Real Twirl Wedding | Ann + Abe

FRIDAY APRIL 13 2018


A Gem Restored, A Tragedy Averted, Why We Should Celebrate Lexington's Courthouse.

Tuesday February 13 2018

"I have never visited a city where people said, “I’m so glad they tore down that beautiful old building rather than restoring it.” But I have been many places where residents lamented the loss of civic treasures foolishly demolished."


In Full Effect: LexEffect founder Kaelyn Query Launches New Venues

Thursday December 21 2017

"LexEffect founder Kaelyn Query builds on her successful events business to launch new venues - including Limestone Hall in Lexington's renovated courthouse..."


Vibrant Art Scene Sparks Innovation in Commercial Life

Tuesday, November 28 2017

"Music, dance, poetry, creative writing, painting, drawing, sculpture, theater are the leading categories of artistic and cultural expression, and are as old as civilization itself. A vibrant arts and culture scene contribute immensely to the quality of life and enriches the region’s business climate."


MoonTower Music Festival Releases Lineup Part 2
Thursday, May 4 2017
"The family and dog friendly festival boasts something for everyone."


MoonTower Music Festival Initial Lineup Announced
Saturday April 1 2017
"MoonTower Music Festival is returning to Lexington's Masterson Station Park on August 26th, 2017 for its fourth consecutive year."


MoonTower Music Festival Drops Phase 1 Lineup
Friday, March 31 2017
"MoonTower Music Festival has announced its initial 2017 lineup. The single day music festival, located at Masterson Station in Lexington, Kentucky, will feature fourteen artist on two stages."


JJ Grey, Cherub and Todd Snider Top Initial MoonTower Lineup
Friday, March 31 2017
"The fest also announced, "a revamped food pavilion featuring over 20 different food and beverage options, a can-only beer garden with larger check-out areas, specially marked VIP zones, designated seating and tenting sections as well as a special late night show," in a news release."


Cherub, JJ Grey, Great American Taxi Headline Initial MoonTower Lineup
Friday, March 31 2017
"Back for its fourth year, MoonTower Music Festival has announced that Cherub, JJ Grey & Mofro, Todd Snider and Great American Taxi, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Tyler Childers, and Vita and the Woolf will head the lineup for the Aug. 26 gathering at nearby Masterson Station Park."


MoonTower Music Festival Releases Phase 1 of Festival Lineup
Friday, March 31 2017
"Lexington's MoonTower Music Festival has released the first phase of it's 2017 lineup, and it's shaping up to be quite the bill!"


MoonTower Music Festival Returns Better Than Ever
Friday, March 31 2017
"MoonTower Music Festival, the Lexington, Kentucky, day-long celebration of music, food and art is back for its fourth year and promises to be better than ever."


9 Outdoor Music Festivals and Events You Shouldn't Miss This Year
February 22 2017
"MoonTower Music Festival. A one-day festival outside of Lexington at Masterson Station Park."


2016 was an Encouraging Year for Local Music in Many Ways
Thursday, December 29 2016
"The third installment of the Moontower Music Festival beefed up considerably its performance bill in August on a pair of side-by-side stages."

Lexington Live 2016: Bright Performances During a Dark Year
Thursday, December 22 2016
"The third annual Moontower Music Festival at Masterson Station Park revealed remarkable growth, with sets by three diverse headliners."


A Stunning English Garden Wedding in the Heart of Louisville
Tuesday, October 4 2016
"What happens when two accountants fall in love and get married? They plan every detail with exacting precision."


MoonTower 2016 Review
Friday, September 2 2016
"This festival had a remarkable lineup and each musician brought their A game giving Lexington a run for its money."


A Big 'Effect' [pg. 36]
September 2016
"In August, Query was named the Young Entrepreneur of the Year at Commerce Lexington’s “Salute to Small Business” awards luncheon."


