January 21, 2022: Quiet Hollers New Album “Forever Chemicals” premiered last week with rave reviews.  Songwriter Shadwick Wilde and his band shot the music video for their fourth studio album at the auditorium.  The uniqueness of the historic performance hall provided a background for “Addicted,” featuring Scott Carney of Wax Fang on the Theremin, who also directed the video.  Video

January 17: 2022: CloZet Confession” makes its stage debut in Louisville, KY at the auditorium on Saturday, April 16th 2022 at 6:30 p.m. for an evening of awareness concerning domestic violence, bullying, human trafficking, mental illness, gun violence and most importantly, a message of healing. The production is filled with drama and comedy from start to finish, while delivering heartfelt passionate performances.  Press Release

November 21, 2021: Live music and stage productions return for the auditorium’s 92nd holiday season beginning Thanksgiving weekend. As other venues, the historic Louisville Memorial Auditorium has resumed hosting events and welcoming live audiences back into the multi-purpose facility.  Press Release

October 20, 2021: “Justice on Trial” will be on stage for a special performance on Friday, December 3, 2021 at 8 p.m.  Acclaimed director writer and actor, Chad Lawson Cooper brings the unique production to the historic Louisville Memorial Auditorium.  The riveting production challenges everyone to ask hard questions that make the world a better place. Youtube

October 18, 2021: Bodybuilders, fitness competitors flex at 2021 Kentucky Muscle IFBB/NPC Championships event. Courier Journal

October 18, 2021: The 2021 Kentucky Muscle Strength and Fitness Extravaganza took place on Saturday, October 16, 2021, in Louisville, Kentucky. The event featured top competitors from several divisions including Classic Physique, Figure, and a Master’s category, and it was an exciting competition for athletes, fans, and promoters. Fitness Volt

October 14, 2021: “A Night of Soul” starring Freddie Jackson will be at the auditorium Thanksgiving weekend, Friday, November 26th, at 7 p.m.  Joining the legendary star will be Shirley Murdock, Keyona Lashawn & Sheryl Rouse and the Unlimited Show Band.  Tickets can be purchased onsite, at Better Days Records West or online at Eventbrite.

October 4, 2021: Kentucky Muscle Championships returns to Louisville Memorial Auditorium.  The top-rated IFBB PRO event is one of the best in the world and will bring world-class competition for cash prizes and points to qualify for the 2022 Olympia competition, determining the best bodybuilder and physique competitor in the world, the “Super Bowl” of bodybuilding. Press Release

September 20, 2021: “TRANSITION the Stage Play” premieres in Louisville with two performances on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at the auditorium.  A man named Jerome in 1992 tells his story which is filled with laughter, twists and turns that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats.  R&B Legend Tony Terry will make a special guest appearance for the production.  Director/Actor Angelo Robinson and founder of “Transitions Performing Arts Center” brings his vision to Louisville.  Youtube

August 26, 2021: Louisville Chorus opens season with a 9/11 20th Anniversary Memorial Tribute at the historic Louisville Memorial Auditorium on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 3 p.m.  Daniel Spurlock returns as the music director for the renowned organization.  Music highlights will include Canticle of Hope, How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place, The Lord’s Prayer and other memorable renditions. Youtube

August 8, 2021 In 1964 The Rolling Stones made their first appearance in Louisville, KY while rocking out the historic public auditorium.  WHAS took a nostalgic look back at the appearances.  WHAS11

July 26, 2021   Annual fundraising campaign kicks off with presenting a request to the Louisville METRO Council budget committee handling funds from the (ARP) American Rescue Plan.  The auditorium has not received any major upgrades since the 1954 renovation.  The goal is preserving the community’s only public auditorium for future generations.   Youtube Video

June 17, 2021   WLOU 104.7FM Concert Series kicks off with a “Father’s Day” concert featuring world-famous Delfonics and The Ultimate Show Band for an evening of soulful music.    WLOU Facebook

May 30, 2021   A Patriotic Concert held at Louisville Memorial Auditorium:  A patriotic concert featured the “world’s largest Pilcher Pipe Organ.” The “Honor and Remember: Patriotic Concert” showcases organist Margaret Dickinson as the venue located in Old Louisville celebrated its 92nd anniversary.”

