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Louisville concerts, shows and events June 2019

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Top 5 Louisville events June 6-12

Operation Bravo Zulu 75th D-Day Anniversary. Memorial Auditorium, 970 S. Fourth St., 6-9 p.m. Thursday. The program includes exhibits, the Ladies for Liberty singing troupe and the Don Krekel Orchestra. Special guest, WWII Medal of Honor Recipient Herschel "Woody" Williams. Emcees: Heather French Henry and Rachel Platt. Host: Honor Flight Bluegrass. $10.

Bourbon By the Bridge. Under the 2nd Street Bridge between Washington and Witherspoon Streets, 5-8 p.m. Saturday. Premier tasting event featuring 18 distilleries and heavy hors d’oeuvres and desserts by Ladyfingers. Distilleries: Barton 1792, Bluegrass Distillers, Boone County Distilling, Buffalo Trace, Castle & Key, Corsair Distillery, Dueling Grounds Distillery, Four Roses, Heaven Hill, Jefferson's, Jim Beam, Limestone Branch, Michter's, New Riff Distillery, Rivulet, Town Branch Bourbon/Lexington Brewing & Distilling; Wild Turkey and Woodford Reserve. Proceeds to benefit CASA of the River Region. Admission is $75 per person and includes entry into the event, unlimited tastings, food, and commemorative Old Fashion glass; $25 designated driver ticket.

39th Annual Zoofari!: One Wild Night. Louisville Zoo, 1100 Trevilian Way, Saturday. Dinner guest, 6-11 p.m.; mix and mingle, 8-11 p.m. The night features hors d’oeuvres, a gourmet sit-down dinner, themed cocktails, animal encounters, photo opportunities, live auction and musical entertainment. Also explore the sights and sounds of the animals. For ages 21 and older. Tickets start at $90.;

Greek Festival. Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 930 Ormsby Lane, 4-11 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday. Greek food, dance and music; vendors with jewelry, art and more, children's activities, church tours and Baklava workshops. Admission and parking are free. Additional parking at the Elks Lodge and Lyndon Baptist Church. 502- 425-7775;

4th Annual Louisville Tango Festival. Seelbach Hilton, 500 S. 4th St., Friday-Sunday. Features 30 classes, special workshops, lectures, six milongas, Great Gatsby party, Jack & Jill contest and more. For a complete schedule:

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Celebrating the Greatest of All Time: Ali Week. Community-wide celebration of the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali. Thursday-Sunday, and will mark the second anniversary of Muhammad’s passing. Includes arts and cultural groups, performances and events, films, entertainment and other activities throughout the city that connect with and reinforce Muhammad Ali’s great legacy as a global citizen, athlete, and humanitarian. For a list of activities:

Republic Bank First Friday Hop. 5-11 p.m. Friday. The hop covers the two downtown ZeroBus routes, on Main and Market streets between Campbell and Tenth streets, and also along the Fourth Street corridor between the Galt House and Breckenridge St. (bus run until 7 p.m.). All rides are free.

National Gun Day. South Wing A, Kentucky Exposition Center, 937 Phillips Lane, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $12, $2 for ages 11 and younger. Parking $10. 502-367-5000.

Step Forward for Mental Health Walk. Harbor Lawn, Waterfront Park, Saturday. Registration 8:30 a.m.; walk, 10 a.m. Walk fundraiser with vendors, live music, activities and information to raise awareness of mental health. Hosted by National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Louisville. Registration fee: $30.

Chili Supper and Auction. Crescent Hill United Methodist Church, 201 S. Peterson Ave., 4:30-8 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds to benefit scholarships for blind youth, community outreach, training, advocacy and service projects. $5.

