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Councilman James and Four Roses Bourbon Invite All of Metro Louisville to the 2016 Garvin Gate Blues Festival

With great fall weather underway, another great Old Louisville tradition takes place this weekend highlighting some of the best blues music to be heard in Metro Louisville. And no one can argue with the Cost: it’s FREE.

Councilman David James (D-6) and Four Roses Bourbon invite the community to the 2016 Garvin Gate Blues Festival to be held on Friday and Saturday, October 7th and 8th at The Gate on Garvin Place at Oak Street in historic Old Louisville.

“The Garvin Gate Blues Festival is yet another reason why Old Louisville is the place to be during the fall season. It began as a simple idea to bring a little music to a neighborhood and then grew into a wonderful community event,” says James. “I can think of no better place where you can sit back and enjoy some great music from some of the best in our area and across the country.”

Among the headliners for this year is Castro Coleman aka Mr. Sipp “The Mississippi Blues Child” who is the 2016 Best New Blues Artist Album Award Winner; along with Hector Anchondo Band and Karen Lovely.

It began in the parking lot of the Rudyard Kipling in 1988; a simple jam session that became popular to the people of the area. Over the years, the Garvin Place Association experienced grwoth with new expanded boundaries and before long became the Garvin Place Neighborhood Association.

The Association extended an invitation to those in the jam session to be an accommodating host and create a new neighborhood event. Since then, legendary blues musicians that have performed at the festival through the years.

“The Garvin Gate Blues Festival continues a great month of October for the Old Louisville Neighborhood,” says Howard Rosenberg, Chairman of the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council. “We began the month with the St. James Court Art Show, now the Festival and will finish the month with the Victorian Tales of Terror on October 13, 14, 15 and 16th. It is a great time to be in Old Louisville.”

Garvin Gate Blues Festival Schedule

Friday, October 7

Four Roses Stage on Oak St. @ Garvin Pl.

6:30-7:30   Sheryl Rouse and the Bluez Brothers

8:00-9:00   Mark Telesca

9:30-11:00   Karen Lovely

Info+ Stage on Oak St. @ Fourth St.

7:30-7:55, 9:00-9:25   Robbie Bartlett


Saturday, October 8

Four Roses Stage on Oak St. @ Garvin Pl.

2:00-2:45   Tyrone Cotton Band

3:15-4:00   The King Bees

4:30-5:15   Louisville White Lightning Curtis

5:45-6:30   daMudcats

7:00-8:00   Southern Avenue

8:30-9:30   Hector Anchondo Band

10:00-11:15   Mr. Sipp, The Mississippi Blues Child

Info+ Stage on Oak St. @ Fourth St.

2:45-3:10, 4:00-4:25   The Tarnations

5:15-5:40, 6:30-6:55, 8:00-8:25   Laurie Jane and The 45s


In addition to continuous live entertainment from two stages, the festival has an array of food and drink vendors and over 50 craft booths.

 This free blues music festival is presented by Four Roses Bourbon and The Garvin Gate Neighborhood and is sponsored by Louisville Metro Councilman David James, Genscape & FMS Commercial Cleaning.

“This Festival is also one way we can help preserve the historic nature of the Garvin Gate Neighborhood in Old Louisville,” says James. “I want to thank Four Roses Bourbon for partnering with us as we keep Old Louisville unique. Help yourself to some great blues this weekend,”

Proceeds benefit the Garvin Gate and Old Louisville neighborhoods and A Recipe to End Hunger, a charitable cookbook started by WAVE3 television personality, Dawne Gee. Proceeds help schools raise the funds needed to feed every child in need.

For more details, contact Councilman James’ Office at 574-1106 or Howard Rosenberg at 502-445-4193 or visit the website at http://www.garvingatebluesfestival.com/.

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