Waterfront Wednesdays in Louisville are one of the highlights of the summer! Taking place the last Wednesday of each month, April through September, Waterfront Wednesday is a free concert series that is hosted by Waterfront Development Corporation in conjunction with our awesome listener supported radio station, WFPK 91.9. This is the 12th year that this fantastic event has existed, and it has certainly grown in popularity over the years…A LOT!
At Waterfront Wednesday you can mingle with your friends and enjoy the weather as you experience great music with fantastic views of the Louisville skyline and the Ohio River. There are food vendors, water stations, beer trucks (there are craft beers available as well as the standard), and full bars. I was inspired to write this blog post because I attended last Wednesday and saw The Staves, The Lone Bellow, and Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. Now, we didn’t actually make it in time for The Staves, but I heard they were solid. We walked in right as The Lone Bellow was beginning. I was hooked from the first chord. This is yet another amazing example of how Waterfront Wednesday added a new, awesome, previously unheard band to my ipod. I can count 6 or 7 artists that are now in my regular rotation that wouldn’t be there if it weren’t for WFPK’s Waterfront Wednesday. Did I mention that this is a free concert series? It’s truly a delight!
The Lone Bellow above, in case you missed last Wednesday
In years past, Waterfront Wednesdays took place on the Harbour Lawn of Waterfront Park in downtown Louisville, however they moved a few years ago to the Big Four Lawn just below the Big Four pedestrian bridge due to flooding. I think they were about to outgrow the old venue anyway, so it was good timing. Waterfront Park in downtown Louisville is a pretty magical place. Since the completion of the initial phase in 1999, there have been numerous upgrades and expansions made to Waterfront Park to increase public use and make downtown Louisville a much more attractive place. In February of this year, the most recent phase was opened to the public: the transformation of the old “Big Four” railroad bridge into a pedestrian bridge that connects Louisville to Jeffersonville, IN. Now that the bridge is open you are able to view the Waterfront Wednesday concert series from an elevated position.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of enjoying free live music on the river, you should go. Waterfront Park events will keep you in the know on dates and bands. I will see you there June 26th!