Student brings local bands together



by Alex Simon

Lexington has many local bands, but this weekend they are coming together.

former UK student and DJ Jon Imeson will offer a change of pace Saturday with Lexfest, a local music and arts festival he has organized.

“Ever since the Dame shut down, there wasn’t much going on,” UK mechanical engineering senior TJ Sweda said. “So I think it’s cool that Jon is getting all the local bands under one roof.”

Lexfest will feature all local bands and artists and will be at HomeGrown HideAways in Berea, Ky., at 2 p.m. The event will feature a lineup of bands from genres including Indie Hip-Hop, Rock and Indie Electro.

“This is our first year,” Imeson said. “There is no other cause, except to support Lexington’s local music and art scene.”

For the event’s debut, the featured bands are Milyoo as the headliner with support by Trivolisma (Selektro, Gunda, Dr. Gram), Drug, Fair Heron, the Keynote Speakers, the Whitehall Bear, Lipstick Pistol, Shemale Fiesta, Switchmen, Patterns, Prometheus, Soul Funkin Dangerous and The Dialectics.

In the latter hours, Trivolisma, Nalcomis and DJ FU will perform.

Imeson, also known as DJ Selektro, will DJ in the band Trivolisma, which performs during the conclusion of the event.

UK middle school education junior Anna Clements said Lexfest shows that the Lexington music scene is changing.

Clements commented on Lexfests’ impact on the changing Lexington music scene.

“I think it’s growing and it’s underappreciated,” Clements said. “There’s something for everybody: meet new people, hear new music.”

As the bands perform, art presentations will be set up for the audience. Hand-painted sunglasses and hats, wire sculptures, and live visuals will be presented.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of. They can also be purchased online at, (