Forget football, find yourself this weekend

By Matt Wickstrom

While much of the buzz around Lexington this week revolves around the UK football team and their looming season opener with Southern Mississippi, there’s a multitude of other events around town this weekend to draw you out of your comfy recliner for a night on the town.

Thursday Sept. 1

Begin to wind down after the first full week of classes with an early show at The Green Lantern featuring americana and folk music from Joseph Huber and Lexington’s Tyler and Senora May Childers. Country Boy Brewing will be taking over the beer taps for the night. Doors open at 7 p.m. There’s a $5 cover charge upon entry and you must be 21 years or older.

The Cult Film Series at Al’s Bar returns Thursday for a free showing of 2001 classic Freddy Got Fingered. The quirky comedy stars Tom Green and Rip Torn, and follows the story of an unemployed cartoonist, Green, who returns home to live under his parents roof along with younger brother Freddy. His disruptive behavior leads to his parents demanding he leave the house, which he responds to by spreading accusations that his father, Torn is sexually abusing Freddy.

Friday Sept. 2

The first Friday of every month the North Limestone Community Development Corporation hosts the Night Market, a pop-up market on the 700 block of Bryan Avenue featuring local entertainment, food and craft vendors. September’s edition will run from 6-10 p.m. and have DJ Always spinning tunes.

After the Night Market head over to Al’s Bar for the after party with music from Blind Corn Liquor Pickers, who provide a flavor of Bluegrass more fiery than Kentucky moonshine. Music begins shortly after 10pm. There’s a $5 charge at the door and you must be 18 or over to enter. 

Outside in Al’s Beer Garden will be music from Dr. Midnight and Ron Robinette. The event is separate from the Night Market after party, and also comes with a $5 entry fee.

Saturday Sept. 3

The catchy lyrics and punky garage rock influenced instrumentals of St. Joseph, Missouri’s Radkey and Cincinnati’s Mad Anthony, will invade The Green Lantern Bar for a show beginning at 10 p.m. 

Radkey was founded by brothers Dee, Isaiah and Solomon Radke. The trio of brothers released their highly anticipated debut record, Dark Black Makeup, last summer, which was produced by Ross Orton. Orton has previously worked with the Arctic Monkeys, the Fall, and Jarvis Cocker. There’s a $7 charge at the door, and you must be 21 and over.

Sunday Sept. 4

Wrap up the holiday weekend with an early 6 p.m. show at Willie’s Locally Known on Sunday, featuring a blend of country, rock and americana from Kristopher Bentley, Home Grown Head Band and Don Gallardo and How Far West. 

After relocating to Southland Drive this spring after a prior stay on North Broadway, Willie’s Locally Known offers up a delectable menu of finger licking good barbecue and craft beers to go with some of the best music in town. 

While football is the main dish on Labor Day weekend’s menu of events around town, there’s plenty of other main attractions on the bill to wet your whistle with as you ease back into your classwork. For more amazing music nearby this weekend that’s sure to melt your mind, check out Lexington’s newest music venue, The Burl.