MoonTower Music Festival Finds Its Groove
Wednesday, August 31 2016
"Now in it’s third year, Lexington’s MoonTower Music Festival has found it’s groove thanks to refined logistics, a more diverse lineup than ever before and embracing both local and national music acts."


MoonTower Festival Goes Over the Moon
Sunday, August 28 2016
"The third annual Moontower Music Festival was the biggest and best yet, serving up a lineup featuring a plethora of musical styles from blues rock to electronic funk to southern and indie rock and everything encompassing the spaces in between."


Caitlin + Tyler II Elegant Bluegrass Wedding
Thursday, August 25 2016
"Ohhhh happy day! This wedding is full to the brim with some of our amazing Kentucky Baubles & Bowties Preferred Vendors"


MoonTower Preview - Drive-By Truckers
Thursday, August 25 2016
"We’re taking the week leading up to Moontower Music Festival in Masterson Station to preview the headlining acts of the festival."


MoonTower Music Festival is Growing, But Mindful of the Audience
Thursday, August 25 2016
"This year’s lineup, she says, was in direct response to ticket holders surveyed last year who were asked what they’d like to see."


MoonTower Preview - Trombone Shorty & New Orleans Avenue
Wednesday, August 24 2016
"If you’re interested in the current New Orleans scene & sound right now, multi-instrumentalist Troy Andrews — better known as jazz/funk/hip hop auteur Trombone Shorty — is a name you know."


Bluegrass Business Focus (radio ep. 4)
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
"Kaelyn Query, founder and president, of LexEffect joins us to talk about the Moontower Music Festival coming up on Saturday, August 27th"


MoonTower Music Festival Offers KY Proud Products
Tuesday, August 23 2016
"The Moontower Music Festival, which opens at 11 a.m. Saturday at Masterson Station Park, will showcase Kentucky Proud items in special dishes, including Crank & Boom’s Bourbon Ball Sundae, made with JD Country Milk, Nate’s Coffee, and Wild Turkey Bourbon."


MoonTower Preview - Manchester Orchestra
Tuesday, August 23 2016
"Funkhouser’s MoonTower coverage continues this week with previews of the headlining acts.  Today we preview Manchester Orchestra, an indie rock band from Atlanta."


Looking Forward To: MoonTower Music Festival
Friday, August 19 2016
"Now in it’s third year, MoonTower looks to keep expanding the musical talent on stage, while fostering the easy-going, family-friendly vibe that is prominent throughout the event."


MoonTower 2016 to Launch Lexington Talent Towards Stardom
onday, August 15 2016
"Lexington’s music aficionados will reach for the moon, but come away grasping for stars at the upcoming Moontower Music Festival, a one day music celebration featuring the best in local, regional, and national acts."


MoonTower 2016 Preview
Monday, August 8 2016
"This single day festival is packed with delicious food trucks and wonderful performers."


5 Under-the-Radar Summer Music Festivals for Those Who Are So Over Coachella
Wednesday, August 3 2016
"These are just some of the growing number of under the radar festivals that offer a refreshing alternative for music lovers in search of what such events used to be - simple, unpretentious, down home gatherings based on good music provided by either local artists or performers who are still up and coming."






Five Music Festivals Worth Traveling
Wednesday, May 25 2016
"Here are five festivals between one and six hours away that are worth traveling for."


Every Outdoor Summer Concert in Louisville, in One Calendar
Monday, April 11 2016
"Louisville has become a hot spot for music, food, beer, and bourbon. Each summer, all of these converge to give the city a few months of nonstop concerts, festivals, and street fairs."


Moontower is back on at Masterson
Monday, April 11 2016
"The LexEffect presented festival nearly quadrupled their attendance from its first year with a 2015 crowd topping in at around 4,000 guests."


Moontower Music Festival confirms lineup
Friday, April 8 2016
"Lexington, KY’s one-day music festival MoonTower will welcome the likes of Manchester Orchestra, Drive-By Truckers, Trombone Shorty, JR JR and others to the Bluegrass State on August 27..."


