New2Lou http://new2lou.com Get to know your city Tue, 20 Jun 2017 20:22:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 32485866 Burlesque + Brandy + Baseball http://new2lou.com/burlesque-brandy-baseball/ Tue, 20 Jun 2017 20:22:32 +0000 http://new2lou.com/?p=15850 Continue Reading]]> What’s on the radar this week? Burlesque + Brandy + Baseball! We’ve handpicked the best events just for you who are New2Lou. Looking for more great events around town? Check out our online event calendar and give us a follow on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. Never again will you find yourself out of the social loop.

Wednesday (6/21) Rooftop Summer Solstice Yoga – This year the Summer Solstice and International Day of Yoga both fall on June 21st! Celebrate both tonight on the beautiful rooftop of the Frazier History Museum. Choose from one of two time options available: 6:00-7:30 PM or 8:00-9:30 PM. BYOM (bring your won mat)! Tickets are $25.

Wednesday (6/21) Miike SnowMiike Snow, indie-electro pop trio famous for songs like Animal and Genghis Khan, are playing at Mercury Ballroom TONIGHT and lucky you, tickets are still available! Want to go? Of course you do! Tickets start at $25. Enter to win a pair at new2lou.do502.com. Doors open at 7:30 PM, show starts at 8:30 PM.

Thursday (6/22) Eli Young Band – Early notice, but we don’t want you to miss out on this awesome show! The Eli Young Band, American country music band from Texas, is coming to the Mercury Ballroom this Thursday. Never been to the Mercury Ballroom? We’re here to help! We’ve got a pair of tickets just for you! Enter to win here —> new2lou.do502.com. Good Luck!

Friday (6/23) Bicentennial Park Summer Concert Series – Why not mix it up a bit this Friday and take a trip across the river? Enjoy a FREE outdoor concert at Bicentennial Park in downtown New Albany (Spring Street & Pearl Street) from 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Featured artists this week are Stop Light Observations and Silver Spoons. FREE and open to the public.

Friday (6/23) The Sweet Spot, Burlesque/Make it Rain Edition – The Sweet Spot is a high energy, heart-pounding, fist pumping, laugh-out-loud pop erotica event and will be at Headliners Music Hall this Friday! Enjoy performance poets, live body art, burlesque dance, musicians, comedians and more. General Admission tickets are $20, VIP are $40. Show starts at 9:00 PM.

Saturday (6/24) The Return of Kentiki – Only the folks at Copper & Kings could come up with something this quirky and we’re totally down with it and you should be too. Surf rock band, tiki drinks, Hawaiian meat pies, Hula performances and more! Hula skirts, Hawaiian shirts, flip-flops, etc encouraged. Party starts at 8 PM. $10 admission. Enter to win a pair of tickets at new2lou.do502.com.

Sunday (6/25) Louisville Bats – Take me out to the ball game and root, root, root for the home team, the Louisville Bats! The bats game is a perfect way to wrap up your epic weekend with hot dog and beer in hand. Grab a friend and watch the bats square off against their rivals, the Indianapolis Indians, at Louisville Slugger Field! Game starts at 6:05 pm and tickets start at $12. Batter up…

On the Radar

Tuesday (6/27) The Moth StorySlam – What’s the Moth? The Moth is a non-profit organization that features people telling true stories from their lives with no notes, power point or cheat sheets.The StorySLAM is The Moth’s wildcard series, welcoming any and all folks to share their five-minute stories onstage at Headliners Music Hall. Why not share your mad storytelling skills? We dare you. This month’s theme is CHEATING. Tickets are $10.

Tuesday (6/27) Fit Tuesdays at KFC Yum! Center – Sun’s out, guns out. Time to get yourself into summer shape. The KFC Yum! Center, YMCA and iHeart Media are offering FREE fitness classes every Tuesday evening on the plaza, so no excuses. Classes start at at 5:45 PM, are 45-40 minutes,  and taught by a certified YMCA fitness instructor. BYO mat and water. See you there!

Thursday (6/29) Cocktails & Conservation – Join Forecastle Foundation for the launch of their brand new concert series, Cocktails & Conservation, with Teddy Abrams next Thursday at LolaTickets: GA $35, VIP $60 – includes Four Roses Bourbon Tasting and cheese/charcuterie boards. Proceeds benefit the Forecastle Foundation and the Louisville Orchestra. Doors open at 6:00 PM, music starts at 7:00 PM.

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Brew + Back Porch + BFFs http://new2lou.com/brew-back-porch-bffs/ Wed, 14 Jun 2017 16:17:13 +0000 http://new2lou.com/?p=15800 Continue Reading]]> It’s time to get social! Join us tonight at HopCat in the Highlands from 5:30-8:30 pm and meet some new folks. Event is FREE w/ RSVP even if you are “Old2Lou” (wink).

What else is on the radar this week besides our awesome social tonight? Brew, Back Porch and BFFs! We’ve handpicked the best events just for you who are New2Lou. Looking for more great events around town? Check out our online event calendar and give us a follow on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. Never again will you find yourself out of the social loop.

