looking for fall: oktoberfest lives!

chris hillman and herb pedersen are among the featured performers at this year’s christ the king oktoberfest.

One of the more remarkable artistic transformations to take place over the past decade has been the leap Christ the King Oktoberfest’s has made from a longstanding community festival to one of Lexington’s foremost free music events. Then, as budgets tightened in the last year or two, the lineups became leaner. But for 2012, Oktoberfest is clearly back in the fast lane.

The lineup on Friday, Sept. 21, pairs one of Lexington’s finest roots music/Americana combos, Coralee and the Townies, with the local return of the Grammy-winning singing cowboy quartet, Riders in the Sky.

Then on Saturday, Sept. 22, a pair of local faves – the Blind Corn Liquor Pickers and the Kentucky Hoss Cats – will preface sets by some giants: a 7:30 pm duo performance by Byrds/Flying Burrito Brothers co-founder (and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer) Chris Hillman and veteran West Coast singer and songsmith Herb Pederson. The evening will be capped by a 9:30 pm show by bluegrass/country/Americana chieftain Jim Lauderdale.

And it’s all free. Well, the brews and the brats won’t be, of course. But you won’t have to drop one dime on the music. The Musical Box will detail Oktoberfest closer to the performance dates. If you’re craving more info on this autumn treat right now, go to www.ctkoktoberfest.com.

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