Arts & Culture

Coffee and Jazzy Carols or Brews and Rock While Benefiting UK School of Music — You Choose

photo of Friends of Music poster for "Happy Hour" event
black and white photo headshot of Raleigh Dailey
photo headshot of Brad Kerns
photo of Electric Koolaid

Electric Koolaid playing on the UK campus. 


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 8, 2016) The University of Kentucky Friends of Music invites the public to fuel up for a day of shopping or merry-making while enjoying holiday jazz music all while benefiting UK music students, faculty and staff. The holiday jazz pop-up concert, featuring UK Jazz Studies faculty Raleigh Dailey and Bradley Kerns, will be Dec. 10, at A Cup of Common Wealth. Or if holiday music isn't your cup of tea (or joe, in this case), join the group for a happy hour with a rock soundtrack provided by Kevin Holm-Hudson, associate professor of music theory, and Electric Koolaid Dec. 13, at Ethereal Brewing Company.

The jazz holiday concert at A Cup of Common Wealth will showcase the talents of Dailey, an associate professor of piano, and Kerns, an assistant professor of trombone. The event, which will run from run 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, is free and open to the public with 10 percent of the proceeds from sales going to UK Friends of Music. A Cup of Common Wealth is located at 105 Eastern Ave. in downtown Lexington

Early the following week, UK Friends of Music will provide some rock and roll sounds for "Happy Hour" from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the Ethereal Brewing Company located at 1224 Manchester St. Music will be provided by UK's very own Kevin Holm-Hudson, director of UK's Music Theory and Composition Division, and Electric Koolaid, a trio of made up of UK music education students Eliot Johnson on drums, and Jacob Slone and Jared Sells on saxophone. Admission is free and 10 percent of profits from Ethereal will also benefit Friends of Music.

The UK Friends of Music is a volunteer organization of music lovers dedicated to advocacy and financial support for the UK School of Music. The group works to provide resources to the school in its pursuit of excellence in both the performance and study of music. The organization contributes to the School of Music's scholarships as well as provides funds to its students and faculty to participate in musical conferences, festivals and performances across the U.S. and around the world.

Friends of Music hosts several events each year in private homes, coffee shops and restaurants. These events usually feature a variety of music from faculty and students. All proceeds from events are donated to the UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts.

The UK School of Music has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, and theory and music history.

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