Abbey Road on the River returns this weekend with 50+ bands.
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The world’s largest tribute to The Beatles
Three musicians playing guitars dressed as The Beatles.
The five-day festival features 50+ bands devoted to The Beatles and other classic 1960s musicians like Jimi Hendrix and the Doors. | Photo by Abbey Road on the River
This Memorial Day weekend, downtown Jeffersonville, IN will relive the 1960s Beatlemania as fans “Come Together” for the annual Abbey Road on the River (AROTR) music festival at Big Four Station Park — a 10-minute drive from downtown or ~15-minute walk across the Big Four Bridge for Louisvillians.

Let’s break down this Fab Four-tasic fest that kicked off yesterday and everything it’s packing through Monday, May 29.

Large crowd of people at a concert at night.

Abbey Road on the River has been bringing Beatles fans together since 2002.

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Photo by Michael Stewart

Headliners

Tony Kishmanwho looks a lot like the real Paul McCartney — will headline tonight at 7:15 p.m. and on Sunday, May 28 at 7 p.m. with his band Live And Let Die. The performances include a multimedia experience of Paul McCartney’s music.

BritBeat will tell the history of The Beatles during their set with six costume changes and an immersive stage backdrop tonight at 8 p.m. and again on Saturday, May 27 at 3 p.m.

Colombian tribute band Classicstone will take the stage several times throughout the festival to perform note-by-note shows dedicated to Pink Floyd, The Beatles, and Queen.

Other notable acts to see include Drew Harrison, who will play John Lennon’s music unplugged, and The Beatelles, a four-piece female group from Chicago. See AROTR’s full lineup.

Group of four women  dressed up from the 1960s.

Over 20,000 music fans attend Abbey Road on the River every year.

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Photo by Abbey Road on the River

Experiences

In addition to concerts, the fest will also host Beatles-themed yoga and meditation, free guitar lessons, an art walk with interactive photo ops, and a marketplace with art vendors and Beatles merch. Check out the full list of activities.

Family-friendly perks

Wristbands to AROTR allow for re-entry so attendees can come and go each day. Plus, the two main stages are located by the park’s playground and disc golf course and the venue boasts tons of shaded lawn space and paved sidewalks for strollers and wagons.

There are several options to buy your “Ticket to Ride” including weekend passes for $279 and single-day admission for $40. Pro tip: if you buy a general admission ticket at the Southern Indiana Visitor’s Center it’s only $30 and includes a free kids ticket.
 
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What famous Louisvillian did The Beatles meet in 1964?

A. Hunter S. Thompson
B. Muhammad Ali
C. Henry “Pee Wee” Reese
 
 
Events
 
Friday, May 26
  • Tyler Park Beer Garden | Friday, May 26 | 5-8 p.m. | Tyler Park, 1501 Castlewood Ave., Louisville | Free | Play lawn games + grab a bite from a local food truck and a beer from West Sixth Brewing.
  • Quiet Hollers | Friday, May 26 | 7 p.m. | The Whirling Tiger, 1335 Story Ave., Louisville | $15 | Catch this Louisville band known for their genre-bending indie music.
  • GARDEN JAZZ SERIES | Friday, May 26 | 8-11 p.m. | Nouvelle Bar & Bottle, 214 S. Clay St., Louisville | Free | Hear jazz duo Carly Johnson and Craig Wagner perform in the lush garden patio of this NuLu wine bar.
Saturday, May 27
  • Fleur De Flea Vintage Urban Market | Saturday, May 27 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Waterfront Park, 1101 E. River Rd., Louisville | Free | Shop from 200+ vintage, antique, and collectibles vendors + grab a drink from the beer garden.
  • 18th Annual Kentucky Highland Renaissance Festival | Saturday, May 27-Sunday, May 28 | 10 a.m.-7 p.m. | Kentucky Renaissance Fair, 955 Elm St., Eminence | $15-$85 | Travel back in time to see jousting, sword swallowing, blacksmithing, and more.
  • Puppies & Pints | Saturday, May 27 | 1-4 p.m. | Hi-Wire Brewing Louisville, 642 Baxter Ave., Louisville | Free | Head to the taproom to play + cuddle with pups from the Kentucky Humane Society while sipping on a cold pint of your favorite brew.
  • 90’s Drag Brunch | Saturday, May 27 | 1:45-6:30 p.m. | Le Moo, 2300 Lexington Rd., Louisville | $43 | Relive the 1990s through its top songs performed live by local queens.
  • Enchanted Paint Night | Saturday, May 27 | 5 p.m. | Mellwood Art Center, 1860 Mellwood Ave., Louisville | $45 | Paint a masterpiece with guidance from a professional + enjoy a cupcake during the class.
  • May Biergarten | Saturday, May 27 | 6-10 p.m. | German American Club, 1840 Lincoln Ave., Louisville | Free | Drink German-style beers from a stein on the patio + dig into classic German dishes like schnitzel and sausages.
  • Citizen Cope: Spring 2023 Solo Acoustic | Saturday, May 27 | 7 p.m. | Headliners Music Hall, 1386 Lexington Rd., Louisville | $40-$90 | Listen to this American songwriter, producer and singer’s tunes, which are commonly described as a mix of blues, folk + rock.
  • Racing Louisville FC vs. vs. NC Courage | Saturday, May 27 | 8 p.m. | Lynn Family Stadium, 350 Adams St., Louisville | $16-$153 | Watch the ladies in purple take on NC Courage.
Sunday, May 28
  • George Hauck’s Birthday | Sunday, May 28 | 1 p.m. | Hauck’s Corner, 1000 Goss Ave., Louisville | Free | Celebrate the legacy of Schnitzelburg’s greatest resident with free ice cream and a show by the neighborhood magician.
  • Fossil Bed Discovery Hike | Sunday, May 28 | 1-2 p.m. | Falls of the Ohio State Park, 201 W. Riverside Dr., Clarksville | Free | Look at Devonian marine fossils with a park naturalist on this 60-minute hike.
  • Derby City Wrestling | Sunday, May 28 | 5 p.m. | Norton Healthcare Sports & Learning Center, 3029 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd., Louisville | $12-$20 | Catch some of your favorite local professional wrestlers in action.
  • Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade The Summer of Green 2023 | Sunday, May 28 | 7:30 p.m. | Iroquois Amphitheater, 1080 Amphitheater Rd., Louisville | $45.50-$65.50 | After a 20-year hiatus, this musician — best known for founding the band Primus — returns with his new super group to play Pink Floyd’s “Animals” album in its entirety.
Monday, May 29
  • Mayor’s Hike, Bike and Paddle | Monday, May 29 | 8 a.m.-12 p.m. | Waterfront Park, 1101 E. River Rd., Louisville | Free | Join the mayor for this annual active event on Memorial Day.
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News Notes
 
