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    Just Creations | Fair Trade Oriental Rug Event
    Just Creations presents the 12th Annual Fair Trade Oriental Rug Event, which will feature 300+ hand-knotted rugs from Pakistan: tribal, Bokhara and Persian! Just Creations has rugs in both classic and contemporary styles, with sizes from 2’x3’ to 10’x14’ and runners.
    When: April 7, 10 – 6 p.m. / April 8, 10 – 8 p.m. / April 9, 10 – 6 p.m.
    Where: Just Creations, 2722 Frankfort Ave. 40206
    Cost: Free, merchandise varies


    8UP | Derby Prep Party
    Join Louisville Magazine,, and presenting sponsor Woodford Reserve for the inaugural Derby Prep Party to celebrate the release of Louisville Magazine's Derby issue. This is basically a pregame for the upcoming Derby party season: dress to impress and enter the fray with bourbon in hand and posse in tow.
    When: April 7, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
    Where: 8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen, 350 W. Chestnut St. 40202
    Website: Facebook
    Cost: Free, food & drink varies


    Decca | Beats & Eats | Thai New Year
    Come celebrate Songkran, the Thai New Year at Beats & Eats: a late-night stop for Thai-inspired bites (all under $8) from Chef Annie and the Decca team. DJ Ryan Rugger will be spinning hip-hop in the Cellar Lounge.
    When: April 7, 10 – 1 a.m.
    Where: Decca, 812 E Market St. 40202
    Website: Facebook Event
    Cost: Free, food & drink varies


    Louisville Palace | Rae Sremmurd / Jack Harlow / Rosario & Lougz Gee
    Rae Sremmurd is an American hip-hop duo, composed of two brothers, best known for their platinum singles "No Flex Zone" and "No Type.”
    When: April 7, 8 – 11 p.m.
    Where: Louisville Palace, 625 South 4th St. 40202
    Website: Tickets
    Cost: $30


    Headliners | Old 97’s / American Aquarium
    The new album “Most Messed Up” finds the Old 97′s at their raucous, boozy best, all swagger and heart.  American Aquariums will also be bringing some “rootsy rock & roll.”
    When: April 7, 7 p.m.
    Where: Headliners, 1386 Lexington Rd. 40206
    Cost: $17 in advance, $20 at door


    New Vintage | Kristo / Projector / Sick Velvet
    Kristo is the performing name of Chris Baricevic, who adopted a new moniker to share an album that showcases his own interpretation of American music: a kaleidoscope of folk, country, and rock & roll.
    When: April 7, 8 – 11 p.m.
    Where: The New Vintage, 2126 S. Preston St. 4217
    Cost: $7




    Nulu | Gear Off Market
    Louisville’s Flea Off Market presents the inaugural Gear Off Market, an event devoted exclusively to buying, selling, and trading music gear and audio visual equipment. Record vendors and local labels will be present selling a wide array of musical releases. There will be a great lineup of DJs, food trucks, and a bar full of local craft beers and cocktails.
    When: April 8, 4 – 10 p.m.
    Where: The Flea Off Market, 1007 W. Jefferson St. 40202
    Website: Facebook Event
    Cost: Free!


    Louisville Visual Art | Art Squared | Artist Preview, Sale and Party
    Join LVA for the 4th Annual art [squared] anonymous 8" x 8" artist reception and preview at their new location in Portland! Meet the artists, enjoy beverages and food, and embrace the opportunity to buy artwork prior to the general public prior to the general public sale – which takes place Saturday, April 9 from 10 -1 p.m.
    When: April 8, 7 - 9 p.m.
    Where: Louisville Visual Art, 1538 Lytle St. 40203
    Website: Facebook Event
    Cost: $20


    Copper & Kings | Alley Cat Gin Release
    Be the first to try Copper & Kings' apple brandy-based gin, aged 22 months in a Kentucky bourbon barrel. There will be a seminar and demonstration on the history of gin usage in cocktails by master bartender Chris Wilkins, an Alley Cat Gin tasting, and distiller Brandon O’Daniel & label artist Douglas Miller will be on hand to sign bottles.
    When: April 8, 7 - 9:30 p.m.
    Where: Copper & Kings, 1121 E. Washington St. 40206
    Website: Facebook Event
    Cost: $10 for tour and tasting


    Kaiju | Quiet Hollers / Wolkoff / Jesse R. Berlin
    Louisville's Quiet Hollers (indie rock) welcome Brooklyn pals Wolkoff (electro pop) and Jesse R. Berlin for an eclectic, intimate evening.
    When: April 8, 8 – 11 p.m.
    Where: Kaiju, 1004 E Oak St. 40204
    Cost: $8 in advance, $10 at door


