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Bourbon & Beyond Announces Bourbon & Culinary Programming, Music Performance Times

The World’s Largest Bourbon & Music Festival

September 14-17 In Louisville, KY

Destination Festival Celebrates

America’s Best Chefs & Louisville’s Unique Bourbon Culture

And Features Massive Music Lineup With

Brandi Carlile, The Killers, The Black Keys, Bruno Mars,

Billy Strings, Duran Duran, The Black Crowes, Blondie & Many More



Bourbon & Beyond launches in just a few short weeks and festival producers Danny Wimmer Presents have announced the full lineup of bourbon and culinary programming, as well as the daily schedule for the event’s spectacular music lineup, plus additional onsite entertainment and unique food offerings for the World’s Largest Bourbon & Music Festival, September 14-17 at Highland Festival Grounds at Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.

Limited weekend General Admission and single day GA, plus select single day VIP passes are still available at www.bourbonandbeyond.com.

The festival’s incredible music lineup features Brandi Carlile and Billy Strings on Thursday, The Killers and Duran Duran on Friday, The Black Keys and The Black Crowes on Saturday, and a very special closing night Sunday with Bruno Mars and Blondie, along with many more top artists such as Train, Hozier, The Avett Brothers, Jon Batiste, Ryan Bingham, Spoon, Brittany Howard, Bastille, Midland, Buddy Guy, Wayne Newton, Mavis Staples, First Aid Kit, and Old Crow Medicine Show.

Hosting the culinary demonstrations on the Monogram Culinary Stage are Chef Chris Santos (Chopped), Chef Edward Lee (The Mind of a Chef) and Chef Amanda Freitag (Top Chef, Chopped). They will be joined by renowned chef personalities including Darnell “SuperChef” Ferguson (Louisville native, Food Network’s Superchef Grudge Match), Sara Bradley (Top Chef contestant), special guest Joe Kwon of Avett Brothers, among others.

Bourbon expert Chris Blandford will host The Bourbon Experience on the Kentucky Venues Bourbon Stage and will be joined by special guests including the world’s leading bourbon authority Fred Minnick, Chef Amanda Freitag, actors Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley (behind Brother’s Bond Bourbon), actor Graham McTavish (Outlander, Men in Kilts), singer Wayne Newton, country music artist Hailey Whitters and more.

The schedule of music performances on the T-Mobile Barrel Stage, SelvaRey Oak Stage and The Bluegrass Situation Stage, as well as the full culinary and bourbon workshop schedule for Bourbon & Beyond is below, and is also available on the festival app (https://bourbonandbeyond.com/mobileapp) and online at: www.bourbonandbeyond.com/schedules.

The music set times are as follows (subject to change):

Thursday, September 14

T-Mobile Barrel Stage

9:15 PM Brandi Carlile

6:45 PM Train

4:45 PM Buddy Guy

3:00 PM Drew Holcomb And The Neighbors

1:30 PM Brandy Clark

12:15 PM Stephen Wilson Jr.


