The Southland Jamboree in Lexington, Kentucky is a free bluegrass music concert series that has occurred weekly during the summers since about 2006, with Phil Wyant and Billy Sherrow assuming the reins. First performing in the grassy lot behind Collins Bowling Center, the Southland Jamboree moved to Lexington's Moondance Amphitheater in 2016 when the Collins location was no longer available due to building on the site.
Originally sponsored by the Southland Association and operated through generous sponsorships from Southland merchants, financial support has diminished since the move to Moondance. Although Organizer and emcee Billy Sherrow announced the cancellation of the 2018 season due to lack of a larger sponsor, the response from the public via Facebook, etc. has been extremely supportive with offers of funds and hands-on assistance. One band even offered to play for free if the Jamboree continued (let's hope we don't have to take them up on that).
Beth Tibbitts has volunteered and assisted Phil and Billy since about 2008 (including the website southlandjamboree.org and social media). With some fund-raising assistance from LexArts in Lexington (funds are deposited to, and administered by, LexArts), I would like you to "put your money where your mouth is." If we can raise about $8000 I believe we can rescue part of this summer's concert season, perhaps beginning in July. More, and we can assure continuation for the future. A full season costs us about $10-12000. I will also be needing hands-on help if this is to continue, and information about larger corporate sponsors is very welcome and would ease our worries for the future.
Let's save the music, Lexington! I look forward to jamming with you after the show, too!
January 21, 2019: we are suspending donations via GoFundMe. Between GoFundme, sponsors, and donations at the concerts in 2018, we raised well over our $8000 and have started to fund our 2019 concerts, which should begin in May 2019. Donations are still welcome; see our website at southlandjamboree.org for information on the upcoming season and how to donate, and THANKS for helping to save the music!