During a meeting with Michael Johnathon (of Lexington’s Woodsongs) in 2005, he suggested that Lexington had “an unrecognized art form in bluegrass music.” From his suggestion, The Southland Association Board of Directors decided to provide free outdoor bluegrass concerts for the community, and things fell quickly into place. The concerts were designed to feature top local and regional bands, and be free to the public. The Southland Association became an equal partner with LFUCG Parks and Recreation for the purpose of presenting the Jamboree.
Funds for paying the Jamboree expenses are mostly provided by sponsors of each event. The city has also been providing part of the funding. Collins Bowling gets a huge amount of credit for their willingness to let the Jamboree be held on their property without charge through the 2014 season. All surrounding merchants also allow parking in their parking lots for fans of the Jamboree.
Starting with the 2015 season we start a new chapter in the Southland Jamboree’s history. Due to construction on the Jamboree grassy field on the Collins property, the Jamboree moves to the MoonDance Amphitheater in Beaumont Center. With this, we have moved to Monday nights for amphitheater availability. At MoonDance, we have excellent permanent stage and sound facilities, increased audience space and parking, while still not far away from our original space on Southland Drive.
|Organized by the Southland Association||Sponsored by Lexington Parks and Recreation||2014-17 Season Sponsor Bank of the Bluegrass|