    Louisville Palace | REO Speedwagon
    Following another successful year of touring, which included their first ever co-headlining tour with Chicago, REO Speedwagon has lined up another round of shows.
    When: April 8, 8 p.m.
    Where: Louisville Palace, 625 S Fourth St. 40202
    Cost: Varies


    Mercury Ballroom | The Front Bottoms
    The Front Bottoms are an indie rock duo from New Jersey whose music is a wildly eclectic blend of pop, rock and punk influences, accompanied by witty lyrics that offer a rapid-fire, slightly surreal perspective on the world around them.
    When: April 8, 8 - 10 p.m.
    Where: Mercury Ballroom, 611 S Fourth St. 40202
    Cost: $17.50


    The New Vintage | Hello Ocho / Brenda / Brass Bed / Brother
    Hello Ocho is an Atlanta based indie, psych-rock group formed in 2010. Hello Ocho has been attributed in the most lyrical verse to "a sweet sounding clamor that swells in and out of psychedelic breakdowns and shamanistic chants with barely a stumble" -
    When: April 8, 8 p.m.
    Where: The New Vintage, 2126 S. Preston St. 40217
    Website: Tickets
    Cost: $7


    Zanzabar | Bear Medicine / Count This Penny / John Clay
    This year, amidst sold-out hometown and regional shows, Count This Penny is writing new songs that ring out shinier -- and sharper around the edges -- delivering on the promise of their first steps onto the stage.
    When: April 8, 8 p.m.
    Where: Zanzabar, 2100 S. Preston St. 40217
    Website: Tickets
    Cost: $5


    Headliners | The Kills / Kim & The Created
    The Kills are an indie rock band formed by American singer Alison Mosshart ("VV") and British guitarist Jamie Hince ("Hotel"). Their first four albums, Keep On Your Mean Side, No Wow, Midnight Boom, and Blood Pressures, have garnered critical praise. Ash & Ice, their fifth and most recent studio album is set to be released In June.
    When: April 8, 7 p.m.
    Where: Headliners, 1386 Lexington Rd. 40206
    Website: Tickets
    Cost: $25 in advance, $28 at door


    KFC Yum! Center | Garth Brooks World Tour
    The Electrifying Return of America’s Most Powerful Concert Force and Number One Selling Solo Artist in U.S. History! Garth Brooks Makes His First Appearance in Louisville in 18 Years!
    When: April 8, 6 - 10 p.m. / April 9, 6 – 10 p.m.
    Where: KFC Yum! Center, 1 Arena Plaza 40202
    Website: Tickets
    Cost: Vaires




    Wildwood Country Club | Animal Care Society Benefit Bash
    Put your paws together for a great cause! This bash benefits Louisville's first no-kill shelter, Animal Care Society! This event will feature musical entertainment by The Monarchs, great food, drinks, fun, live & silent auctions, and more.
    When: April 9, 6 – 11 p.m.
    Where: Wildwood Country Club, 5000 Bardstown Rd. 40291
    Website: Facebook Event
    Cost: $85


    Through the Decades | 2016 Pokémon Kentucky State Championships
    At this open, family-friendly event, competitors will vie for the coveted title of Pokémon State Champion All players of all ages and skill levels in good standing are encouraged to participate in the premier event that guarantees competitors the opportunity to play in multiple rounds, no matter their win-loss record.
    When: April 9, 9 a.m.
    Where: Through the Decades, 9002 Taylorsville Rd. 40299
    Cost: $15 for participants, free for attendees


    Copper & Kings | Cured & Crafted Artisan Market
    Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. will host Cured & Crafted, an outdoor artisan market with live music from Doctor Girlfriend, featuring local and regional purveyors of country ham, cheese, chocolate and more!
    When: April 9, 10 – 4 p.m.
    Where: Copper & Kings, 1121 E. Washington St. 40206
    Cost: Free, food & drink varies


    Frazier Museum | 100th Day of the Year Family Day
    It’s the 100th day of 2016! Take a look at what life was like exactly 100 years ago. From the Frazier, to the city, to the country and the world! The whole family will have a great time looking into the past with objects, stories, crafts and games.
    When: April 9, 11 – 3 p.m.
    Where: The Frazier Museum , 829 W Main Street , Louisville, KY 40202
    Cost: Free for members, or with paid museum admission.


    Baxter’s 942 | Five Below Band
    The Five Below Band is a regionally known band that performs in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana. Their style of music leans toward Southern Rock, Classic Rock and The Blues.
    When: April 9, 8 - 11 p.m.
    Where: Baxter’s 942, 942 Baxter Ave. 40204
    Website: Facebook Event
    Cost: Free!


