THE MUSIC IS HOT. THE FOOD IS SMOKIN’. THE LOCATION IS HISTORIC.

Only the Louisville Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival allows you to get lost in a soul-satisfying haze of New Orleans and Memphis-style blues and pit barbecue smoke. Add our special Brews Tasting Area where you can sample craft beers, and it’s easy to see why people mark their calendars for this legendary festival at Louisville Water Tower Park year after year.

Bands and Schedule

Whether you like your blues hard-driving or more mellow crooning, you'll hear more than your share of favorites as our live bands lay down lick after soulful lick.  You can expect to hear covers of Blues legends such as B.B. King, Howlin’ Wolf, and Bob Dylan, as well as original tracks.

LITTLE T & A

Little T & A has quickly become Louisville's premiere rhythm &blues/rock & roll band. From their swampy, soulful originals, to their passionate interpretations of eccentric covers, they never fail to move you. The band's exciting live shows always bring the crowd to the dance floor.

5pm – 6:40pm

V-GROOVE

Since 1998, V-Groove has established itself as a premiere band in the Southeast/Midwest. Their performances show fluency and versatility in the genres of roots music: blues, soul, R&B, funk, and rock. Everything V-Groove does has energy and will make you move and have a good time!

7pm – 9pm

CARL WEATHERSBY BLUES BAND

Mixing Southern charm, soulful vocals, and fierce guitar-playing, Carl Weathersby Blues Band plays the blues, from down-and-dirty to scintillating Albert King influenced chops. This is one powerful blues performer that will leave you amazed and thoroughly entertained.

9:30pm - 11:30pm

TULLIE BRAE

You will see and feel Tullie’s heart and soul during her performances, whether it’s her original material or a cover that has been “tullieized“. Critics and peers alike agree that Tullie Brae has the praiseworthy vocal distinction and stage charisma that creates an unforgettable show.

4pm – 5pm

BLUES AND GREYS

In 2011 musician, singer-songwriter, and actor, Kirk Davis assembled a group of long-time friends—some of Louisville’s finest and most respected musicians— to form Blues and Greys. Band members have played at the Grand Ole Opry and won the Kentuckiana Blues society.

5:15pm – 6:30pm

BOSCOE FRANCE

This Kentucky guitar firebrand stands barefoot on stage, and plays bare-knuckled — blending the high intensity of a brawler with the skill and talent of a master musician. France’s six-string style blends all kinds of elements from blues, country and rock ‘n’ roll into a unique and powerfully original approach.

7pm – 9pm

THE CASH BOX KINGS

Hailing from the 'Windy City,' Blind Pig recording artists the Cash Box Kings are keeping REAL DEAL, old-school Chicago blues alive and thriving. The band is dedicated to carrying on the spirit of the 1940's and 50's post-war Chicago blues sound while adding a bravado, energy and freshness to the mix.

9:30pm - 11:30pm

DA MUDCATS

Da Mudcats are one of Louisville’s favorite Blues bands, delighting audiences with traditional Blues from greats like Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Koko Taylor, BB King, Charlie Musselwhite and Robert Johnson. They also share their own brand of Blues through originals penned individually and collectively by drawing on the classic Blues form.

1pm – 2:30pm

THE KINGBEES

The KingBees are one of the region's top blues bands, performing on the same bill with some of the world's biggest blues stars, including Albert King, Taj Mahal, and Rod Piazza. Their live shows have wowed audiences at the region's largest music festivals. The KingBees fit perfectly into the music gumbo that defines the region's blues scene; their individual influences meld together into an iconic blues stew.

3pm – 4:30pm

NORA JEAN BRUSO

Nora Jean Bruso is a Chicago blues singer with deep Delta roots. Recently named one of the ten great women in Chicago Blues by Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, she possesses a voice that has been compared to KoKo Taylor's.

5pm - 7pm

2015 LOUISVILLE BLUES, BREWS & BBQ FESTIVAL TICKETS

Friday, July 10: 5pm-11:30pm | Saturday, July 11: 4pm-11:30pm | Sunday, July 12: 1pm-7pm



Special Deal: Online Only

3 day ticket

Walk-Up

1 day ticket

Warning Sign No food, drink or pets allowed.
Lawn chairs and blankets welcome.
FREE parking at the event.

FAQS

To maintain a safe and fun festival, the following items are prohibited from the event:

  • Weapons / firearms
  • Flammables
  • Backpacks / duffle bags
  • Drugs / drug paraphernalia
  • Outside food / drink
  • Glass containers
  • Coolers
  • Pets (service animals are an exception)
  • Scooters / skateboards / motorized vehicles
  • Amplified sound
  • Tents
  • Vending / soliciting (unless previously approved by event promoter)

Note: All prohibited items are subject to confiscation by event promoter and/or staff

  • Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome!
  • Digital cameras and cell phones are encouraged… snap some photos and upload to social media using #BluesBrewsBBQ2015
  • There will be on-site parking
  • Handicapped parking will be available
  • Friday, July 10, 5pm – 11:30pm
  • Saturday, July 11, 4pm - 11:30pm
  • Sunday, July 12, 1pm - 7pm
  • Note: time is subject to change
  • Credit cards are not currently accepted, however on-site ATMs are available
  • You may also buy a 3-day pass with a credit card online, prior to the event
  • There will be a lost and found
  • Please contact event staff to locate any lost items
  • Camping will not be allowed at the event
  • Hotels and camp grounds are located nearby
  • Re-entry is generally not allowed (please see event staff for exceptions)

The event promoter (Bisig Impact Group), event staff, Louisville Water Company, City of Louisville, sponsors, or contracted vendors are not held liable for injury, loss, property damage, inclement weather or natural disasters on event premises.

Contact Us

Have a question about this year’s festival that we have not answered above? Send us a message and we will be happy to help.

Jennifer Washle
502.583.0333
bluesfest@bisig.com

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