Dave Matthews Band and My Morning Jacket to Headline 2021 Railbird Festival

JASON ISBELL & THE 400 UNIT, LEON BRIDGES, BILLY STRINGS, BLACK PUMAS, KHRUANGBIN, MIDLAND and dozens more to Combine with Kentucky Bourbon and Culinary Experiences August 28-29 at the Grounds at Keeneland.

After bolting out of the gate and shattering expectations in its inaugural year in 2019, Railbird Festival has its sights set on topping its debut with a blockbuster lineup of artists for its second festival, set for August 28-29 at the Grounds at Keeneland.

The world-class music festival produced by AC Entertainment and Lexington entrepreneur David Helmers announced today a top-tier headline for the weekend’s bill, including Grammy-winning jam band DAVE MATTHEWS BAND and beloved Kentucky-based heroes, MY MORNING JACKET.


Rolling Stone reported that the inaugural festival in 2019 “shook the senses of the listener,” and Railbird will once again do so while celebrating the culture and traditions of the Bluegrass State at the historic Keeneland Racecourse. A Kentucky experience through and through, Railbird will be woven into the course grounds to create an unforgettable and immersive weekend, centered on music, bourbon, Kentucky cuisine, and equine culture.

While we all missed live music and experiences tremendously last year, the Railbird team looked at it as a time to build on the success of our inaugural festival and come back even better than before. We’ve been planning intensely and are excited for the festival’s return to Keeneland with a list of world class artists, bourbon and culinary experiences.

David Helmers – co-founder

In addition to world-class musical acts across three stages, Railbird will offer immersive bourbon experiences and hand-selected rare barrels from Kentucky’s finest distilleries in The Rickhouse. Bourbon selections will be chosen in collaboration with co-owners Justin Sloan and Justin Thompson of Lexington’s treasured Justins’ House of Bourbon, a well-known stomping grounds for Bourbon beginners, lovers, and collectors.

Private bourbon selections, Railbrid Selects, for the Railbird Rickhouse include single barrel picks from Four Roses, Bulleit, Castle & Key, Elijah Craig, New Riff, Old Carter, Old Forester, Pinhook, Wilderness Trail and a Justins’ House of Bourbon Railbird Signature pick.

Railbird will also offer a wide variety of premium experiences highlighting renowned chefs from the area through its Sip & Savor program. Up-close-and-personal demonstrations and interactive discussions will be led by culinary headliners Jeremy Ashby, Travis Milton, Cole Arimes, Ouita Michel, Samantha Fore and Kristin M. Smith throughout the festival weekend.

This festival is an all-ages event, complete with a Fillies & Colts family area with performances, horse rides, arts and crafts, interactive games, and much more.

Railbird Festival 2021 poster

General Admission (GA) and VIP 2-Day passes are available to the public now via RailbirdFest.com, with a limited quantity starting at only $155. Affordable layaway plans are also available, with payment options starting at only $25 down.

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