Wednesday (6/14) New2Lou June Social at HopCat – Ready to meet some new folks and try a new place? Of course you are! Join us tonight for our June social at the new brewery HopCat in the Highlands. They’ll be serving up great beers and we’ll be serving up cool new folks. Party starts at 5:30 PM. Event is FREE w/ RSVP, but space is limited so get on it.

Thursday (6/15) Rye Back Porch Sessions – Mark your calendar for RYE on Market’s Back Porch Sessions summer music this Thursday night! Grab a friend, a drink, and enjoy live music on RYE’s back porch in NuLu.This month’s featured artists are Joann + the Dakota and DJ Trevor Bowles. FREE to attend. Music starts at 7:00 pm.

Friday (6/16) Future Islands – Last chance to enter to win tickets to Future Islands, an American synthpop band based in Baltimore, this Friday at Mercury Ballroom! Want to go to the show? Of course you do and we’ve got a pair of tickets just for you. Enter to win at new2lou.do502.com. Show starts at 7 pm. Tickets start at $25. Good luck!

Friday (6/16) U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017U2 is killing it on their Joshua Tree Tour right now and lucky us they’re bringing this fantastic tour to Louisville this Friday night! We’re heard from around the country how amazing this show and we definitely don’t want you to miss it. Tickets are still available and start at $35. The show is at Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium and kicks off at 7:00 PM. See you there!

Friday (6/16) – Saturday (6/17) Kentucky Pride Festival – Join the largest Pride Festival in the commonwealth this weekend! The festival kicks off with a parade down Main Street from 7:00 to 9:00 PM followed by food, drinks and entertainment on the Belvedere Friday night and all day Saturday. General admission: $5 per day, VIP passes also available. More info at kypride.com/festival.

Saturday (6/17) Louisville City FC – GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLL! Grab a friend and head on down to Louisville Slugger Field to cheer on our hometown soccer team, Louisville City FC, against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Game starts at 7:30 PM. Tickets start at $15.  Enter to win a pair at new2lou.do502.com. We’ll see you there! #prosoccerprocity

Sunday (6/18) Father’s Day – Heads up folks. Father’s day this Sunday so you have a couple more days to make plans. Why not celebrate and shower your father Kentucky-style with love, horses and bourbon! Celebrate at the track, get your art on at the Speed Art Museum or grab a drink at Garage Bar. More great recommendations thanks to Do502: do502.com/p/fathers-day.

On the Radar

Wednesday (6/21) Rooftop Summer Solstice Yoga – This year the Summer Solstice and International Day of Yoga both fall on June 21st! Celebration next Wednesday on the beautiful rooftop of the Frazier History Museum. Choose from one of two time options available: 6:00-7:30 PM or 8:00-9:30 PM. BYOM (bring your won mat)! Tickets are $25.

Thursday (6/22) Eli Young Band – Early notice, but we don’t want you to miss out on this awesome show! The Eli Young Band, American country music band from Texas, is coming to the Mercury Ballroom on Thursday (6/22). Never been to the Mercury Ballroom? We’re here to help! We’ve got a pair of tickets just for you! Enter to win here —> new2lou.do502.com. Good Luck!

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Poetry + Chappelle + Wilco http://new2lou.com/poetry-chappelle-wilco/ Wed, 07 Jun 2017 15:16:40 +0000 http://new2lou.com/?p=15781 Continue Reading]]> What’s on the radar this week? Poetry + Chappelle + Wilco! We’ve handpicked the best events just for you who are New2Lou. Looking for more great events around town? Check out our online event calendar and give us a follow on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. Never again will you find yourself out of the social loop.

Wednesday (6/7) – Saturday (6/10) Southern Fried Poetry Slam – Southern Fried Poetry Slam is the 2nd largest poetry festival in the nation and for the first time ever, it’s coming to Louisville! The festival will be at the Kentucky Center and offers poetry exhibitions, writing workshops, community service projects and open mics. Tickets: All access pass is $45, individual events start at $5 and open mic entry is $10.

Thursday (6/8) Dave ChappelleLouisville Palace announced a BIG, we mean HUGE, pop-up event last week. This one right here. THE Dave Chappelle will be at the Louisville Palace this Thursday! We aren’t going to lie, tickets are little pricey, but it’s Dave fricken Chappelle (he’s kind-of a legend) so you gotta go, right?

Friday (6/9) Foxhollow Farm Sunset Concert Series – Foxhollow Farm continues their Sunset Concert Series this Friday with Frederick the Younger and Alanna Fugate. Savory and sweet treats from local restaurants and food trucks PLUS craft beer and cocktails available for purchase. Show starts at 6 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. BYO blankets and chairs.

