out come the freeks

No, the spellcheck isn’t on the fritz. We’re not talking mere freaks here, but bonafide freeks – as in anyone who is up to spending today atop the Downtown Transit Center, at the corner of High St. and Martin Luther King Blvd., for FreeKY Fest.

The event, of course, is the culmination of a week-long celebration of WRFL-FM’s 20th anniversary. The all-ages fun – which, as the name suggests, is entirely free – reflects the artistic but stylistically varied pride that has given the student run station at the University of Kentucky such a refreshingly independent and slightly subversive presence on the airwaves.

On tap for the Fest will be a headlining set by the always inventive indie pop of The Apples in Stereo, the lusciously torchy jazz/folk reflections of Jolie Holland, the brassy dance grooves of Big Fresh, the orchestra-sized roots music caravan out of Louisville known as the Health and Happiness Family Gospel Band and much more.

Here’s the lineup.

+ 11 a.m.: Children’s concert with performances by Robbert Bobbert and the Bubble Machine (featuring Robert Schneider of The Apples in Stereo), Pezhed and the Blipsquad (featuring Dave Farris of Club Dub), Rakadu Gypsy Dance and Snow Monster!

12:30 p.m.: Big Fresh (performing a covers set entitled A History of College Radio)

+ 2 p.m.: Indian Dewali and Punjab dance performance

+ 2:30 p.m.: Sound/Vision (performing excerpts from Steve Reich’s Drumming on the concourse).

+ 3 p.m.: The Health and Happiness Family Gospel Band.

+ 4:30 p.m.: Hair Police.

+ 5:30 p.m.: Mahjongg.

+ 7 p.m.: The Coup

+ 8:30 p.m.: Jolie Holland

+ 10 p.m.: The Apples in Stereo

There will also be concourse exhibits of interactive art and inflatables designed by the University of Kentucky College of Architecture along with a lounge set up below the Transit Center with an “aural graffiti” exhibit and performances by Daniel Mohler and Everyone Lives Everyone Wins.

So put your weekend in motion by heading downtown, hitting the Transit Center roof, celebrating college radio and getting freeky.

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