May 28, 2021   To Celebrate the historic Louisville Memorial Auditorium’s 92nd Anniversary, the William H. Bauer Foundation, Inc. is presenting a special patriotic concert, “Honor and Remembrance: Patriotic Concert,” Memorial Day weekend on Sunday, May 30th 2021:  “The program will feature Guest Organist, Margaret Dickinson, who will perform a recital of the “Star-Spangled Banner” by Dudley Buck and other powerful arrangements showcasing the incredible range of the World’s Largest Pilcher Pipe Organ”  pdf file link

February 12, 2021   LMPD Welcomes More Than 2 Dozen Officers in Latest Class of Recruits:  “More than two dozen people can now call themselves LMPD officers. Friday, LMPD graduated a new class of 28 officers. The class was initially scheduled to graduate last December, but their training was extended three times because of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

February 12, 2021   Louisville Metro Police Welcomes Class of 28 New Officers as Department Looks for Change:  “City leaders highlighted Metro Academy Class 46’s diversity with six recruits being born outside of the United States. Twenty-eight officers stood on the stage at Louisville Memorial Auditorium and took the oath of honor, pledging to serve the people of Louisville..”

February 12, 2021   28 new LMPD Officers Sworn In Amid Department Shortage:  “28 men and women walked into Memorial Auditorium Friday morning as recruits and left as officers in one of the most challenging times for policing.”

February 1, 2021   Tim Baker and Philip Hines were interviewed by Giovanni Ruppert for a documentary he was completing.  The uniqueness of the Pilcher Pipe Organ was discussed as well as the importance of pipe organs to our musical history and future.   Youtube link

December 21, 2020   The William H. Bauer Foundation is proud to announce the virtual premiere of “Magic of Christmas Past: Pipe Organ Concert and Silent Movie Event.” The virtual experience will feature Timothy L. Baker presenting works titled “Grant Fantasia” by Marc Cheban and festive fanfare of ‘We Wish you a Merry Christmas’ by Dan Miller.”   pdf file link

December 9, 2020   Louisville Memorial Auditorium Foundation Awarded $75,000 Pipe Organ Grant:  Louisville Memorial Auditorium Foundation, Inc. is proud to announce receiving a $75,000 grant from the Wyncote Foundation to continue further restoration of the world’s largest Pilcher Pipe Organ located in the historic Louisville Memorial Auditorium.”   pdf file link

July 8, 2020   Louisville Memorial Auditorium Announces Reopening Plans and Development of a Preservation Foundation:  “The historic Louisville Memorial Auditorium is pleased to announce plans for resuming operations based on the Commonwealth of Kentucky guidelines as an event venue and and theater.  The landmark venue resumes an interrupted 91st season celebration with the launch of a new website ( promoting fundraising and preservation mission for the newly created “Louisville Memorial Foundation, Inc.”   pdf file link

May 22, 2020   Louisville Memorial Auditorium Celebrates 91st Anniversary Virtually:  “Last year, the historic Louisville Memorial Auditorium celebrated the pivotal 90th Anniversary with a free community concert which was well received.  A similar event was being planned for this Memorial Day,  Monday, May 25th 2020.  As other venues, the landmark remains closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”  pdf file link

May 22, 2020   During these unprecedented times of the Covid-19 pandemic, The Louisville Memorial Auditorium will be unable to open for our 90th Anniversary.  “Step back in time and enjoy viewing the original Program when the Auditorium opened for the first time in 1929.  It was truly a community celebration.”  pdf File Link

March 4, 2020   The Louisville Memorial Auditorium is proud to announce the 2020 Spring Season, showcasing a diverse schedule that will entertain audiences of all ages at the historic venue as it enters its 91st season:  pdf link

February 29, 2020   The Irish Tenors set to perform in Louisville March 18:  “They’ve performed for aristocrats all over the world,  from presidents to prime ministers. Now, The Irish Tenors are performing in Louisville in March while helping to give back to the community.”

February 27, 2020   Join The Irish Tenors for an incredible St. Patrick’s Week Concert Experience, accompanied by the Global Creative Orchestra [KY] & singers from the University of Kentucky Opera Theater:  “Acknowledged as the kings of Celtic music, The Irish Tenors have sold millions of albums topping Billboard charts and are one of the most popular musical groups on PBS of all time.”  pdf File Link

February 5, 2020   The Louisville Memorial Auditorium is Proud to Announce An Outstanding Concert in Celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and Irish Heritage with The Irish Tenors on Wednesday, March 18, 2020:  “The famed Irish trio will be accompanied by Global Creative Orchestra [KY] with guest conductor, Dr. Everett McCorvey, and singers from the University of Kentucky Opera Theater.”  
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January 31, 2020   The Louisville Memorial Auditorium Will Host THE IRISH TENORS in March:  “The Louisville’s Memorial Auditorium has announced an outstanding concert in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and Irish heritage with THE IRISH TENORS on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. The famed Irish trio will be accompanied by Global Creative Orchestra [KY] with guest conductor, Dr. Everett McCorvey, and singers from the University of Kentucky Opera Theater”

