Kentucky Center Presents

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.
Performers include:
ArtsReach Our Voices Dance Collective
Brandon Ragland, Louisville Ballet
ArtsReach Cabbage Patch Dance Studio
Daysia Cathey
D.E.S.T.I.N.E.D. Dance Company
Genesis Arts
La’Nita Rocknettes School of Dance
Waterworks Dance Theater

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The Magical Shen Yun Experience – May 1 at 7:30 PM – The Kentucky Center Whitney Hall

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.

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The Kentucky Center: Magnificent Milestones and Memories

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.

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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

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The Kentucky Center presents DIAVOLO | Architecture in Motion® – Feb 15 @ 8 PM – Whitney Hall

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

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Outback Concerts presents: My Favorite Murder Live – Friday April 19 @ 8 PM at Brown Theatre

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.

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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!

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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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The Kentucky Center presents The Choir of Man – Thursday, March 7th @ 7:30 PM – Brown Theatre

The runaway hit of numerous international music festivals is hitting the road for its first U.S. tour! Known across the globe as “the ultimate-feel good show,” THE CHOIR OF MAN offers up 90 minutes of indisputable joy! It’s a party. It’s a concert. It’s a pint-filled good time set in a working pub that combines hair-raising harmonies, high-energy dance, and live Percussion with foot-stomping choreography. The multi-talented cast of nine handsome blokes sings everything – pub tunes, folk, Broadway, classic rock – all to roof-raising heights. It’s the best singing, dancing, stomping, pub crawl of a concert you’ll ever attend! CHEERS!
Location: Brown Theatre, 315 W Broadway
Date: Thursday, March 7th @ 7:30 PM
Ages: All ages
Price: Tickets start at $35.00* *sales tax not included
Running Time: Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes

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Kentucky Center Presents: FRIENDS! The Musical Parody – March 8th – March 10th – Bomhard Theater

FRIENDS! The Musical Parody is the comedic musical that lovingly pokes fun at TV’s Friends, celebrating the adventures of your favorite group of 20-something friends as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life, and love in 1990s Manhattan.
It’s a typical day at New York’s only coffee shop, Central Perk, until an unexpected runaway bride enters the picture and kicks the whole gang out of second gear! The new musical recreates our favorite moments from all 10 years of Friends through an uncensored, fast-paced, music filled romp. Recommended for mature audiences.
Location: The Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St 
Date(s): Friday, March 8th – Sunday, March 10th
Ages: Recommended for ages 13 and up due to adult humor and language.
Price: Tickets start at $30.00*   *sales tax not included

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The Kentucky Center presents Jo Koy Break the Mold Tour – March 8 at 8 PM – Brown Theatre

Jo Koy has come a long way from his modest beginnings performing at a Las Vegas coffee house. As one of today’s premiere stand-up comedians, Koy sells-out theaters and arenas across the world with his infectious and explosive energy onstage. The comedian pulls inspiration from his family, specifically his son, with material that has universal appeal.

Jo Koy can be heard as a weekly guest on the popular podcast, The Adam Carolla Show. He also hosts the weekly podcast The Koy Pond with Jo Koy on Podcast One. Additionally, Koy can be seen on Kevin Hart’s as the host of Inglorious Pranksters.

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The Kentucky Center & Live Nation present Iliza: Elder Millennial Tour – March 9 @7 pm – Brown Theatre

“Iliza Shlesinger’s brand of feminist comedy is quick, smart, and doesn’t suffer fools.” – LA Times
Don’t miss ILIZA live on tour performing material from ELDER MILLENNIAL, her fourth Netflix stand-up special.
Her career is exploding across screens of all sizes!
Iliza is the only woman – and youngest comedian ever – to win NBC’s Last Comic Standing.
In 2017, she hosted her own limited-run late night talk show, Truth & Iliza, and released her first book, Girl Logic.
In 2019, she’ll appear with Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne in the feature film Instant Family.
Her series Forever 31 is currently streaming on Hulu.

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The Kentucky Center presents A Bowie Celebration: The David Bowie Alumni Tour – March 12 @ 7:30 PM – Brown Theatre

Join key alumni musicians of David Bowie’s bands from across the decades, anchored by his longest standing member Mike Garson along with other amazing Bowie band alumni with A BOWIE CELEBRATION: The David Bowie Alumni Tour featuring an unforgettable and critically acclaimed evening of Bowie songs with world-class vocalists and an ever-rotating mix of hits and deep cuts.
Artist Line-Up Subject to Change
Meet & Greet Package:
-One premium reserved ticket located in the first 5 rows
-VIP early entry into the venue
-Exclusive meet & greet with members of A Bowie Celebration
-Personal photograph with members of A Bowie Celebration
-VIP access to A Bowie Celebration’s preshow soundcheck

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The Kentucky Center presents Cruel Intentions: The ’90s Musical – April 18th @ 7:30 PM at Brown Theatre

Based on the French novel, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and the classic cult film starring Reese Witherspoon, Ryan Phillipe and Sarah Michelle Geller, Cruel Intentions: The ’90s Musical pulls you into the manipulative world of Manhattan’s most dangerous liaisons: Sebastian Valmont and Kathryn Merteuil. Seduced by revenge and fueled by passion, the two diabolically charming step-siblings place a bet on whether or not Sebastian can deflower their incoming headmaster’s daughter, Annette Hargrove. As the two set out to destroy the innocent girl—and anyone who gets in their way—they find themselves entangled in a web of secrets, temptation, and the cruelest game of all: love.
Featuring your favorite throwback hits by artists like Boyz II Men, Christina Aguilera, REM, *NSYNC, and, of course, Britney Spears, this intoxicating new musical is “the ultimate night out” (Entertainment Weekly).

