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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Vinyl Night: Dolly Parton Themed | Thursday, Nov. 16 | 6-9 p.m. | 3rd Turn Brewing, 10408 Watterson Trail, Louisville | Cost of purchase | Listen to your favorite Dolly Parton tunes over local beer and food.
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.*
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.
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.