Louisville was recently named one of the worst places to date in the country, a claim which honestly holds some water for us single Louisvillians. But the reason why? We don’t get enough concerts.
We’ll admit it, Derby City does get left off tour dates more than we’d like, but later this week, Forecastle Festival will rock the waterfront from Fri., May 27-Sun., May 29, where we’ll see some of the biggest names in music like Phoebe Bridgers, Tame Impala + Tyler, the Creator.
Mast Stage at Forecastle Festival at Waterfront Park | Photo by Forecastle Festival
Not to mention later in the year we’ll have Bourbon & Beyond + Louder Than Life, two more music festivals headlined by musical heavy hitters like Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, KISS, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
But we’re fired up now, so it’s the perfect time to tell you about five more big shows coming to The Ville this year that you won’t want to miss. Pro tip: Go ahead and buy your tickets, these shows are expected to sell out.
🎸 Martina McBride, Sun., June 5 | 7 p.m. | Iroquois Amphitheater | $36+ | Hear this country music class act perform with opener Greg Foresman.
🎸 My Morning Jacket, Sat., June 25 | 6:00 p.m. | Great Lawn at Waterfront Park | $59+ | See Louisville’s hometown sons return for “One Big Holiday,” in the 502 + upgrade to the VIP experience for a signed poster from the show and access to an exclusive viewing area.
🎸 Willie Nelson, Wed., June 29 | 7:30 p.m. | Iroquois Amphitheater | $52+ | This musical legend’s prowess speaks for itself. Upgrade to the VIP package and get exclusive Willie Nelson merch and an audio download of the night’s concert.
🎸 Sean Kingston, Thurs., Aug. 18 | 7 p.m. | Headliners Music Hall | $29.50+ | You’re way too beautiful, girl, to miss this show.
🎸 The Lumineers, Wed., Aug. 31 | 6:30 p.m. | KFC Yum! Center | $36+ | Jam to The Lumineers’ new album with special guest James Bay on the BRIGHTSIDE World Tour 2022.
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Louisville Battle of the Breweries | Mon., May 23 | 5 p.m. | Flying Axes, 610 Nanny Goat Strut | Free to attend | See local breweries battle it out in this axe throwing competition + drink your favorite brewery’s beer. 🪓
Valerie June | Tues., May 24 | 8 p.m. | Old Forester’s Paristown Hall | $25+ | Catch this folk soul artist performing in The Ville. 🎤
Twelfth Night | Wed., May 25-Fri., July 22 | Central Park | Free | Watch the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival’s season opener. 🎭
Abbey Road on the River 2022 | Thurs., May 26-Mon., May 30 | Multiple Times | Big Four Station Park, Jeffersonville, IN | $40+ | Celebrate the 20th year of this music festival inspired by The Beatles. 🎤
F.A.T. Friday Trolley Hop | Fri., May 27 | 6-10:30 p.m. | Frankfort Avenue Trolley | Free | Hop on the Frankfort Avenue Trolley to explore the shops + restaurants throughout the neighborhood. 🚎
Lou City FC vs. FC Tulsa | Sat., May 28 | 2 p.m. | Lynn Family Stadium | $15+ | Spend your Memorial Day weekend cheering on the boys in purple. ⚽
Music Time Paint Class | Sun., May 29 | 6-8:30 p.m. | Whet Your Palette, 1415 Evergreen Rd. | $30 | Rock out at this paint class where you will learn how to paint a musical scene. 🎸
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A new Hilton Garden Inn — the $19.5 million hotel + restaurantproject by Indiana native and PGA Tour golfer Fuzzy Zoeller — has officially opened in Jeffersonville. The hotel holds 114 rooms + a restaurant open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner named after its owner, Fuzzy’s The 15th Club Food & Spirits. 🛌 (Louisville Business First)
New animated renderings are on display for the $16 million Downtown tower renovation project by Nashville, Tennessee-based company SomeraRoad. The development will be one of Louisville’s largest office towers. Components of the building are expected to start being delivered in July. 🏢 (Louisville Business First)
HGTV lovers, rejoice. This newly-remodeled Glenmary home looks like something straight off the television with a wine cellar, a poolwith a waterfall + outdoor kitchen. Get a play-by-play of the redesign, which was devised by Leslie Lewis-Sheets of LL&A Interior Design. 🏠 (The Courier-Journal)
The Louisville Downtown Partnership is starting a new Food Truck Wednesdays series that begins on Wed., June 1, and will run through Wed., Oct. 26. Trucks will pull up on 4th Street between Market and Jefferson Streets(by the Kentucky International Convention Center) from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 🚚 (LEO Weekly)
31%. That’s how much the median rent pricehas increased in the Louisville area over the last decade. Though rent prices vary depending on your zip code, Census estimates found the median rent in 2020 was $741 in LOU. 🏠 (The Courier-Journal)
The Failure Report, a local podcast by Deon Stokes, will begin recording live on the first Monday of every month beginning Sun., June 5 at 5:30 p.m. at 900 East Market St. in collaboration with Story Louisville. Check out episode one with local superchef Darnell Ferguson. 🎙️
How would you like to see the ocean for the first time? Locally-bottled rum brand Saltwater Woody’s new The Never Been Project is seeking Kentuckians who’ve never felt the salty spray of the sea on their faces. Comment on this Facebook post by Sun., May 29 to be considered for the experience. 🌊
Warm nights on the patio at Bardstown Bourbon Company are calling your name. The distillery’s summer patio series features live entertainment, cocktails + a limited menu by Executive Chef Stu Plush. Reserve your spot for the next event on Fri., June 17 with musical guest Chris Bradley. 🌇
High schoolers ages 14-19 can pump iron for free this summer at Planet Fitness locations across the city thanks to the gym’s new High School Summer Pass. Choose from one of 16 locations in the area — including two in Indiana. 🏋️
Jack Harlow + Los Angeles Clippers player Kawhi Leonard have teamed up with New Balance for its “We Got Now” campaign. Jack joined the brand back in February + the campaign looks to “inspire those championing action to inspire others.” 👟
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