Oak between Fourth and Sixth will be jumping Friday and Saturday as the 2017 Garvin Gate Blues Festival gets underway. The event celebrates the blues, the arts, and the community we share. Rated one of the top free blues festivals in the USA, the Garvin Gate Blues Festival annually showcases some of the country’s best artists. Hours are 6:30-11:15 on Fri., Oct. 13, and 2-11:15 on Sat., Oct. 14.
This year’s featured artists are sure to be blowing the lights out on Oak Street before it’s all over. They include Frank Bang and the Cook County Kings, Tweed Funk, Tony O with Zora Young, Andrew Alli and the Mainline, Tullie Brae, Ray Fuller and the Bluesrockers, Screamin’ John and TD Lin, Leroy Ellington Band, Carly Johnson, the Saints, Da Mudcats, Walnut Street Rhythm and Blues Band, the Nick Stump Band, and Otis.
Started in 1988 at the Rudyard Kipling parking lot with just 400 patrons, the festival now attracts about 20,000 people each year to stages on Oak from Fourth to Garvin Place. This is a free event with free parking in the old Winn-Dixie parking area just north of the site.
The festival’s crafts area is set among a block of late Victorian homes on the quiet tree-lined Garvin Place, with vendors selling everything from jewelry, clothing, paintings, ceramics, art, and a host of artisan oddities.
Title sponsors are Four Roses Bourbon, Councilman David James, Genscape, Down in the Alley Records, and FMS Commercial Cleaning.
For more info, to go www.garvingatebluesfestival.com.
Free Parking for Garvin Gate
If you’re coming to the Garvin Gate Blues Festival by car, free parking is being offered in the old Winn-Dixie parking lot on Fourth just north of festival grounds. The only stipulation: fill out a small, postcard-size survey that will be used to help attract a new grocery at that location. It asks about your willingness to shop at a new store and how much you spend on groceries per week.
AlliedEquitable, the new owner of the property, has discovered that the collective buying power of Old Louisville is not fully understood because of the large cash economy which falls outside of the traditional statistical measurements used by modern analytics companies who advise grocers where to locate.
Volunteers are needed to hand out the cards. For more info, call Karen Mullen at 635-0937.