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Cabin Concerts

Cabin Concerts


The Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology at WKU is proud to present the Pioneer Cabin Concert Series -- the best in acoustic music, presented in the intimate living room of the historic Pioneer Log Cabin on Western's campus, home to the Kentucky Folklife Program. The series features a varied selection of artists whose work relates to American roots music, in a setting that lends itself to interpretation as well as performance.

The concerts are produced in collaboration with a Community Advisory Board consisting of Grammy-award winning bluegrass musician Curtis Burch, gospel artist and composer John Edmonds, guitarist Greg Martin of the Kentucky HeadHunters, jazz guitarist and teacher John Martin, singer/songwriter Dan Modlin, and IBM award winner Jim Hurst. 

We are pleased to announce our Spring 2015 concert featuring NEA National Heritage Fellow Eddie Pennington and his son, Alonzo Pennington, on Sunday, March 1, at 4 p.m. Information for ordering tickets and finding the cabin are below. For more information on the concert and the artist, please see visit the Kentucky Folklife Program website. 

Pennington poster


To Reserve Seats

To reserve a seat for a concert, contact the organizers at with the following information:

1) Your name

2) The date of the concert you want

3) The number of seats you are requesting

4) Your contact information: email (preferable) or daytime phone


Directions to the Pioneer Log Cabin 

From Louisville and points north.
Take Exit 28 off of Interstate 65.
Remain in the left-hand lane, headed toward Bowling Green, passing the Corvette Museum on your left.
Continue straight. The road is 68/80, merging with 31W (Louisville Rd). It splits as you approach town, and the lane you are on becomes one-way Adams St.
The two lanes of 68/80 join again at a "Y" just beyond a white building on your left housing shops (Hilltopper Inn). You will see University buildings (parking structure, arena) ahead. Bear left around the "Y" to reverse your direction. You can now see the Pioneer Log Cabin set back a bit from the road on your right.
There are several parking lots on the left of 14th St. across from the Cabin and the Kentucky Building. At this time of day, parking should be fine in either of them. One is designated for visitors to the KY Building (this one is probably preferable), the other is a faculty-student lot.
From Natcher Parkway and points south:
From Nashville, take I-65 north to Exit 20, and go west on the William H. Natcher Parkway (formerly the Green River Parkway).
From the parkway, take Exit 6 and turn right (north) onto Highway 31-W. (There is a sign for Western Kentucky University at this exit.)
Take 31-W to University Boulevard, and turn left (west). Follow the boulevard to the Kentucky Building/ WKU Welcome Center (about 4 miles from Exit 6). The road splits. (the Happy Inn will be on your left.) Just after the split you will see the Pioneer Log Cabin set back from the road on the right. Visitor Parking is on the left.
Coming From Either Direction:
You will see The Pioneer Log Cabin just BEFORE you reach the Kentucky Building/WKU Welcome Center. After you pass the Kentucky Building, you will see a second cabin, but that's the wrong one.  The Pioneer Log Cabin is #3 on the Campus Map.

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 Last Modified 2/26/15