Vance Joy to headline Derby Festival concert

Vance Joy to headline Derby Festival concert

Information from Kentucky Derby Festival

LOUISVILLE, KY - On tour with Taylor Swift this summer, you can see Vance Joy first at the Kentucky Derby Festival's Waterfront Jam Presented by the John R. Elliott HERO Campaign. The free concert is set for Thursday, April 30, at Kroger's Fest-a-Ville. Special guest MisterWives will open the show at 8 p.m. Admission is free with a 2015 Pegasus Pin.

Vance Joy, an Australian singer-songwriter, performed his hits "Mess is Mine" and "Riptide" for CBS Grammys Pop Up Performances in Venice Beach earlier this month. Joy released his debut studio album Dream Your Life Away last September. The album title, Dream Your Life Away, came to him after hearing John Lennon's 1981 classic "Watching the Wheels."

"He has that line 'People say I'm crazy, dreaming my life away,' and I love that idea," said Joy. "That title feels like a good reflection of my life recently. It's still all totally new to me. I still feel new, which is good. I still feel like I'm just chipping away."

MisterWives, an indie pop band based in New York City, will open the show. They have an unusual sound that combines elements of synth pop, folk, and indie rock, falling somewhere between the quirky dance-pop of No Doubt and the pastoral folk-rock of Of Monsters and Men. The band's debut album Our Own House is out Feb 24, featuring songs "Reflections", "Our Own House" and "Hurricane." The band is headlining a sold out U.S. tour this spring on their way to Louisville for the Waterfront Jam.

The concert is sponsored by the John R. Elliott HERO Campaign and Miller Lite, along with media partner 102.3 The Max.

The Kentucky Derby Festival Waterfront Jam Presented by the John R. Elliott HERO Campaign will include live music on two stages at Kroger's Fest-a-Ville featuring over 30 local and regional bands and seven national acts beginning Thursday, April 23. Admission to all concerts will be FREE with a 2015 Pegasus Pin. Details of all the concert acts will be released in the coming weeks. Kroger's Fest-a-Ville is open from Thursday, April 23, to Friday, May 1. Fest-a-Ville and Chow Wagon Hours are 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., except Sunday 12 p.m. – 11 p.m.