Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin will headline this year’s Bourbon & Beyond.

The lineup for the second annual Bourbon & Beyond was just announced, and headlining this year’s bourbon, food and music festival include Sting, Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters, John Mayer, Sheryl Crow, Lenny Kravitz, Counting Crows and David Byrne.

That’s quite a lineup for the second iteration, which will take over Champions Park on Sept. 22-23. Last year’s inaugural event attracted more than 50,000 people and features headliners Stevie Nicks, Eddie Vedder and Steve Miller Band.

Other acts this year include Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot, Kaleo, Gov’t Mule, Keb’ Mo’, Blackberry Smoke, JJ Grey & Mofro, Don Felder, The Record Company, Del McCoury Band, Joseph, Magpie Salute, Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers, Larkin Poe, The Last Bandoleros, and Swimming With Bears.

A big part of Bourbon & Beyond, other than the music, is bourbon and food, and chefs both from the region and the country come to participate in seminars and cooking demonstrations.

Leading the list of more than 20 chefs include Tom Colicchio, Stephanie Izard, Aarón Sánchez and Ray Garcia.

And Kentucky’s top bourbon distillers will be in attendance as well, from Julian Van Winkle and Jimmy Russell to Marianne Barnes and Wes Henderson.

“The underlying theme of Bourbon & Beyond is a celebration of craftsmanship,” said event organizer Danny Wimmer, founder of Danny Wimmer Presents. “I’ve asked our team to approach every aspect of this festival with the same handcrafted spirit that is used by all of the participating artisans. Each and every one of these distilleries, master distillers, musicians and chefs have spent years mastering their craft. I am honored and humbled that they have agreed to participate in our second year.”

As Insider reported earlier this year, producers of Bourbon & Beyond signed a 10-year pact with the city of Louisville to continue both this event and Louder Than Life.

A full list of bourbon and chef seminars is available online. Tickets go on sale Friday, April, 20, at noon, and prices start at $80 per day or $129.50 for both days.

Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville. She's known around town as the Bar Belle and updates her blog (barbelleblog.com) daily. 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."


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