The Kentucky Bluegrass & Bourbon Festival is probably the finest of the annual festivals held at the Louisville Water Tower, with a fine lineup of established and emerging talent. This year is no exception.
The festival, held Saturday through Monday, is all things Kentucky: bluegrass, bourbon and burgoo. Many of the state’s bourbons are represented, and if you don’t have a taste for burgoo — traitor! — there’ll be plenty of barbecue.
The headliners Saturday are Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, widely regarded as the finest vocal group in the genre. Moore is a five-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s male vocalist of the year award, and the group has won seven consecutive vocal group of the year IBMAs.
Dave Adkins & Republik Steele, based in Elkhorn City, Ky., headline Sunday, and The Roys, headed by Lee and Elaine Roy, close out the fest Monday.
Admission is $8 before 6 and $11 after on Saturday and Sunday, and $8 all day on Monday. For children under 10, admission is free, as is parking.
— Jeffrey Lee Puckett, The Courier-Journal