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Willie's Locally Known


address  286 Southland Dr.
 Lexington, KY  40503
phone (859) 281-1116
$ range $0-$14
cuisine American,Barbecue,Southern
attire They don't judge
atmosphere Kid Friendly,Fun,Business
reservations Not required
tags america,barbecue,bluegrass,bbq,bourbon
www.willieslex.com
Willie's Locally Known is the place to hang out, use free wi-fi, hear some good music, make some good music and enjoy the best barbecue to be had around Lexington.

Upcoming Events

Funniest Comic East of the Mississippi

Stand Up Comedy
Willie’s Locally Known, a restaurant and live performance venue located at 286 Southland Drive, is announcing a brand-new comedy competition titled: “The Funniest Comic East of The Mississippi”. The competition, to be held on Monday nights, is a collection of weekly performances including a comedy show, comedy showcase, open mic and open mic comedy contest. The winner of each month’s comedy contest will have a chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to audition for America’s Got Talent, $500 cash, and a professionally mastered recording of their live performance. Monthly winners will compete in the finals of the competition to be held in March of 2018. Additionally, the winner of each month will win a $50 prize, and be invited to perform in a comedy showcase, to be held every fourth Monday in the competition cycle. The monthly show will feature professional touring comics from all over the world.
Comedy;Live Entertainment
Event Info: (859) 554-6340
Price: Free
Free
Event Website: www.willieslocallyknown.com
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Schedule
 • Mon 1/22/18 at 8:30pm 
 • Mon 1/29/18 at 8:30pm 
 • Mon 2/5/18 at 8:30pm 
 • Mon 2/12/18 at 8:30pm 
 • Mon 2/19/18 at 8:30pm 
 • Mon 2/26/18 at 8:30pm 
 • Mon 3/5/18 at 8:30pm 
 • Mon 3/12/18 at 8:30pm 
 • Mon 3/19/18 at 8:30pm 
 • Mon 3/26/18 at 8:30pm 
 • Mon 4/2/18 at 8:30pm 

Larry Cordle

Americana/Roots
Event for the benefit of The Bishop and Chase Foundation, donations accepted at the door. In April 2015, Larry Cordle was inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, celebrating his impressive career in music. The same year he received a Nomination for IBMA Recorded Event of the Year Award for the song, “Against the Grain,” by Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time featuring Garth Brooks, produced by Cordle on Mighty Cord Records.
Event Info: (859) 281-1116
Ages: All Ages
Price: Donations accepted eat the door
Event Website: https://willieslocallyknown.com/events/larry-cordle-eric-bolander-fate-mcaffe/
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Schedule
 • Sun 1/21/18 at 7pm and 8:15pm 

Ben Miller Band / Chicago Farmer

Americana/Roots
Combining the urgency of rock and roll, the frenetic energy of bluegrass, the soul of the delta blues and the haunted spirit of Appalachian mountain music into a unique musical stew they dub “Ozark Stomp,” Ben Miller Band will light the stage for a performance that is not to be missed! Chicago Farmer, the moniker Bloomington, Illinois’ Cody Diekhoff performs and writes under, is set to independently release his 7th album titled Midwest Side Stories on September 30, 2016. Midwest Side Stories is about hope, depression, job loss, meth, skateboards, a divided nation, used cars, the late shift, farms, factories, the destruction of our environment, and still being around to sing about it. The new release contains ten tracks all of which were written by Diekhoff (pronounced dee-cough), with the exception of the John Hartford classic “I'm Still Here.” Folk hero Todd Snider says, "I love Chicago Farmer's singing and playing and songs, but it's the intention behind the whole of his work that moves me to consider him the genuine heir to Arlo Guthrie or Ramblin' Jack Elliott. He knows the shell game that goes on under folk music… which is sacred to me. Chicago Farmer is my brother; if you like me, you'll love him." Lyrically driven, Chicago Farmer delves into the social and political issues of today’s world, taking it all in and putting it back out through music as a commentary on modern times in the Midwest. With his unfeigned and relatable approach, Chicago Farmer has earned a place in the heart of this generation’s rise of protest songs. He composes music written and sung by and for the working man, the "regular person", bringing to mind modern day folk tales.
Event Info: (859) 281-1116
Ages: all ages
Price: 10
Event Website: willieslocallyknown.com/events/ben-miller-band/
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Schedule
 • Sat 1/27/18 at 9pm 

The Ark Band: Bob Marley Tribute

Reggae
The Ark band, among the nation's leading reggae bands, is on a national Bob Marley Tribute tour playing selections from his catalogue as only they can!
Event Info: (859) 621-4592
Price: 10
Event Website: https://willieslocallyknown.com/events/bob-marley-tribute-w-ark-band/
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 • Fri 2/2/18 at 9:30pm 

Alejandro Escovedo

Rock, Folk, Country
The Alejandro Escovedo Band headlines the Think About the Link 12-city tour beginning January 13, in Austin, TX, presented by Prevent Cancer Foundation for special night at The Willie’s Locally Known. Alejandro and a stellar special guest band will perform his 2001 album “A Man Under the Influence” in its entirety. Featuring Chris Stamey, the North Carolina luminary who produced that album, serving as music director. Stamey is publishing a memoir next April with University of Texas Press. The band includes iconic producer Mitch Easter (R.E.M.) and frontband of his band Let’s Active; noted pedal steel and electric guitarist Eric Heywood (The Pretenders), plus long-time Escovedo band drummer Hector Munoz, and bassist Mike Luzecky. Brother Smith Duo opens the show. In partnership with Prevent Cancer Foundation®, the Think About the Link® tour will raise awareness of the Foundation’s educational campaign about the connection between certain viruses and cancer, www.thinkaboutthelink.org of which Escovedo is a spokesperson. As a hepatitis C survivor, Escovedo hopes to raise awareness about the link between hepatitis C and liver cancer.
straight-ahead;roots rock;The Nuns;Rank and File;The True Believers
www.alejandroescovedo.com
Event Info: (859) 281-1116
Ages: All Ages
Price: $27 advance / $30 Day of Show
Event Website: https://willieslocallyknown.com/events/alejandro-escovedo-man-influence-brother-smith-duo-27adv-30dos/
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Schedule
 • Sat 2/3/18 at 8pm 

Will Kimbrough

Country, Folk, Pop
Singer-songwriter Will Kimbrough has released a string of quality CDs and had his songs covered by Jimmy Buffet, Jack Ingram, Gretchen Peters, Todd Snider, Greg Trooper, and Adrienne Young. Also a guitar ace, Kimbrough has played on records by Rosanne Cash, Guy Clark, Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris, John Prine, and a host of others. In 2004 he was named Americana Music Association’s Instrumentalist of the Year. Many music fans consider Will Kimbrough a modern master of roots music and classic pop.
www.willkimbrough.com
Event Info: (859) 281-1116
Ages: All Ages
Price: $12 advance / $15 Day of Show
Event Website: https://willieslocallyknown.com/events/willkimbrough/
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Schedule
 • Fri 2/16/18 at 8:30pm 

Gangstagrass

Bluegrass, Rap/Hip Hop
Gangstagrass is a fan favorite from Brooklyn, mixing bluegrass and rap styles, forging an entirely new and modern genre of utterly American music. Many people already know their song "Long Hard Times To Come" as the theme song to the FX hit TV show "Justified" which was nominated in 2010 for an Emmy as the Best Theme Song.
Gangstagrass
gangstagrass.com
Event Info: (859) 281-1116
Ages: All Ages
Price: 10
Event Website: https://willieslocallyknown.com/events/gangstagrass-2/
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Schedule
 • Fri 3/16/18 at 9:30pm