KET to film at Fan Fest

KETKentucky Educational Television, a statewide public TV network, will be descending upon Bluegrass Fan Fest in Nashville this year to film multiple episodes for their popular Jubilee program.

The show features live performances of bluegrass and acoustic music, to date all filmed within the state. But they will venture into neighboring Tennessee for the opportunity to capture the cream of the crop at Fan Fest, held at the conclusion of the IBMA World of Bluegrass convention each year.

Jubilee producer Nick Helton tells us that it’s a first class operation.

“Our crew is roughly 25 people. We run 7 cameras during the production: 2 hand held cameras on stage, 2 dolly cameras directly in front of the stage, 2 large lens cameras near the front of house sound board and a 15’-20’ jib (crane) camera floating just in front and to the side of the stage. We record all audio through a multi-track rig which then gets taken to audio post production to be mixed.

Our hope is to start airing shows from the Nashville Fan Fest in early spring or summer of 2013.”

IBMA’s interim Director Nancy Cardwell says that the organization is very pleased about this partnership with KET.

“IBMA is thrilled that the Kentucky Educational Television crew will be in Nashville this year, filming content for future episodes of their program, Jubilee!  This is the first time Jubilee will present a music event outside of the commonwealth of Kentucky on their show, and we’re excited about the reach the program has across the nation through local PBS stations. Jubilee already airs in 25 major markets nationally. If your station doesn’t already carry the show, now is the time to give them a call and request it!

Producer Nick Helton and his crew present live bluegrass music in a professional, exciting way and we’re convinced having Fan Fest on television will be a good thing not only for our events, but for the bands presented and bluegrass music in general.

KET’s presence at Fan Fest this year is being sponsored by Fan Fest will take place in Raleigh, N.C. in 2013-2015.”

You can find more details about Jubilee on the KET web site, and all the particulars about Fan Fest from IBMA.

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