The Derby City Tea Rose Foundation’s 32nd Annual Derby City Men Who Cook. The Henry Clay, 604 S. Third St., 6 p.m. Saturday. The tasting event features 40 professional and amateur cooks. Participants will taste entrees and vote for their favorite. Benjamin Crump, National Civil Rights Attorney, will emcee. Guests are encouraged to wear all white attire. Proceeds to benefit the foundation’s scholarship fund. Admission is $60. For more information, Marsha Thornton, 502-797-4672 or

Free Sailing Clinic. Cox Park, along River Road, 1-4 p.m. Saturday for ages 10-17 and adults. Youth: During the first hour, attendees will gather around a small sailboat and instructors will explain the parts of a sailboat; how wind moves a sailboat; a few nautical knots; and some nautical terminology. Following the land-side instruction, the youth will go sailing aboard larger sailboats with a skipper and crew. Adults: During the first two hours, attendees will be introduced to sailing in a land-based presentation; the instruction will be followed with free sailboat rides on the Ohio River aboard large sailboats. Presented by River Cities Community Sailing Program. Free. Information, 502-899-1311. 

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Kentucky Opera Open House. Brown Theatre, 315 W. Broadway, 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Visit the Kentucky Opera’s MainStage venue and discover the magic of Kentucky Opera. Activities include backstage tours, conducting with the maestro, performances and sing-a-longs, costumes, face painting, interactive musical story time for children and you can purchase tickets for the upcoming season. Admission is free. 


Greek Festival. Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 930 Ormsby Lane, 4-11 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday. Greek food, dance and music; vendors with jewelry, art and more, children's activities, church tours and Baklava workshops. Admission and parking are free. Additional parking at the Elks Lodge and Lyndon Baptist Church. 502-425-7775;

13th Annual Arts on the Parish Green. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1015 E. Main St., New Albany, Indiana., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. More than 90 juried artists, live music, Floyd County Family YMCA's Art Place, festival food court and a beer/wine garden. Music by Indian Creek, Homeplace, Jamey Aebersold Jazz Quartet, Sentimental Journeys, Youngs Town Parade, Third Street Garage Band, The Griffins, Summer Breeze Duo and more.


The Men Who Built The City of Progress: Louisville During the Gilded Age Tour. Cave Hill Cemetery, 701 Baxter Ave., Saturday. Walking tour, 9 a.m. ($15); wagon tour, 6 p.m. ($35). 502-451-5630.


Louisville Bats vs Pawtucket Red Sox. Louisville Slugger Field, 401 E. Main St., 7 p.m. Tuesday; noon Wednesday. $10-$25. 855-228-8497. 

Churchill Downs. 700 Central Ave., 5 p.m. Thursday, June 6; 12:45 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Twilight Thursday and features $1 beer, music by Soul Circus, food trucks including Red Top Gourmet Hot Dogs, FlavaVille, El Mambo, Bourbon Bent BBQ, Germany #1 and Steel City Pops; and lawn games including snookball, giant jenga and corn hole. Admission starts at $5. 502-636-4400. 


Open Bar Night Variations on a Theme: Win Place or Show. Westport Whiskey & Wine, 1115 Herr Lane, 6:30 p.m. Thursday. A tasting through some world class whiskeys. Special pricing on bourbon flights and up to 20% of select whiskey. 

Father’s Day Scotch Whiskey Tasting. Westport Whiskey & Wine, 1115 Herr Lane, 7 p.m. Tuesday. A tasting of single malt scotch whiskey from two of Scotland’s most regarded distilleries, Ardbeg on the island of Islay and the Highlands classic, Glenmorangie. Reservations are requested. $15. 502-708-1313

JFW Atlas Portfolio Wine Tasting with Trad Ireland. Westport Whiskey & Wine, 1115 Herr Lane, 7 p.m. Wednesday. Trad will present wines from four estates recently acquired by the Jackson Family: Siduri, Copain, Brewer-Clifton and Diatom. Taste one Rose, a Chardonnay and four Pinot Noirs. Reservations are requested. $15. 502-708-1313

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Nureyev. Speed Art Museum, 2035 S. Third St., 6 p.m. Friday; 3 and 6 p.m. Saturday; 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday. This documentary traces the life of Rudolf Nureyev, the male ballet dancer, who transcended fame in the dance world to become a pop culture icon. $9, $7 for seniors and children.


