatened Without: Kentuckians in the Civil War.” Artifacts and interactive components lets those who enter the bus step into an historical figures’ shoes and choose what they would do if faced with the same situations, and see the consequences of their actions. The exhibit includes information about Elijah Marrs, a one-time slave who joined the Union Army and had ties to Oldham County.
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