See you at The Gate, Friday & Saturday, October 13 & 14, 2017!

The festival begins in 29 days, 4 hours and 37 minutes.

The second weekend in October in historic Old Louisville, the largest Victorian preservation neighborhood in the U.S.


An annual two-day arts and music event featuring local and national performers, a celebration of both the blues and the arts, this festival attracts a multiracial, intergenerational audience. In addition to continuous live entertainment from two stages the festival has an array of food and drink vendors and over 50 crafts booths.



The second weekend of October, Friday, October 13, 6:30 - 11:15 pm, and Saturday, October 14, 2 - 11:15 pm. Please support our parking lot on 4th St., and our food and drink vendors within the festival area, it helps to pay for this free event. We are pet friendly, but only crowd-friendly pets, please. NO coolers, cans, or bottles.



One mile south of downtown Louisville, on Oak Street and Garvin Place, which are closed to traffic for two days. Limited paid off-street parking and free on-street parking is available. We’re on several TARC bus routes. The festival’s crafts area is set among a block of 1880-90s Victorian homes on a quiet tree-lined cul-de-sac.



This free blues music festival is presented by Four Roses Bourbon and The Garvin Gate Neighborhood and is sponsored by Louisville Metro Councilman David James, Genscape & FMS Commercial Cleaning. Proceeds benefit the Garvin Gate and Old Louisville neighborhoods and A Recipe to End Hunger.


Frank Bang and The Cook County Kings

Friday, Oct. 13, 10:00

Frank Bang and The Cook County Kings

Frank Bang and the band, from Chicago, are one of those “great time” blues bands that the Garvin Gate crowd will never forget.

Saturday, Oct. 14, 8:30

Tweed Funk

From Milwaukee, WI, lead vocalist Joseph ‘Smokey’ Holman has survived a battle with cancer and comes to The Gate to wow us with his sweet & smooth vocals.

Tony O with Zora Young

Saturday, Oct. 14, 10:00

Tony O with Zora Young

The Tony O band comes to us from New York to backup Zora, from Chicago, on vocals. Zora is related to Howlin’ Wolf and got her start in gospel in her Baptist church.

Andrew Alli & The Mainline

Friday, Oct. 13, 8:15

Andrew Alli & The Mainline

From Richmond, Virginia, Andrew on harmonica is part of a four piece band that has a sound rooted in Chicago-style blues with west coast swing and jump influences.

Tullie Brae

Friday, Oct. 13, 6:30

Tullie Brae

Tullie brings her praiseworthy vocal distinction and stage charisma from Mississippi back to The Gate after her first appearance here in 2011. She’s a multi-instrumentalist who started singing in church where her daddy was a preacher.

Ray Fuller & The Bluesrockers

Saturday, Oct. 14, 7:00

Ray Fuller & The Bluesrockers

After Ray’s 2013 appearance at The Gate many will remember what Guitar Player Magazine said, “Sounds like Elmore James and Hound Dog Taylor tempered with the rowdiness of George Thorogood.”

Screamin’ John Hawkins & TD Lind

Saturday, Oct. 14, 5:45

Screamin’ John & TD Lind

Legendary band Edenstreet’s Screamin’ John and TD Lind reunited with former members of the Predators and Hellfish.

Leroy Ellington

Saturday, 4:30

Leroy Ellington Band

Cincinnati’s Leroy Ellington on lead vocals & tenor saxophone has established himself as one of the region’s most soulful vocalists and a master showman.

Carly Johnson

Saturday, 3:15

Carly Johnson

Carly’s vocals will be backed by ten of Louisville’s most talented musicians including Craig Wagner, Mike Hyman, Jeremy Johnson, & Kendall Carter.

Saturday, 2:00

The Saints

One of the Louisville area’s favorite goodtime rhythm & blues bands are finally making their second appearance at The Gate after 25 years.

da Mudcats

Friday, 7:30

Da Mudcats

Louisville’s perennial blues favorite, daMudcats, first got together in 1985, and they continue to evolve today.

Walnut Street Rhythm & Blues Band

Friday, 9:15

Walnut Street Rhythm & Blues Band

The Wells family has kept one of Louisville’s favorite bands going strong since the 1980s.

Nick Stump

Sat., 4:00 & 5:15

Nick Stump Band

Metropolitan Blues All Stars founding member Nick Stump has put together a brand new quartet for us.

Sat., 6:30, 8:00 & 9:30


From south central Kentucky, Otis has been influenced by Kentucky roots music, primarily blues, and have cooked up their own special musical burgoo.

Many of the top names in blues music have performed at Garvin Gate since the festival began in 1988.

Garvin Gate is one of the most prestigious blues festivals between Chicago and Mississippi.

We send a huge thank you to all of our sponsors.

Title Sponsors

Councilman David James - Sixth District

Premier Sponsors

Signature Sponsors

GGBF Sponsors

Daniel C. Mason Agency

GGBF Contributing Sponsors

Bob Bajandas

Tom Isbel

GGBF Media Partners

Blues on 100.9 FM, WCHQ
The Kentuckiana Blues Radio Show on Friday nights from 8 to 9 pm.
Nightly blues hour every night, 7 days a week from 1 to 2 am.

GGBF Beverage Partners

GGBF Association Partners

Please find a moment to thank our sponsors.

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or consider a one time donation to the festival using PayPal.

