Kentucky Center Presents

The Kentucky Center & Live Nation present Randy Rainbow Live – December 8 at 7:30 PM – Brown Theatre

Randy Rainbow (yes, real name) is a comedian, actor, writer, host and Internet sensation best known for his viral comedy videos. His popular series of political spoofs and song parodies have garnered international acclaim and over a hundred million views. He’s been called “the best thing about the 2016 GOP race” by Dan Savage and his musical tribute to the first presidential debate of 2016 (“BRAGGADOCIOUS!”) received 28 million views in its first two days. He was subsequently asked by the cast of TV’s Will & Grace to parodize a song which they performed during a political fundraiser for the 2016 election.

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Louder Than Life Presents Sleep w/ Quintron’s Weather Warlock Produced by The Kentucky Center & Production Simple – Dec. 11 at 8 PM

Stoner metal heroes SLEEP are touring in support of their most recent recording, THE SCIENCES, their first album in two decades. SPIN raves “Sleep’s Crushing Comeback The Sciences Is a 4/20 Miracle” and PITCHFORK confirms “these 40-something dudes have managed to grow up without growing old…these riffs, rhythms, and the mantra-like singing of Al Cisneros are a drug unto themselves.”

Quintron has been making genre-defying noise, soundscape, and house rocking dance music in New Orleans for over 20 years, much of it in collaboration with artist / puppeteer Panacea Theriac aka “Miss Pussycat.” Quintron’s current focus is on a weather controlled analog drone synthesizer called Weather Warlock and a website devoted to streaming its music called Weather For The Blind.

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The Kentucky Center presents Christmas with the Kory Caudill Quintet featuring Chester Thompson – Dec. 15 at 8 PM

A Christmas tradition like no other. Experience the joy of the holiday season as pianist, Kentucky native, and Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts alumnus, Kory Caudill brings his annual Christmas tour to The Kentucky Center. Joining Kory is an all-star cast of musicians, including world renowned drummer Chester Thompson (Genesis, Phil Collins, Weather Report). Bring your friends and family along to hear Christmas favorites and endearing originals in a way you’ve never heard before!

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The Kentucky Center presents Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical – Dec. 16

The beloved TV classic “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season.

Come see all your favorite characters from the special, including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical.” This adventure teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us.

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Craig Ferguson’s “Hobo Fabulous Tour” @ The Brown Theatre – November 27

The Kentucky Center and NS2 present Craig Ferguson’s “Hobo Fabulous Tour” Tuesday, November 27 at 7:00 p.m. at The Brown Theatre.

Craig Ferguson is an actor, writer, comedian and most well-known for being host of CBS’ “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” which set all-time viewer records during his ten-year run as host. As an acclaimed standup comedian, he has earned two Grammy nominations for Best Comedy Album on behalf of his original standup recordings, “Craig Ferguson: Just Being Honest” and “I’m Here to Help.”

Ferguson recently concluded his wildly popular daily SiriusXM program “The Craig Ferguson Show” and also received a Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Word Album for his New York Times-bestselling memoir “American On Purpose.”

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Anthony Jeselnik: Funny Games at Brown Theatre October 26

The Kentucky Center and Live Nation are proud to present Anthony Jeselnik on Friday, October 26, at 7:00 p.m. at the Brown Theatre.

Anthony Jeselnik is a popular American stand-up comedian, most well-known for his appearances on Comedy Central’s “Roasts” and “The Jeselnik Offensive,” as well as hosting season 9 of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” Jeselnik released his one-hour comedy specials “Caligula” in 2013 and “Thoughts and Prayers” in 2015.

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Gordon Lightfoot Coming to The Brown Theatre


WHEN: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 8 p.m.
WHERE: Brown Theatre (315 W. Broadway)
COST: Tickets start at $49.50. Kentucky Center members can call the member hotline at (502) 566-5144. Standard tickets are available at, by phone (502) 584-7777, (800) 775-7777, and in-person at The Kentucky Center box office and drive-thru. Please call (502) 566-5111 for information about the range of accessibility options we offer to enhance your performance experience.

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The Kentucky Center Presents … Lyle Lovett & Robert Earl Keen – October 17 – The Brown Theatre

Don’t miss an evening with two legendary singers and songwriters, Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen. The duo will be performing together in Louisville, Kentucky at the Brown Theatre on Wednesday, October 17 at 7:30 as part of The Kentucky Center Presents series.

Tickets start at $45 and are available at or by calling (502) 584-7777, (800) 775-7777. Tickets can also be purchase in-person at The Kentucky Center box office and drive-thru. Kentucky Center members can call the member hotline at (502) 566-5144. Please call (502) 566-5111 for information about the range of accessibility options we offer to enhance your performance experience.

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The Kentucky Center Presents…Hawktail – September 30

The Kentucky Center is excited to present Hawktail on September 30. Hawktail is an acoustic, instrumentalist band featuring members of the Punch Brothers, Dave Rawlings, Crooked Still and A Prairie Home Companion. The Bluegrass quartet’s members include Brittany Haas on fiddle, guitarist Jordan Tice, bassist Paul Kowert and Dominick Leslie on mandolin. Although Hawktail is comprised of experienced musicians, audience members will have an exclusive opportunity to witness the band’s first tour together. Their bluegrass music is sure to please any Kentuckians who attend.

