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Hometown Rising’s impressive inagural debut

Lindsay Ell performs Saturday on the Oak Stage. Photo: Wade Harris
Lindsay Ell performs Saturday on the Oak Stage. Photo: Wade Harris
Lindsay Ell performs Saturday on the Oak Stage. Photo: Wade Harris
Lindsay Ell performs Saturday on the Oak Stage. Photo: Wade Harris
Lindsay Ell performs Saturday on the Oak Stage. Photo: Wade Harris
Jimmie Allen performs Saturday on the Barrel Stage. Photo: Wade Harris
Jimmie Allen performs Saturday on the Barrel Stage. Photo: Wade Harris
J.D. Shelburne performs on the Boots & Bourbon Stage. Photo: Wade Harris
J.D. Shelburne performs at Hometown Rising in Louisville. Photo: Wade Harris
J.D. Shelburne performs at Hometown Rising in Louisville. Photo: Wade Harris
J.D. Shelburne performs at Hometown Rising in Louisville. Photo: Wade Harris
J.D. Shelburne performs at Hometown Rising in Louisville. Photo: Wade Harris
Big turnout for Kentucky's own, J.D. Shelburne. Photo: Wade Harris
LoCash perform Sunday on the Oak Stage. Photo: Wade Harris
Bret Michaels takes the Barrel Stage on Sunday. Photo: Wade Harris
Bret Michaels takes the Barrel Stage on Sunday. Photo: Wade Harris
Bret Michaels takes the Barrel Stage on Sunday. Photo: Wade Harris
Jake Owen takes the Oak Stage on Sunday. Photo: Wade Harris
Jake Owen takes the Oak Stage on Sunday. Photo: Wade Harris
Jake Owen takes the Oak Stage on Sunday. Photo: Wade Harris
Jake Owen takes the Oak Stage on Sunday. Photo: Wade Harris
Jake Owen takes the Oak Stage on Sunday. Photo: Wade Harris
Jake Owen takes the Oak Stage on Sunday. Photo: Wade Harris
Photo: Wade Harris
Photo: Wade Harris
Crowd waiting for Luke Bryan. Photo: Wade Harris
Luke Bryan closes out the festival on Sunday night. Photo: Wade Harris
Luke Bryan closes out the festival on Sunday night. Photo: Wade Harris
Luke Bryan closes out the festival on Sunday night. Photo: Wade Harris
Luke Bryan closes out the festival on Sunday night. Photo: Wade Harris

Sold out country music festival kicks off the Louisville “Trifesta”

Hometown Rising, the first-ever Country Music & Bourbon Festival, welcomed a sold-out crowd of 70,000 that experienced over 30 acts, including performances by Tim McGraw, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Little Big Town, Dwight Yoakam, Trace Adkins and many more. In addition to performances on two side-by-side main stages at the Highland Festival Grounds at Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, fans enjoyed nonstop entertainment coupled with one-of-a-kind food and beverage options including bourbon selections from nearly two dozen distilleries, a variety of culinary dishes inspired by Kentucky flavors and a range of onsite experiences.

“Hometown Rising was our first-ever country music festival and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have delivered two days of great music and incredible bourbon—two of Louisville’s cornerstones. We’re fans first and this was all about bringing a unique, tailored experience to the country music community. Thank you to the fans, artists and our partners for making our dream a reality,” shared DWP Founder Danny Wimmer. 

Hometown Rising kicked off Danny Wimmer Presents’ Louisville Trifesta series, which continues with Bourbon & Beyond September 20-22 and Louder Than Life September 27-29. Tickets are still available at www.bourbonandbeyond.com and www.louderthanlifefestival.com.

As part of Danny Wimmer Presents innovative partnership and Kroger’s commitment to Zero Hunger | Zero Waste, 25 cents from every Hometown Rising ticket was donated directly to Dare to Care Food Bank (www.daretocare.org).

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