Hot Brown Smackdown will perform on Thursday. | Courtesy of Give-A-Jam

For seven years, the annual Give-A-Jam to End Homelessness fundraiser was held at the venerable but now closed Clifton Center.

But after tossing around several ideas for a new venue, organizers have decided on the nearby Headliners Music Hall, a fitting place for a rockin’ music event, on Thursday, Dec. 20. 

Each year, dozens of Louisville musicians and chefs donate their time and talent to the cause, and this year it’s no different. The lineup includes Ben Sollee, John Gage, Tyrone Cotton, Johnny Berry & the Outliers, Hot Brown Smackdown, David Benson, Ellie Miller & Friends, and Appalatin, among many others.

Ben Sollee will play as well. | Courtesy of Give-A-Jam

Former Lily’s chef Finbar Kinsella, who now works for St. Joseph Children’s Home, will make soup for all attendees, and VIP ticket holders also can snack on food from Uptown Cafe, Volare, Jack Fry’s, Red Hog and Wiltshire Pantry.

And there will be a silent auction with some high-end bourbon as well. 

Since its inception, Give-A-Jam has raised more than $200,000 for Coalition for the Homeless‘ Rx: Housing campaign, which seeks to end youth, veteran and chronic homelessness in Louisville.

The eighth annual Give-A-Jam to End Homelessness runs from 7 to 11 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20. Tickets are $20 in advance (online or at either Carmichael’s location) or $25 at the door. Headliners is located at 1386 Lexington Road.

Sara Havens
Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville, known around town as the Bar Belle ( She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."