SelvaRey Oak Stage

7:50 PM Billy Strings

5:40 PM Midland

3:50 PM Mavis Staples

2:10 PM The Lone Bellow

12:50 PM John Primer

11:45 AM Vivi Rincon

The Bluegrass Situation Stage

5:45 PM Kelsey Waldon

4:15 PM Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

3:00 PM Two Runner

1:45 PM Clay Street Unit

12:30 PM Myron Elkins

Friday, September 15

SelvaRey Oak Stage

9:15 PM The Killers

6:45 PM Hozier

4:45 PM Brittany Howard

3:05 PM Joy Oladokun

1:40 PM Wayne Newton

12:30 PM Boy Named Banjo


T-Mobile Barrel Stage

7:50 PM Duran Duran

5:40 PM Bastille

3:55 PM The Gaslight Anthem

2:20 PM Inhaler

1:05 PM Darrell Scott

11:55 AM Goodbye June

The Bluegrass Situation Stage

5:45 PM The Lil Smokies

4:15 PM The Cleverlys

3:00 PM Twisted Pine

1:45 PM Lola Kirke

12:30 PM Armchair Boogie

Saturday, September 16

T-Mobile Barrel Stage

9:15 PM The Black Keys

6:40 PM The Black Crowes

4:40 PM First Aid Kit

3:00 PM City And Colour

1:40 PM Luke Grimes

12:30 PM Willie Jones


SelvaRey Oak Stage

7:55 PM The Avett Brothers

5:35 PM Spoon

3:45 PM Old Crow Medicine Show

2:15 PM Michelle Branch

1:05 PM Danielle Ponder

11:55 AM Drayton Farley

The Bluegrass Situation Stage

5:45 PM Town Mountain

4:15 PM Della Mae

3:00 PM Lindsay Lou

1:45 PM Sunny War

12:30 PM Armchair Boogie

Sunday, September 17

SelvaRey Oak Stage

9:05 PM Bruno Mars

6:35 PM Jon Batiste

4:40 PM Babyface

3:00 PM ZZ Ward

1:35 PM Maggie Rose

12:25 PM Dumpstaphunk


T-Mobile Barrel Stage

7:40 PM Blondie

5:35 PM Ryan Bingham

3:50 PM Aloe Blacc

2:15 PM Fantastic Negrito

1:00 PM Hailey Whitters

11:55 AM As You Were

The Bluegrass Situation Stage

5:45 PM Dan Tyminski

4:15 PM Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

3:00 PM The Arcadian Wild

1:45 PM Lindsay Lou

12:30 PM Pixie & The Partygrass Boys

Monogram Culinary Stage, Hosted By Chefs Amanda Freitag, Chris Santos & Ed Lee

(including free tastings at every panel)

Thursday, September 14

3:00 - 3:30 PM

Spice It Up With Maneet Chauhan (hosted by Chris Santos)

4:35-5:05 PM

Fire It Up with Kamado Joe's Tom Jackson (hosted by Amanda Freitag)

Friday, September 15

2:30-2:55 PM

Deep Thoughts With Christian Petroni (hosted by Chris Santos)

4:00-4:30 PM

Claudette Zepeda, La Jefa (hosted by Chris Santos)

5:30-6:00 PM

Pig Beach “Meats” Louisville (hosted by Ed Lee and featuring Matty B of Pit Beach BBQ)

Saturday, September 16

1:30-2:00 PM

Hot Damn, Hot Brown Grilled Cheese With Sara Bradley (hosted by Ed Lee)

2:55-3:25 PM

Boozy AF, Delicious AF, Easy AF With Amanda Freitag (hosted by Chris Santos)

4:15-4:45 PM

A Korean BBQ Throwdown with Chefs Ed and Danny Lee and Joe Kwon (Chefs Ed Lee & Danny Lee with Joe Kwon of Avett Brothers)

Sunday, September 17

1:30-2:00 PM

Pappy & Company With Chef Ed Lee

2:55-3:25 PM

Darnell “SuperChef” Ferguson x SelvaRey's Brian Klemm (hosted by Chris Blandford)

Kentucky Venues Bourbon Stage, Hosted By Chris Blanford

(including free tastings at every panel)

Thursday, September 14

2:10 - 2:55 PM

The Firkin Podcast LIVE: Every Drink Tells A Story (hosted by Chris Blandford & Brian Probus)

Special Guests: TBD

3:35 - 4:30 PM

A Seat At The Table: Grand Traditions With Fresh Perspectives (moderated by Jamar Mack, Kentucky Original Black Bourbon Enthusiasts)

Panelists: Melissa Rift, Master Taster, Old Forester; Richie Michaels, Uncle Nearest; Tracey & Scott Jacobs, Inclusion Brands; Rob Dietrich, Blackened American Whiskey

5:10 - 5:50 PM

It’s A Family Affair: Generations Of Whiskey (moderated by Chris Blandford)

Panelists: Eddie Russell, Master Distiller, Wild Turkey; Bruce Russell, Associate Blender and National Ambassador, Wild Turkey

6:00 - 6:30 PM

McTavish Spirits Bottle Release With Actor Graham McTavish * EXCLUSIVE * (hosted by Chris Blandford)

