NOT TO BE MISSED! Fast approaching on August 10th and 11th, Railbird Festival will be arriving at the grounds at Keeneland. Presented by AC Entertainment, the same production comp
any that treats us to Bonnaroo, Forecastle, High Water, and Moon River, this brand new festival will be bringing some of the best musical acts currently touring to the Lexington home of Thoroughbred horse racing. Named after the “horse racing enthusiast known for sticking close to the action, hanging on the rail as each contender comes barreling down the track”, Railbird hopes to marry three Kentucky traditions in one event; Railbird will showcase music, bourbon, and equine culture as equally important parts of the event.


Equine Culture

Tying into the venue, and a major theme of the event, festival goers 18 years of age and older will have access to betting machines and horse racing experts willing to teach the unindoctrinated the basics of Thoroughbred horse racing. Visit the Lucky Day Plaza for coast to coast simulcasting and an air-conditioned bar and lounge perfect for viewing the racing. Come early and for a small ticket add-on, tour the Keeneland grounds and view the morning workouts. For a slightly higher fee, take an offsite excursion into horse country and visit a horse farm facility to see where champions are bred and trained.


Bourbon will be the featured drink of choice at this festival. Details about tastings are limited on the festival website, but if it follows the paradigm of AC Entertainment’s other festivals, there will be no shortage of opportunities to try and learn about bourbon at Railbird. There are also Sip and Savor events planned throughout the festival as part of the scheduled lineup. Featuring some of Lexington’s and the region’s top chefs showing off their culinary skills, and, one would presume, pairing them with some of the best bourbons available.


The festival planners obviously wanted to make an impact at their inaugural event. This lineup is both impressive in the quality of the music and the intention of curating a custom schedule intent on paying homage to the venue of Keeneland, the city of Lexington, and the State of Kentucky. Often festival lineups are a grab bag of whoever is touring the circuit. This schedule is a cohesive group of musicians, with a strong Americana, Country, Bluegrass, Folk bent with musical excursions into blues and soul for good measure. Not one act seems out of place here and it is obvious that a lot of thought went into it.

Featured musical performances include The Raconteurs, Hozier, Brandi Carlile, Tyler Childers, Gary Clark, Jr., Old Crow Medicine Show, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, and Mandolin Orange. You should also be excited to see Lucinda Williams, Mavis Staples, Jade Bird, Robert Earl Keen, Futurebirds, and Grace Vanderwaal. Hell, you should be excited for this entire damn lineup. It’s one of the best I’ve seen this festival season.

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