Moontower Music Festival brings big names, diverse lineup for 2016
Friday, April 8 2016
"MoonTower Music Festival will return for it’s third installment August 27, 2016 at Masterson Station Park in Lexington.  The festival pulled out all this stops this year, once again upping ante for the Lexington music festival scene."


Ben Lacy, Johnny Conqueroo throw down at Moontower reveal
Saturday, April 2 2016
"Music fans gathered at the newly located Willie’s Locally Known on Thursday night to say goodbye to March and hello to the band’s on the lineup for this year’s Moontower Music Festival..."


CHEW Dinner - Paris with Chef Jeremy Ashby
Wednesday, March 2 2016
"In Lexington, we've got horses, bourbon, and food, lots of good food.  Tonight I was introduced to the CHEW Dinner series and woah was I impressed."


Kentucky Bride: Brittany & David's Carrick House Wedding
Wednesday, January 6 2016
"Our wedding was such a blur, but we wouldn’t change a single thing. We got to spend the happiest day of our life with our closest family and friends. It is a day we will never forget and we are so thankful for that..."


Kentucky Music Preview: NYE Edition
Tuesday, December 29 2015
"We are ending this year by previewing the New Years Eve Bash at the Manchester Music Hall in Lexington KY. This event features 3 great bands..."


Kentucky Bride: Laura & Brock's Horse Park Wedding
Thursday, December 17 2015
"We love this wedding! One look at the bright colors & striped details & we think you will too!"


Manchester Music Hall Aims to be Something for Everyone
Tuesday, November 24 2015
"The longer the former home of Buster’s Billiards and Backroom remained vacant on Manchester St., the more Kaelyn Query began formulating ideas about what she would do with the space if given the opportunity."


Lexington is the Bourbon Destination You Need to Know About
Friday, September 18 2015
"For those seeking adventure in the near future, Lexington hosts its annual Bourbon Social at the start of October. The 11-day festival encompasses 13 events across town, each one revealing Kentucky through the helpful lens of barrel-aged booze and great grub."


The MoonTower Music Festival
Friday, September 4 2015
"After spending last Saturday at the MoonTower Music Festival, I never want summer to end. What a great way to close out August (and almost the end of summer). It makes me happy to have events like this in Lexington (Thanks to LexEffect for all your hard work organizing this event!!) and to see the people of Lexington (and surrounding areas) coming out to support.


Kentucky Underground at MoonTower Music Festival
Monday, August 31 2015
"Kentucky Underground's photographer Skylar Davis had the chance to cover MoonTower Music Festival in Lexington, KY this past weekend. This is Pt. 1 or 3 from the event..."


Live Review: J. Roddy Walston and the Business @ MoonTower Music Festival, Lexington KY
Monday, August 31 2015
"He tells me it's J. Roddy, and that he hears the guy is amazing live. So that was promising. Upfront - that's absolutely true. I was impressed with the song, and blown away by their MoonTower performance..."


The Second Year for MoonTower Music Festival
Sunday, August 30 2015
"Perhaps when hearing the word "moontower" your memory is jogged back to the 19th century; a time when moontowers were used as street lighting because single pole lighting arrangements were impractical..."


Live Pics: MoonTower Music Festival
Saturday, August 29 2015
"The 2nd annual Moon Tower music festival kicked off August 29th, at Masterson Station park in Lexington, Kentucky. Eighteen bands, along with local food trucks, and other vendors from across central Kentucky was part of an ass-kicking, rock ‘n roll day."


The Beat Goes On: Manchester Music Hall to Launch in old Buster's Site
Thursday, August 27 2015
"It’s going to be an ode to all the local bands in town,” said Kaelyn Query, 27, founder and president of LexEffect"


MoonTower Makes Changes for a Great Second Impression
Thursday, August 27 2015
"Kaelyn Query had a number in mind when the MoonTower Music Festival was inaugurated last year. Specifically, it was 1,200. That was how concertgoers she was hoping to attract to an event she very much looked at as the beginning of an annual tradition..."


