Kentucky is going to be absolutely rockin’ this summer! 

With concert choices that include Joan Jett, Poison and Pearl Jam, you may not find a better place than Kentucky to catch a classic rock show. And on top of that, there’s plenty – and I mean PLENTY – of modern rock bands hitting the Bluegrass state from June-August this year. 

Tickets for some of these shows are on the pricey side, but for the hardcore rock fans out there who want to see a show without breaking the bank, you can Google “Rock Concerts in Kentucky” and find a ton of concert tickets (especially in the Louisville area) featuring lesser-known bands that cost between $10 and $25. 

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And for those who don’t mind the large crowds and higher ticket prices, Bourbon & Beyond is the first place you should check out. That’s because you can see multiple performances from some of the biggest names in Rock and Roll at a single show! 

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Bourbon & Beyond

Bourbon & Beyond will hit the Highland Festival Grounds in Louisville on September 15-18. So let’s break down who’s headlining B&B, and when: 

Thursday, September 15: 

Jack White, Alanis Morissette, Father John Misty, The Revivalists, Japanese Breakfast

Friday, September 16: 

Kings of Leon, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, Lukas Nelson & POTR, Courtney Barnett

Saturday, September 17: 

Pearl Jam, Greta Van Fleet, St. VIncent, Crowded House, Cold War Kids, Elle King 

Sunday, September 18: 

Chris Stapeton, The Doobie Brothers, NeedToBreathe, CAAMP, Marcus King, YOLA

If you can’t make it to Bourbon & Beyond – no worries. There are a ton of other Rock concerts happening in Kentucky this summer. 

For me, seeing Joan Jett would be a dream. But there’s also a part of me that lives for 80s rock ballads, so Poison would be a close second. I can’t tell you how many times the song “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” got me through a high school breakup. 

Fun Fact: I saw Hinder (which is on this list) in concert at the peak of their popularity in high school. Buckcherry opened for them and, as old as I feel right now, it was awesome at the time. I have no regrets. 

So! Here’s a full list of summer Rock concerts, ticket prices, and where and when you can find them: 

Joan Jett and The Blackhearts

  • Friday, June 3 at 8 p.m. 
  • The Amphitheater at Dant Crossing
  • New Haven, KY
  • $95

Jefferson Starship

  • Thursday, June 9 at 7 p.m. 
  • Owensboro, KY RiverPark Center

Cut Worms

  • Wednesday, June 8 at 8 p.m.
  • Zanzabar 
  • Louisville, KY
  • $28-$79

Tesla

  • Tuesday, June 21 at 8 p.m.
  • The Louisville Palace
  • $29.50

Hinder

  • Wednesday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Manchester Music Hall
  • Lexington
  • $100

Nonpoint

  • Friday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Manchester Music Hall
  • Lexington
  • $29-$100

As I Lay Dying

  • Wednesday,  June 29 at 7 p.m.
  • Old Forester’s Paristown Hall
  • Louisville
  • $29.50

Poison

  • Saturday, July 9 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Appalachian Wireless Arena
  • Pikeville
  • $55

Wilderado 

  • Wednesday, July 20 at 8 p.m.
  • Zanzabar
  • Louisville
  • $29

80s Rock at The Dam Fest

  • Saturday, July 30 
  • Beaver Dam Amphitheater
  • $75

 

MUNA

  • Friday, August 5 at 8 p.m. 
  • Headliners Music Hall
  • Louisville
  • $38

A Day To Remember

  • Wednesday, August 24 at 7 p.m.
  • Appalachian Wireless Arena 
  • Pikeville
  • $46.50

ZZ Top

  • Beaver Dam Amphitheater
  • Saturday, August 27 at 7 p.m. 
  • $93

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