LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Railbird Festival is back for 2021 with the Dave Matthews Band and My Morning Jacket as headliners for the two-day festival on the Grounds at Keeneland.

In a release, organizers say the festival is scheduled for Aug. 28 and 29 on the Grounds at Keeneland along with the Kentucky Bourbon and Culinary Experiences. AC Entertainment and Lexington entrepreneur David Helmers promise an "immersive weekend centered on music, bourbon, Kentucky cuisine and equine culture."

In addition to the music headliners, the festival's three stages will feature Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Leon Bridges, Billy Strings, Black Pumas, Khruangbin, Midland, The Revivalists, Band of Horses, Margo Price and more.

The Railbird Festival started in 2019, but it canceled last year because of the pandemic.

"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," said festival co-founder Helmers in the release. "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."

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. Layaway plans are also available, with payment options starting at $25 down.

VIP 2-Day passes come with access to air-conditioned lounges, a VIP Village with complimentary local hors d'oeuvres and spa services, private bars, luxury restrooms, fast-track entrances to the festival, free on-site parking for the weekend, commemorative Railbird merchandise and more.

A portion of proceeds from every ticket sold will benefit Railbird's nonprofit community partners, Fayette Alliance, Central Kentucky Riding for Hope and Central Music Academy.

The festival also includes plenty of bourbon from a dozen different Kentucky distilleries. Plus the "Sip & Savor" program includes culinary experts with demonstrations from big names including Ouita Michel, Jeremy Ashby and Travis Milton.

The Railbird Festival's Lucky Day Plaza includes wagering, lounging and a taste of horse culture in including coast-to-coast simulcasts from Del Mar to Saratoga. Keeneland's own BETologists will also be on-site

There is also a Fillies & Colts family area with performances, horse rides, arts and crafts, interactive games, and more.

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The Railbird Festival 2021 artist lineup includes:


My Morning Jacket

Leon Bridges

Billy Strings

Black Pumas


Margo Price

Japanese Breakfast

Joy Oladokun

Sarah Jarosz

John Moreland

Briston Maroney

Sierra Ferrell

Bendigo Fletcher

The Brook & the Bluff

Magnolia Boulevard

Nicholas Jamerson


Image courtesy Dave Matthews Band on Facebook. 


Dave Matthews Band

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit


The Revivalists

Band of Horses

Tanya Tucker

Colter Wall

The War and Treaty


Zach Bryan

Liz Cooper & The Stampede

Cedric Burnside

Cha Wa

S.G. Goodman

Southern Avenue

Grayson Jenkins

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