First Fridays continue Friday

Special to The State Journal Published:

The First Fridays in Frankfort series continues with a special pre-Derby night of entertainment on Friday at the Kentucky Coffeetree Caf, 235 Broadway, beginning at 7.

Jane Harrod, Ben Griffith, Cico Vovt, Eric Larson and Michael Ward, members of The Peach Pie Jazz Band, will kick off the evening with their crowd-pleasing tunes. Reading are Susan Starr Richards and Harry Brown.

The Peach Pie Band has performed previously at official Derby events and was enthusiastically received by the Governors guests. The band evolved from vacation get togethers at the beach and now has a strong regional following.

Richards has spent most of her life raising racehorses in central Kentucky, and writing. She has been a NEA Fellow in Fiction. Her stories have appeared in "The Kenyon Review," "The Sewanee Review," "Shenandoah," "The Southern Review," and in "Thoroughbred Times," as winner of their first National Fiction Prize. Booklist said her newest short story collection was "a dose of Kentuckiana, with lots of humor and horse lore.

Harry Brown of Paint Lick teaches literature and writing at Eastern Kentucky University. His writing focuses on environmental issues. Brown takes what he sees and shares it with others in an attempt to provide some enjoyment, enlightenment and awareness. Brown uses a kicking bull, a singing bird, an edible root, a variety of tree and even manure to help educate and to bring respect to nature.

The cover charge is $10 for adults and students are half price. For more information about the performers or to reserve a table, please call Lizz Taylor at 502-223-8018 or email at her at

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