Take a Short Trip to Lexington for MoonTower Music Festival
Thursday, August 27 2015
"Still in shock that Forecastle concluded over one month ago? Lexington has got just the thing to cure your sadness and it comes by way of MoonTower Music Festival, a mid-major music festival in its second year..."


Old Buster's site to be reborn as Manchester Music Hall
Tuesday, August 11 2015
"The former site of Buster's Billiards & Backroom, a popular Manchester Street concert venue that closed in December, is being reborn as Manchester Music Hall. Owners Adam Hatton, Mitch Potter and Adam Short say they plan to renovate..."


CHEW [Summer Series]
Friday, July 16 2015
"Another great Chew dinner series is in the books! A big shout out to LexEffect for the great job they do planning this entire series. The summer event featured Chef Mark Wombles of Distilled @ Gratz Park + Heirloom with West Sixth Beer..."


Wedding Coordinators vs. Planners
Monday, June 8 2015
"It was my goal to have all the decor bought and the rentable items reserved two months prior to our wedding. I can barely believe that time is now! To those of you who are not planning a wedding, 2 months prior may seem very early..."


MoonTower Music Festival is listening to fans while planning second-year event
Friday, June 5 2015
“There’s a scene where they talk about going to the moontower,” Query said. “There’s a party at the moontower and they say, ‘Everyone’s going to be there.’"


MoonTower Music Festival is listening to the fans while planning second year event
Wednesday, June 3 2015
A movie titled Dazed and Confused seems unlikely to inspire focused event planning, but for LexEffect founder and president Kaelyn Query, watching it did just that. 


CHEW [a dinner series]
Tuesday, May 26 2015
Last Wednesday night, the mister and I attended out first “Chew” dinner and I’m excited to give you a peek into the event. Chew, is a quarterly dinner series, put on by LexEffect (a local event company) & Whole Foods and serves up a chef driven menu, with locally sourced food and drinks, and is hosted in a Lexington downtown neighborhood.


MoonTower Music Festival Completes Lineup
Thursday, May 7 2015
Last week while Louisville was all about Derby madness, music news from Lexington was announced that should keep you excited for good times with good vibes, friends, and a drink in your hand.


Beth & Sam Wedding
See our featured wedding on Kentucky Bride!


2015 MoonTower Music Festival Lineup
Sunday, Mar 1 2015
The lineup for the second annual MoonTower Music Festival has been released, featuring names familiar to both people who went to last year’s event and local and regional music fans.


The Bourbon Social! Part One: One Day in Kentucky
Thursday, Oct 23 2014
One of the first people I met when I arrived in Lexington for the Bourbon Social was Jordan, of the excellent book and blog This Girl Walks Into a Bar. When we met on Friday morning, Jordan had just stepped off a red eye from her home in Los Angeles, ready for a whirlwind weekend at the Bourbon Social. 


The Bourbon Social: Day Two
Wednesday, Oct 15 2014
I was in such a deep slumber after the previous night's Pappy Van Winkle tasting that my wakeup call was my driver, dialing me from the hotel lobby. He was ready to take me to the first event of the day. Whoops. Damn unicorns.


The Bourbon Social: Day One
Saturday, Oct 11 2014
There wasn't any time to complain about the red eye from Los Angeles to Louisville (it's pronounced lull-ville people). Dusty, a Kentucky native and the private event director for LexEffect, greeted me at baggage claim with warmth, a smile, and a packed agenda. We hopped in her SUV and headed straight to Lexington, home of The Bourbon Social.


The Southern Agenda - Oct/Nov 2014
Friday, Oct 10 2014
Best to take a cue from Keeneland’s Thoroughbreds and pace yourself at the Bourbon Social (October 10–12), a weekend-long whiskey affair in Lexington that begins with a day at the historic racecourse.


