Winchester, KY

JUNE 11TH, 2016 10AM-5PM


Beer Garden and Live Music at the Beer Cheese Festival

The Beer Cheese Festival has become synonymous with great music. We have two music locations set up with live music playing throughout the day. Grab a spot in our beer garden, and enjoy a bit of shade while you hear some of our best regional bands and musicians.

If you are interested in performing at the festival, you can fill out a musical performance application.

2015 Performers



10:00am - Frontier

Frontier performs at 10:00

Frontier is a band from London, KY that delights audiences with upbeat melodies and swelling three-part harmonies. The band includes Ethan Worley-age 22- (rhythm and lead guitar, vocals, and songwriter), his brother Andrew Worley-age 19- (rhythm and lead guitar, vocals, and songwriter), and their cousin Caleb Caudill-age 16- (bass guitar and vocals).


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11:30am - Kentucky Harvest Band

Kentucky Harvest Band to perform at 11:30am

The KY Harvest Band est. 1972 by Floyd E. Faulkner: Scruggs style Banjo, Jerry R. Faulkner: Lead vocal/rhythm guitar, Howard Combs: Baritone vocal/rhythm guitar, Mary Jane Combs: Alto vocal/bass guitar.   The KY Harvest Band continued playing with many band configurations through around 2004. Myself, Wes Faulkner, along with Snook Hansel and Jason Dudley decided to reintroduce the Kentucky Harvest Band in 2012. Our goal is to continue the Hard Driving Traditional Kentucky Bluegrass Music sound to the next generation of Bluegrass listeners. Current Members:  Wes Faulkner: Rhythm Guitar/Lead Vocals, Snook Hansel: Mandolins/Baritone/High Bar. Vocals, Jason Dudley: Scruggs Style 5-string Banjo, Scott Gerkens: Bass/Harmony Vocals. 

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1:00pm - Lauren Mink (Frazer)

Lauren Mink to perform at 1:00 pm

Lauren Mink was born, raised, and lives in Winchester, KY. She started singing at the young age of 9 in her local church and from there she continued to pursue her passion of music by opening for nationally known artists such as Billy Currington, Justin Moore, Hunter Hayes, Love & Theft, Dustin Lynch, Tyler Farr, Rodney Atkins, Scotty McCreery, Mark Wills, Daryl Singletary, Danielle Bradbury, Frankie Ballard, & others.
None of these were a match to her stint on Season 11 of American Idol, where she showcased her talent and warmed the hearts of people all over the world. She sang Gwyneth Paltrow’s “Country Strong” as she was featured working with STRIDE, a program for adults with disabilities that Mink is the Director of in Winchester. Not only did she get three yes’ by the celebrity judges, but she gave JLo “goosies” while wooing Steven and Randy. She stunned America by making the Top 300 in Hollywood!
Lauren quickly grew her social media following by the thousands overnight! She has performed all over Kentucky from singing the National Anthem at UK Hoops Game, to opening at the Daniel Boone Pioneer Festival and even performed at the 2012 Red, White, Boom at Whiteaker Bank Ballpark!
Whether you like Lady Gaga & Pink or Loretta Lynn and Miranda Lambert, you will be entertained with a lively performance by Mink. While mainly country, she will rock out a Bonnie Raitt and Bon Jovi tune to bring out your inner 80’s. No matter what genre of music you are into, Lauren knows how to satisfy her audience.
Always working on her music, Lauren is currently writing her own music for the first time and brushing up on her guitar skills for solo performances. Lauren Mink Band performs several times a month in the Kentucky area. So, catch a show near you soon!


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2:30pm -- Bad Train

Bad Train to perform at 2:30

BADTRAIN has evolved over the musical career of guitarist/singer RICH SITHER. The group originally began as MARAUDER in 1992 as a southern rock act. During that period the band toured the region and developed a working relationship with National touring acts Molly Hatchet, Blackfoot and BTO. Next the group became WAREHOUSE X with a CD entitled Sound of the Storm featuring a hard hitting southern rock edge. In 2003 Rich decided to create a new project called BADTRAIN. BADTRAIN is a Rock Band with roots in Southern, Classic and Country Rock featuring new original compositions. No real boundaries here, just good ole plain Boogie Guitar. If it JAMS and causes you to tap and stomp your feet, you could be near the BADTRAIN!
Band Members include Brandon Prater on Lead Vocal, Rich Sither Guitar and Vocals, Bobb Woods on Guitar ,Craig Norton on Bass, Bob Crowe on Keyboard and E-Rock playing Drums.