Friday (6/9) Butchertown Social & South African Braai – Join Copper & Kings this Friday big ole’ South African braai (BBQ)! Enjoy South African sausage – “boerewors” accompanied by a ”Tjop” (lamb chops) and a “dop” (delicious brandy cocktails), local craft beer, and music by Fela Booty. Party starts at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $50. Enter to win a pair at new2lou.do502.com.

Saturday (6/10) Totally Tubular Tube-A-Thon – Nothing says summer more than a good tube down the river. To celebrate the summer weather, Kentucky for Kentucky is hosting an epic Tube-A-Thon next Saturday. Plan to meet at 1 PM at the Still Waters Campground near Frankfort (approximately 1 hour East of Louisville) and tube down the beautiful Elkhorn River. No tube? No problem. Rent one when you register.

Saturday (6/10) Joan Shelley, with Jake Xerxes Fussell – Local and uber talented musician Joan Shelly is back in town! She and Jake Xerxes Fussell will be at Headliners Music Hall this Saturday. We also heard from a little birdie Maiden Radio may make a special appearance too. Tickets start at $15 and $1 per ticket will go to Kentucky Waterways Alliance. Enter to win a pair of tickets at new2lou.do502.com.

Sunday (6/11) WilcoWilco, alt country/indie rock band based in Chicago, is performing at one of our fav outdoor venues, Iroquois Amphitheater, this Sunday night. It really doesn’t get much better than fine music underneath the summer stars with your fine friends and loved ones. So grab a ticket and join the fun. Gates open at 6:30 PM, Show starts at 7:30 PM. Tickets start at $40.

On the Radar

Wednesday (6/14) New2Lou June Social at HopCat – Ready to meet some new folks and try a new place? Of course you are! Mark your calendars for our June social at the new brewery HopCat in the Highlands. They’ll be serving up great beers and we’ll be serving up cool new folks. Party starts at 5:30 PM. Event is FREE w/ RSVP, but space is limited so get on it.

Friday (6/16) Future Islands – Early notice, but we certainly don’t want you to miss this show. Future Islands, an American synthpop band based in Baltimore, are coming to Mercury Ballroom this Monday and we’ve got the hookup! Want to go to the show? Of course you do and we’ve got a pair of tickets just for you. Enter to win at new2lou.do502.com. Show starts at 7 pm. Tickets start at $25. Good luck!

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Beer + Blondes + Bats! http://new2lou.com/beer-blondes-bats/ Wed, 31 May 2017 15:18:23 +0000 http://new2lou.com/?p=15750 Continue Reading]]> What’s on the radar this weekend, besides this beautiful weather?!? Beer, Blondes and Bats! We’ve handpicked the best events just for you who are New2Lou. Looking for more great events around town? Check out our online event calendar and give us a follow on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. Never again will you find yourself out of the social loop.

Wednesday (5/31) WFPK Waterfront Wednesday – FREE summer concerts presented by WFPK and Waterfront Development Corporation on the last Wednesday of every month at the Big Four Bridge at Louisville Waterfront Park. Featured artists this month: The MavericksHollis Brown, and Peter Searcy. Music starts at 6:00 pm. Free and open to the public.

Thursday (6/1) Twilight Thursday – When you live in the land of fast horses, happy hours are a little nontraditional, in a very good way. Churchill Downs is hosting the best happy hour in town this Thursday night! Grab a drink and enjoy live thoroughbred racing from 5:00 – 8:30 PM. Tickets start at $3. THIS is how we do happy hours in Kentucky.

Friday (6/2) Old Crow Medicine Show Performs Blonde on Blonde – Outdoor concert season continues at Iroquois Amphitheater this Friday night with Old Crow Medicine Show, American string band based in Nashville. Doors open at 6:30 PM, show starts at 8:00 PM. Tickets are still available and start at $39.50. Seating is first come, first serve so plan to get there early to snag a good seat.

Saturday (6/3) “I Am Ali” FestivalMuhammad Ali sadly is no longer with us, but his energy and spirit still lives on. The “I Am Ali” festival kicks off on the one-year anniversary of Ali’s passing and will highlight his “Six Core Principles”—Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Respect, Giving, and Spirituality– with six weeks of programming and community events. The Festival runs through July 15th. Full agenda at alicenter.org/i-am-ali-festival.

Saturday (6/3) Global Louisville – What’s Global Louisville? A celebration of diversity and community! Join Americana for this FREE festival this Saturday at the Iroquois Amphitheater from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Enjoy a full day of live music, international food, buy local marketplace, community corner featuring unique attractions, and free family friendly activities.

Saturday (6/3) – Sunday (6/4) Butchertown Art Fair – Butchertown Art Fair is back again and bigger and better than ever! This art fair is one of the longest running art fairs in one of the most historic neighborhoods in the city. Two full days of fun, with over 80 art and craft vendors, kid’s activities, and food trucks. FREE and open to the public.

Sunday (6/4) Louisville Bats – It’s baseball season folks! And lucky us, we are not only home to THE Louisville Slugger (the world-famous bat), but also home to the Louisville Bats (our semi-pro baseball team). Grab a friend and cheer on the home team at Louisville Slugger Field! Game starts at 6:05 pm and tickets start at $10.

