Dave Matthews Band, My Morning Jacket to headline Railbird Festival in August

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The Dave Matthews Band will headline the Railbird Festival in Lexington in August, the event’s second effort after debuting in 2019 and taking 2020 off because of COVID. (Photo: John P. Wise)

(Information provided by the Railbird Festival)

After bolting out of the gate and shattering expectations in its inaugural year in 2019, Railbird Festival has its sights set on topping its debut with a blockbuster lineup of artists for its second festival set for Aug. 28-29 at the Grounds at Keeneland.

The world-class music festival produced by AC Entertainment and Lexington entrepreneur David Helmers announced Tuesday a top-tier headline for the weekend’s bill, including Grammy-winning jam band Dave Matthews Band and beloved Kentucky-based heroes My Morning Jacket.

Additional acts include Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Leon Bridges, Billy Strings, Black Pumas, Khruangbin, Midland, The Revivalists, Band of Horses, Margo Price and more.

Rolling Stone reported that the inaugural festival in 2019 “shook the senses of the listener,” and Railbird will once again do so while celebrating the culture and traditions of the Bluegrass State at the historic Keeneland Racecourse. A Kentucky experience through and through, Railbird will be woven into the course grounds to create an unforgettable and immersive weekend, centered on music, bourbon, Kentucky cuisine, and equine culture.

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Louisville native Jim James and My Morning Jacket will perform at the Railbird Festival at Keeneland in August. (Photo: John P. Wise)

“While we all missed live music and experiences tremendously last year, the Railbird team looked at it as a time to build on the success of our inaugural festival and come back even better than before,” said Helmers, who co-founded the festival. “We’ve been planning intensely and are excited for the festival’s return to Keeneland with a list of world class artists, bourbon and culinary experiences.”

General Admission and VIP 2-Day passes are available to the public now via RailbirdFest.com, with a limited quantity starting at only $155. Affordable layaway plans are also available, with payment options starting at only $25 down.

A portion of proceeds from every ticket sold will benefit Railbird’s nonprofit community partners, Fayette Alliance, Central Kentucky Riding for Hope and Central Music Academy.

Saturday’s acts include: My Morning Jacket, Leon Bridges, Billy Strings, Black Pumas, Midland, Margo Price, Japanese Breakfast, Joy Oladokun, Sarah Jarosz, John Moreland, Briston Maroney, Sierra Ferrell, Bendigo Fletcher, The Brook & the Bluff, Magnolia Boulevard, Nicholas Jamerson

Sunday’s acts include: Dave Matthews Band, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Khruangbin, The Revivalists, Band of Horses, Tanya Tucker, Colter Wall, The War and Treaty, Pinegrove, Zach Bryan, Liz Cooper & The Stampede, Cedric Burnside, Cha Wa, S.G. Goodman, Southern Avenue, Grayson Jenkins

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