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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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Reese Witherspoon’s Whiskey in a Teacup Tour – Friday, Sept 21, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. – Kentucky Center Whitney Hall

Overview: Reese Witherspoon’s new book “Whiskey in a Teacup” gives readers a chance to see what growing up in the South taught her about life, love and work. At this event, fans will learn how Reese Witherspoon entertains guests, decorates her home and makes holidays special for her family. She will be joined by a special guest for the conversation, and audiences will learn how easy it is to bring a little bit of Reese’s world into their home, no matter where they live.

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Henry Rollins: Travel Sideshow Tour – September 21, 2018 at 8 p.m. – Kentucky Center Bomhard Theater

Overview: Henry Rollins first found fame in the 1980s as the lead singer of Black Flag, an American punk rock band. Soon after, he formed the Rollins Band, which toured globally with a number of lineups from 1987 until 2003, and during 2006.
Rollins has also hosted numerous radio shows, such as “Harmony in My Head” on Indie 103, and television shows such as “The Henry Rollins Show,” The History Channel’s H2 network show “10 Things You Don’t Know About” and the National Geographic television series “Animal Underworld With Henry Rollins.”
Rollins will present a special performance drawing on experiences and his vast archive of photographs from his world travels. As a keen observer, Henry will be bringing stories from journeys all over the globe, including the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia, South America and Antarctica.

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Kentucky Center Announces September 1 Date of Returning to Shows

The show must go on for the Kentucky Center, and it officially will very soon.
According to William Landrum, the secretary of the state’s finance and administration cabinet, an “aggressive schedule” has been executed. The state owns the Kentucky Center.

“I think we can all agree (Sept. 1) is good news,” Landrum said.

There’s no clear date on when everything will be completed at the center, and the roof is anticipated to be completed by November. The roof will be worked on during times that shows are not going on.

Plaster in the barrel roof ceiling is being detached this week, which gives officials and crews a better idea of the structural work that needs to be done.

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Update on Condition of the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts Building Since June 13 Fire

For the last week, a significant amount of work on The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts (KCA) has progressed to the point that KCA staff will be allowed to return to their offices on Monday, while work continues to resume performances as soon as possible, according to a press release from Commonwealth of Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet.

“I want to commend my staff and contractors who are working tirelessly on clean-up efforts and getting mechanical and electrical systems up and running,” said Finance Cabinet Secretary William M. Landrum III. “We are still trying to determine a realistic timeframe for the overall restoration project, as well as phasing in different areas of the building as they become available.”

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Kentucky to the World and Kentucky Center Presents “Life of an Olympian” – July 10 at 6:30 PM – Brown Theatre

Overview: Imagine you’re on the world stage. People from around the globe are watching you, critiquing you and telling you who you should be without knowing who you truly are in the first place. You have the support of your country, but it’s contingent on your success. You’re not even 25 years old, and the pressure of the world is on your shoulders. How do you handle it? And what happens after you succeed?<

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Miranda Sings LIVE…No Offense, with special guest Colleen Ballinger – July 28 at 7:30 PM – Brown Theatre

Overview: Colleen Ballinger is an actor, comedian, trained vocalist, writer and executive producer. Best known for portraying her character “Miranda Sings,” Colleen has amassed more than 20 million followers across social media and 2 billion views on YouTube.
Ballinger can currently be seen portraying Miranda on the newly released second season of her Netflix original series, “HATERS BACK OFF,” as well as headlining her worldwide tour “Miranda Sings Live…You’re Welcome.”
Ballinger is the co-author of the New York Times #1 bestselling book Selp Helf, alongside her brother/producing partner Chris Ballinger. She regularly appears on “Live with Kelly & Ryan” and has served as a guest co-host on “The View,” as Colleen.

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Dan and Phil World Tour -August 2 at 8 PM – Iroquois Amphitheater

Overview: Dan and Phil present their new stage show – Interactive Introverts. Two internet dwelling, insecure nerds standing under the spotlight to give the people what they want: an epic interactive experience of rants, roasts, battles, stories …and surprises that will make you laugh, cry, cringe and puts the audience in control unlike anything before! There will be a store offering exciting, exclusive tour merchandise available with a variety of products to celebrate and remember the show!

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The Kentucky Center & Live Nation present David Cross: Oh Come On – August 9 at 8 PM- Brown Theatre


Overview: Emmy Award winner and Grammy Award nominee David Cross is an inventive performer, writer, and producer on stage and screens both big and small.

David’s recent creative successes include writing and directing the indie film “Hits” (2014), creating “Mr. Show with Bob and David” for Netflix (2015), creating and starring in the third season of “Todd Margaret” (2016), and launching the inventive new series “Bliss” in the UK (2018).

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wellRED Comedy Tour: From Dixie With Love – September 8 at 8 PM – Brown Theatre

Overview: TRAE CROWDER (The Liberal Redneck), DREW MORGAN and COREY RYAN FORRESTER are stand-up comedy and writing partners hailing from Tennessee and Georgia. The trio have been touring nationally to over one hundred sold out clubs and theatres in support of their best-selling book, Liberal Redneck Manifesto: Draggin Dixie Outta the Dark (Simon & Schuster 2016). wellRED Comedy Tour: From Dixie With Love, is about celebrating everything great about the South and telling stories from a place of love. It’s about dancing to country music at a gay wedding. It’s about loving your neighbor whether you have the same religion, skin color, or sexual preference, as long as they cheer for the same college football team (Go Vols!). From Dixie With Love is about leaving behind bigotry, but remembering the fried okra.

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