5 Bands Not to Miss at Bourbon and Beyond
Kentucky Expo Center
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!
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.
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!