Let the good times roll! They most certainly will in Louisville this September, as the Bourbon & Beyond Festival returns at the Highland Festival Grounds at the KY Expo Center. It's an eclectic lineup that will be headlined by Foo Fighters, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters and the Zac Brown Band.

This year's festival spans three days and nights --- Sept. 20-22 -- giving festival goers not only a great music weekend, but as the festival title suggests, plenty of high end culinary events and bourbon from some of the region's top distilleries.

Foo Fighters will headline the opening night (Sept. 20) on a bill that also features John Fogerty, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, the Flaming Lips, Live, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real and plenty more.

Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters close out the middle night (Sept. 21), with support from Daryl Hall & John Oates, the Trey Anastasio Band, Alison Krauss, Grace Potter, Squeeze, Jenny Lewis and more.

Country-rock superstars Zac Brown will finish out the festival on Sunday (Sept. 22), but not before sets from ZZ Top, Leon Bridges, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Margo Price, Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul, Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians, White Reaper and more. See the full lineups at the bottom of this post.

As the festival’s centerpiece, the Kroger Big Bourbon Bar presented by Louisville Courier-Journal, will feature more than two dozen hand-selected bourbons from top distilleries, and a unique opportunity to enjoy bourbons and exclusive one-time specialty cocktails from 1792, Angel’s Envy, Barrell Bourbon, Coopers’ Craft, Elijah Craig, Four Roses, Jefferson’s, Jeptha Creed Four Grain Bourbon, Kentucky Peerless, Michter’s, Rebel Yell, Old Forester, Stonehammer, Wild Turkey.

As part of this innovative partnership and Kroger’s commitment to Zero Hunger | Zero Waste, 25 cents will be donated directly to Dare to Care Food Bank (www.daretocare.org) from every ticket sold. Dare to Care Food Bank works to ensure that no one in our community lacks enough food to live an active, healthy lifestyle, and Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste initiative is their bold plan to end hunger in our communities and eliminate waste in their company by 2025.

New for 2019, The Beyond Bourbon Bar will be the largest non-bourbon bar at Bourbon & Beyond, offering a selection of fine whiskies. Patrons are invited to select their cocktail, choose their whiskey, and enjoy these flavors from outside Kentucky. Participating brands include: 291 Colorado Whiskey, Balcones Distilling, Catoctin Creek, Uncle Nearest and more to be announced.

Fred Minnick’s Mini Bar presented by Bourbon Women Association--hosted by the Bourbon & Beyond bourbon curator--will showcase craft selections from Louisville’s world-renowned distilleries. Acclaimed Louisville whiskey bar The Silver Dollar will operate The Hunter’s Club, where attendees can find vintage bourbons dating as far back as the 1930s, as well as contemporary collectibles.

The list of participating bourbon brands at Bourbon & Beyond includes 1792, Angel’s Envy, Barrell Bourbon, Blade and Bow, Boone County Distilling, Bulleit, Coopers’ Craft, Elijah Craig, Evan Williams, Four Roses, Jefferson’s, Jeptha Creed Four Grain Bourbon, Jim Beam, Kentucky Peerless, Knob Creek, Larceny, Maker’s Mark, Michter’s, Old Forester, Rebel Yell, Stonehammer, Wild Turkey, Willett, and Woodford Reserve.

Whiskey and other spirits partners include 291 Colorado Whiskey, Balcones Distilling, Catoctin Creek, Cooper and Thief, High West Distillery, Jack Daniel’s, Robert Mondavi Private Select, Smooth Ambler, Southern Comfort, Uncle Nearest, Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Z. Alexander Brown Wine.

Bourbon & Beyond exclusive VIP packages, general admission tickets, camping and hotel packages are all currently on sale at the Bourbon & Beyond website. You can also find additional details on the culinary options, merch and more via the festival website.

Danny Wimmer Presents

2019 Rock + Metal Festival Guide