We know you’re booked this weekend, but are making plans for next Friday and Saturday.
We get that.
So, we’re trying to do a better job of timing when we tell you about major up-and-coming events. Like the Garvin Gates Blues Festival.
Garvin Gate Blues Festival touts itself as “The Largest Free Blues Festival in Louisville,” and we don’t hear anyone sayin’ it ain’t.
The two-day event is scheduled for Fri., Oct. 12 and Sat., Oct. 13, at The Gate on Garvin Place at Oak Street in Old Louisville.
(Garvin Place is one of three or four quiet residential courts off Old Louisville’s busy streets including Ormsby Court near by and Floral Terrace near Central Park.)
How do they do it for free?
“We’re very excited to have Four Roses Bourbon as our presenting sponsor of the Festival this year,” said Howard Rosenberg, Garvin Gate chairman. “It’s a natural fit for our audience and has allowed us to bring in some of the best acts in the region.”
From the news release:
The Festival features seasoned Blues singers and bands from around the country like Toronzo Cannon and the Cannonball Express. Coming to Louisville from the blues mecca of Chicago, Cannon has played in well-known venues like Buddy Guy’s Legends, House of Blues, and Blue Chicago. He’s also played internationally and just completed a tour through Mexico, Durban South Africa and France.
Lexington native Tee Dee Young takes the stage on Saturday. He’s performed in well-known Blues venues such as The Cotton Club, Albert King’s Club, Club Zero, and B.B. King’s Club to name a few.
Headliner and festival closer Nora Jean Wallace is described in one word as “love.” She grew up in the Delta as the daughter of a Mississippi sharecropper and worked in the cotton fields giving her a foundation for lyrics to numerous blues hits. Since her big break in 1985, she’s toured the world and in 2004 was nominated for two W. C. Handy Awards as Best New Artist and Best Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year.
Local bands including The Predators and da Mudcats will also perform.
Proceeds benefit the Garvin Gate Neighborhood Association that works to help preserve and make improvements in the area of the Festival and throughout Old Louisville.
Here’s the Garvin Gate Blues Festival schedule:
Saturday, October 13, 2012
2:00 – 2:45 Dog House Kitchen
3:15 – 4:00 Little T&A
4:30 – 5:15 da Mudcats
5:45 – 6:30 The KingBees
7:00 – 7:45 G. Miles and the Hitmen
8:15 – 9:15 Tee Dee Young
9:45– 11:15 Nora Jean Wallace
Pam Sasse Stage
Friday, October 12, 2012
8:00 & 9:15 Dust Radio - playing 20 minute sets
Saturday, October 13, 2012
At 5:15, 6:30 & 7:45 Lazy Eleven - playing 20 minute sets
About the Garvin Gate Blues Festival / Neighborhood Association: The Garvin Gate Blues Festival started out as a 1988 Rudyard Kipling parking lot blues jam in Old Louisville that outgrew the parking lot. At that time the Garvin Place Association was expanding its boundaries to become the Garvin Place Neighborhood Association and offered to host the growing event. Legendary blues musicians that have performed at the festival through the years. For more details, please contact Howard Rosenberg at 502.445.4193 or visit the site here.