On the Radar

Saturday (6/10) Totally Tubular Tube-A-Thon – Nothing says summer more than a good tube down the river. To celebrate the summer weather, Kentucky for Kentucky is hosting an epic Tube-A-Thon next Saturday. Plan to meet at 1 PM at the Still Waters Campground near Frankfort (approximately 1 hour East of Louisville) and tube down the beautiful Elkhorn River. No tube? No problem. You can rent one when you register.

Wednesday (6/14) New2Lou June Social at HopCat – Ready to meet some new folks and try a new place? Of course you are! Mark your calendars for our June social at the new brewery HopCat in the Highlands. They’ll be serving up great beers and we’ll be serving up cool new folks. Be there. Party starts at 5:30 PM. Event is FREE w/ RSVP, but space is limited so get on it.

Friday (6/16) Future Islands – Early notice, but we certainly don’t want you to miss this show. Future Islands, an American synthpop band based in Baltimore, are coming to Mercury Ballroom this Monday and we’ve got the hookup! Want to go to the show? Of course you do and we’ve got a pair of tickets just for you. Enter to win at new2lou.do502.com. Show starts at 7 pm. Tickets start at $25. Good luck!

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Memorial Day Mayhem http://new2lou.com/memorial-day-mayhem-4/ Wed, 24 May 2017 15:03:24 +0000 http://new2lou.com/?p=15717 Continue Reading]]> First and foremost on the radar is a three-day holiday weekend! Who doesn’t like an extra day off to frolic in the sun, right? Don’t even think about leaving town. There are plenty of things to do right here in Louisville this weekend and we’ve handpicked the best events just for you who are New2Lou. Looking for more great events around town? Check out our online event calendar and give us a follow on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. Never again will you find yourself out of the social loop.

Wednesday (5/24) Beer & Jazz with Squeeze-Bot – Beer + Jazz, we’re in! Head to Goodwood Brewing tonight for an evening with local jazz musicians, Squeeze-Bot, great local beer, tasty snacks, and craft cocktails. Music starts at 7:00 PM. FREE and open to the public. Seating first come, first serve so plan to arrive early.

Thursday (5/25) Jermaine Dupri Presents SoSoSummer 17 Tour – Jermaine Dupri is coming to the Lousville Palace and bringing Miss Mulatto and Mani, the winners of Lifetime TVs The Rap Game so you know it will be entertaining. Jermaine Dupri will host and either Bow Wow or Da Brat will Co-host. Tickets start at $24. Show starts at 7 PM.

Friday (5/26) – Monday (5/29) Abbey Road on the River – What is Abbey Road on the River? THE world’s largest Beatles-inspired music festival this weekend right here in Louisville! This can’t miss event takes place on the Big 4 Station Park across the bridge in Jeffersonville, IN. Tickets range from $20 for single-day to $219.95 for a full weekend VIP pass. Enter to win weekend passes at new2lou.do502.com. Good luck!

Friday (5/26) – Sun (5/28) Kentucky Reggae Festival – Kick off Memorial Day Weekend with the flavor of the islands at the Kentucky Reggae Festival at Louisville Water Tower Park. Enjoy live reggae music, ethnic food and a vendor market arts, crafts, jewelry, beads and more. Daily tickets are $17, $25 for a 2-day pass and $30 for a 3-day pass. Kids 10 and under free.

Saturday (5/27) Fleur de Flea Vintage Urban Market – Fleur de Flea Vintage Urban Flea Market is a quirky local market full of antiques, uniques, food vendors, local non-profits, and more. Over 125 vendors from all over the South will peddle their awesome items this weekend at Festival Plaza in Waterfront Park. The market runs from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. FREE and open to the public.

Sunday (5/28) Suicide Girls: Blackheart Burlesque – This unique burlesque act is filled with pop culture references, a high energy indie soundtrack and geeky striptease performances in tribute to Star Wars, Orange Is The New Black, Donnie Darko, Clockwork Orange and more! Don’t miss this entertaining show at Zanzabar this Sunday. Tickets start at $25, show starts at 9 PM.

On the Radar

Monday (5/29) Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike & Paddle – FREE family friendly Healthy Hometown event every Memorial and Labor Day. Thousands of participants flock to Waterfront Park to enjoy a morning full of fun. You can hike, bike or paddle, your choice! Click here for the full agenda of morning activities. Participants are encouraged to be “green” and bring your own water bottle!

Wednesday (5/31) WFPK Waterfront Wednesday – FREE summer concerts presented by WFPK and Waterfront Development Corporation on the last Wednesday of every month at the Big Four Bridge at Louisville Waterfront Park. Featured artists this month: The Mavericks, Hollis Brown, and Peter Searcy. Music starts at 6:00 pm. Free and open to the public.

