Outside the Spotlight

Outside The Spotlight is a series of jazz and improvised music events in Lexington, KY. We give a home to artists making music that doesn't fit with commercial sensibilities and build an environment where artists and audience can interact more directly.

We want to expand the the availability of this music to anyone who is interested. Performances are at smaller venues and are generally donation / pay-what-you-want.

Photo by Brian Connors Manke

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Archer / Anagrams - April 13th @ 21c Museum Hotel

Poster for an upcoming jazz show showing text about the show and various musicians in the background.

Outside The Spotlight, with support from 21c Museum Hotel and WRFL, begins the '24 season with a doozie. This double-header show features the international quartet Archer, led by Chicago saxophonist Dave Rempis and Terrie Ex of Dutch underground punks The Ex, and will include support from Atlanta-based guitar/electronics/saxophone duo Anagrams.


Michael Foster's The Ghost - April 26th @ 2nd Story, 7pm

Poster for an upcoming jazz show showing text about the show and various musicians in the background.

Outside The Spotlight, in conjunction with 2nd Story and WRFL, features another fearless improvisational performance. NYC composer and saxophonist Michael Foster joined by his chimaeric ensemble The Ghost which "focuses on unpacking and celebrating the free jazz tradition from a queer perspective."OTS #225 // Friday April 26 // doors open 6:30pm, show starts 7pm
admission = FREE, suggested donation $5-$10, all ages welcome
2nd Story is located at 522 W Short St, Lexington, KY 40507


Kelby Clark and Mason Colby - June 5th, 7pm @ Institute 193

Poster for an upcoming jazz show showing text about the show and various musicians in the background.

Outside The Spotlight is crossing genres again, in our unending exploration of improvised music! On June 5th, we present an evening of old-time and improvisational banjo with Kelby Clark (Nashville, TN) and Mason Colby (Leington, KY). We'd love for you to join us.OTS #226 // Wednesday June 5th // doors open 6:30pm, show starts 7pm
admission = FREE, suggested donation to the artist of $5-$10, all ages welcome.
Institute 193 is located at 215 North Limestone in downtown Lexington.