The Kentucky Bluegrass Festival is a live music event held each year in Louisville, Kentucky. The festival features around 15 bands that perform traditional and contemporary bluegrass as well as other styles like blues, folk, gospel and country. The festival also offers local food, games and other activities throughout the weekend.
1. Both local acts and international touring bands perform at the Kentucky Bluegrass Festival each year. Past performers include Pine Mountain Railroad (gospel-influenced bluegrass from Tennessee), Corn Island (bluegrass and folk quartet from Louisville), Hog Operation (contemporary bluegrass from Louisville) and Kati Penn (virtuosic fiddle player from Lexington). The 2010 Kentucky Bluegrass Festival features bands like The Hillbenders, Relic, Brand New Strings and Cast Iron Airplane.
2. The Kentucky Bluegrass Festival is held in Louisville’s Waterfront Park along the Ohio River. The park features Louisville’s famous water tower, the world’s first ornamental water tower considered a U.S. National Historic Landmark. The park is located at the corner of River Road and Zorn Avenue. This location offers a beautiful setting to celebrate Kentucky’s musical heritage.
3. The Kentucky Bluegrass Festival usually takes place the first weekend in September. The first performers go on around 5 p.m. on Friday and the last performance starts on Sunday around 9:30 p.m. The festival closes down by midnight the final day. There are usually four or five performances per day, each of which generally lasts for between one and two hours. (more…)