DMX 20th Anniversary Tour: It’s Dark and Hell is Hot. The Bourbon Hall, 116 W. Jefferson St., 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets start at $40.

Queen City Silver Stars, Pennies & Roses. Foxhollow Farm, 8905 Highway 329, Crestwood, Kentucky., 6-9 p.m. Friday. Part of the Foxhollow Farm Sunset Concert Series. Bring blankets and chairs, food will be available for purchase. Advance tickets, $12, free for ages 3-12; at the gate, $16, $5 for ages 3-12.

Cody Johnson, Carlton Anderson. Fourth Street Live!, 400 S. Fourth St., 8 p.m. Friday. Part of Hot Country Nights Concert Series. Tickets start at $15.

The Clark Band. Sonny Brewster Bandstand, Warder Park, 109 E. Court Ave., Jeffersonville, Indiana., 7 p.m. Friday. Part of the Concerts in the Park Series. Presented by Jeffersonville Main Street and the Jeffersonville Parks Department. Free. 

Frank Iero and the Future Violents. Mercury Ballroom, 611 S. 4th St., 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets start at $22.; 800-745-3000. 

Live From Here with Chris Thile. Iroquois Amphitheater, 1080 Amphitheater Road, 6 p.m. Saturday. With Bruce Hornsby, Sara Watkins and Lucius. Tickets start at $50.

Lil Durk. The Bourbon Hall, 116. W. Jefferson St., 10 p.m. Saturday. Tickets start at $35.

The Decades. Norton Commons Amphitheater, 10712 Meeting St., Prospect, Kentucky., 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds to benefit Hand in Hand Ministries. Free, suggested donations $10. 

Indiana University Southeast Orchestra & Concert Band. Stem Concert Hall, Ogles Cultural & Community Center, 4201 Grant Line Road, New Albany, Indiana., 7:30 p.m. Saturday. “From Hollywood to Broadway.” $5. 812-941-2525.

David Gray: Gold In A Brass Age Tour. Louisville Palace, 625 S. Fourth St., 8 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $20. 800-745-3000.

The Checkmates. Wetherby Park, 11803 Old Shelbyville Road, 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Part of the Middletown Concert in the Park Series. Food and drinks provided. Pets and alcohol not allowed. Admission is free.

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“Hamilton.” Whitney Hall, Kentucky Center, 501 W. Main St., 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 7 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. PNC Broadway in Louisville presents the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War. Through June 23. Tickets start at $60. 502-584-7777. 

“Note.” Martin Experimental Theater, Kentucky Center, 501 W. Main St., 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Looking for Lilith show takes a look at mental illness and the challenges that individuals, their friends and families encounter. Through June 9. Tickets start at $21. 502-584-7777. 

“The Savannah Sipping Society.” Derby Dinner Playhouse, 525 Marriott Drive, Clarksville, Ind., 7:45 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and Tuesday; 1:30 and 7:45 p.m. Sunday; 1 and 7:45 p.m. Wednesday. Derby Dinner Playhouse presents this comedy about four Southern women, all needing to escape their day-to-day routines and are drawn together by fate and an impromptu happy hour. Through June 30. $39-$49. 812-288-8281. 

“Snow White & The Prince.” Derby Dinner Playhouse, 525 Marriott Drive, Clarksville, Indiana., Saturday. Breakfast, 9 a.m., show, 10 a.m.; lunch, noon, show 1:15 p.m. Join Snow White on an adventure with her prince and the seven dwarves in this re-telling of the classic fairy tale. Presented by Derby Dinner Children’s Musical Theatre. Through June 29. Breakfast $17; lunch $22. 812-288-8281. 

“The Wrath of Ra: Murder in Cairo.” Bristol Bar & Grille Downtown, 614 W. Main St., 7 p.m. Saturday. Presented by WhoDunnit Murder Mystery Theater. Through June 29. $49.98. 502-538-4100;

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