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President James And Four Roses Bourbon Invite All Of Metro Louisville To The 2018 Garvin Gate Blues Festival

Photo: Louisville Metro Council

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

President  David James (D-6) and Four Roses Bourbon invite the community to the 2018 Garvin Gate Blues Festival to be held on Friday and Saturday, October 12th and 13th 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 are the Andy T Band, Danielle Nicole, The Keeshea Pratt Band, L. C. Williams and The Driver, Jamiah “BluesSuperMan” Rogers Band, and Laurie Jane & the 45s and Friends.

The Festival grew from what 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 growth 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 Neighborhood invites you join us for this free annual two-day arts and music event featuring local and national performers, a celebration of the blues and the arts, this festival attracts a multiracial, intergenerational audience,” says Howard Rosenberg, Director of The Garvin Gate Blues Festival. “In addition to continuous live entertainment from two stages the festival has an array of food and drink vendors and over 50 crafts booths. The event now in its 23rd year is one of the most prestigious blues events between Chicago and Mississippi.”

Garvin Gate Blues Festival Schedule

Friday, October 12

Four Roses Stage

  • 6:30-7:15 Jamiah “BluesSuperMan” Rogers Band
  • 8:15-9:00 L. C. Williams and The Driver
  • 10:00-11:15 Andy T Band featuring Alabama Mike and Anson Funderburgh

Info+ Kentucky Blues Stage

  • 7:20-8:00 One Shot Johnny
  • 9:10-9:55 Ladies Sing the Blues featuring LaToye Montgomery, Lainey Brown, and Jennifer Lauletta

Saturday, October 13

Four Roses Stage

  • 2:00-2:45 The Pearls
  • 3:15-4:00 King Bee & The Stingers
  • 4:30-5:15 Django Knight
  • 5:45-6:30 Mississippi Adam Riggle Band
  • 7:15-8:15 Laurie Jane & the 45s and Friends
  • 8:45-9:45 Danielle Nicole
  • 10:00-11:15 Keeshea Pratt Band

Info+ Kentucky Blues Stage

  • 4:05-4:25, 5:20-5:40 da Mudcats
  • 6:40-7:10, 8:20-8:40 The Dirty Church Revival

In 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 Garvin Gate Neighborhood, Metro Council President David James, Genscape,  FMS Commercial Cleaning, and Down In The Alley Records

“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.

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

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