Friday, September 15

1:40 - 2:25 PM

Building An “Influential” Bourbon Collection: The Expert Edition (moderated by John Wadell, Single Barrel Coordinator – Peerless)

Panelists: Tyler Zoller, Louisville Bourbon Buzz; Brandon Smith, The Daily Dram; Steve Higdon, Big Bourbon Club; Blake Riber, Bourbonr/Seelbach-s

3:00 - 3:45 PM

Between The Chefs: Dishing & Drinking (moderated by Chris Blandford)

Panelists: Chef Chris Santos, Chef Darnell Ferguson, Chef Amanda Frietag

4:40 - 5:15 PM

Smokin’’ and Sippin’: Pairing Cigars With Whisky (moderated by Chris Blandford)

Panelists: Carrie Greener, Pappy & Co.; Willy Herrera, Drew Estate

Guest: Wayne Newton

6:05 - 7:00 PM

The Firkin Podcast LIVE: Telling Stories (hosted by Chris Blandford)

Special Guests:: Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley

Saturday, September 16

2:05 - 2:50 PM

Heaven’s Door Barrel Select (hosted by Matt Wheatley, Head Distiller and Distillery Manager, Heaven’s Door)

3:30 - 4:10pm PM

The Art of Blending (Bardstown) - BBC's Discovery Series (hosted by Dan Callaway, VP Of New Product Development, Bardstown Bourbon Company)

4:50 - 5:30 PM

The Big Finish: Barreled Again (moderated by Kenny Coleman, Bourbon Pursuit)

Panelists: Brandon O’Daniel, Master Distiller, Copper & Kings; Owen Martin, Angel’s Envy; Christian Huber, Starlight Distillery; Jessica-Ann Adkins, H&A Barrel Management)

5:45 - 6:30 PM

The Firkin Podcast LIVE: Every Drink Tells A Story (hosted by Chris Blandford & Brian Probus)

Special Guests: TBD

Sunday, September 17

2:05 - 2:50 PM

Badass Bartenders & Bourbon (moderated by Ian Sulkowski, Brown-Forman Brand Ambassador)

Panelists: SC Baker, Epiphany Bar and Winner of the 2022 Bourbon & Beyond Cocktail Competition for “The Louisville”; Susie Hoyt, The Pearl; Lily McCabe Lambert, Galaxie Bar; Sherri Jenkins, Epiphany Bar, Freelancer, 2023 USBG Member of the Year

3:30 - 4:10 PM

The Firkin Podcast LIVE (hosted by Chris Blandford & Brian Probus)

Special Guest: country music artist Hailey Whitters

5:00 - 5:45 PM

The Perfect Pairing: Bourbon & Cheese (moderated by Bernie Lubbers)

Panelists: Bernie Lubbers, Heaven Hill; Lisa Ueltschi, Murray’s Cheese Shop; Dewanna Walker, Murray’s Cheese Shop; Chef Amanda Freitag

6:00 - 7:00 PM

Fred Minnick’s Blind Bourbon Finale: The B&B23 Fan Favorite Is…?? (hosted by Fred Minnick, Celebrity Critic and Bestselling Author)

World-renowned bourbon authority, author and ascot aficionado Fred Minnick will survey the five bourbons voted on by patrons during Bourbon & Beyond 2023 and will blindfold select the bourbon that meets his palate for “Best In Show” to win his coveted Ascot Award. The festival patrons’ fan favorite vote will also be announced.

In addition to more than 65 music acts over 4 days, attendees at Bourbon & Beyond can enjoy some of the best food and drinks that the Louisville area has to offer, as well as various sponsor activations and experiences.

Additional Food, Beverage and Experiences At Bourbon & Beyond Include:

  • 1 Million Strong

  • Art & Sound Art Tent

  • B.B. Flats

  • Bird Dog Whiskey

  • Blackened presents The Whiskey Bar

  • The Bourbon Experience

  • Budweiser Zone

  • Chris’ Picks Minibar

  • Culinary Atelier

  • George Dickel Flight School

  • The Highland Grounds Wine Garden

  • The Hunter’s Club

  • Jim Beam Tiki Barrel Bar

  • Kentucky Distillers’ Association Craft Bourbon Bar

  • Kroger Big Bourbon Bar

  • Pappy & Co. Cigar Lounge

  • Pegasus Distilled Experiences

  • Small Batch Activation featuring Basil Hayden & Knob Creek

  • T-Mobile’s Club Magenta

  • Wild Turkey

Visit www.bourbonandbeyond.com/beyond for more details on festival partner onsite experiences.