What's Up Cuisine: Bourbon Social runs three days of native spirit fun
Thursday, Oct 9 2014
The Bourbon Social runs Oct. 10-12 in Central Kentucky and features eight events and various activities for bourbon enthusiasts and newcomers alike.


Bourbon Social pits bartenders against clock, one another
Wednesday, Oct 8 2014
This weekend, a dozen mixologists from Kentucky, Chicago, New York, California and points in between will go shaker to shaker at The Bourbon Social. They will mix up their best stuff in a cocktail competition judged by those who know a thing or two about what goes in a glass: Dale DeGroff, otherwise known as King Cocktail; Jim Meehan, who reinvented the speakeasy in New York; Mark Stoddard, known as @MixMasterMark on Twitter; Trey Zoeller of Jefferson's Bourbon; and chef Hugh Acheson of Top Chef.


Kentucky Proud joins the celebration of bourbon and all things Kentucky
Monday, Oct 6 2014
Bourbon aficionados from throughout the nation will converge on the Bluegrass this weekend for a celebration of America’s native spirit and Kentucky culture. They’ll have Kentucky Proud foods and drinks to go with their favorite beverage.


Keeneland Fall Meet means craft beer and bourbon events
Thursday, Oct 2 2014
There's another chance to enjoy bourbon and racing together, this time with a helping of Kentucky Wildcat football: The Lexington Bourbon Society's "Sips, Whips & Kicks" event started Thursday and continues through Saturday.


The WCN! Interview: Hugh Acheson
Thursday, Oct 2 2014
Jonathan talked with chef, restaurateur, author, and Top Chef judge Hugh Acheson about bourbon, Southern food, and kohlrabi, among other things. Acheson will be a Celebrity Guest Chef at The Bourbon Social, Oct. 10-12 in Lexington.


Bourbon Social: A Weekend Bonanza of Events
Wednesday, Oct 1 2014
With eight separate events spread out over a three-day period, the Bourbon Social (Oct. 10 - 12) is sure to have something for everybody, whether you're a bourbon fan or not.


21 Food & Beverage Events for October and Beyond
Wednesday, Oct 1 2014
As its name suggests, this brand new festival is all about bourbon. There'll be seminars from booze world heavyweights like Jim Meehan, a tasting event with over 20 bourbons, a cocktail reception, a mixologist competition, a private Pappy Van Winkle tasting, and more. There's also a charity component: the event will benefit the Makenna Foundation.



Screw It, Let's Just Do a Bourbon Show
Sunday, Sept 28 2014
How has it taken us this long to do a whole show about bourbon? We’ve definitely talked bourbon, and we’ve done shows about cocktails in general, but we’ve never just devoted a whole show to the brownest of the brown liquors.


Bourbon Social brings together Cocktails, horse racing and education
Tuesday, Sept 23 2014
The Bourbon Social, which promises "a celebration of bourbon and all things Kentucky," arrives in Lexington on Oct. 10-12, just in time for the fall meet at Keeneland.


Moontower: A Young Festival with Potential

Thursday, Jul 31 2014
There is no greater nightmare for the organizers of an outdoor event than the chance of rain. That's the situation that the organizers of Moontower Music Festival were in as the day started for the inaugural festival in Midway (just outside of Lexington, Kentucky)...


Snapped: Moontower Music Festival

Sunday, 27 Jul 2014
The inaugural Moontower Music Festival was Saturday at Equus Run Vineyards in Midway...


Notebook: Moontower Music Festival

Sunday, 27 Jul 2014
The folks at LexEffect certainly have a good idea: get Lexington, or the immediate Lexington area, in on the summer music festival scene that is marked to the west by Louisville's Forecastle Festival and to the north by Cincinnati's Bunbury Festival...


Moontower Music Festival After-Party

Saturday, 26 Jul 2014
The official after-party for the inaugural Moontower Music Festival. Machines Are People Too formed during the summer months of '09 in Chattanooga, TN when lead singer Brian Sylvester began writing vocals over producer JJ Clark's infectiously catchy dream-pop tracks...


