Want to release your inner rock star? Fourth Street Live! gives you that opportunity with Full Contact Karaoke, set for Thursday August 9.

This isn’t your typical karaoke contest. With Full Contact Karaoke, contestants perform in front of a full live band on the Fourth Street Live! stage. Aspiring singers will be competing for three spots in the Finals at the Iroquois Amphitheatre on August 11.

The winner gets a $500 cash prize and the opportunity to do a professional recording at Louisville’s “Premier Recording Studio,” Head First Media.

On Thursday night’s event at Fourth Street Live!, Lebanon, Ky.’s Layla Spring, the 16-year-old sensation who just competed on the American Idol TV show, will perform along with the band. Admission is free.

Granger Smith

Granger Smith

On Friday, August 10, Granger Smith takes over the stage and country music fans flock to hear him play hits like “When the Good Guys Win” and “Remington.”

The 38-year-old Dallas native has been performing country music since he was 19, and has nine studio albums to his credit. Recently, under his alter ego Earl Dibbles, Jr., Smith released a book filled with jokes about fast food, huntin’, fishin’, shootin’ the breeze, neighborliness, and politics called “If You’re City, If You’re Country.”

Smith’s career got a big boost recently when he performed as part of the TV series “The Bachelorette” in addition to an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

You can get tickets to the Granger Smith show August 10 at $11 through Ticketfly.

Nelly reschedules

Fans of Nelly need not worry. The legendary rapper, singer, songwriter and entrepreneur has rescheduled his Fourth Street Live! show from August 3.


Nelly will perform August 25, headlining an all hip-hop show that includes BSimm, Miles Arnell, Dj Havok, Dj Chris Stubbs and DJ Tank.

Tickets are $20 and available online through Ticketfly; $30 at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. VIP packages are also available.

Nelly, who played the KFC Yum! Center in 2015, has been a major force in the world of hip-hop since his first record, Country Grammar, was released in 2000. Nelly has also found success as an actor, appearing in movies and on reality television.

Brandon Simmons, who performs as BSimm, is a Louisville native who has found national success since his first mix tape, SIMM CITY, was released in 2006. Miles Arnell brings his unique sound, a mixture of pop, soul R&B, funk and EDM, to the Fourth Street stage.

Fourth Street Live! also welcomes DJ Havok, from Minneapolis, plus Dj Chris Stubbs and DJ Tank, both familiar to Louisville audiences.