Organizers hope weather cooperates with huge art, music events

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Organizers of two huge events this weekend -- Louder Than Life and the St. James Court Art Show -- are looking to the skies and hoping rain won't keep thousands of art and music lovers away from River Road and Old Louisville.

It appears drizzle and periods of rain showers will begin Friday and carry through the weekend with Sunday being the best day for the events.

But after wind and rain caused some havoc at Forecastle this summer, organizers are a little nervous.

After a successful first year in Louisville, Louder Than Life is back and much bigger. Weather permitting, crowds of 25,000 to 30,000 people per day are expected for the heavy metal rock concert Saturday and Sunday.

"We're gauging this, we're going to be prepared and we have strategies and evacuation plans in case the weather does get crazy," Event spokesman Clay Bush said. "We were here for the Forecastle Festival, so we did see how the winds affected the general festival experience."

The event promises a bigger bourbon tent this year, and also puts a focus on craft beer.

WWE NXT wrestling also is part of the show, as is what's being billed as "Gourmet Man Food," prepared by rock star chefs such as Edward Lee.

"Just demonstrating some food on stage and talking to guests, " Lee said. "We've got books so people can come talk to me afterward. We'll sign books and hang out and I'll be drinking a little bourbon and listening to the music."

A few miles and many decibels away, the popular St. James Court Art Show is an October staple in Old Louisville.

"It's a big homecoming to see a lot of the artists we haven't seen all year," St. James Court Art Show Executive Director Margue Esrock said.

Esrock and other organizers are excited about the 59th annual show, but they are also cautiously concerned, and for good reason. The show that begins Friday and extends through Sunday brings 715 artists in from all over the country. It was shut down by rain in 2013.

"We're just keeping our fingers crossed that a light rain and not too much wind is alright and when it gets windy even without the rain, the wind is a factor for sure," Esrock said.

A few scattered showers should let the shows go on.

Louder Than Life is even expecting some St. James fan spillover, all in the name of art.

"This is a really true experience of everything that goes into rock music and the culture from the food, the guitars, the on-site experience and it all kind of ties into what art is," Bush said.

For ticket prices, parking info and other details for each event, visit the following websites:

+ St. James Court Art Show

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