GonzoFest, the annual celebration of all things Hunter S. Thompson, returns for the fifth year on Saturday, April 11, according to an event listing on Facebook.
No location information is available at this time. Last year, the Fest took place all around the city with the main event, celebrating the Ralph Steadman-inked mural of Thompson, taking place in the lot across the street from Slugger Field.
This year’s event will take place from 2 p.m. – midnight. There will be live music from regional and local musicians and bands on two stages, spoken word and poetry readings, live art, vendors from The Flea Off Market, and food by The Monkey’s Uncle Grill featuring Li’l Cheezers. The event also will feature a screening of a full-length documentary about last year’s festival and performances by Squallis Puppeteers.
While last year the festival celebrated the mural, now hanging on the side of the Bristol Bar and Grill on Bardstown Road, this year the organizers will unveil drawings of a bronze Hunter S. Thompson statue. Ticket sales will go toward the creation of this work of art and also will help support the Colorado-based Gonzo Foundation.
Tickets are available now at the Monkey Wrench (site for the first three GonzoFestivals) for $15. The ticket price includes admission to the official after party.
GonzoFest was founded in 2010 by poet Ron Whitehead, Monkey Wrench owner Denny Humphrey and others. Thompson was born in Louisville in 1937 and raised in the Highlands.