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Back Porch & Buy Local Fair http://new2lou.com/back_porch_sessions_buy_local_fair/ Tue, 16 May 2017 01:15:07 +0000 http://new2lou.com/?p=15687 Continue Reading]]> What’s on the radar this week? Back Porch Sessions, Buy Local Fair & a bunch more great local events. Below is a short list to get you started and you can find more events around town on our online calendar at new2lou.do502.com. Don’t forget to give us a follow at FacebookTwitter, and Instagram to stay in the loop on not only the best events in town, but cool new community news too. After all it’s what we do, we’re the curators of all things new.

Wednesday (5/17) Beautiful: The Carol King Musical – Don’t miss this fascinating show about one of pop music’s greatest performers and songwriters. The show begins when she composes her first hit song, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” in 1959 and ends with Tapestry, a deeply personal collection of songs that becomes one of the best-selling albums. Tickets start at $35 and the show runs through Sunday (5/21) at the Kentucky Center.

Thursday (5/18) Mayday Parade – Mayday Parade, American pop punk band from Tallahassee, Florida, will be at Mercury Ballroom this Thursday! We’re guessing they’ll perform favorites like Stay and Letting Go, so the romance level will be high. Congrats to our ticket winner! Didn’t win tickets? You can still snag some to this sweet show. Tickets start at $25 and show starts at 7:30 pm.

Thursday (5/18) Rye Back Porch Sessions – Rye on Market is kicking off their first Back Porch Session of the season on you guessed it, the back porch. Grab a friend, a drink, and enjoy live music in NuLu. This month’s featured artists are Brooks Ritter and the Lower Lights and DJ John Browning. FREE and open to the public. Music starts at 7 PM.

Friday (5/19) A Taste of Main Street – Main Street has got it going on, seriously. There are a ton of great restaurants, museums, and events! To celebrate all things main street, the Main Street Association is giving you a “taste” this Friday at Actors Theatre. Food, Drinks, Live Music and more for only $35 per tickets. PLUS you can enter to win pair of tickets to 2018 Humana Festival at the event.

Saturday (5/20) Forest Fest ’17 – Why not spend your Saturday in the forest with friends, food and great music? This full day festival kicks off at 10:30 AM at Jefferson Memorial Forest and wraps up at 7 PM. Musicians include Leyla McCalla Trio — Flatt Lonesome — Mipso — The Wooks — Jon Stickley Trio — The Misty Mountain String Band. Also enjoy local food, local craft vendors, workshops and more! Event is FREE, parking is $10.

Sunday (5/21) Buy Local Fair – Help Keep Louisville Weird and celebrate all things local at the 9th Annual Buy Local Fair at the Louisville Water Tower from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Over 200 local vendors, live entertainment, cooking competition, craft beer and bourbon, and a rockin’ kids zone. Free and open to the public. $5 parking.

On the Radar

Tuesday (5/23) Mumford and Sons – Everyone loves Mumford and Sons right?!? They always put on a fantastic high energy show. Good news folks! They are coming to KFC Yum! Center next Tuesday and not only are tickets still available, but you could win a pair here –> new2lou.do502.comTickets start at $35 and show starts at 7 PM. We’ll see you there.

Friday (5/26) – Sun (5/28) Kentucky Reggae Festival – Kick off Memorial Day Weekend with the flavor of the islands at the Kentucky Reggae Festival at Louisville Water Tower Park. Enjoy live reggae music, ethnic food and a vendor market arts, crafts, jewelry, beads and more. Daily tickets are $17, $25 for a 2-day pass and $30 for a 3-day pass. Kids 10 and under free.

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Cocktails, Concerts, Comedy http://new2lou.com/cocktails_concerts_comedy/ Wed, 10 May 2017 15:10:07 +0000 http://new2lou.com/?p=15662 Continue Reading]]> It’s time to get social! Join us tonight at Corner Bar at the Downtown A-Loft Hotel from 5:30-8:30 pm and meet some new folks. Event is FREE w/ RSVP even if you are “Old2Lou” (wink).

What else is on the radar besides our awesome social? Cocktails + Concerts + Comedy! We’ve handpicked the best events in Louisville just for you who are New2lou. More in our latest e-newsletter. Find more great events around town at new2lou.do502.com and don’t forget to give us a follow at FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Wednesday (5/10) New2Lou 2nd Wed Social – Ready to meet some new folks and try a new place?!? Join us tonight for our May 2nd Wednesday social at he super swanky Corner Bar in the new Downtown A-Loft Hotel. They’ll be serving up great cocktails and food and we’ll be serving up cool new folks. Be there. FREE w/ RSVP.

Thursday (5/11) Twilight Thursday – The Kentucky Derby is over, but that doesn’t mean the excitement has to end. Churchill Downs is keeping the party going this week by kicking off their Thursday night racing this Thursday! Tickets start at $3. Enjoy live thoroughbred racing from 5:00 – 8:30 PM PLUS drink specials and food trucks. THIS is how we do happy hours in Kentucky.

