With a lineup of nostalgic acts, a side stage of bluegrass and some of the best food and drink that Derby City has to offer, Bourbon & Beyond returns for a second year at Champions Park in Louisville.
Headliners on the Bourbon & Beyond schedule once again highlighted by solo acts boasting a collection of platinum records among them, including Sting, Robert Plant, John Mayer and Lenny Kravitz.
The Bluegrass Situation Stage will be a popular place early with Clark County, Indiana, fiddle virtuoso Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper playing both days, with Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers and rising star Billy Strings featured on Saturday.
Things hit high gear on the twin main stages by mid-afternoon Saturday with J.J. Grey & Mofro followed by blues-country legendary crossover Keb’ Mo’, a four-time Grammy Award winner whose history of collaborations range from B.B. King, the Dixie Chicks, Robert Palmer and Vince Gill. That’s just a sampling of a list of household names with whom he’s written and performed. Don’t be surprised if he shows up later during Sheryl Crow’s set. It’s happened before.
Prior to her on Saturday is another performer with multiple Grammys on his mantel. Singer-songwriter Brian Setzer brings what he calls Rockabilly Riot to the stage. Talking Heads founder David Byrne, seven-time Grammy winner John Mayer and iconic rocker Lenny Kravitz close out night one.
Early attendees on Sunday can catch veteran bluegrass act Del McCoury Band opening the main stage, while local cellist Ben Sollee plays an early set on the bluegrass stage. Blues-soul hybrid Benjamin Booker and country genre benders Blackberry Smoke will handle the mid-afternoon duties on the big stages, ahead of the ‘90s hitmakers Counting Crowes and a pair of legends, whose work with their early bands landed them in the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame.
Robert Plant with his roaring Sensational Spaceshifters will turn Led Zepplin songs into loud, dark, psychedelic explorations that go much deeper than their ‘70s roots, while the Police co-founder Sting will bring a bundle of chart toppers from the early ‘80s, with Every Breath You Take being an almost certain walk-off singalong to cap the fest.
All the fancy VIP experiences are sold out, but tickets remain for single-day and weekend general admission. Find more on tickets here.