Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch is proud to present a great weekend of music at Forest Fest 2016

May 17, 2016

Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch is proud to present a great weekend of music at Forest Fest 2016

Jefferson Memorial Forest hosts a Saturday of Bluegrass music on May 21st

Louisville – In the beautiful setting of the Jefferson Memorial Forest, Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) is once again hosting what has become a great spring tradition with Forest Fest 2016 on Saturday, May 21st.

“The Jefferson Memorial Forest is one of our areas’ greatest treasures and there is no better place to sit back and listen to some great music while enjoying a spring afternoon,” says Welch. “When I began helping the forest with this event as a presenting sponsor in 2006, we knew then it would continue to grow in popularity and the bluegrass artists who perform here have come from all over the country to join us in a great community celebration.”

Forest Fest 2016 will feature Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper,

Maiden Radio, Blue River, the 23 String Band, Blue Belles, and Ben Sollee.

Forest Fest Schedule


11:30-12:15         Maiden Radio                                       

12:45-1:15           Blue River                                                          

2:00-3:15             the 23 String Band                                    

3:30-4:15             Blue Belles                                            

4:30-5:30             Ben Sollee          

5:45-7:00             Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper    



12:30pm – 1:15pm Blue Belles

1:30pm – 2:15pm workshop tbd

2:45pm – 3:30pm Blue River

4:00pm – 4:45pm Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper

”With the  support of Vicki Welch, Councilwoman Cindi Fowler (D-14), other Metro Council Members, and Louisville Gas and Electric, we’re proud to put forth the  latest edition for what has quietly become one of Louisville’s best music festivals,” says Bennett Knox, Parks Administrator of the Forest. “We love that  it showcases the Forest as a place where individuals and families from across the community can come have a relaxing but fun time with great music, great  food, and great atmosphere.”

While bluegrass music is the main attraction of Forest Fest, it is also an opportunity to 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 2016 is made possible through the financial support of Councilwomen Welch and Fowler whose districts represent the Jefferson Memorial Forest.

Joining them as co-sponsors this year: Madonna Flood (D-24), Marianne Butler (D-15) Rick Blackwell (D-12), David Yates (D-25), Kelly Downard (R-16), James Peden (R-23), Robin Engel (R-22), Tom Owen (D-8), Bill Hollander (D-9), David Tandy (D-4), Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5), David James (D-6), Glen Stuckel (R-17), Stuart Benson (R-20), and Dan Johnson (D-21).

Also sponsoring the event are LG&E and WFPK Radio Louisville.

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

“So if you love good music and want to get out of the house on a Saturday, come join us” says Welch.

To find out more about Forest Fest 2016, contact the Jefferson Memorial Forest at 368-6856.