January 19, 2020   Louisville Native Carlos Dixon Wins Non-Title Bout:  “Louisville native Carlos Dixon didn’t get a chance to defend his youth super featherweight title Saturday, but he was able to pick up a win”

January 17, 2020   Boxer Public Weigh-In for Jan. 18 Event:  “Official weigh-in for all boxers competing in Saturday’s seven-card boxing event. The weigh-in is open to the public and is the last opportunity to see the fighters in public prior to their bouts”  pdf File Link

January 15, 2020   Louisville Boxing Champ Preparing to Defend His Title at Home:  “Just a few months after bringing home a world title, Louisville boxer Carlos Dixon hopes to land another knockout blow.  On Saturday, Dixon defends his WBC Youth Silver Super Featherweight Championship at Memorial Auditorium”

January 7, 2020   Louisville Boxer Carlos Dixon to Defend WBC Junior Featherweight Title:  “Louisville professional boxer Carlos Dixon (age 22, 10-1, 8 KOs) will defend his World Boxing Council (WBC) Junior Super Featherweight title on Jan. 18 against Mexico’s Luis Ronaldo Castillo, (age 21, 21-5, 16 KOs).”  pdf File Link

December 2, 2019   Louisville Memorial Auditorium Announces 2019 Holiday Season:  “For 90 years, Louisville’s Memorial Auditorium has hosted a series of special programs, productions, and events.  As the year winds down, the venue will be busy with various holiday events.”   Spectrum News

November 27, 2019   Louisville Memorial Auditorium Announces 2019 Holiday Season! “The Louisville Memorial Auditorium is proud to announce the 2019 Holiday Season with a unique schedule that showcases entertaining productions and events which will amaze audiences of all ages as the historic venue ends its 90th year!”   pdf file link

November 26, 2019   Boxer Carlos Dixon to Defend World Title in his hometown of Louisville:  “Professional boxer Carlos Dixon will defend his world title on Jan. 18 in his hometown.  The Louisville native will fight inside Memorial Auditorium, which is located on the corner of S. 4th Street and W. Kentucky Street. It will be the first boxing event to take place inside the building. “That’s another check next to history,” said Dixon. “It’s honestly amazing. The venue is amazing.””

November 22, 2019   Carlos Dixon to Defend his WBC Championship Title on January 18 at Memorial Auditorium:   “Louisville native Carlos Dixon brought home a WBC Youth Super Featherweight Title from his title fight in Kingston, Jamaica, where he beat Edinson Torres, Jr. in a sixth round TKO. Carlos will defend his first World Championship Title at Memorial Auditorium on January 18.It’s one of Louisville’s longest running performances, The Thoroughbreds, and they are back for their 71st annual Holiday Spectacular.”   pdf File Link

November 16, 2019   The Thoroughbreds present 71st Annual Holiday Spectacular:  “It’s one of Louisville’s longest running performances, The Thoroughbreds, and they are back for their 71st annual Holiday Spectacular.”

September 26, 2019   Louisville Memorial Auditorium 90th Fall Season Press Release:  “Our Fall Season encourages audiences of all ages to start new traditions by attending one of our unique programs.”   pdf file link

August 13, 2019   Russian Ballet Theatre Swan Lake Press Release:  The Russian Ballet Theatre is thrilled to bring a breathtaking new production of Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake to Louisville at Louisville Memorial Auditorium Wednesday. Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m.

June 7, 2019   Kids’ short film showcase ‘Through the Rainbow’ offers fun and a little something to think about”
Kids (and, for that matter, parents) who don’t have the patience to sit through the latest Disney live-action reboot will have the chance on Saturday to enjoy a collection of hort animated films from around the world. “Through the Rainbow,” presented by the Louisville Children’s Film Festival, includes 13 short films from seven countries, including one created by a 14-year-old animator.  The special showcase event will have two screenings Saturday, June 8, at Memorial Auditorium ” in Old Louisville.”

June 7, 2019   Hundreds of WWII Veterans Honored During D-Day Remembrance:  “More than a hundred World War II veterans attended a ceremony at the Louisville Memorial Auditorium marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day.  Honor Flight Bluegrass organized the event, called Operation Bravo Zulu, which translates to “a job well done.”

June 6, 2019 ‘I’m glad I’m here’: World War II veterans reflect at 75th D-Day anniversary celebration:  Ernie Micka served in the United States Army for the entirety of the United States’ involvement in World War II — a fact he is proud to share.​”

June 6, 2019   Remembering D-Day:  While Veterans gather in Louisville, Ballard students have “surreal” Normandy:  “Thursday evening, 98 of Kentucky’s finest — and hundreds of their family members, friends, and supporters — filled the seats at Louisville Memorial Auditorium for an important reason. When they did so, it was believed to be the largest gathering of World War II veterans in state history.” 

