This Friday, May 21, Heine Brother’s Coffee, Carmichael’s Bookstore, and Kentuckians for the Commonwealth will be hosting the second annual Louisville Loves Mountains Festival. The event will be taking place rain or shine at Longest Avenue and Bardstown Road from 4:00 until 10:00 p.m.
Longest Avenue will be shut down and a stage will be set up in the street for performances. I was at last year’s event and it was really well attended. And since Friday is also bike to work day, you might want to consider showing up on two wheels.
Here’s some info from the press release:
The music lineup includes Daniel Martin Moore, the Potluck Ramblers, Nora Ben & Eli,Appalatin, the River City Drum Corps, Thomas A Minor and the Picket Line, and Maiden Radio.
The featured artist will be Affrilachian Poet Makalani Bendele.
The festival celebrates the unique natural beauty and ecological importance of Kentucky’s Appalachian mountains. The headwaters of three major rivers that feed into the Ohio River are in eastern Kentucky, and its forests are among the most diverse hardwood forest in North America.
The region also is the source of coal that is burned locally to generate electricity, creating a major source of Louisville air pollution. Some of that coal is mined using mountaintop removal, a highly destructive form of mining that Kentuckians For The Commonwealth is working to end.Proceeds from the festival will support these efforts.
Louisville Loves Mountains is free and there will be all manner of food, beer, activities and music.