Posted On: 05-31-17

June - The Kentucky Center Free Summer Concert Series



Mike Porto

(502) 566-5194

Kentucky Center Brings Free Summer Concert Series to Front Steps in June


The Kentucky Center Free Summer Concert Series: A concert series of diverse musical acts taking place on the front steps of The Kentucky Center (501 West Main Street) each Tuesday evening during the month of June.


Tuesday, June 6, 2017 @ 5 p.m. – Appalatin

Appalatin’s foot-stomping, hip-swinging sound organically unite Appalachian folk and high-energy Latin music. The name, Appalatin, reflects the unexpected meeting in Louisville of Kentucky-raised musicians and masterful Latin émigrés from Ecuador, Nicaragua and Guatemala. Their all-acoustic performances of traditional strings of guitar, mandolin, upright bass and charango, indigenous Andean flutes, hand percussion, harmonica and vocal harmonies have brought joy and happiness to listeners of all ages.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 @ 5 p.m. – Small Time Napoleon

Small Time Napoleon is the combination of new ideas and old sounds. Their interest in the jazz standards of the swing-era shine through in their voices, writing and playing, while their ear for new sounds and ideas constantly drives them forward. The product of this pairing is what Kyle Ware of Insider Louisville has called “A mad science blend of western swing, hot jazz and folk,” which is “already starting to gel into something wholly singular.”

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 @ 5 p.m. – Hot Brown Smackdown

Hot Brown Smackdown is a bluegrass fueled, funk steered, rock influenced, semi-acoustic party sextet.  Energetic and soulful, they skillfully bridge the gap between jamgrass and genres beyond, deploying textured bluegrass polyphony and infectious rhythms to keep you moving all night.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 5 p.m. – The Misty Mountain String Band

Drawing influence from old-time music, Americana, bluegrass and songs of labor and protest, Misty Mountain String Band doesn’t stray far from their upbringings in Kentucky and West Virginia. Formed as a pickup group for an old-time camp revival, MMSB has evolved into a professional band that’s as at home playing with the Louisville Orchestra as at bluegrass festivals with Americana favorites. The group connects with fans of folk music around the world, sharing unique string band music written for today, but informed by tradition.


Kentucky Center Front Steps

501 W. Main Street


This event is free and open to the public, no tickets required.

Be sure to visit The Kentucky Center and enjoy live music, beverages and dinner from the area’s best food trucks. The Kentucky Center Free Summer Concert Series is part of the Cultural Pass, in addition to several other events taking place at The Kentucky Center, including the Family Film Night on the Belvedere and the Young Person’s Guide to Local Music. To learn more about the 2017 Cultural Pass visit here.

Note: In the event of rain, event is cancelled.  Please monitor The Kentucky Center on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and for updates.


The mission of The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts is to lead and enrich the artistic, educational and economic vitality of the region by providing unparalleled programming and cultural events. The Center serves Kentucky through education and initiatives which expand and diversify audiences while enhancing their understanding, appreciation and support for the arts.