Visit the Home of Country Music
Pike County’s musical culture is the stuff of legend. Being home to widely known multi-award winning superstars such as Patty Loveless, Molly O’Day and Dwight Yoakam, and neighboring the home place of the queen of country music, Loretta Lynn, Pike County houses a hotbed of talent that has defined and redefined music over the past several decades. It is no wonder that the Appalachian Mountains has yielded so many monumental artists, as music is not only a treasured pastime to our people, but it is the very foundation of our culture. It was not uncommon for families to gather together on the front porch after a long day of hard work to sing and play mountain music long into the evening. Music is truly a way of life for Appalachian people, and we would love to share our music with our cherished visitors.
Enjoy Appalachian Music
While country, gospel and bluegrass still reign the musical spectrum in Pike County, other genres have been introduced over the past several years, enhancing our already colorful music scene. Pike County’s performing arts has been tremendously successful in recent years, with Elkhorn City’s Artists Collaborative Theatre becoming the top community theatre in Kentucky, winning in more categories than any other community theatre in the 2011 Kentucky Theatre Associate Community Theatre Competition. Artists Collaborative Theatre produces several top-quality shows throughout the year, and is a must see for any visitor who enjoys a wildly entertaining show.
Each year, Pike County hosts several festivals and concerts that display our rich local talent, as well as nationally known artists. The Hillbilly Days festival alone features multiple concerts at one time throughout the three day celebration. During the warm months, outdoor music festivals and events such as July Jam, SOAR, and the Muscle on Main block parties also feature a variety of excellent country, bluegrass, rock, gospel and even metal talent.
While the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center typically hosts nationally known performers, the facility also features an outdoor stage on Pikeville Main Street, home to Main Street Live, an outdoor mini-festival that showcases a wide variety of local and regional artists. Taking place on the first and third Friday of every month (excluding winter months), each Main Street Live event differs in musical flavor and comes complete with food, friends and fun. With so many opportunities to enjoy top quality live performances, plan your visit today and don’t miss out on one of America’s budding music scenes.
Where to Find Main Street
126 Main Street
Pikeville, KY 41501
Phone: (606) 444-5500
Main Street Director: Minta Chaney