The popularity of Paducah's Lowertown Arts and Music Festival has certainly increased thanks to the aid of the Lowertown Neighborhood Association and the artists themselves, and excitement is building for this year's event, set for Friday and Saturday.

The hours are Friday, May 17, 3-10:30 p.m.; and Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m. until 10:30 p.m.

The festival, centered at the corner of North Seventh and Madison streets and spanning six city blocks, is located in downtown Paducah with wide streets and historic homes and will feature art, music and performances. The boundaries of the festival are Fifth and Eighth streets from Monroe to Harrison streets in Paducah.

This year's festival will include:

• Open Studios and Galleries: Artwork will line the streets and fill the galleries -- showing the best of the region's artists.

• Music: The 2019 festival will include a lineup of local and regional musicians on two stages featuring Dixieland, bluegrass, folk, acoustic, blues, funk, rock and a performance by the Paducah Symphony Orchestra Youth and children's choruses.

Among those scheduled to perform at the main stage on Friday include Daniel Morrow, Liam's Fancy, Wet Eyed Liars, Cale Caudel, Hawktail, Hogslop String Band and Reverent Payton Big Damn Band.

The lineup on Saturday will be LTAMF Artist Awards, McBig Band, PSO Youth & Children's Choruses, Mark Donham, Patrick Carrico, Flatland Harmony Experiment, Joan Shelly, Groovelane, ONA, Alanna Royale, Making Movies and Yo' Mama's Big Fat Booty Band.

Other notable happenings at the festival include the children's tent, demonstrations and over 50 artist booths.

For more information on the festival and a list of this year's music, visit www.lowertownamf.com or call 270-442-2453.

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