One of the chicest boutique hotels in the world is in downtown Louisville. 21c Museum Hotel is a unique mixture of lodging and cutting-edge art that has hosted big celebrities such as TV chef Anthony Bourdain, director Richard Linklater and Louisville-born actress Jennifer Lawrence. 21c stretches way beyond comfortable rooms for travelers to offer plenty for contemporary art, film and music lovers, too. In the heart of downtown Louisville’s Museum Row, this 90-room hotel is also an award-winning museum open 24/7 and hosting a series of dynamic group and solo exhibitions featuring emerging artists alongside acclaimed international artists. Think you won’t be able to find it ? See the red penguins. You’re there.
UofL and the Louisville Arts Scene
Broadway musicals. World premieres of plays. The orchestra. The opera. Get hooked into Louisville’s arts scene, one of the region’s most vibrant. Whether you want to check out the city’s nationally recognized Humana Festival of New American Plays, which to date has premiered more than 400 plays, or catch one of UofL’s award-winning African-American Theatre plays, you can find a welcome break from the classroom offerings of Shakespeare. (But if you enamored of Shakespeare, check out the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival each summer in Central Park close to the Belknap Campus in Old Louisville.) Check out these prime sites- and don’t forget the private venues spread out across town.
- The Kentucky Center for the Arts
- UofL’s Margaret Comstock Hall
- Thrust Theater and the Playhouse
- Actor’s Theatre of Louisville
- Louisville Ballet
- Louisville Orchestra
- Performances at the Louisville Palace and Brown Theater
Louisville is no Nashville. It’s better, because of our local music scene’s diversity. We do all types of music here, from the well-respected Louisville Orchestra to the new jazz introduced each year during UofL’s Jazz Week to a famous local rock n’ roll scene.
Consider the Forecastle Festival – once a small annual concert for local bands, Forecastle has grown into one of the best music festivals in the Midwest. Recently headlines include the Flaming Lips, Smashing Pumpkins, the Black Crowes, Girl Talk, and GZA from the Wu-Tang Clan.
Historic Churchill Down is housing this year’s inaugural Hullabalou Music Festival, mixing old-school rock acts with some newer flavors as well. Abbey Road on the River is the nation’s largest celebration of the timeless work of the Beatles.
And don’t forget UofL’s own New Music Festival where student artists hold their own with the international stars in bringing us some exciting sounds. The public radio station 91.9 WFPK hosts the free Waterfront Wednesdays put on during the summer (did we say free?) and smaller indoor Friday Live Lunch concerts throughout the year. Big-name national acts are constantly playing Louisville’s multiple venues, including the picturesque Palace Theatre. the quintessential rock club Headliner’s Music Hall and the hipster hangout Zanzabar. Up-and-coming indie and punk bands play the all-ages venue Skull Alley and mellower acts take the stage at the 930 Listening Room in Germantown. The new KFC Yum! Center won’t just service the Cards’ basketball team- My Morning Jacket, The Eagles and Justin Bieber will perform there, too. And don’t overlook the world-famous bands that call Louisville home, including My Morning Jacket, Nappy Roots and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy. To top it all off, Louisville has a nationally recognized local scene of great musicians awaiting their big break, and many of them are UofL alums.