Live Music Returns to RYE’s Back Porch

Small Time Napoleon. (Courtesy Photos)

By Minda Honey  |  Arts & Entertainment

Summertime means the return of RYE on Market’s free Back Porch Sessions. RYE, a restaurant located on Market Street in NuLu, is all about using seasonal produce from local farms and has been hosting the city on their back porch since June 2012. But this year they’re trying something new. They’ve partnered with Do502 to bring you the best local acts while partnering with some great arts organizations along the way. Do502 recently joined Louisville Public Media. I spoke with original co-founder Jeffrey Smith about organizing this summer’s sessions at RYE and choosing the right arts organizations. He said one of his first jobs in town was with the Louisville Ballet, “So I have had good relationships with the performing arts world for a while.”


Every cent raised will go toward supporting the arts organization of the month. The next session on Thursday, July 20, will benefit Smith’s friends and former colleagues at the Louisville Ballet, and Twenty First Century Fox will take the stage. The band has been described by the LEO’s Scott Recker as “experimental pop-rock.” Can’t make it? No worries. There will be three more sessions after that – August, September and October – and each session takes place on the third Thursday of the month. August features Small Time Napoleon, a swing band that revels in jazz standards. Their performance will bring out the crowds to support Girls Rock Louisville. September’s band is the electronic rock duo Beacons, who’ll be raising funds for the Kentucky Opera. The grand finale show in October will feature one of Louisville’s most popular artists, James Lindsey presenting “VaRYEty” with charitable contributions going to the Louisville Orchestra.

This monthly celebration of local, live music is brought to you by Heaven Hill Brands and sponsored by Evan Williams, Lunazul and Rhinegeist, so you can expect lots of fun swag like shot glasses and sunglasses too. There will be $5 drinks outside and a selection of eats. The festivities wrap-up by 10:30 p.m. every night, which means plenty of time to get a full night’s sleep before you hit the office on Friday morning. VT

RYE Back Porch Sessions

AUGUST 17, 2017

Small Time Napoleon + Benefit for Girls Rock Louisville

SEPTEMBER 23, 2017

Beacons + Benefit for Kentucky Opera

OCTOBER 19, 2017

VaRYEty by James Lindsey + Benefit for Louisville Orchestra