5 Bands Not to Miss at Bourbon and Beyond

Kentucky Expo Center
Louisville, KY

Words & photos by Charla Harvey Photography

On September 19, 20, and 21, the Bourbon and Beyond Festival will return to Kentucky—home to the bourbon capital of the world.
This year, the new location will be outside the Kentucky Expo Center at Highland Festival Grounds in Louisville.

This festival will include bourbon over 40 different brands including Angel’s Envy, Jim Bean, Maker’s Mark, Wild Turkey, etc. They will also have bourbon workshops, tastings, and bourbon experts!

As for the beyond, they have a variety of food options from local vendors, chef demos, gluten free and vegetarian options, so everyone can find something they like! One of the chefs is actually Tiffani Thiessen, who used to play Kelly Kapowski in Saved by the Bell!

Arguably most importantly though is the incredible lineup! They have headliners such as Foo Fighters, Robert Plant, Daryl Hall and John Oates, ZZ Top, and beyond!

The Flaming Lips are playing Friday! The Lips have been around since 1983, when they came together in Oklahoma. They always have wild theatrics at their shows. In 1990, they used pyrotechnics at a show and almost burned down the venue! Lucky for them, that show got them signed with Warner Brothers Records. This year’s tour featured props like a giant inflatable rainbow and lead singer Wayne Coyne crowd surfing in a hamster ball! Check them out and see what they will do this time!

On Saturday, Trey Anastasio Band will grace Kentucky with their genius. Founded in 1998, this band consists of, obviously, Trey Anastasio (commonly known as lead vocalist and guitarist for Phish), Russ Lawton (drums), and Tony Markellis (bass), Cyro Baptista (percussion), Ray Paczkowski (keys), Jennifer Hartswick (trumpet, vocals) and Natalie Cressman (trombone, vocals). Trey has written and co-written over 152 songs for Phish, and he brings his talent and magic to TAB with an entirely different set of equally talented musicians.

Fruition will also be playing on Saturday! They are a bluegrass/folk band from Portland, Oregon. They got their start by busking on sidewalks all over the country. Now, they play much bigger gigs, like Jam Cruise and other festivals, Red Rocks, and of course Bourbon and Beyond! Not only are these guys super talented musicians, they are also very friendly people! They are usually seen hanging out supporting other musicians’ sets before and after theirs. Maybe you will get to meet them at the festival!

On Sunday, Leon Bridges will bring the soul to the stage! I wouldn’t be surprised if he plays his song, “Beyond,” at this festival, though his most well-known song is “Coming Home.” Wall Street Journal has described Leon Bridges as a “throwback to 60’s soul a la Otis Redding and Sam Cooke.” Don’t miss his set!

Dustbowl Revival is an Americana soul band based in Venice, California. They are not as well-known as the other bands listed here, but that’s just for now—they just formed in 2008! They can be compared to bands like Lake Street Dive. They combine funk, rhythm, and brass with strings in a uniquely beautiful way. If you catch their set, you are in for a treat!



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