Bourbon Baroque
Bourbon Baroque

It’s Forecastle week and loads of Louisvillians have outdoor music on their brains.

But let’s face it, Forecastle ain’t for everyone. It’s loud, crowded and sweaty and Outkast isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.

If you want to enjoy some outdoor music this week — either as an alternative to or a primer for Forecastle — Bourbon Baroque, a period instrument ensemble that plays music of the 17th and 18th centuries, will be playing in Willow Park on Wednesday, July 16.

Bourbon Baroque was founded in 2007 by Louisville harpsichordist John Austin Clark and baroque violinist Nicolas Fortin. According to the ensemble’s website:

Inspired by the art and culture of the House of Bourbon, Bourbon Baroque connects our city’s namesake, Louis XVI, through the music of his time with a sensitivity for the modern audience and culture of Louisville, Kentucky. The ensemble varies in size based on a given program and performs regularly throughout the year in a variety of venues, often collaborating with other transformative and innovative organizations such as Moving Collective, Kentucky Opera, Louisville Youth Choir, and the Squallis Puppeteers. Join us and discover the energy and dance as the music of the Baroque resounds in our minds, bodies, and in our slow-sipped bourbon.

Bourbon Baroque have four CDs available — three of which are season highlights. They also perform educational programming in area schools.

Bring a blanket or chairs and a picnic. The ensemble starts at 7 p.m. Willow Park is located in the Cherokee Triangle.

Here’s a little Christmas in July:

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