By Miranda McDonald
With the arrival of spring comes the return of WFPK’s (free!) Waterfront Wednesday concert series, beginning April 25.
The event is held the fourth Wednesday of every month on the Big Four Lawn at Waterfront Park and is free to attend.
“You are going to see the same lineup of great bands, but we have also added a few things to the concert series this year,” says Ashley Smith from the Waterfront Development Corporation.
One of these (temporary) additions is the SkyStar Observation Wheel. Standing at 137 feet tall, this Ferris wheel is one of the tallest traveling wheels in the country. It operates 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day and boasts 36 climate-controlled gondolas that hold up to six passengers while offering an exceptional view of the city. (FYI: SkyStar’s Ferris only operates through May 6.)
The Classical Corner, an educational initiative led by local teacher and composer Jecorey Arthur, will also be available to those who want to bring their children to Waterfront Wednesday.
“Our goal is simple: We want to make classical music accessible for everyone in a relevant, engaging and meaningful way,” states Arthur.
This program includes an outdoor activity area where families can play, explore and learn about the world of classical music. From an instrument petting zoo to a live drum circle, all activities for Classical Corner are interactive and start at 5 p.m.
Also added to the list of changes is the expansion of the lawn area where attendees can sit and stand.
“We have pushed the food trucks back so that people have more room to move around and enjoy the park space,” Smith explains.
Those who don’t want the night to end when the music stops can also attend the official after-party of Waterfront Wednesday April 25 at Garage Bar, 700 E. Market St. The party will be held in collaboration with Friends of the Waterfront, a local volunteer organization dedicated to the development of Louisville’s waterfront space.
“We want to give people the opportunity to continue the celebration after the event but also create a fundraiser that gives back to the park,” says Kelley Luckett, board member of Friends of the Waterfront. “An after-party seemed like the perfect fit.”
Garage Bar give 10 percent of all sales from the night back to the park. The restaurant will serve special cocktails for the evening in addition to their usual offerings. Their large outdoor seating area with ping pong tables is a perfect venue.
“We are so close to the waterfront and love all the activities and business it has brought to this area,” explains Lauren Titus, general manager of Garage Bar. “Downtown Louisville has grown so much over the past few years because of what organizations like Friends of the Waterfront are doing with the space. Garage Bar is excited to have an opportunity to give back, and be part of the area’s development.”
The first concert of the series is on April 25. Acts include rock/folk singer Lissie at 9 p.m., the indie sound of The Weeks at 7:30 p.m. and the local band Phourist and The Photons at 6 p.m. WFPK has announced a partial lineup for the rest of the 2018 season that boasts the musical talents of Parker Millsap, Sunflower Bean and a collaboration between Dr. Dundiff and Otis Junior. VT