Kentucky Center Presents
In collaboration with the performing arts groups of Louisville, we are excited to bring you Audience Magazine, an all-digital publication that delivers a behind-the-scenes look into the performing arts and entertainment during this unprecedented time of reflection and artistic creation.
Audience Magazine highlights enlightening articles and information about the arts groups as well as spotlights on Louisville Landmarks and interviews with inspirational representatives from the arts community. And the best part about it all is …. it’s FREE!
Louisville is known for its culinary scene, nightlife, entertainment, and of course, the performing arts. We also have an abundance of talented musicians, ranging from orchestra performers to vocalists and everything in between.
One musician familiar with the spotlight and entertaining crowds large and small is local jazz, R&B and rock powerhouse singer/songwriter Carly Johnson. Having performed with artists such as Norah Jones, Bonnie Prince Billy, Houndmouth, and My Morning Jacket, as well as playing in a jazz guitar duo with critically acclaimed local musician, Craig Wagner, she has become a well-known and respected name in the Louisville music scene.
Her latest masterpiece is a song titled Burn Your Fears that she wrote for a dear friend who courageously fought lung cancer with the power of positivity, and was an inspiration to everyone around her.She also released a video compilation in partnership with the Louisville Ballet and Orchestra musicians filmed at Whitney Hall at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts.
Audience publisher, G. Douglas Dreisbach caught up with Carly to hear more about the song and upcoming album, her inspiration in writing it and how the partnership with the Louisville Ballet and Kentucky Performing Arts came to be.
When it comes to creativity, Louisville certainly is at the top of its game. Once again, the creative minds of musicians around the city have collaborated to create an uplifting video that features lyrics and landmarks from around Louisville.
The song and musicians were organized by Louisville Orchestra Music Director Teddy Abrams. It features two dozen artists from different backgrounds from bluegrass to rock. Included in the long list of contributors are Jim James and Patrick Hallahan of My Morning Jacket, singer/songwriter Will Oldham, cellist/composer Ben Sollee, Scott Carney of Wax Fang, percussionist Dani Markham, hip hop star Jecorey Arthur, gospel singer Jason Clayborn, singer Carly Johnson and others from Louisville’s music scene.
Kentucky Performing Arts’ family of venues are the primary performance spaces for several major art groups in Louisville, including PNC Broadway in Louisville, Louisville Orchestra, Louisville Ballet and more. The KPA venues are The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, the Brown Theatre and Old Forester’s Paristown Hall, Louisville’s newest, state-of-the-art performance venue.
KPA venues are currently closed due to the COVID-19 social distancing protocols. Audience publisher, Douglas Dreisbach, caught up with KPA President and CEO, Kim Baker, to see how they are doing amid the current situation. This interview was also featured in the April edition of Audience Magazine.
We are all saddened about the need to cancel so many events due to situation with COVID-19. However, we also understand that we need to follow the proper protocol of government official to do whatever we can to reduce the further spread of the virus.
Each performance requires so much hard work and dedication from performers, directors, stage crew, volunteers, patrons and more to perform at the highest level. We are don’t like to be the bearer of bad news, but we do want to keep you informed on the status of the upcoming shows and performances around Louisville. Below is a list of news and information about closures and cancellations for upcoming Louisville events, shows and performances.
**This page will be updated regularly.
LOUISVILLE, KY – Tickets are now on sale for the upcoming exhibition Picasso: From Antibes to Louisville presented by UPS. The show will open at KMAC Museum in downtown Louisville on December 14, 2019.
Picasso: From Antibes to Louisville, running through March 22, 2020, will bring together approximately 50 ceramics and works on paper created by Pablo Picasso between 1931 and 1956. these works are part of the collection of the Musee Picasso in Antibes, France, and the exhibition is one that has never before been seen outside of Europe.
“Dive Bar Saints” is the title track in Home Free’s latest album, released in September of this year. The band’s rich, Southern harmonies come from their four vocalists (Tim Foust, Rob Lundquist, Austin Brown, Adam Chance) and beatboxer Adam Rupp.