Friday (5/12) Foxhollow Farm Sunset Concert Series – Foxhollow Farm is kicking off their Sunset Concert Series this Friday with Milenio and Freedom Moore. The series runs every second Friday, from May to September. Savory and sweet treats will be available to purchase from local restaurants and food trucks, along with craft beer and cocktails. Show starts at 6 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. BYO blankets and chairs.

Friday (5/12) Shovels & Rope – It’s officially outdoor concert season folks! To celebrate, Iroquois Amphitheater is kicking of the season with Shovels & Rope, American folk duo from Charleston, South Carolina, this Friday night! Doors open at 6:30 pm, show starts at 8:30 pm. Seating is first come, first serve. Tickets are still available and are $27.50 in advance, $30.00 Day of Show.

Friday (5/12) – Saturday (5/13) Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man – This romantic comedy takes the audience on a hilarious and wild ride where no topic is taboo and the insider ‘tips’ come straight from the source: a gay man. Don’t miss this hilarious show at the Kentucky Center this weekend. Tickets start at $30 and show starts at 8:00 pm on both Friday and Saturday night.

Saturday (5/13) Fleatiques – You know we’re the curators of all things new, right?!? Well let us introduce you to Louisville’s newest outdoor market. Food trucks and local vendors will be on the front lawn of Mellwood Arts Center. The series continues on the 2nd weekend of every month through October and a portion of the sales will support a different local non-profit each month, win-win.

Sunday (5/14) Mother’s Day – Mother’s Day is this weekend, so you best start planning. Thankfully Do502 has a round-up of ways to treat her right PLUS noms in Louisville perfect for Mother’s Day. Here’s a few event locations to add the list as well: Churchill Downs, Louisville Zoo, and the Louisville Bats. We’re sure she’ll love all of these as long as it’s with you.

On the Radar

Monday (5/15) The Revolution – Mark your calendars folks! The Revolution, American rock band formed by Prince in 1979, is coming to Mercury Ballroom this Monday and we’ve got the hookup! Want to go to the show? Of course you do and we’ve got a pair of tickets just for you. Enter to win at new2lou.do502.com. Show starts at 8 pm. Tickets start at $20. Good luck!

Thursday (5/18) Mayday Parade – Not one, but 2 amazing concerts next week at Mercury Ballroom. Mayday Parade will be at Mercury Ballroom on Thursday, May 18th. And we can hook you up with tickets, but you can’t win if you don’t enter at new2lou.do502.com. Show starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $25. Winner will be announced next week, so stay tuned and good luck!

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It’s Derby Y’all! http://new2lou.com/derby-yall-3/ Tue, 02 May 2017 20:13:33 +0000 http://new2lou.com/?p=15644 Continue Reading]]> It’s Derby y’all! There is no better place to be than right here, right now. There are so many events going on this week, we had a difficult time narrowing down our top picks. So naturally we added a few extras, because it is Kentucky Derby and you can sleep next week, right? We’ve also posted Kentucky Derby betting tips thanks to the experts at Churchill Downs to help you look and bet like a pro AND Top 10 Kentucky Derby Tips from seasoned experts.

So what’s on the radar this week? You mean besides the greatest two minutes in sports? Tons of reasons to make the rest of world jealous they aren’t right here right now celebrating with you. Looking for more great events around town? Visit our online calendar at new2lou.do502.com and don’t forget to give us a follow on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. Stick close to us and we’ll help you not only survive the Derby madness, but do it in style.

Now – Friday (5/5) Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville Concert Series – The annual Kentucky Derby Festival concert series on the Waterfront keeps this week through this Friday! Admission is free with a Pegasus Pin and you can pick one up at any local Kroger. Headliners this year include GryffinJimmy Eat WorldDrive By Truckers and more! View the full concert lineup at discoverkdf.org/krogers-fest-a-ville.

Wednesday (5/3) Kentucky Derby Festival Beerfest & WineFest – Like beer? Like wine? Thanks to the Kentucky Derby Festival, you can have both! Enjoy samplings of regional and national craft beers at BeerFest and wines at Winefest on the waterfront. A perfect way to kick-off your Derby festivities. BeerFest and WineFest tickets are $45 and include tastings, a souvenir sampling glass and event pin. Congrats to our ticket winners Bridget and Laura!

pegasus-paradeThursday (5/4) Republic Bank Pegasus Parade – Annual Derby Tradition since 1956. The Pegasus Parade marches west on Broadway and this year’s theme is “Louisville on the Move”. The parade starts at 5 pm and showcases some of the nation’s finest marching bands and equestrian units, inflatable characters, and colorful floats. Free and open to the public.

ThurbyThursday (5/4) Thurby – And no we aren’t slurring our words. Thurby is the Thursday before Derby when all the locals hit up the track. Tickets are affordable (starting at $20) and the track is all decked out for Derby, but without the large crowds and long lines. Plus you can practice your betting skills before the big day! Don’t forget to check out our betting tips from the experts Churchill Downs!

