Nashville's Koa will play at the Boomtown Ball. | Photo by Kyle Somers
Nashville’s Koa will play at the Boomtown Ball. | Photo by Kyle Somers

As evidenced by last weekend’s packed Buy Local Fair at Louisville’s Water Tower, if the weather cooperates, people love to get out, shop, eat, drink and celebrate with friends and neighbors. Fortunately, there are several opportunities this holiday weekend to do so, but one in particular that might appeal to the same Buy Local crowd is New Albany’s third annual Boomtown Ball & Festival, co-sponsored by WFPK-FM, on Sunday, May 29.

PrintThe free event is held on Market Street in New Albany’s historic downtown and runs from 1-9 p.m. Along with an impressive musical lineup — Small Black (Brooklyn), Knox Hamilton (Little Rock, Ark.), Kona (Nashville), Otis Junior & Dr. Dundiff (Louisville), King Mud (Fort Wayne, Ind.), and Typhoid Beach (New Albany) — organizers have partnered with the Flea Off Market folks, who will offer an array of arts, crafts, vintage booths and much more.

And it wouldn’t be a party without food trucks and adult beverages, so expect those as well.

New this year is an instrument drive sponsored by WUOL for the children of New Albany-Floyd County schools. While New Albany Mayor Jeff M. Gahan is excited to host the festival once again, he’s also looking forward to this philanthropic aspect.

“The instrument drive is a great way to expose young kids in our community to the wonderful world of art and music,” he said in a press release. “I want to invite everyone to come help us kick off the summer event season in New Albany.”

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Sara Havens
Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville, known around town as the Bar Belle (barbelleblog.com). 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."