The Louisville Crashers take the Central Park stage on Friday. | Courtesy of Louisville Crashers

Old Louisville Live, a free concert and performing arts series held throughout the spring and summer, returns Friday to Central Park’s C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheater. The eclectic series features a variety of acts — from the Louisville Ballet to the Monarchs — and first up is the Louisville Crashers, a high-energy cover band.

The events also feature family-friendly activities, food, drink and more, and are geared toward uniting communities both near and far.

“Building community starts with neighbors enjoying each other in a great venue,” says Howard Rosenberg, chairman of the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council, which sponsors the shows. “We love bringing people together to enjoy the arts for free in Central Park. It is an important part of our mission, but we want everyone to come out and see how great Old Louisville is.”

The Louisville Crashers will play Friday, April 28, from 7-10 p.m., followed by the Louisville Leopard Percussionists on Sunday, April 30, from 1:30-4:30 p.m. The full schedule is below.

  • Friday, April 28 —  The Louisville Crashers, 7-10 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 30 — The Louisville Leopard Percussionists/Rock N’ Warhawks, 1:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 13 — The Louisville Monarchs, 7-10 p.m.
  • Aug. 9-14 — The Louisville Ballet/Kentucky Shakespeare Festival’s “Shakespeare in Dance,” 8-10 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 19 — Jecorey Arthur “1200” and Friends, 5-10 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 9 — The Mike Tracy Brazilian Jazz Ensemble, 7-9 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 23 — Quiet Hollers and Frederick the Younger, 8-11 p.m.