Bourbon and Beyond 2018 Festival Recap

Mother Nature takes away half the fun of Bourbon and Beyond
Bourbon & Beyond
The two main stages at Bourbon & Beyond 2018

Despite the torrential downpour on day 1 of Bourbon & Beyond, Champions Park in Louisville, Kentucky was brimming with music, bourbon, and foodie fans. With bourbon tastings, cooking seminars, and even a full pig on a roaster,

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This lil’ piggy wasn’t having a good day

the festivals musical offerings included:  John Mayer,

John Mayer

Day 1 Headliner John Mayer. Photo by Mischievous Mel

Lenny Kravitz,

Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz at Bourbon & Beyond. Photo by Rockwell Anderson

Sheryl Crow,

Sheryl Crow photo by Mischievous Mel

David Byrne,

David Byrne

David Byrne photo by Rockwell Anderson

Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers,

Mindi Abair

Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers photo by Rockwell Anderson

the three singing sisters who together form ‘Joseph’,

Joseph

Joseph photo by Rockwell Anderson

Swimming With Bears,

Swimming With Bears

Swimming With Bears photo by Rockwell Anderson

and Billy Strings.

Billy Strings

Billy Strings photo by Rockwell Anderson

The music was a mix of bluegrass and pop radio rock bands. Spanning two main stages and the Bluegrass tent stage inside the “Big Bourbon Bar”, there was a sound for all. This was a different type of festival musically for me, but it was a killer line-up and introduced me to many new bands that I may have never heard otherwise. That in itself makes festivals a must for music fans. A chance to broaden your horizons of bands and sounds. For us, Billy Strings (above photo) was a prime example of us broadening our horizons.  Look for his on camera interview coming soon.
At this festival we got to catch up with some awesome friends in  the scene. You may have heard of FXCK CANCER. This non-profit is one that I urge you to get to know. They are like “Make A Wish” for cancer patients, rock and roll style. They sell merchandise to promote the cause and to make a rock and roll dream come true. The next time you are at a festival be sure to find them and say hello. You will score some epic merch and help others in the process.
“The Music Experience” was also on site. What is that you ask? Picture a music store with demos from bands, new off the shelf and custom gear and instruments, and a place to jam and buy instruments, all on the grounds of a music festival. This stop in The Music Experience for us was extra special because we got to touch, hold and fondle the one of a kind collectible art pieces that Dean guitars and Angels Envy collaborated on.  Not only that, we go to chat with the guitar maker himself about how these one of a kind, hand-made and fully functional master crafted guitars were made. The full on camera interview will be coming soon so stay tuned!
Angels Envy Dean Guitars

Angels Envy meets Dean Guitars at The Music Experience

And speaking of Angels Envy, walking around the grounds was Wes Henderson – the creative force and bourbon mastermind behind Angels Envy and just when I thought the day could not get anymore interesting,  Colonel Sanders (the real Colonel Sanders – Colonel Harland David Sanders is buried in Louisville) from KFC came up to the media area with several trays of KFC chicken, mashed ‘taters, and mac ‘n cheese for us to enjoy.   He also hung out and ate some of his own “finger lickin’ good” chicken, and mingled with the media.
KFC

KFC’s Colonel Sanders stopped by to say hello

I have to say this was a different kind of festival for us, and I urge you to put it on your list of festivals to put on your calendar for next year, but you should also add another day or two to explore.  Not only is the festival amazing, but the city of Louisville and surrounding suburbs and Southern Indiana offer a wide variety of experiences to enjoy from cave exploring to fine dining to historic tours – and don’t forget Louisville is THE Bourbon mecca.  Unfortunately for everyone, day 2 of Bourbon & Beyond 2018 had to be cancelled because Mother Nature was in a very foul mood the week leading up to and including day 1 of the festival.  After the conclusion of day 1 and even more heavy rains throughout the night and following morning, the city of Louisville announced that conditions at Champions Park were unsafe for fans and the bands.  Full refunds were given/are available for fans who purchased tickets for Sunday’s festivities.
As always, thanks for reading and we’ll see you at a another festival soon!
Angry Orchard

The Angry Orchard bar at Bourbon & Beyond

Written by: Melissa “Mischievous Mel” Anderson
Photo’s by: Melissa & Wes “Rockwell” Anderson
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