Audience Event Outlook: Shakespeare in Love Gala & 2024 Season Announcement

The team at Kentucky Shakespeare is gearing up for a big night of fun for their annual Shakespeare in Love Gala that will surely be an evening you won’t want to miss. The gala will be held at 21c Museum and Hotel on Saturday, February 10th and will be the ninth gala Kentucky Shakespeare has hosted.

“We are excited for the gala as it serves as a fundraiser as well as a party!” Commented producing artistic director, Matt Wallace. “We will also announce our 2024 Shakespeare Festival in Central Park lineup, spend time with our amazing staff and raffle various gift baskets and have some great silent auction items including a Chef’s Table dinner experience for eight with Chef Todd Alexander and a Churchill Downs Finish Line Suite. There will be opportunities to donate to Kentucky Shakespeare at the event and people can also always support with tax-deductible donations online at kyshakespeare.com/donate and at Venmo @KYShakes. Funds raised go to support our many programs from free Shakespeare in the Parks to education tours and community outreach!”

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Zach Bryan, Tyler Childers and more to Headline Bourbon & Beyond – Sept. 19-22

Coming off the heels of a hugely successful 2024 festival headlined by the biggest names in the music industry, Bourbon & Beyond is back and ready for its biggest year ever at the Highland Festival Grounds September 19-22. The festival released another all-star line-up featuring Zach Bryan, Tyler Childers, Dave Matthews Bands and more.

The weekend will be another chance to hang out with 100,000 of your closest friends and enjoy music from iconic bands and musicians while enjoying refreshing cocktails and impeccable food.

“To have one of the most influential artists of all time, Neil Young, headline Bourbon & Beyond this year is so incredibly special. Not only do I love his music, but I think there is a real authenticity in his craft that has inspired generations of artists to find their true voice,” says Danny Wimmer of Danny Wimmer Presents. “To have such a timeless artist share the stage with some of today’s best storytellers and craftsmen is something truly exceptional. Plus, being able to celebrate hometown heroes, My Morning Jacket and Kentucky’s own, Tyler Childers, this year’s Bourbon & Beyond lineup is truly a career highlight for me. We can’t wait to see everyone this September to celebrate the pure magic of this festival and the great city of Louisville.”

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Exhibit Spotlight: The Bitter and the Sweet: Kentucky Sugar Chests, Enslavement and the Transatlantic World – 1790-1865

Cutting sugar cane in Louisiana. (1909-1913) From the collection of Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division, The New York Public Library.

The Speed Art Museum is excited to open a new exhibit to ring in the New year. The Bitter and the Sweet: Kentucky Sugar Chests, Enslavement, and the Transatlantic World 1790-1865 will run through April 7th and boldly reexamines the Kentucky sugar chest and related objects within the broader, intertwined contexts of the Atlantic economy, the vicious human toll of enslavement, and the complex transportation systems that brought sugar to Kentucky from the West Indies and sugar-growing regions of the Americas.

Skilled Kentucky cabinetmakers used local materials to create these highly specialized furniture pieces to store costly refined white and brown sugar that was grown and harvested by enslaved men, women and children. Taking a closer look, visitors learn that the backstory behind these beautiful pieces isn’t as gleaming as the polished silver or glimmering walnut and cherry items the museum has on display.

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11th Annual Tailspin Ale Fest Set for Saturday, March 2

Tailspin Ale Fest, the premier celebration of craft beer and community, is back for its 11th year on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at the iconic Bowman Field in Louisville, Kentucky. This year promises to be bigger and better than ever, with a lineup of exceptional features and activities for attendees to enjoy. The Tailspin Crew is ready to produce a “Knock Out” Experience benefiting Pints for Parkinson’s-TKO, serving people with Parkinson’s through regular exercise, a bit of boxing and community enrichment enabling them to fight against the progression of the disease while staying functionally active – giving hope for the future.

Tickets and info available at tailspinalefest.com/tickets

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Ticket Giveaway – Houndmouth @ Headliners Music Hall – Friday, November 24

Spend an evening with local favorites Houndmouth at Headliners Music Hall for an evening of alternative rock and blues that you won’t want to miss.

We are giving away two tickets to the show this Friday, November 24th and they could be yours! Simply fill out the information below to be entered to win. We will announce the winner on Friday morning.

CLICK HERE for a chance to win!

Good luck!

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Farm Aid Festival Retruns to Indiana Sept. 23 – Feat. Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and more

One of the largest music festivals in the country is returning to Indianapolis for the first time in 22 years, and music lovers all around are ready! Farm Aid is an annual music festival that changes its location around the country every year, and this year’s event expects to host 20,000 fans on September 23 at Ruoff Music Center (Deer Creek to all you older fans). Started in 1985 by Willie Nelson, Neil Young, and John Mellencamp to support farm families across the nation, Farm Aid has raised more than $70 million through its amazing lineup of artists, and this year is no exception!

Lukas Nelson

As with every Farm Aid since its inception, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, and John Mellencamp will
headline the show as the Board of Directors for the charity. In typical fashion, Willie will bring
along two of his sons, Lukas Nelson and Micah (who goes by his stage name, Particle Kid) as
performers this year. Lukas has established himself as one of the hottest names in emerging
countries and he is sure to join his brother Micah in performing a few songs with their father.

Native Hoosier John Mellencamp returns to his home state this year and fans can’t wait to hear his small-town songs we all know so well. Rounding out the headliners, Neil Young returns to Farm Aid this year after a brief hiatus following the pandemic, and his return to the stage will officially bring back the original three Board of Directors. Don’t think for a second that these are the only notable performers, as the list continues on with Farm Aid 2023 bringing an array of incredible talent together to support farms all across the country.

Joining the Board of Directors in 2001, legendary musician Dave Matthews will once again perform at this year’s Farm Aid, alongside his lead guitarist Tim Reynolds, bringing along his massive fan base to not only hear some great music, but also raise money for a great cause. Speaking of legendary musicians, Bob Weir, one of the Grateful Dead’s founding members, will be accompanied by his band Wolf Bros. this year, much to the excitement of all the Deadheads out there.

Two fantastic female singers will be joining the festivities in 2023. The great Margo Price will cover the country music scene, with the award-winning Allison Russell bringing her own beautiful Americana Roots style out to the festival this year.

Wrapping up the impressive list of notable performers will be Nathaniel Rateliff and the Nightsweats, with Rateliff as the well-known and praised lead singer, and the String Cheese Incident, a fantastic band formed all the way back in 1993 in the ski towns of Colorado.

Farm Aid 2023 as always will be a can’t miss festival with performers covering genres for all music lovers and a great day of supporting farms and farming families across the nation. We hope to see you out there for some amazing music and supporting the livelihood of the agriculture industry!

Festival Preview by Colin Kirchgessner –

INDIANAPOLIS — Farm Aid’s Music and Food Festival is returning to Noblesville, Indiana, on Saturday, Sept. 23, at Ruoff Music Center.

Farm Aid 2023 — a full day of music, family farmers, HOMEGROWN food and agrarian experiences — will feature performances by Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews (with Tim Reynolds), and Margo Price, as well as Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros featuring The Wolfpack, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Lukas Nelson, Allison Russell, The String Cheese Incident, and Particle Kid.

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