Now, Home Free is bringing their new and older music to The Brown Theatre on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, at 8 p.m. With praise rolling in from the likes of Rolling Stone, Country Living, Perez Hilton, FOX & Friends, and AXS.com, the extraordinary showmen electrify crowds with a one-of-a-kind live show, mixing Nashville standards, soaring originals, and quick-witted humor that brings audiences to their feet with energy and laughter.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts is offering a wide variety of entertainment as it opens its 36th arts season – including a bevy of shows at the historic Brown Theatre and the newly opened standing room venue, Old Forester’s Paristown Hall. Fall performances will feature rap group Wu-Tang Clan, the return of singer Lyle Lovett, comedian Lewis Black, Complexions Contemporary Ballet and many others.
View the current season lineup at www.kentuckycenter.org.
In a few recording sessions scattered over the autumn, winter and spring of 2017 and 2018, 44 musicians and writers from all across Kentucky gathered on the slopes of Pine Mountain in Harlan County to make a record. Their aim: Connect all of us to the important work of the Kentucky Natural Lands Trust. Produced and Engineered by Daniel Martin Moore, sales of the Pine Mountain Sessions album directly benefit the Lands Trust and the Pine Mountain Settlement School.
Get ready to experience Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, Kentucky like never before with the first-ever Railbird Festival, taking place August 10th and 11th! A Kentucky extravaganza through and through, Railbird is centered around music, bourbon, and equine with performances by The Raconteurs, Hozier, Tyler Childers, Brandi Carlile, and more! CLICK HERE for more information and tickets!
The Mavericks—masters of country-Latin rock ’n’ roll, born in the rich cultural mix of Miami then tempered in Nashville’s country hothouse—rode high in the country and rock charts of the 1990s with culture-crossing hits like “What A Crying Shame” and “All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down.” Then they conquered Europe with the titanic feel-good party classic “Dance The Night Away”, a 400,000-seller in the UK. Yet nothing lasts forever, and in 2004 The Mavericks went on hiatus while frontman Raul Malo explored new musical avenues.
Now is the time to get your tickets to see one of the hottest performers in stand-up. Theo Von will be in Louisville for a one-night-only show on Saturday, Aug. 17, in the Bomhard Theater at the Kentucky Center for the Arts.
Comedian and podcast host Theo Von is on the rise as he continues to sell out theaters worldwide while gaining millions of downloads per month of his popular podcast This Past Weekend.
The guy is everywhere these days. He can be seen in his very own Netflix Original comedy special, No Offense. Theo’s podcast, This Past Weekend, is one of the top comedy podcasts, garnering 3.5 million listens a month. Theo has appeared numerous times on Joe Rogan’s podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, and regularly on Joey Diaz’s The Church of What’s Happening Now. He was voted guest of the year on The Fighter and the Kid by TFATK listeners in 2017.
The Kentucky Center’s ArtsReach presents Dance Out Loud Sunday, April 28th @ 4:00 PM at Bomhard Theater
The 3rd annual Dance Out Loud event will feature dancers of all ages and abilities, from pre-school to professional, performing African, ballet, contemporary, hip hop, tap, and lyrical choreography.
ArtsReach Our Voices Dance Collective
Brandon Ragland, Louisville Ballet
ArtsReach Cabbage Patch Dance Studio
D.E.S.T.I.N.E.D. Dance Company
La’Nita Rocknettes School of Dance
Waterworks Dance Theater
Shen Yun presents five thousands years of Chinese civilization in a live performance on stage. Through classical Chinese dance, breathtaking music, and gorgeous costumes, the show introduces an ancient world once lost. In May, the performance will be returning to Louisville!
Shen Yun Performing Arts is a nonprofit company based in New York. It was formed in 2006 by artists from around the world who came together with a mission—to show the world what Chinese culture once was. In China, this traditional culture has been devastated over 70 years of communist rule. In fact, Shen Yun is not even allowed to perform in China today.
