See you Friday & Saturday, October 13 & 14, 2017!
The 2016 festival photos are here!

The festival begins in 4 months, 21 days, 4 hours and 59 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.


Friday, Oct. 7, 9:30 pm

Karen Lovely

Passionate and driven, a powerhouse vocalist with a blistering mix of contemporary & old school blues. Back by popular demand after their first appearance in 2011.

Saturday, Oct. 8, 8:30 pm

Hector Anchondo Band

Semi-finalists in the 2015 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, thanks to Hector's impeccable slide guitar.

Saturday, Oct. 8, 10 pm

Mr. Sipp, The Mississippi Blues Child

Multi-talented artist has toured the world and is the 2016 Best New Blues Artist Album Award winner.

Friday, Oct. 7, 8 pm

Mark Telesca

Telesca's powerful storytelling vocals are mixed with swampy blues, slide guitar & hard swinging shuffles.

Saturday, Oct. 8, 4:30 pm

Louisville White Lightning Curtis

A regular in our blues scene in the 80s-90s, back with his ‘bourbon smooth’ style of Delta Blues.

Saturday, Oct. 8, 5:45 pm


Louisville's perennial blues favorite, daMudcats, first got together in the fall of 1987.

Saturday, Oct. 8, 7 pm

Southern Avenue

"If Memphis Music Is A Genre, This Is It!" - American Blues Scene Magazine

Friday, 6:30

Sheryl Rouse & the Bluez Brothers

Electrifying blues vocals of soul, with R&B, & a little gospel.

Friday, 7:30 & 9

Robbie Bartlett

An international star from Louisville, can perform blues, R&B, jazz, & rock.

Saturday, 2

Tyrone Cotton Band

A voice and style of blues tossed with folk, infused with jazz & stroked with rock.

Saturday, 2:45 & 4

The Tarnations

A mix of blues, funk & boogie that will have the crowd dancing.

Saturday, 3:15

The King Bees

Down to earth blues featuring harp, guitars, and keys, with a side of southern rock.

Sat. 5:15, 6, & 8

Laurie Jane & the 45s

Vocals of the classic singers of the 1940-50’s, Chicago blues swagger & the energy of early Memphis rock.

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

Ginny Ehrlich, The Gallery at 133

Bob Bajandas

Tom Isbel

GGBF Media Partners

GGBF Beverage Partners

GGBF Association Partners

Please find a moment to thank our sponsors.

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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 official poster 2016 here.

Check out the 2016 T-shirt and sweatshirt artwork here.

A new design will be available at the Garvin Gate Neighborhood Assoc. tent on Garvin Place in 2017.

Blues In The Schools

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 “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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