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  • Sep 11, 2017

    Big Four Arts Festival 2017 Awards

    Big Four Arts Festival on Big 4 Bridge Art Music Louisville food and Fun Kid event in Kentucky (325)

    Best in Show – Winner of $500
    Michael Brennan – Booth 412

    2-Dimensional Jurors’ Choice – $250
    Jeff Sheely – Booth 202

    3-Dimensional Jurors’ Choice – $250
    Bianca Gedeon – Booth 209

    Merit Award – $150
    Jonathan Rose – Booth 211

    Best Presentation – $150
    Chris Hartsfield – Booth 214

    Best Emerging Artist – $150
    Angela Eueslage – Booth 118

  • Sep 08, 2017

    Music Schedule

    Whiskey Bent Valley Boys at Big Four Bridge


    12-2p Whiskey Bent Valley Boys |
    2- 4p The Porch Possums  |
    4-6p Janis Pruitt  |
    6-8p Jim Dishman



    12-2p Dave Cottrell  |
    2-4p Hound of the Buskervilles

  • Big Four Arts Festival

    130 Nationally Juried Artist booths, Live Music
    Food Trucks, Upscale fair food, Art demos, hands on art for the kids and more right on the Big Four Bridge.

    Free trolley service to and from the fair from Sat 11-7 and Sunday 12-5 along a path to the 8 nearest parking lots.


    12-2p Whiskey Bent Valley Boys
    2- 4p The Porch Possums
    4-6p Janis Pruitt
    6-8 Jim Dishman


    12-2p Dave Cottrell
    2-4p Hound of the Buskervilles

    Music Directed by Phil Ragland

  • Aug 04, 2017

    Featured Musical Artist – Hound of the Buskervilles

    Hound of Buskervilles

    Based in Louisville, Kentucky, Hound of the Buskervilles is an acoustic jam-folk ensemble led by Marty Rosen and a group with an eclectic repertoire that draws on influences from throughout the English-speaking world. Hound of the Buskervilles will furnish tuneful folk music follies and pleasant sounds with an approach few would dare.

  • Featured Musical Artist – Dave Cottrell

    Dave Cotrell

    David Cottrell is an accomplished magician and five-string banjo player / vocalist who has performed all over the world. In 2001, he performed for President Bush and Vice President Dick Chaney and has opened up for such notables as George Strait, Ricky Skaggs, and David Copperfield. He is a past winner of the Louisville Magic Club’s close-up / Parlor Magic Contest and in 2002 he received a Presidential Citation from the International Brotherhood of Magicians for his “contributions to the advancement of the art of magic.” He can perform close-up table magic (via David Blaine style) or a stage show that includes live animals. The show can be geared for children and / or adults. David’s show is very entertaining with lots of audience participation that includes amazing magic, blazing banjo and lots of comedy. This coupled with his easy going down-home style personality makes for a fun filled enjoyable time for all.

  • Featured Musical Artist – Jim Dishman

    Jim Dishman

    Jim Dishman is from Monticello, Kentucky, near beautiful Lake Cumberland. Late in his teens he was influenced by the singer songwriter movement of the 70’s which led him on a musical journey that started with high profile shows in Louisville and led him to California playing venues in Santa Monica Beach, Venice Beach, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Orange County. Eventually he landed in Nashville to further pursue songwriting. There he played the Blue Bird Café, as well as other premier songwriter venues before moving back to California. He returned to Louisville in 1990, and has been a staple of laid-back riverside venues and can be found delivering his music most anywhere relaxing and comfortable good times are found.

  • Featured Musical Artist – Janis Pruitt


    The soft, soulful and sultry voice of Janis Pruitt make her a favorite choice for great musical entertainment.  From Rome, Georgia, by way of Nashville, Tennessee, Janis has raised the bar for singer/songwriters wherever she has landed.  Whether it’s her artfully crafted original songs or her delightful covers, Janis delivers with feeling and style that has no match.