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The Kentucky Center and Live Nation present Sebastian Maniscalco: Stay Hungry Tour – Saturday, April 20th @ 7:00 PM – Brown Theatre

Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco is hitting the road in 2018 for a North American tour capitalizing on the success of his top rated SiriusXM The Pete & Sebastian Show and new book Stay Hungry.

Maniscalco, whose career began performing in boxing rings and bowling alleys, had a breakout year in 2017 with the success of his Why Would You Do That? tour based on his popular 2016 Showtime special and the birth of his daughter Serafina.

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Kentucky Center Presents Piff the Magic Dragon – Feb. 9 at 8 PM- Bomhard Theater

The Kentucky Center presents Piff the Magic Dragon “The Lucky Dragon Tour”
The star of NBC’s America’s Got Talent and Penn & Teller: Fool Us, think Larry David in a dragon suit performing jaw-dropping magic tricks and you’re on the right track.
With over 100 million online views, sold out shows across the US and Canada and a residency at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas strip now extended throughout 2018, Piff the Magic Dragon has proved he’s here to stay.
Joined by Mr. Piffles, The World’s Only Magic Performing Chihuahua™, the dynamic duo have performed all over the world in iconic venues such as Radio City Music Hall, Shakespeare’s Globe, The O2 (London) and Sydney Opera House. He was the opening act for Mumford & Sons on their 17 date UK tour and graces the cover of their Grammy award winning album “Babel”. Call him unique, call him an icon, whatever you call him, Piff will leave you asking… “how are you going to top a guy in a dragon suit?” (New York Times)

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StageOne Family Theatre presents The True Story of the Three Little Pigs – Friday, March 22nd – Saturday, April 13th – Brown Theatre

There are two sides to every story, and when the Big, Bad Wolf takes the stand in Piggsylvania’s Trial of the Century, he finally gets his say. But whether he’ll get a fair trial in piggy court is anyone’s guess! Will the pigs make a puppet out of justice, or is the wolf’s catchy song-and-dance about a sneeze gone wrong all razzle-dazzle? This musical adaptation of the popular children’s book is sure to delight!

Please note the April 13th, 2:00 PM event is a Sensory Friendly Performance.

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Kentucky Center Presents: The Second City – It’s Not You, It’s Me – Friday Feb. 1st at 8 PM – Bomhard Theater

The Second City has been laughing at love and its infinite scroll of side effects for decades. In the world-famous comedy company’s latest laughter-inducing undertaking, IT’S NOT YOU, IT’S ME, THE SECOND CITY takes shots at heartbreak, missed connections and the mire of human relationships. Your friends, your parents, even your blind date will find something achingly familiar to laugh at, thanks to comedy’s newest generation of writers and performers…who all fit squarely into the “it’s complicated” category!

SCENE at the Center, the small plates eatery, offers bar and food service two hours prior to most performances in Whitney Hall and the Bomhard Theater. Kitchen service ends as the curtain rises, but beverage service will continue throughout the performances and extend through midnight on Friday and Saturday nights.

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Emporium & The Kentucky Center Puddles Pity Party – March 15 @ 8 PM – Bomhard Theater

The ‘Sad Clown with the Golden Voice’ is here with his heartfelt anthems and a suitcase full of Kleenex! This Pity Party is not all sadness and longing. The show is peppered with a brilliant sense of the absurd, mixing lots of humor with the awkward, tender moments.
A veritable “Pagliacci by way of Pee-Wee Herman and David Lynch” (The AJC), Puddles Pity Party has 286k fans on Facebook and over 76 million views on YouTube for indelible interpretations of classics by ABBA, Bowie, Cheap Trick and Queen and his unforgettable mash-up of “Pinball Wizard/Folsom Prison Blues”. You may recognize him from his recent appearances on America’s Got Talent and video collaborations with Postmodern Jukebox. Puddles has toured extensively in the US at legendary venues like the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, the Kennedy Center in D.C. and the Troubadour in Los Angeles.

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Bourbon Classic Announces Returns to Louisville in 2019 – Tickets Available Now!

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Audience502 partner, the Bourbon Classic, is excited to announce their return to Louisville to celebrate the best of Bourbon at its seventh annual event, February 20 – 23, 2019.

Highlights will include Top Shelf, a tasting event featuring Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon, Cocktail and Culinary Challenge, showcasing classic and contemporary Bourbon cocktails paired with a chef’s Bourbon-themed culinary complement, Bourbon University, breakout classes focused on a variety of bourbon-themed topics; and TASTE, which will provide ample opportunities for the public to sample top brands of Bourbon, food pairings from featured restaurants and Bourbon-inspired products.

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