The 7th Annual Zarb Brothers Bardstown Street Concert will set up a huge
stage in the middle of Bardstown’s main street for its 2009 event on
Saturday, June 27th. It’s a fantastic FREE musical event for all ages and
will bring a range of performers in diverse musical styles — something for
everyone. The music begins at 6:00 pm, and seating is open — bring your
lawn chairs and come early for a good spot. Food and beverage vendors will
be set up on site.
The festival was conceived and developed by.Australian brothers
Matt and Pauly Zarb, who became residents of Bardstown in 2003. Award-
winning performers in their home country down under, they immediately began
building a following in Kentucky and surrounding areas. Pauly says “Growing
up in Australia, my brothers and I would put on neighborhood get-togethers
with good music, food, and friendship. When I moved to Bardstown, looking
out the window of our apartment overlooking main street, I thought about a
way to bring that excitement and musical experience to my new community. My
brother Matt and I had the vision of putting a big stage right there in the
middle of street, so you might say doing this is our dream come true.
Thanks to generous support from the community and our local sponsors, this
mini-festival of music is a reality.”
This year’s performers represent a dynamic mix of folk-rock,
country, pop, instrumental, Americana, and Australian soul. Performers for
the 2009 street concert include Australian singing star Rick Price, whose
career spans two decades of performing and recording. He is currently in
the U.S. promoting his latest album “Revisited” and he has included the
street concert in his tour.
Anthony Snape is an emerging Australian singing
talent who’s been recognized with such accolades as MusicOz and the
Australian Rising Star Award. Anthony will be performing songs from his new
album “Disappearing Day.”
James Dean Hicks, with a voice as smooth as
Kentucky bourbon, is a favorite son of Nelson County Kentucky, having
brought home honors from his career successes in performing and
songwriting. Hicks has scored No. 1 chart hits again and again for artists
such as Kenny Chesney, Jessica Simpson, Bryan White, and the Oak Ridge
Bringing melodic and memorable guitar stylings in the tradition of
Chet Atkins and Merle Travis is Kentucky’s own National Fingerstyle guitar
champion and recording artist Pat Kirtley. From a musical childhood in
Nelson county, he’s gone on to tour the world with his distinctive guitar
playing and award-winning compositions. Pat will be joined by the Endless
Road Strings, from Lexington Kentucky. Classicaly trained members of the
Lexington Philharmonic, the quartet has boldly crossed over from the
classics to all varieties of pop and contemporary music. The ERS will also
contribute their orchestral flair to back up several of the other
performers at the show.
Coming to us from the island of Hawaii is The Art
of Whimsy. Nathan returns with his music for a fourth appearance at the
street concert. With fresh acoustic delivery and compelling lyrics, he
retells age-old stories of the human drama of life and love.
Direct from Lafayette Indiana, Michael Kelsey’s dynamic guitar and voice will grab you
and absolutely refuse to let go. A thoroughly original guitarist and
performance artist who brews soul, funk and even a little bit of the blues,
Michael is a former finalist in Guitar Player Magazine’s national
competition, and winner of the “Guitarmaggedon” contest in California,
where he competed against heavy metal rockers with only an acoustic guitar!
Antsy McClain is an American original — a singer-songwriter and
performer who can be heartrendingly serious one minute, and a have you
laughing uncontrollably the next with his wit and comedy. He returns for
his third appearance at the street concert, bringing musical stories from
all over, including tales from his wellspring of inspiration, the Pine View
Heights Trailer Park.
Multi-instrumentalist Pauly Zarb will appear
with his band, including ace guitarist and singer Chris Bradley. Pauly came
to us from the music scene of Sydney, via music festivals across Australia,
to a resort island on the Great Barrier Reef, to the green landscape of
central Kentucky. Through his memorable songs like ” Have a Little Faith,
and “Forgiven Past”, Pauly’s music brings people together and heals our souls.
The street concert is made possible with cooperation of the City of
Bardstown, the Main Street Program, Pauly Zarb, and our many fine sponsors.
For further information, contact the Bardstown – Nelson County Tourism
office at 800-638-4877.