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The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts showcases some of the biggest names in theater, dance, and music. Home of the Kentucky Opera, Louisville Ballet, Stage One, and the Louisville Orchestra, the center's season also includes the hottest touring Broadway shows. Comprised of four theaters, from the 2,406-seat Robert S. Whitney Hall to the far more intimate 319-seat MeX (black box) Theater, the center's venues are as diverse as its artistic lineup. The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts' outreach programs work year-round to bring a wealth of arts programs to the community.
Headliners is a Louisville institution that has hosted top local and national performers over the years. A mid-sized venue, the hall hosts an eclectic line up of performers of various genres from hip-hop to metal, bluegrass, and rock. Past performances include Disclosure, Kings of Leon, Dr. Dog, and Girl Talk. Housed in an early 20th-century building, the acoustics are excellent and the ambiance is lively. The elevated back bar allows you to wait in line with a view of the show. Schedules are available via the website or social media. Tickets can be booked online and prices vary according to the artists.
Located inside the University of Louisville, the Margaret Comstock Concert Hall is used to host concerts and other events mainly organized by the University's School of Music. The hall is often used as a platform to showcase the splendid talent of the students at the university. The place also hosts several shows by famed artists that are delightful to watch. To know the schedule of the performances here, check the website.
Zanzabar is a local institution. Since its opening in 1938 it has changed templates many times, but it has always remained a local watering hole. The recent incarnation has it all, from old-school arcade games and pinball tournament nights to local farm-to-table food and live music, things have surely changed since those prewar days. The food and drinks are outstanding, but a lot of people come just to revert back to their childhood with games like Paperboy, Asteroids, Frogger and Donkey Kong. When you add the live music, this version of Zanzabar appears as if it is the best one in the last 80 years.