    Mercury Ballroom | Tech N9ne
    While he debuted in the underground realm of horrorcore and seemed destined to be a future footnote, rapper Tech N9ne grew to be an indie rap superstar.
    When: April 9, 8 – 11:15 p.m.
    Where: Mercury Ballroom, 611 S Fourth St. 40202     
    Website: Tickets
    Cost: $28


    Haymarket Whiskey Bar | Torche / Wild Throne / Sweet Cobra / Stagecoach Inferno
    Torche is a band consisting of four dudes playing the loudest and heaviest hard rock on the planet. Formed in 2004 after the dissolution of cult, sludge / stoner metal pioneers Floor, the group introduced the world to a refreshingly unique version of rock n' roll and has spent the last 10 years shattering ears and captivating crowds across the planet.
    When: April 9, 8 – 11 p.m.
    Where: Haymarket Whiskey Bar, 331 E Main St. 40202
    Website: Tickets
    Cost: $12


    Headliners | SeepeopleS / Kaleidico / Phourist & the Photons
    SeepeopleS hadn't been together very long when they landed a gig opening forCracker at a New York City venue known as the Acme Underground, and after two years of East Coast gigs, SeepeopleS provided their first album, For the Good of the Nation, in 2002.
    When: April 9, 9 – 11 p.m.
    Where: Headliners, 1386 Lexington Rd. 40206
    Website: Tickets
    Cost: $10


    The Speed Art Museum | Oscar-Nominated Foreign Films
    Speed Cinema will be presenting two celebrated foreign films: “Mustang” and “Theeb.”
    When: April 9, 3 p.m.
    Where: The Speed Art Museum, 2035 S Third St. 40208
    Cost: $7 for members, $9 for non-members


    Brown Theatre | Balanchine
    Celebrating the work of an American ballet master. Continuing a commitment to include his work each season, this entire program is dedicated to the incomparable artistry of George Balanchine. You won’t want to miss this stunning performance!
    When: April 9, 2 - 10 p.m.
    Where: Brown Theatre, 315 W Broadway 40202
    Cost: $35


    Fresh Start Growers Supply | Flea Off Market
    Home to over 200 artists, craftspeople, collectors, start-ups, and local businesses of all kinds, The Flea is one of Louisville's favorite places to shop local. Flea patrons can expect to find used books, records, fine arts and crafts, antiques, jewelry, vintage clothing, bath and body products, candles, furniture and homewares, used tools, terrariums, fresh-cut flowers, organic produce and meat, bicycles, tarot readings ... there's kinda everything under the sun.
    When: April 9, 11 a.m.
    Where: Fresh Start Growers Supply, 1007 E Jefferson St. 40206
    Cost: Free!




    Kentucky Center | Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science
    Alton Brown has a knack for mixing together a perfect base of science, music and food into two hours of pure entertainment. The audience at this show can expect comedy, talk show antics, multimedia presentations, music, puppets, and bigger (potentially more dangerous) experiments onstage.
    When: April 10, 7 - 9 p.m.
    Where: Whitney Hall, 501 W. Main St. 40202
    Cost: $30+


    Locust Grove | Anthony Philip Heinrich & The Dawning of Music in Kentucky
    The Locust Grove Chamber Musicians present an afternoon of early Kentucky and Appalachian music: from Heinrich, Mozart and traditional Scots-Irish composers.
    When: April 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Where: Historic Locust Grove, 561 Blankenbaker Ln. 40207
    Cost: $20


    Bomhard Theater | Mozart's "The Magic Flute"
    For its annual production, UofL’s Opera Theatre presents one of the most beloved, family-friendly classics of all time: Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.” With witches and wizards, a dragon, a magical battle and an epic love story, the opera is essentially a fairy tale.
    When: April 10, 2 p.m.
    Where: Kentucky Center, 501 West Main St. 40202
    Cost: $23


    Calvary Episcopal Church | Musical for a Royal Occasion
    Presented by the Louisville Master Chorale.  The four Coronation Anthems were composed by Handel in 1727 for the coronation of King George II. The anthems feature robust orchestration and are often used in royal weddings, coronations, and film.
    When: April 10, 2:15 - 5 p.m.
    Where: Calvary Episcopal Church, 821 S Fourth St. 40203
    Cost: $20


    Marketplace Restaurant | Fleur-de-Lis on Fourth
    Back in action!  Go for an evening of art and hors d’oeuvres at the unique and trendy Marketplace Restaurant at Theatre Square.
    When: April 10, 5 - 8 p.m.
    Where: Marketplace Restaurant, 651 S Fourth St. 40202
    Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at door


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