Moontower Music Festival

Saturday, 26 Jul 2014
Tops in Lexington event photo album


Initial Moontower Music Festival in Midway draws a youthful crowd

Saturday, 26 Jul 2014
Despite temperatures in the high 80s and her all-black wardrobe, Susan Hall was there for every act at the inaugural Moontower Music Festival, dancing the afternoon away just feet from the stage at Equus Run Vineyard. "I can't help dancing when I hear music...


Moontower Music Festival

Saturday, 26 Jul 2014
WKQQ event photo album.


Moontower Festival at Equus Run Vineyards

Saturday, 26 Jul 2014
Moontower Music Festival is a one-day event featuring music by Moon Taxi, Sunday Best, Machines Are People Too, Brave Baby, Tyler Childers, A Lion Named Roar and Buffalo Rodeo. Craft beer from Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. and tasty local grub...


Buffalo Rodeo Comes to Lexington for MoonTower from Bowling Green

Thursday, 24 Jul 2014
Buffalo Rodeo is in hiding. The progressive indie rock outfit has become the latest band to generate a buzz in Bowling Green, an unassuming college town that has proven to be a consistent producer of shiny red Corvettes and bona-fide musical talent such as summer music festival...


Moon Taxi Returns to Lexington to Headine at MoonTower

Thursday, 24 Jul 2014
Measure the figurative miles between Lexington and the Moon, and the distance isn't as great as you might think. Well, at least it wasn't back in 2006, when the Nashville pop and progressive troupe Moon Taxi began making our fair city a regular stop on its tour schedule...


Organizer Has Big Plans for MoonTower Music Festival in Midway

Thursday, 24 Jul 2014
The standing question that has long faced local concert audiences and promoters always comes down to music festivals. In short, could Lexington ever nurture and sustain one that might one day become something that could parallel the likes of Louisville's nationally...


MoonTower Music Festival Releases Schedule

Sunday, Jul 6 2014
The inaugural Moontower Music Festival is set for July 26 at Equus Run Vineyards in Midway, Kentucky (just outside of Lexington). Their lineup is a solid mix of rock, roots, and synths from Kentucky, Tennessee, and South Carolina. A full day of amazing tunes...


MoonTower Music Festival Debuts at Equus Run Vineyard in July

Monday, 23 Jun 2014
A diverse lineup of acts from electronic artists to folk will head out to Midway's Equus Run Vineyard July 26 for the inaugural Moontower Music Festival. Nashville-based Moon Taxi will headline the show that also features regional favorites A Lion Named Roar of Louisville...


Eight Best (New) Summer Events in Lexington

Thursday, 29 May 2014
Below is a handful of events that are new(isn) to Lexington's summer lineup, many of which are entering their inaugural season in 2014. Though some of them have been around for a few years, we have chosen to highlight them because we either feel they aren't as present...


Bourbon On Parade at Social Event This Fall

Monday, May 5 2014
A three-day bourbon party is planned this fall in Lexington, called the Bourbon Social. The Lexington Herald-Leader says Spirits from Buffalo Trace, Beam, Woodford Reserve and craft distiller Barrel House are in the lineup for the event.


Bourbon Social Tasting Event Coming to Lexington in October

Friday, 2 May 2014
Lexington will be getting a new bourbon celebration this fall: the Bourbon Social, a three-day tasting event Oct. 10 to 12. The lineup of Bourbons, as of Thursday, included spirits from Buffalo Trace, Beam, Woodford Reserve and craft distiller Barrel House...


LexEffect Announces Three Day Bourbon Celebration Coming To Central Kentucky

Friday, 2 May 2014
Locally owned LexEffect, LLC, an event management and production company, announces the First Annual Bourbon Social, coming this October, 10th - 12th. This is a three-day celebration of Bourbon and all things Kentucky (eight events), held at various venues across...