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  • More than 8,500 United Auto Workers from the Ford Kentucky Truck Plant on Chamberlain Lane + the Ohio Assembly Plant celebrated the official launch of the 2023 Ford F-Series Super Duty trucks line. The trucks — which feature new towing technology — start at $43,970 and are now being distributed across the US. (Louisville Business First)
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  • Louisville’s 2023 Juneteenth Jubilee Celebration added nine days of events to its lineup. Festivities will span across the city from Saturday, June 10 to Monday, June 19 and include a Belle of Louisville Jazz Excursion, gala at the Muhammad Ali Center, special Louisville Bats game, and an art camp.
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  • A new Germantown venue is open for bookings. Germantown Gables — originally to be called Greenhaus Event Space — offers 12,550 sqft of indoor/outdoor event space for hosting ~450 people. It features bridal rooms, a bourbon lounge, an outdoor bar and garden + a kitchen. Rates start at $6,500. (Louisville Business First)
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  • There will be no Louisville Metro residential garbage, recycling, or yard waste collection on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29. Pick-up will be delayed by one day throughout that week. The Waste Reduction Center + Haz Bin site will also be closed on Saturday, May 27 in observance.
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  • Walk this way. Waterfront Park made “The 15 Best River Walks in the USA” list by Fodor’s Travel. The 85-acre park was highlighted for having hosted big events — like the Kentuckiana Pride Festival — as well as connecting Louisville to Southern Indiana via the Big Four Bridge.
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  • The inaugural NuLu Summer Fest is slated for Saturday, July 22. The free event will take place along the main stretch of East Market Street and plans to have live music, food and drinks + family-friendly activities — like sprinklers, sidewalk chalk, and a watermelon eating contest. We can’t wait for the BBQ smoking demo.
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  • UofL’s Kentucky Author Forum’s “Great Conversations” episode, which aired on PBS, won a Silver Telly Award. The show featured U.S. Representative Jamie Raskin and Dr. Fiona Hill who discussed their books about working for the government in front of a live audience at the Kentucky Center.
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  • Louisville ranked No. 6 on Real Estate Witch’s annual “Best Beer Cities in the U.S.” list — a major jump from its former No. 36 spot. The rankings were based on things like breweries per capita, beer price, and Yelp ratings. To give you an idea, LOU has 2.8 breweries per 100,000 residents.
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Fourth of July will hit all the right notes
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The partnership will mark the first return of the orchestra to the celebration since 2021. | Photo by Frankie Steele
Since 1998, Waterfront Park has drawn hundreds of thousands of Louisvillians to the park for its free Fourth of July celebration — and this year, it’s adding a few strings and woodwinds.

After a brief hiatus, the Louisville Orchestra will return to help ring in Independence Day on Tuesday, July 4. The Louisville Orchestra concert — curated by Teddy Abrams — will feature the orchestra’s Rap School, The Real Young Prodigys, and the world premiere of “In Memory’s Safe” by Tyler Taylor, one of Louisville Orchestra’s Creators Corps members.

The community tradition will also feature fireworks and family-friendly activities like dance lessons, boat building, and juggling contests.

Plus, leading up to the big Fourth of July celebration, Waterfront Park will host a free movie night on Monday, July 3 on the Great Lawn with a showing of “The Sandlot” — which turns 30 this year.
 
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From the editor
I’m a fan of The Beatles, but I’m more of a Pink Floyd kind of gal. So, I’m definitely going to try to catch the Classicstone’s Pink Floyd tribute tonight at Abbey Road on the River.
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