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Garvin Gate Blues Festival News

Easy Access from I-65

The festival is on Oak St. at Garvin Pl., between 4th and 6th Streets. which is one mile south on downtown Louisville.

From I-65 South take the St. Catherine St. exit 135, which is the first exit south of downtown. Follow St. Catherine St. west to 4th St. and turn left, go one block to Oak St.

From I-65 North take the St. Catherine St. exit 135, which is 1/2 mile past the Jackson & Woodbine exits. Follow St. Catherine St. west to 4th St. and turn left, go one block to Oak St.

From downtown take 1st, 3rd, 4th or 6th Sts. to Oak St.

We have a $5 lot on 4th between Oak and St Catherine Sts.. You can also park for free on any of the surrounding streets.

To return to I-65 North, take Oak St. to Floyd St. and turn left. Turn left on St. Catherine St. The entry ramp is on the immediate right.

To return to I-65 South, take Oak St. to Floyd St. The entry ramp is just past the light on the immediate right.

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Festival Promotional Merchandise

Download the 2017 poster  here.

Check out the 2017 T-shirt artwork here.

The retro design garments will be available at the Garvin Gate Neighborhood Assoc. tent on Garvin Place.

Blues In The Schools (2016)

Louisville Blues will be presented by music historian Michael Jones, and performers Tyrone Cotton, and Screamin’ John Hawkins in four Jefferson County Public Schools elementary schools. It will be a look back at performers and blues music that have Louisville roots or influences.
Wednesday, September 28 at 2:05pm: Wheatley Elementary
Thursday, September 29 at 9:30am: Roosevelt-Perry Elementary
Wednesday, October 5 at 9:30am: Bloom Elementary
Thursday, October 6 at 2:50pm: Hite Elementary

Blues For Youth on Saturday, October 8, at the Garvin Gate Blues Festival, will be a multi-media program will introduce fifth grade students to the music that has played a monumental part in the development of rock and roll, pop, rap, hip hop and other genres of music.
Saturday, October 8, The Garvin Gate Blues Festival
11:00-11:30    AMPED Band (Academy of Music Production Education and Development)
11:40-12:10    Mom's Music Band
12:15-12:45    Garvin Gate Kids Blues Harmonica Band
11:15-12:15    Guitar Emporium, Moms Music, & The Louisville Leopards provide opportunities for kids to try their hand at playing various instruments.
12:45-1:30    The Louisville Leopard Percussionists
2:00    Garvin Gate Blues Festival begins

Presented by Facilities Management System, Down In The Alley Records, and the Garvin Gate Blues Festival

We are pleased to announce we have chosen “Family & Children’s Place” as another official charity for 2017. They will receive a portion of the proceeds from this year's festival, which come from you when you support our food and drink vendors.

Family & Children’s Place is located at the end of Garvin Place at Zane St in the Limerick neighborhood.

They protect and heal children, families, and communities from violence, abuse, and neglect. They are the leading agency in Louisville and S. Indiana working to prevent and stop the trauma of abuse, violence, and neglect, and to help child victims and their families recover and heal.


We are pleased to announce we have chosen “A Recipe to End Hunger” as our official charity for 2016. They will receive a portion of the proceeds from this year's festival, which come from you when you support our food and drink vendors.

1 in 5 children in our community have no idea where their next meal is coming from, or when their next chance to eat will come.

Dawn Gee of WAVE TV has created the program called “A Recipe to End Hunger” that has an answer to this problem. We can end childhood hunger in this community.

When you support “A Recipe to End Hunger” 100% of the funds collected go to support the 'weekend backpack' programs already in place in Kentucky and southern Indiana. The logistics for the weekend backpack program has been in place for years, but the money needed to buy the food to fill the backpacks is lacking. Donated food is not used for this program, so weekend food must be purchased.

Due to the deficit of resources not every child in need has been able to participate. In other words, there are children in our community suffering.

Help us end childhood suffering one meal at a time. You can help today by making a donation at any Republic Bank, you can also buy their cookbook online.

To: Residents and Business Owners
From: The Garvin Gate Neighborhood Association
Date: August 5, 2016
Subject: Street Closures for Garvin Gate Blues Festival, October 7 and 8, 2016

This is to notify impacted businesses and residents that the Garvin Gate Neighborhood Association is presenting the Garvin Gate Blues Festival the second weekend in October on Friday and Saturday, October 7 and 8, 2016. The festival will impact parking and driving on several streets during the event.

1100 and 200 blocks of Garvin Place will be closed to parking and travel on Friday and Saturday, October 7 and 8, 2016 as follows:

• 1200 block Garvin Place from Friday, 9:30 AM until approximately 12:00 midnight Saturday from the gate at Garvin and Oak south on Garvin to the second alley before Ormsby.

• 1100 block Garvin Place from 9:30 AM Friday until approximately 12:00 midnight Saturday from the corner of Garvin and Oak north to the first alley on Garvin towards St. Catherine St.

400 and 500 blocks W. Oak Street both east and west will be closed to parking and travel on Friday, October 7, and all day Saturday, October 8, 2016 as follows:

• 10:00 AM Friday, October 7, the entire night, and all day Saturday, until approximately 2:00 AM on Sunday morning, October 9, from 4th and Oak to 6th and Oak Streets.

We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause you. The festival is an opportunity to showcase Old Louisville and serve as a fundraising event to help improve our neighborhood.

Thanks for your understanding and support.

- Howard Rosenberg
Blues Festival Chair
The Garvin Gate Neighborhood Association

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