The Ward Oates Amphitheater will host the Kentucky River Jam music and art festival Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The Kentucky River Jam, sponsored by Kentucky Employee Credit Union and Canoe Kentucky in association with HollerWood Productions, is part of a five-date concert series that will continue into the fall.

The series had a successful beginning in late May, attracting around 500 visitors throughout the day. Several vendors, food trucks and local artists will be present. Proceeds from the event benefit a featured nonprofit of the sponsor's choosing.

"West Sixth Brewery will provide a beer tent and a percentage of their sales will go to the Bluegrass Wildwater Association Inc.," said event organizer and Canoe Kentucky spokesperson Chris Howard. "All vendor fees will be going to the nonprofit as well. We don't make any money off of this and it's a free event for the community."

Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy performances by musicians Driftwood Gypsy, Trippin Roots and Chris and Jenn Shouse.

"We wanted to bring a fresh, new style of music to Frankfort," Howard said. "All musicians are from Kentucky."

The event is scheduled to end at 6 p.m. There will be also be children's activities throughout the day.

"Saturday events are rare in Frankfort," Howard said. "We wanted to host a free, community event based around art and music. There's going to be fun for the whole family, and of course a beautiful view."

The Ward Oates Amphitheater is located at the end of West Main Street, behind the Kentucky Bar Association. Other dates and bands include July 27 — The Allman Butter Band and Dustin Collins; Sept. 14 — 49 WinchesterDonnie Bowling and Prototype; and Oct. 19 — Buck the Taxidermist and Lauren Mink.

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