Bourbon & Beyond Festival announces 2023 lineup

Described as the perfect blend of bourbon, food & music, the Louisville-based festival is back with headliners including Bruno Mars, The Killers and Brandi Carlile

Danny Wimmer Presents has announced the Bourbon & Beyond 2023 lineup, following on from its record-breaking attendance of more than 140,000 in 2022.

The festival celebrates the perfect blend of bourbon, food and music; showcasing all that makes Louisville, Kentucky such a beloved festival destination.

“Bourbon & Beyond is our love letter to the city of Louisville and the great state of Kentucky,” says Danny Wimmer, founder of Danny Wimmer Presents. “We can’t wait to showcase why Louisville has become our home away from home, so having the opportunity to curate an unbelievable festival experience rooted in amazing musical performances combined with our passion for bourbon and culinary arts is our dream come true.”  

For the first time ever on the Bourbon & Beyond stages, the festival welcomes headliners Bruno Mars, The Killers and The Black Keys, along with the return of Brandi Carlile after her unforgettable performance last year.

“We were totally blown away by Brandi Carlile’s performance at Bourbon & Beyond last year. She is the voice of a generation and her set had such an impact on the crowd, we immediately knew we had to bring her back as a headliner,” comments Wimmer. “Having her return as a headliner, along with Bruno Mars, The Killers, The Black Keys as well as 2022 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Duran Duran, wow…we can’t wait to share the great community and spirit of bourbon country with the world.”

Over 65 musical acts in total will perform over the four-day festival. In addition to the amazing musical acts, Bourbon & Beyond festival-goers will be treated to one-of-a-kind festival experiences throughout the weekend. The four-day event will feature daily workshops and demonstrations at the Team Kentucky Bourbon Stage Presented by Kentucky Proud and the Kentucky Venues Culinary Stage Presented by GE Appliances, pairing world-renowned master distillers and celebrity chefs with guest artist appearances and a who’s who of Kentucky personalities.

The programming is hosted by chefs Amanda Freitag, Chris Santos, and Ed Lee, along with the lead bourbon buyer in the United States, Chris Blandford, plus Blind Bourbon Live: Fred Minnick. The complete bourbon and culinary lineup will be announced this summer. 

Bourbon lovers will be able to stop by Chris Picks MiniBar for select single barrels curated especially for the festival; the Hunter’s Club for rare and vintage sips; the Kentucky Distillers’ Association Craft Bourbon Bar for hand-picked craft distillery tastes; the George Dickel Flight School for daily step-by-step tastings where fans can learn about the art of bourbon; and the Jim Beam Tiki Barrel Bar for the perfect oasis to make the festival vacation complete. In addition to select bourbon experiences, fans can rejoice in other cocktail offerings including the Highland Grounds Wine Garden and Blackened Presents, The Whiskey Bar. 

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