3rd Friday Folk
Coffeehouse at the Carnegie

Carnegie Community Arts Center
107 North Main Street
Somerset, KY 42501

Coffeehouse Schedule

Passing Thru Series
Supporters & Sponsors


Hosted by:
Joe LaMay & Sherri Reese

Sponsored by:
McNeil Music Center



3rd Friday Folk Coffeehouse at the Carnegie carries on the tradition of the American folk music venue by providing a listening space for artists and audiences to enjoy each other's company, music, and mutual encouragement.

Folk music has a broad definition, but remains centered in the traditional music brought to our shores by early immigrants - primarily from the British Isles - and filtered through the Appalachians to evolve into today's folk music.

In the 1960's just about every town in North America had a coffeehouse. Usually volunteer-run and held once a month, these were the musical breeding grounds for artists like Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez, Don McLean, John Denver and so many others. Very often, the coffeehouses would be held in schools, church basements, clubs or even in living rooms.

Time moved on and the music scene changed, but the coffeehouses continued to present wonderful concerts. By the late 1980's and into the 90's artists like Suzanne Vega, Tracy Chapman, John Gorka, and Dar Williams cut their musical teeth in these small, hometown music venues.

The 3rd Friday Folk Coffeehouse at the Carnegie is our way of encouraging the resurgence of this musical tradition. Our mission is to present local, regional, and national touring folk musicians and songwriters, with an emphasis on roots music and its traditions.

Our monthly coffeehouse meets in the basement of the Carnegie Community Arts Center in Somerset, KY, on the third Friday each month. The music goes from 7 to 9 PM.

Donation is $7.00, and reservations are suggested. To reserve a seat - call, email, or text.

Folk musicians interested is a possible booking, please call, email, or text a description of your music style and a website address.


JUBAL: Taylor Kress & Bonnie Simmons - are musicians from Knoxville, TN, who have been performing together as a duo since 2013. They both grew up in the Knoxville area, and played separately for years in a number of music groups. Their voices joined for the first time on WDVX's Blue Plate Special in Knoxville.

With their two voices and a guitar, they perform regularly in East Tennessee and the surrounding areas, offering their original folk music along with their own renditions of traditional Southern Appalachian songs. They were recently featured performers on the Red Barn Radio Show in Lexington.

Bonnie performs with the dee-seeded influence of old-time, gospel, blues, and traditional folk of the region, while Taylor showcases his innate love of history, lyricism, and atypical sounds. Jubal showcases their contrasting influences and backgrounds with pleasing harmonies and strong writing styles.

In addition to performing, both are students at the University of Tennessee where Taylor studies History and Bonnie studies Anthropology and Biology.