Plus, an album release show for a local folk blues artist.
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Today’s Forecast

39º | Most sunny | 4% chance of rain
Sunrise 7:36 a.m. | Sunset 5:24 p.m.

🎸 The stage is set
The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, in downtown Louisville, Kentucky.
The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts is home to three venues, including Whitney Hall. | Photo by Steve Grider
Hear that? It’s the scintillating sound of Derby City’s live music venues, beckoning you to a performance you’ll never forget.

The concert scene is truly unmatched in our area — from the KFC Yum! Center arena to the intimate setting of Zanzabar, there’s a stage for any type of tune. To get to know them all, you must do three things.

Put your hands in the air, wave ‘em like you just don’t care, then lay your eyes (and ears) on our guide.


KFC Yum! Center | 1 Arena Plaza
Capacity: 22,090
When the biggest national touring acts come to town — think Barry Manilow, Aerosmith and Elton John — they make a stop here.

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Inside the Palace Theatre, the ceiling is painted to look like a night sky, fooling you into thinking the concert you’re attending is under the stars.


Photo by LOUtoday


Louisville Palace | 625 S. 4th St.
Capacity: 2,800
Louisville’s majestic Palace Theatre features a range of musical acts, including established hit-makers as well as up-and-comers. Pro tip: Arrive early to take in the architecture, which dates to 1928 — you’ll feel transported to the Italian Renaissance.

Outdoor Spaces

Iroquois Amphitheater | 1080 Amphitheater Rd.
Capacity: 2,348
Nothing says “summer vibes” in Louisville quite like a warm evening concert at this South End amphitheater. Built in 1938, the venue underwent a major renovation in 2003 to bring it up to modern standards.

Concert Halls

Headliner’s Music Hall | 1386 Lexington Rd.
Capacity: 700
Over the years, many acts — like My Morning Jacket and Kings of Leon — played this venue on their way to bigger fame, so see a show here and you can say, “I saw them when...”

Bars + Restaurants

Zanzabar | 2100 S. Preston St.
Capacity: ~400
Known by locals as “Z Bar,” the stage at this Saint Joseph neighborhood spot hosts nationally touring acts for intimate performances.
How frequently do you attend live music events?

A. Weekly
B. Monthly
C. Occasionally
D. Rarely
E. Never
Tuesday, Nov. 14
  • Non-Profit Tuesdays | Tuesday, Nov. 14 | 3-10 p.m. | Hi-Wire Brewing, 642 Baxter Ave., Louisville | Cost of purchase | Support the Home of the Innocents by sipping on brews each Tuesday in November.
  • Macaron Class | Tuesday, Nov. 14 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Cooking @ Millie’s, 340 W. Chestnut St., Louisville | $120 | Bring a friend and learn the art + science of making macarons.
Wednesday, Nov. 15
  • Bourbon & Bridles | Wednesday, Nov. 15 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Kentucky Derby Museum, 704 Central Ave., Louisville | $100 | Learn about and sip whiskey from veteran-owned brands + enjoy dinner from Mission BBQ.
Thursday, Nov. 16
Friday, Nov. 17
Saturday, Nov. 18
Sunday, Nov. 19
  • Good Stand Up Comedy | Sunday, Nov. 19 | 9 p.m. | Free | Kaiju, 1004 E. Oak St., Louisville | See several local comics perform in the intimate backroom of this Germantown bar.
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You’re invited to the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience’s 10th anniversary party
interior shot of a business with a gigantic bourbon sculpture inside
Bet you’ve never seen a bourbon this big. | Photo by Heaven Hill Brands
The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience is turning 10 this month, and they’re inviting all of Louisville to celebrate.

On Saturday, Nov. 18 happening 12-4 p.m., head to Repurposed On Main (615 W. Main St.) for a block party featuring:
  • Bourbon tastings
  • Food trucks
  • Vendor booths
  • Live music
  • And more
Bonus: Head to their brick-and-mortar location right down the street (528 W. Main St.) for tours + tastings, retail promotions, and a commemorative cocktail.

Admission to both events is free.
News Notes
  • You might need to add some time to your morning + afternoon commutes. Yesterday, crews began routine maintenance on the Gene Snyder Freeway at the East End Tunnel. Lanes will be closed daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and nightly from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. through Friday, Nov. 17. (WLKY)
  • Jefferson Community and Technical College is celebrating International Education Week with a Festival of Cultures. The event, including a parade of flags, is set to take place this morning, at 10:30 a.m., at the JCTC downtown campus.
  • Travis Scott is bringing his Utopia Tour to the KFC Yum! Center on Wednesday, Jan. 3. Fun fact: All 19 songs on Scott’s “Utopia” album debuted on the Billboard Hot 100. Tickets start at $111.
  • Starting on Sunday, Nov. 19, the Brown Hotel will host Kentucky Afternoon Tea at 2 p.m. each Sunday through the holidays. Tea, bourbon, and sparkling wine will be served with scones, sandwiches and desserts, like bourbon balls. Reservations are required, at $40 each.
  • Score some gifts for the holidays, while supporting local furballs — the BowWow Meow Boutique will take place Friday, Dec. 1-Sunday, Dec. 3, 12-5 p.m. at 12205 Westport Rd. Shop gift bags, wines + bourbons, and children toys, with proceeds benefiting the Animal Care Society shelter.
  • It’s here — Oprah’s Favorite Things list, just in time for the holidays. We’re seeing: luxury flaky sea salt, all-weather boots, fleece robes, and a baked brie board.*
Kicking it forward
A Racing Louisville FC soccer player dribbles the ball.
On the field Jaelin Howell is Racing Louisville’s captain and, off the field, a community volunteer. | Photo by Chris Humphrey
This year, Jaelin Howell brought in thousands of dollars for a local nonprofit, and led her team to its most wins ever — talk about making an impact.

The Racing Louisville soccer midfielder and captain recently won the Nationwide Community Impact Award from the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL).

The award recognizes Howell’s work with Down Syndrome of Louisville (DSL), which will receive a $25,000 donation as part of the award.

Howell’s involvement with DSL began because of a family friend with Down syndrome. This soccer season, she threw a prom-style dance for DSL members + helped raise money for the nonprofit.

DSL is a leading Down syndrome organization and lends support from birth. It’s the only association in the US to receive a gold accreditation from national group Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action. Learn how you can support them, too.
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From the editor
Of all the concerts I’ve been to in Derby City, the best was at the Iroquois Amphitheater in 2010. I saw The Black Keys on a hot and sticky mid-August night, and it was a packed, shoulder-to-shoulder crowd. That might not sound “Nice and Gentle”, but it was not a “Strange Time” — the memories are still as “Thick(freakness)” as the humidity was that night. You just had to be there.
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