By Matt Wickstrom
LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Raconteurs, Brandi Carlile, Tyler Childers and more than 30 other acts ranging from blues rock to Americana and soul will converge on The Grounds of Keeneland on August 10 and 11 for the inaugural Railbird Festival from AC Entertainment.
American rock supergroup The Raconteurs (Jack White, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence, and Patrick Keeler) will headline the event’s first day and will be flanked by Grammy award winners in Brandi Carlile, Old Crow Medicine Show and Mavis Staples. Other artists rounding out the August 10 lineup include Mandolin Orange, Robert Earl Keen, Grace Vanderwaal, Ruston Kelly, Billy Strings, Low Cut Connie, The Dip, Devon Gilfillian, Lillie Mae, Lucie Silvas, Justin Wells, Ian Noe and Joslyn & The Sweet Compression.
Hozier, whose latest album Wasteland, Baby! debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts, will headline the event on August 11, joined by Kentucky’s own Tyler Childers, Grammy winners Gary Clark Jr. and Lucinda Williams, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, I’m With Her, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, Jade Bird, Blackfoot Gypsies, The Wooks, Susto, Futurebirds, Fruit Bats, Yola, Johnny Conqueroo, Kelsey Waldon and Ona.
The festivals 34 acts will perform across three stages – Limestone Stage, Elkhorn Stage and The Burl Stage – during the two day event. Listen to a Spotify playlist of the festival performers below.
In addition to world-class musical acts across three stages, Railbird will offer a wide variety of premium experiences, from horse racing, to the culinary world, and beyond. Renowned chefs including James Beard nominee Ouita Michael (Holly Hill Inn & more), Top Chef season 16 runner up Sara Bradley (freight house), Master Chef alumnus Dan Wu (Atomic Ramen), Cole Arimes (Coles 735 Main), Toa Green (Crank and Boom) and others come together to create up-close-and- personal culinary experiences during the festival weekend. Details on these intimate engagements will be available soon.
All festival-goers will enjoy wagering, lounging and a taste of horse culture at the Lucky Day Plaza. Fans can get in on the action and wager on off-track betting, with coast-to-coast simulcast from Del Mar to Saratoga on the festival grounds. Keeneland’s own BETologists will be on-site with tips for winning big. All of this will be available inside a comfortable, air-conditioned lounge.
Railbird just wouldn’t be a Kentucky festival without Bourbon. The Rickhouse will be home to a highly-curated Bourbon experience, with hand-selected barrels from Kentucky’s finest distilleries and immersive whiskey experiences. Bourbon Barrel selections will be chosen in collaboration with Academy Award Nominee and Lexington-based filmmaker, AJ Hochhalter, well-known for producing the 2018 documentary NEAT: The Story of Bourbon.
To celebrate its inaugural lineup announcement, Railbird Festival will host a lineup celebration party at West Sixth Brewing on Wednesday, March 27 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Attendees will have the chance to win free tickets, and will enjoy a performance by members of The Wooks, drink specials, Railbird and West Sixth swag, opportunities to mingle with music-lovers and other surprises, all while listening to tunes from the lineup. West Sixth will be brewing up a special Railbird beer to serve exclusively at the festival in August.
General Admission (GA), VIP and Superfecta weekend passes will be available to the public beginning at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 28. For more information on the festival, ticket packages and more visit RailbirdFest.com.
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