As we embark on a new chapter for The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, we wanted to celebrate by looking back at monumental moments, milestones and supporters over the years that have made The Kentucky Center what it is today.
It all started back in 1980 when The Kentucky General Assembly helped to establish a major public/private partnership to create The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. Just like it continues to do today, it was originally created to promote state culture and tourism, provide a home for Louisville’s prominent performing arts groups, and enable citizens to see international and nationally renowned artists.
The Kentucky Center and 91.9 WFPK presents: An Evening with Béla Fleck – Feb. 17 @ 7 PM – Bomhard Theater
Béla Fleck has reinvented the image and sound of the banjo through his remarkable performing, recording, and composing career. He has won 16 GRAMMY Awards across Folk, Pop, Jazz, Classical, and World music categories. He has received 30 GRAMMY nominations in more categories than any other instrumentalist.
Having participated in many different musical ensembles – New Grass Revival, Strength in Numbers, and the Flecktones, to name a few – and collaborated with artists including Chick Corea, Edgar Meyer, and Zakir Hussain – this Louisville performance will give our audience the opportunity to enjoy Béla “solo.”
Location: The Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Date: Sunday, February 17th @ 7:00 PM
Ages: All ages
Price: Tickets start at $35.00* *sales tax not included
DIAVOLO | Architecture in Motion® uses dance to explore the relationship between the human body and its architectural environment. Artistic Director Jacques Heim steers DIAVOLO’s diverse team of dancers, designers, choreographers and engineers to create visceral and awe-inspiring works that reveal how we are affected emotionally, physically and socially by the spaces we inhabit.
Location: The Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Date: Friday, February 15th @ 8:00 PM
Ages: All ages
Price: Tickets start at $25.00*
*sales tax not included
Running Time: Approximately 2 hours
My Favorite Murder is the hit true crime comedy podcast hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark. Since its inception in early 2016, the show has broken download records and galvanized a devoted “Murderino” fan base. Their live tours are known throughout the world, selling out large theaters across the US, Canada, Australia, and Europe.
A top 10 regular on iTunes’ comedy podcast chart, My Favorite Murder has been featured in Entertainment Weekly, The Atlantic, Nylon, and Rolling Stone magazine. Aside from being avid true crime enthusiasts, Karen Kilgariff is a stand-up comedian and television writer and Georgia Hardstark is a writer and host for the Cooking Channel.
The Kentucky Center presents The Dark Side of the Wall with Orchestra Enigmatic – Saturday Feb 2 at 8 PM – Brown Theatre
There is no doubt that Pink Floyd wrote timeless songs. As each generation has “discovered” their music, the band’s catalog continues to be cemented as modern classics. What separated Pink Floyd from other bands of their time was a fearless attempt to bring the audio production itself into the experience of the listener. Using a palette of sounds that included spoken words, clocks, natural sounds, and otherworldly synthesizers, Pink Floyd was always pushing the envelope to create something that sounded new and different. It was, therefore, almost inevitable, that Pink Floyd would dabble in orchestral instrumentation to round out their psychedelic rock sound. To recapture and extend that unique approach, The Dark Side of the Wall has partnered with Louisville’s Orchestra Enigmatic to present a new and expanded sonic experience. Join two of Louisville’s top musical groups as they join forces and tear down musical walls to bring an even bigger sound to a timeless catalog!
Kentucky Center Presents: Brown-Forman Midnite Ramble Black Violin – Feb. 27 @ 7:30 PM – Brown Theatre
Black Violin is composed of classically trained violist and violinist Wil B. And Kev Marcus, who combine their classical training and hip-hop influences to create a distinctive multi-genre sound that is often described as “classical boom.” Black Violin has shared stages with top names including Kanye West, Aerosmith and Tom Petty, and has creatively collaborated with the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, Wyclef Jean and Alicia Keys.
Location: Brown Theatre, 315 W Broadway
Date: Wednesday, February 27th @ 7:30 PM
Ages: All ages
Price: Tickets start at $25.00*
*sales tax not included
Running Time: Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes
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