Having welcomed 140,000 fans in 2022, Bourbon & Beyond has become the premier destination event of the fall, combining incredible nonstop music with the best food and spirits Kentucky has to offer – with Forbes exclaiming, “It’s the inclusion of great food and unique bourbon experiences that set Louisville’s Bourbon & Beyond apart from a crowded American destination scene.”

Bourbon & Beyond thanks its 2023 premier partners: AARP, Angel's Envy, Basil Hayden, BeatBox Beverages, Bird Dog Whiskey, Boundary Oak Distillery, Budweiser, Bulleit Bourbon, Copper & Kings, Cutwater Spirits, Delta Dental, Doritos, Ehrler’s Ice Cream, Fender Premium Audio, George Dickel, Heaven’s Door, Jack Daniel’s, Jefferson’s, Jim Beam, Kentucky Lottery, Kentucky Tourism, Knob Creek & Rye, Kentucky Venues, Kroger, Log Still Distillery, Longbranch Bourbon, Louisville Tourism, LYTE, Maker’s Mark, Milagro Tequila, Pappy & Company, Park Community Credit Union, Parlor Root Beer, Pegasus Distilled, Sailor Jerry, Strung, T-Mobile, The Music Experience, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, U.S. Army, and Wild Turkey.

Bourbon & Beyond also thanks its Big Bourbon Bar Partners: Angel’s Envy, Bardstown, Brother’s Bond, Bulleit, Doc Swinson’s Whiskey Collection, Elijah Craig, Four Roses, George Dickel, Green River, Heaven’s Door, Jack Daniel’s, Jefferson’s, Kentucky Peerless, Larceny, Legent, Maker’s 46, Michter’s, Middle West Spirits, Monk’s Road, Old Forester, Rabbit Hole, Resilient Bottled in Bond, Starlight Distillery, Wilderness Trail, and Willett Distillery.

Bourbon & Beyond thanks its non-profit partners: Artists For Trauma, Rock Against Racism, Take Me Home, and To Write Love on Her Arms.

Highland Festival Grounds at Kentucky Exposition Center is located at 937 Phillips Lane in Louisville, Kentucky.

Bourbon & Beyond is produced by Los Angeles-based Danny Wimmer Presents, one of the largest independent producers of destination music festivals in America. 2023 events include Aftershock, Bourbon & Beyond, GoldenSky Country Music Festival, Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival, Louder Than Life, Sonic Temple Art & Music Festival and Welcome To Rockville.

For more information on Bourbon & Beyond please visit:

We believe in quality before quantity. Please drink responsibly.

About Danny Wimmer Presents

Since 1995, music industry veteran Danny Wimmer has been producing concerts and festivals, both large and small. In 2011, he formed Danny Wimmer Presents, which now produces the largest rock and alternative festivals in the U.S. By combining A-list talent with local cuisine and culture, DWP has become recognized within the industry for delivering the highest-quality entertainment experiences to fans, artists, sponsors, partners and host cities. DWP creates memorable and all-encompassing festival experiences, leaving both consumers and partners with lasting and meaningful impressions. The confirmed 2022 festival lineup will include Aftershock, GoldenSky Country Music Festival, Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival, Louder Than Life and Welcome To Rockville. Previous DWP festivals include Rock On The Range, Carolina Rebellion, Chicago Open Air, Northern Invasion and more. Since 2020, DWP has been an innovator in the digital content space with over two dozen international live streams, acclaimed social series Offstage with DWP and the DWPresents Channel on Twitch featuring That Space Zebra Show, which has garnered over 25 million worldwide views since its launch in mid-2021. DWP also produces The Power Hour, a weekly show dedicated to the world of rock, on AXS TV.

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