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Festival Preview: Bourbon and Beyond // 9.20-22.19

Article by: Michael W. Bright


Louisville– Barely six weeks away, Bourbon & Beyond (the world’s largest bourbon festival) returns to Louisville for the third year and has now expanded to a three day experience, September 20-22.  Friday VIP tickets are already sold out as are most of the combination Hotel/ticket weekend VIP passes, so it’s time to commit now. 

Bourbon & Beyond has become the premier celebration of Kentucky’s favorite brown beverage, combined with unsurpassed culinary goodies (we’re not talking your basic bar snacks), and three days of unforgettable music . This year’s lineup features Foo Fighters, Robert Plant And The Sensational Space Shifters, John Fogerty, Daryl Hall & John Oates, ZZ Top, Trey Anastasio Band, Allison Krauss, Grace Potter, Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul, and a few dozen more artists. 

If you need one more reason to be a part of this incredible weekend, consider this: September is National Bourbon Heritage Month. Yes, it’s a thing. That’s the “Beyond” part of the festival name.  You’ll find me in the “Hunter’s Club,” sampling dusty bottles and vintage bourbons dating as far back as the 1930s. 

Information about camping, tickets, food, the music schedule, and anything else you can think of is at 

Michael W. Bright
Michael W. Bright enjoyed a 30 year career in rock radio, both on the air and in management, most notably as Program Director at seminal Alternative Rock icon WFNX in Boston. He currently lives on a small farm outside of Louisville, Kentucky with his huge family.

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