  • Featured Musical Artist – The Porch Possums

    Porch possums

    They play music on the back porch, front porch, side porch, in the den, garage, kitchen, dining room, hallway, on a wagon, in church and the coal cellar. “We just like to play and sing with friends and family. We like to play all kinds of music, but we generally work around bluegrass, folk, blues, gospel. There are too many songs to learn and play and too little time. If you like our music, tell your friends about us.”

  • Featured Musical Artist – The Whiskey Bent Valley Boys

    Whiskey Bent Valley Boys at Big Four Bridge

    Hailing from the back woods of Pewee Valley, Kentucky. Whiskey Bent Valley pays homage to their southern kin. Songs from the tobacco fields to the rivers, iron skillets to moonshine stills, upbeat and professional, this band possesses the skill to honor history and preserve the instruments, their style and every authentic nuance of the day. With their sense of fashion, from overalls to string ties, straw hats to silk vests, along with a turbo charged performance, their approach breathes fire into this vintage music.

  • Jan 04, 2017

    Big Four Bridge Arts Festival Opening Announcement

    Big Four Bridge Arts Festival presents September 9th and 10th, 2017 an Arts Festival on the lawn overlooking the Ohio River.

    “Call for Artists” starts January 1, 2017 through March 30, 2017. Notification of acceptance is on June 15th.

    This has been 3 years of planning to make this event a pleasant experience for all.




    Downtown Louisville Waterfront Park Big 4 Bridge Lawn
    Louisville, Kentucky (South)

    Phone: 502-435-7602
    Show Dates: 9/9/17 – 9/10/17
    Application Deadline: 5/1/17 Midnight EST
    117 day(s) and 8 hour(s) remaining


    Images: 4 (a booth shot is required)

    Fee (application fee(non-refundable)): $25.00

    You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.


    Event Summary

    Loacated in downtown Louisville, KY on the Big Four Bridge Lawn, 4 acres of tree lined walks overlooking the Ohio River . Bettter than 2 million people visit Waterfront Park annually for special events. Ample Parking and trolley service for our patrons. Located within walking distance to downtown Louisville’s accomadations, restaurants, Nulu, 4th St. Live, and Whiskey Row. The quality juried artist will be presented in a location that was built to showcase festivals and special events.Three years in the planning to make this a pleasant and profitable experience for all involved. Community inclusion and support for the arts has spawned a loyal and highly engaged audience that will attend  and support our festival. We invite you to join us “Louisville Loves the Arts”. This is a free event for patrons.  The dates for this event are Saturday, September 9th, (9 a.m. to 7 p.m.), Sunday 10th,(9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). There will be a light breakfast for the artist Saturday & Sunday from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.. Friday September 8th will be e-z in out setup 8 a.m. till 4 p.m. and Friday evening is  the free “Premiere Gala” (optional for artist) will be from 5 p.m. till 9 p.m.

    General Information

    All interested applicant artist  will be invited to participate in our annaul “Premiere Gala” at the Big Four Bridge Lawn the evening of Sept. 8th. Which features local entertainment, beverages, snacks, performing arts, and artist booths (optional to artist). An evening with the potential for the invited patron to meet the artist in a relaxed atmosphere. This event can develop a bond for the patrons and sales for the artist.This is all optional for the artist after their set-up on Friday. Hours for the Gala are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Please notiify Festival Staff  that you would like to participate in this oppertunity to meet the invited patron that are known to support the arts in Louisville.

    We want the Emerging Artist to participate. If you have interest in participating by showing your work and you are new to exhibiting, we ask that you use web site application. There is a $25.00 non-refundable application fee, you will be juried in the Emerging Artist category. Once you have been accepted  you will be notified and given your schedule of dates. You will be required to attend a class are make arrangements with staff for a alternative . There is only 20 positions for the Emerging Artist category above the 80 – 100 juried artist. Booth fees are 50% of Juried Artist ($212.50, possible scholarship, or sponsorship). All transactions are handled by the Festival Staff of the directly. Application dates start January 1st and end March 30th, 2017@ midnight ET. Staff will notify you of your acceptance by phone are email by April 30th. Please use web site for contact and all information in Emerging Artist category.

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