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Speed Art Museum celebrates Southern women

Music festival pays tribute to female musicians with ties to the South

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 26, 2017) The Speed Art Museum presents Southern Sounds: Women in Contemporary Southern Music, a showcase of female singers and songwriters inspired by the South, on Saturday, July 22, 2017, from 1 to 4 p.m. The event is presented in conjunction with the Speed’s current exhibition, Southern Accent: Seeking the American South Contemporary Art.

The Speed collaborated with singer/songwriter Erin Rae, lead singer of the Nashville band Erin Rae and the Meanwhiles, in curating a showcase that pays tribute to female musicians with ties to Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia. The music festival will highlight six outstanding musicians, who together demonstrate a range of Southern influences including rock, folk, country, gospel, soul and blues. The musical line-up includes Kyshona Armstrong, Kate Campbell, Dori Freeman, Erin Rae, Thayer Sarrano and Kelsey Waldon.

“Thanks to the revered Speed Concert Series – endowed by Hattie Bishop Speed, the great Southern woman who also founded our museum – we are celebrating this season’s art exhibitions through music,” said Stephen Reily, interim director of the Speed Art Museum. “Together with our exhibition Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art, this showcase, Southern Sounds, celebrates music as the beating heart of the South’s artistic spirit.”

Tickets go on sale on Thursday, June 1. Tickets are $10 for members and $20 for non-members and can be purchased at www.speedmuseum.org/event/southern-women-music-showcase/.

The Speed Art Museum is Kentucky’s largest art museum with a collection that spans 6,000 years of human creativity and brings art from around the world to all. Thanks to a gift of $1 million from the Brown-Forman Corporation, the Speed offers free Sunday admission until 2021.

The Southern Accent: Seeking the American South Contemporary Art exhibit runs through October 14, 2017.

Visit www.speedmuseum.org for more information on this event and all the exhibitions and events happening at the Speed.