4:00pm -- Lark Watts

Lark Watts to perform at 4:00

Lark Watts is a Winchester KY native born and raised on Ale81’s, Barbecue Grippo’s and Hays Street bologna sandwiches. Lark’s first public performance was at the age of 5 for Ruth Taylor’s Kindergarten Graduation Recital where he quoted the books of the Bible and sang “Me and My Shadow”….Once he heard the applause (and laughter) he was hooked. 
When Lark was 8 years old he begged his parents to take him to see Elvis in Louisville.
After seeing Elvis his fate was sealed. At the “Hannah McClure Fall Ice Cream Social” Lark performed “Hound Dog” for the first time. He reprised this role several times at Victory Heights Elementary during 4th and 5th grade talent shows. When Elvis died Lark hung up his little bell-bottom jump suit vowing to never perform “Hound Dog” again.
Lark joined his first rock-n-roll band at Conkwright Junior High School where he performed the songs “Dust in the Wind”, “The Gambler” and ELO’s “Don’t Bring Me Down”. When the bass player declined to play anything but Pink Floyd…Lark left the band citing “creative differences”.
Lark was soon approached by several students at rival middle school (Belmont) about joining a band called “Deathwish”. They needed a singer and Lark needed a band. It was a perfect fit.
They played all throughout their High School years and they still get together every now and then to play “reunion” shows.
Lark spent most of the 90’s and early 2000’s in Nashville writing, recording and traveling all over the US playing music and pretty much refusing to grow up…
Lark now spends most of his time directing/editing music videos for other artists. You are more likely now to see him holding a camera instead of a guitar….but he still loves to sing….
You can catch him at the 2015 Beer Cheese Festival in Winchester KY on Saturday June 13th at 4pm on the Broadway stage.

Lexington Avenue

10:00am -- Chris Carpenter

Chris Carpenter to perform at 10:00 am

Chris Carpenter lives in Nashville, and was born and raised in Winchester, KY. He describes his music as "Songwriter Rock". He is an alumnus of the Belmont University music program. He has released 4 CDs; his videos are on VH1.com, CMT.com and MTV.com. His songs have been featured in over 30 network-TV shows including The Young and the Restless (11 times) Men of a Certain Age and the Kraft Foods commercial. Chris has performed on 46 regional TV shows all over the U.S. and Canada and has been broadcasted into over 3 million homes. He has performed in NYC, LA, Nashville, Boston, Princeton NJ, Memphis, Lexington, Toledo, Chicago, San Diego, Birmingham, Montgomery, Jackson MS, Louisville, Buffalo, Brooklyn, etc. He does over 130 shows a year. Chris sings, plays his acoustic guitar and is accompanied by a piano player. When Chris plays concerts he plays only his original songs. People get up and dance when Chris plays.

11:30am -- The Footsteps

The Footsteps will perform at 11:30.

The Footsteps are a rock band from Lexington that plays original music, rooted in blues, garage and psychedlia. Their energetic sets range from lively pop tunes to straight-ahead rockers with extended jams. They appeal to listeners of all ages.


1:00pm -- Donald Baird

Donald Baird to perform at 1:00pm

Donnie was born in Wincity (Winchester) but raised in Poco (Powell County). His music roots started in Christian music. After having to walk away from music for almost 6 years due to a rough start with Crohn’s disease, he continues that path adding a little extra heartache and love in the mix to touch the hearts of many walks of life.

2:30pm -Bryant C. Project

Bryant C Project to perform at 2:30pm

The Bryant C. Project consists of Bryant Carter on guitar and vocals, Wayne Howard on bass, and Chris on drums. Bryant’s unique style is a product of his environment, so diverse yet so familiar with the infusion of Rock, Soul and R&B. Some have tag their style simply as Rock n’ Soul. With an arsenal of incredible songs like the beautiful ballad “Face of A Thousand Words” that touches your heart and soul to the emotional groove rocker “No Gamble”, you can definitely tell that Bryant has his pick and pen on the pulse of what’s going on in the world right now. With vocal melodies as smooth as Lenny Kravitz and guitar riffs that explode with emotion like some of Hendrix’s finest work from long

ago, this music is a blessing to the ears. So sit back, turn it up and enjoy.... because The Bryant C. Project's music.... just might become your favorite.

4:00pm -- All the Little Pieces

All the Little Pieces to perform at 4:00 pm

Alternative Rock with country and blues influences, they play originals as well as crowd pleasing covers by artists as diverse as Miranda Lambert, Jack White, Paramore, and Patsy Cline. The lead singer is 14 and has fronted the band of adult musicians since she was 11. They are touring all over the country this spring and summer, but are looking for some fun venues and festivals to play here in Central Kentucky.