Friday (5/5) Kentucky Oaks – Namesake fillies race, boasts a special flower (Lilly), official cocktail (also the Lilly with a collectible glass) and has official charity partners that make the Oaks not only a great experience, but a party with a purpose #girlpower. If you plan on going, be sure to where pink. General admission tickets ($40) are still available.

Saturday (5/6) Kentucky Derby 143 – Did you know that the Kentucky Derby is the oldest continuously contested sporting events in history? Yep, pretty amazing and here’s your chance to experience the magic in person at the world-famous track Churchill DownsGeneral Admission Tickets ($60) are still available. With a GA ticket you can party in the infield or party on the paddock, your choice.

BloodyMarySunday (5/8) Hangover Brunch – So you’ll probably be a little hung over after partying all week/weekend. You have two options: 1) stay at home in bed nursing your hangover or 2) saddle up and hop on down to one of Louisville’s brunch hot spots. Our top picks: Silver DollarToast on MarketHarvestCon HuevosGralehausNorth End Cafe. Bloody Mary anyone?!?

On the Radar

Wednesday (5/10) New2Lou 2nd Wed Social – Mark your calendars folks for our New2Lou May social! It’s almost time to get social with the coolest newbies in town. This month we’ll be partying it up at the super swanky Corner Bar in the brand new A-Loft in downtown louisville. Haven’t been there yet? We’re here to help! Party starts at 5:30 pm. Event  is FREE w/ RSVP. See you next week!

Want to share a special event, sponsor one of our events, or advertise with us? Contact us today!

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Top 10 Derby Tips http://new2lou.com/top-10-derby-tips/ http://new2lou.com/top-10-derby-tips/#comments Sun, 30 Apr 2017 06:12:30 +0000 http://new2lou.com/?p=4306 Continue Reading]]> derbycoverphotoWe’ve tracked down great Derby tips from seasoned attendees and added important updates this year, because we want YOU to have all the tools you need before hitting the track.  Want to know where to go for the after party? Check out our online calendar and get ready to Derby up folks!

1.  Wear comfortable shoes. If you purchase new shoes for the track, make sure to break them in before the big day. Wear them around the house, in your underwear if you like, we won’t judge (WINK). Insoles are a great addition. If you are wearing heels, stuff a pair of flip flops or flats in your purse. We promise, you’ll thank us later.

2. Bring cash. As they say, cash is king and also helps keep you accountable.  Determine your budget for the day and bring only that amount in cash.  Also bring a credit card in case of emergencies, and no that 10th Mint Julep is not an emergency.  Stick to your budget when eating, drinking, and betting.

3.  Eat before you head to the track. The track doesn’t have great options for food, so grab brunch at one of our many fine local establishments ahead of time. Here’s a few of our favs: Silver DollarToast on MarketHarvestCon HuevosGralehaus, Butchertown GroceryNorth End Cafe. If you plan to drink, eat a meal with some sustenance and drink plenty of water.

4. Plan your Driving Route and Parking. There are many different ways to get down to the track and many different parking options. The Kentucky Derby website provides general directions. Below is a map (courtesy of Churchill Downs) of the parking locations around the track. If you park outside of the designated parking areas, be prepared to walk (another reminder to wear comfortable shoes).

5.  Purchase  a program. The programs not only tell you what horses are racing, but also provides helpful betting tips. These are well worth the money.  And don’t forget to throw a pen or pencil in your bag so you can mark down your picks. Want to bet and look like a pro? Be sure to read our Kentucky Derby betting tips before you head to the track.

6. Review the list of banned items before heading to the track. Even if you’ve attended Kentucky Derby in years past, it’s always a good thing to review the latest list before you head out the door. The list of items can change and you certainly don’t want to make the long trek back to the car. We’ve included a link to the full list of permitted and banned items and recent updates below for your convenience:

  • COOLERS (Styrofoam coolers, ice available at infield purchase points)
  • CANS (any size or type), glass bottles or containers
  • POP UP OR PATRON TENTS – no poles or stakes of any kind
  • Laptop computers or camcorders (not sure who would bring these, but whatev)
  • CAMERAS with detachable lenses, or equipped with a lens that is 6” or longer
  • TRIPODS
  • PURSES larger than 12” in any dimension
  • UMBRELLAS
  • FIREWORKS, noisemakers, air horns, laser lights/pointers, mace or pepper sprays
  • SELFIE STICKS
  • DRONES and other remote controlled aircraft

7.  Pack food for the track. Churchill downs allows folks to bring food to the track as long as food items are in clear plastic bags  (max size 18″ x 18″). Have fun with this, treat it like a picnic. Finger foods work best and pimento sandwiches are a local favorite. You can also bring a Derby approved box lunch to the track and we’ve picked a few great options for you: Wiltshire PantryStevens and Stevens, Blue DogThe Cheddar Box, Farm to Fork, Lotsa Pasta, and Crave Cafe.

