Music of Kentucky

Music has been an integral part of Kentucky culture for years, with the most prominent being bluegrass. What is bluegrass music? It's a blend of blues, country, and jazz that pulls from numerous cultures, completely harmonizing in an emotional sound.

Some of Kentucky's greatest attractions are focused on its music, and while bluegrass is the local specialty, you are likely to find any kind of sound you want served up. You may also learn a thing or two about the history of American music while you're here.

Concerts in Louisville (and other Kentucky cities)

If you want the party of your life, you have to visit Kentucky during its major concerts and festivals. People gather from all over the country to hear renowned artists play their hearts out. No matter what genre of music you prefer, you'll find a theater or stadium to light things up.

These are the major concerts for the year, their dates, and their lineups.

Louder than Life 2021
Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Grunge
September 23 - 26, 2021

As one of the biggest music festivals in Kentucky, the Louder than Life 2021 lineup is by far one of the most impressive. Metallica, Snoop Dogg, Skillet, and Judas Priest are a few of the biggest names playing here, but there are nearly 70 bands in total.  Get your tickets now!

Railbird Festival
Bluegrass and Indie Rock
August 28 - 29, 2021

If you want to go to a concert with music from Kentucky's roots, you should go to the Railbird Festival this fall. The lineup here has a southern focus: Billy Strings, Black Pumas, the Revivalists, and Margo Price sing country, bluegrass, and R&B. It's one of the best bluegrass music festivals in Kentucky.

Forecastle Festival 2022
Alternative Music and Indie Rock
May 27 - 29, 2021

Planning to jam out over Memorial Day weekend? This concert needs to be on your itinerary! While the Forecastle lineup hasn't been announced yet, you can keep up with any updates on their website.

Those who aren't able to attend these specific events should investigate the cities for other top music spots. Smaller concerts are always happening in Kentucky, and you shouldn't let your schedule stop you from listening to this ear candy.

Kentucky Music Hall of Fame

How have Kentucky bluegrass musicians pushed the music world forward? When did it begin, and who are the key figures in music here? If you have some of these questions, or want to appreciate the classic Kentucky sound even more than you already do, you should drive yourself to the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame.

Head to Renfro Valley, Kentucky. You'll find the hall of fame around the bend. Learn about the famous female singers from Kentucky, the men who fathered the music, and other revolutionary artists that have pushed the boundaries on what music can be.

Bluegrass History and Other Music Sites

Bill Monroe is the "Father of Bluegrass". You can walk through snippets of his life where he was born, learned music, and developed his craft further. Those who are passionate about this kind of music will be able to identify with the struggles Monroe faced, helping them expand their own musical careers. Here are just a few of the stops you can make.

Bill Monroe Historical Highlights
Father of Bluegrass Bill Monroe's boyhood home.
Jerusalem Ridge Bluegrass Festival
Uncle Pen's Cabin
Bill Monroe Museum and Rosine Barn Jamboree

Music has a lot of power. Whether you decide to stick to your personal favorites, or if you want to branch out into something new, you'll find something to tune in to. 

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