Farmers Bank Title Sponsor for the 2013 Capital City Blues & River Festival - August 9, 2013
The Lauren Mitchell Band promises to provide another great evening of blues and soul music on the beautiful Kentucky River! The Festival proceeds support the Franklin County Council on Family Abuse.
Farmers Bank has once again agreed to serve as the title sponsor for this year’s Festival, now known as the “Farmers Bank Presents the Capital City Blues & River Festival”. The Festival is scheduled for Friday, August 9th from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. at the Ward Oates Amphitheater in downtown Frankfort. This year’s Festival features legendary blues sensation The Lauren Mitchell Band, along with another female opening act creating an all “Blues Diva” evening of fun entertainment.
Born in Columbus, Ohio, Lauren Mitchell was dragged to church to sing: "It's a sin to hide that voice!" Classical voice lessons started at age 9, followed by musical theatre, performing arts schools, and a Vocal Performance major in college. After moving to Florida about 10 years ago, Lauren looked for musicians who shared her love of blues, soul, rock and- most importantly- all-out, full-throttle performing.
But Lauren believes the best have to give more: heart, soul, and guts. Like the women she most admires- Etta James, Koko Taylor, Janis Joplin, and Aretha Franklin- Lauren is gonna give you everything she has, whether it's on stage or in the studio.
Meeting keyboardist Michael "The Professor" Hensley in 2005, The Lauren Mitchell Band was formed. "The Professor" toured the U.S. with various artists during the 70’s and 80’s including The Sarah Johns Band and Millie McClain (from The Orlons). Lauren and Mike have opened for bands like Foreigner and Jason Ricci and New Blood, and have played the Sarasota Blues Fest, Skipper's Smokehouse, The Gator Club, Ace's, Flying Dog Cafe, and many other venues.
Performing familiar blues, soul, and rock tunes, Lauren and “The Professor” promise that “once you've heard us do a song, our version will stick with you.”
Every dollar raised through the Capital City Blues and River Festival is directed towards the Franklin County Council on Family Abuse's efforts and the Festival is the Council's main fundraising event. The Franklin County Council on Family Abuse is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of family violence. As part of its mission, the Council operates SOLACE, the community’s only housing for domestic violence and elder abuse victims and operates as a clearinghouse for victims to receive critical information and assistance. The Council also strives to build awareness of child abuse, partner abuse and elder abuse issues.
For the second year, Farmers Bank will be the title sponsor for the festival. Rick Pogrotsky, Business Development Officer with Farmers Bank, stated “The Capital City Blues and River Festival is a great opportunity for Farmers Bank to help bring music lovers downtown for an evening of fun. We are proud to sponsor an event, which raises funds as well as awareness for the Franklin County Council on Family Abuse. “
Both individual tickets and tables are available for the festival. Preferred seating tables for 8 people are $250. General admission tickets are available for $20 in advance and $25 the day of the event. Dinner and non-alcoholic beverages provided by the Brothers BBQ will be available to purchase at the event. Guests are welcome to bring their own dinner and those who purchase general admission tickets are invited to bring blankets and chairs.
Tickets and tables are available to purchase at the Frankfort/Franklin County Tourist & Convention Commission or any Farmers Bank location. Blues Fans can save time by purchasing tickets online now at Capital City Blues Festival Tickets