8. Pick a designated driver or arrange for transportation. We all know this, but there is nothing wrong with a little reminder. Do not drink and drive. There are plenty of options if you or someone in your party does not want to be the DD. Public transportation TARCMiller TransportationShuttles (prices vary by location), Yellow Cab, Green Cab, or ride in style with R & R Limousine, or snatch up one the latest techie transportation additions to our fine city: Uber or Lyft. Be sure to plan ahead for transportation, because 100,000+ people will also be looking for transportation after the races.

9. Plan for changes in weather. When we first moved here, locals told us “don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes” and it’s true. The weather can change at a moments notice so it’s best to be prepared for rain or shine. Bring a rain jacket (or poncho), sunglasses, sunscreen, and large clear plastic bag to protect your hat or fascinator in case it rains. But don’t bring an umbrella (a prohibited item) unless you plan to donate it to Churchill Downs.

10. Visit the infield. Purchase a general admission ticket (or any other ticket for that matter) and you’ll have access to the paddock area, Gate 10 corridor and infield. The tamer, family-friendly section of the infield is on the first turn (to the right as you head out of the tunnel). If you are up for a real adventure, head to the final turn where there is some serious partying going on.

And there you have it folks, our top tips. If you have any tips or recommendations, please share them with us! Happy Derby Y’all!

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Kentucky Derby Betting Tips http://new2lou.com/kentucky-derby-betting-tips/ Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:18:06 +0000 http://new2lou.com/?p=12427 Continue Reading]]> We figured you might need a New2Horseracing refresher before the big race, you know a little thing called the Kentucky Derby. Below are some great tips thanks to the experts at Churchill Downs, the home of the the Kentucky Derby, to help you look and bet like a pro too.

And remember folks, if you don’t use it, you lose it, so you best practice up.  And lucky you, Thurby is this Thursday! Grab a friend, catch some races, and test your betting skills. General admission is only $20 or grab a reserved spot for $30 and up. Either way, you’ll be a winner.

Betting tips

How to Read the Program

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Photo courtesy of Amador DeLaTorre/New2Lou.

  1. Race info – At the top of the page for each race you can get key information about the race including race number, how long the race is and what kind of race it is
  2. Horse name – Each horse’s name can be found in bold
  3. Odds – Each horse’s initial odds can be found directly to the right of its number.  The initial odds tell you which horses the experts think will be favored by bettors.  The odds on a horse will change once the pools open and people start betting, since they are a reflection of how much money has been bet on them.
  4. Past races – below the horses name is a list of their previous racing, starting with the most recent at the top
    Date of the Race – On the very left, you can see that date that the race was run
  5. Location – Next to the date is a two letter code that tells you what track that race was run.  Churchill Downs is denoted by CD.
  6. Type of race – The third column tells you what kind of race it was.  “Stk” is a stakes race, and the level of Stakes race is shows by a G1, G2, G3.  G1 is the most competitive race a horse can run in.
    How they did – The numbers following the race description tell you how that horse did in the race.  The number means what place the horse was in during the race and then how well they finished.
  7. Jockey – To the right of the horses name you can find the name of the jockey who will be riding the horse in this race.  It’s important to know what jockeys do well at what track because that can help you pick a winner.  Jockeys who do well tend to also get better horses to ride.  Popular jockeys at Churchill Downs include Joel Rosario, Corey Lanerie and Rosie Napravnik.  You can check a jockey’s standings for the meet in the beginning of the program and you can see their record for the meet right under their name.
  8. Race record – In the top right corner of every horse’s information you can find their race record for this year, last year, their lifetime, and at Churchill downs.  Next to each line there are four numbers which tell you the # of starts, wins, 2nds, and 3rd place finishes, respectively.

Best Bets

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Photo courtesy of NY Daily News.

  1. Basic bets include Win, Place and Show
    1. A Win bet is betting that the horse will finish in first place
    2. A Place bet is a wager that the horse will finish in either first or second place
    3. A Show bet is a wager that the horse will finish in either first, second, or third place
  2. More intermediate bets include the Exacta, Trifecta, and Boxes and are more difficult to win, but have a much higher payout.  These also typically have a lower minimum bet so it costs less to make these wagers.
    1. An exacta is a wager where you have to select the two horses that will finish the race in first and second place in the correct order
    2. A Trifecta is a wager where you must select the three horses what will finish the race in first, second and third place in exact order
    3. Boxing a wager allows you to make a bet where you do not have to specify the order that the horses will finish in.  For example, an exacta box wager on horses 1, 2, and 3 means that any of those three horses must finish in first and second place in any order.  These bets are more expensive than a normal exacta or trifecta because there are more wagers being made and therefor more chances to win!
  3. How to wager at the window***
    1. Say the name of the track
    2. Say the number of the race
    3. Say the wager amount
    4. Say the wager type
    5. Say the horse’s program number

***For example, Churchill Downs, Race 4, $2 Win on #5***

That’s all for now folks. May the odds be ever in your favor.

Cheers!

The New2Lou Team

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