Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch invites everyone to enjoy a great music weekend with the 11th Annual Forest Fest 2015

May 11, 2015

Louisville – The sound of Bluegrass Music will fill the air in the picturesque setting of the Jefferson Memorial Forest on Saturday, May 16th and Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) is inviting everyone to come out to one of the most popular music events in the region: Forest Fest 2015.

          “There is no better place than the Jefferson Memorial Forest to just kick back enjoy a nice spring afternoon while listening to some great music,” says Welch. “I have been a presenting sponsor of this event since 2006 and each year we hear great performing artists and those who have come out have the chance to experience the beauty of a very special place in Louisville Metro.”

          Headlining this year’s Forest Fest 2015 is the Rumpke Mountain Boys of Cincinnati. This quartet combine signature vocals, a unique command of string instruments and dynamic special effects into a singular musical experience. An emotion filled musical stream of consciousness with no set list, minimal structure, and intuitive improvisational flow.

          Also on the lineup for this year: The Misty Mountain String Band, Maiden Radio, Storefront Congregation, Louisville’s own Americana group Nellie Pearl and a new collaboration of award-winning bluegrass musicians called the Helen Highwater String Band.


Forest Fest Band Schedule

11:00 a.m.       Nellie Pearl

12:15 p.m.       Storefront Congregation

1:20 p.m.         Misty Mountain String Band

2:40 p.m.         Maiden Radio

4:00 p.m.         Helen Highwater String Band

5:30 p.m.         Rumpke Mountain Boys


While bluegrass music is the main attraction of the day, take a walk around the forest and see some fine arts and crafts, food and other refreshments presented by vendors.

The Jefferson Memorial Forest staff will also have nature presentations and information about educational programs and a children’s area.  If you like, you can even check out the trails and all the beauty the forest has to offer.


Forest Fest Schedule of Activities

10:30 a.m.       Booths open to the public

                        Food areas open

                        Forest Nature booth opens for children

11:00 a.m.       Music begins

Noon               Children’s activities begin (until 5:00 p.m.)

7:00 p.m.         Forest Fest concludes



          Forest Fest 2015 is made possible through the financial support of presenting sponsor, Councilwoman Welch in whose district Jefferson Memorial Forest is located. Joining her as co-sponsors this year: Cindi Fowler (D-14), Rick Blackwell (D-12), David Yates (D-25), Marianne Butler (D-15), Madonna Flood (D-24), Stuart Benson (R-20), Robin Engel (R-22), James Peden (R-23), and Kelly Downard (R-16).

Also sponsoring the event are: LG&E, Forcht Bank, and WFPK Radio Louisville.

          The concert is free, but parking is $10 per car.  You can bring a blanket or a folding chair as well as picnic food, but no alcoholic beverages are allowed.

          “This is such a great community event for those who love music, nature and fun,” says Welch. “I hope everyone will come out and join us this Saturday.”

          To find out more about this Forest Fest 2015, contact the Jefferson Memorial Forest at 368-6856.