June 6, 2019   World War II Vets honored in Louisville on 75th Anniversary of D-Day:  “World War II veterans gathered Thursday at Memorial Auditorium for ceremonies marking the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.  Organized by Honor Flight Bluegrass, the event was called Operation Bravo Zulu which means “job well done.” World War II veterans gathered Thursday at Memorial Auditorium for ceremonies marking the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.”

To view additional pictures and video of the event visit Honor Flight Bluegrass website: Honor Flight Bluegrass

June 6, 2019   Kentucky Veterans Honored on 75th Anniversary of D-Day:  “75 years ago, thousands of soldiers battled on the shores of Normandy to fight for our country. On Thursday, Honor Flight Bluegrass is hosting the largest gathering of World War II veterans in Kentucky history – and you are invited!”

June 4, 2019   Louisville Children’s Film Festival Hosts “Through the Rainbow,” A Screening of Short Animated Films, on June 8th at Louisville Memorial Auditorium:  Louisville Children’s Film Festival is hosting “Through the Rainbow,” a free event featuring a curated collection of short animated films for all ages, on Saturday, June 8th. “Through the Rainbow” is a great family-friendly event that is part of the Fund for the Arts Summer Cultural Pass program.

May 27, 2019   Honor Flight Bluegrass to Honor WWII Veterans:  “June 6, 2019 is the 75th anniversary of D-Day and big plans are in motion to honor World War II veterans in Louisville. At ceremonies scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, June 6 at Louisville Memorial Auditorium, the greatest generation will be honored for their service and given the chance to share their experience.”

May 27, 2019   Preservation effort announced during concert at Louisville Memorial Auditorium:  “An effort to update one of Louisville’s oldest monuments was announced during a concert Monday afternoon.”

May 27, 2019   Memorial Day 2019:  Where to honor our Fallen Soldiers:  “To celebrate 90 years of operation, the historic Louisville Memorial Auditorium will be honoring veterans in remembrance of Memorial Day.  They will also have a free community concert featuring “The Thoroughbreds” chorus.”

May 16, 2019   Louisville Memorial Auditorium Celebrates 90th Anniversary With Free Community Concert:  To celebrate 90 years of operation on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27th 2019 the historic Louisville Memorial Auditorium will be honoring veterans in remembrance of Memorial Day, as well as a ceremony acknowledging the landmark’s rich history as the region’s auditorium, with a free community concert featuring “The Thoroughbreds” chorus who will be performing a classic selection of patriotic songs such as “Star Spangled Banner” and “God Bless America.”  pdf

May 9, 2019   Honor Flight Bluegrass Operation Bravo Zulu Media Packet:  On June 6, 2019, in a very special and memorial event, Honor Flight Bluegrass will honor the American heroes who served in WWII with a celebration at Louisville Memorial Auditorium, an historic site that was built to commemorate those who fought in WWII.  pdf

May 6, 2019   Russian Ballet Theatre Presents Breathtaking New Production Of Swan Lake – Press Release:  The Russian Ballet Theatre is pleased to present one breathtaking new production of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake on Wednesday, October 30 at 7:30 pm at the Louisville Memorial Auditorium.  pdf

May 2, 2019   Operation Bravo Zulu” event to honor Veterans on the 75th D-Day Anniversary on Thursday, June 6th 2019 at the auditorium  – Press Release:  Seventy-five years ago, on June 6, 1944, United States (U.S.) forces led the Allied Nations in the largest amphibious invasion in history, Operation Overlord, klnown as D-Day.  Over 73,000 U.S. soldiers and marines set in motion the final phase of World War (WWII), risking their lives to preserve and protect the freedoms we enjoy today in America.  pdf

April 19, 2019  LMPD Recruits Sworn in Amid Uncertainty of Future Classes​:  “Friday’s ceremony at Memorial Auditorium ended with almost two dozen new police officers … This graduating class dedicated their training to their fallen sister, Deidre Mengedoht. wave3

March 27, 2019  Local Group Urges Metro Council for Funding​:  The group Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together, or CLOUT, invited members of the Metro Council to its assembly Tuesday at Memorial

Jan. 15, 2019  Exhibit highlights history of Louisville Memorial Auditorium​:  “The World War in Broad Outlines” is based in Belgium but travels the world. It has been in Louisville since late December and will be on display until Jan. 20.  Kelly Gream, the auditorium’s executive director, told WLKY the exhibit pays homage to the building’s original purpose.”

Dec. 14, 2018  International WWI Exhibit Kicks off Louisville Memorial Auditorium’ 90th Anniversary – Press Release:  PDF file link

Nov. 12, 2018  Louisville Memorial Auditorium Announces 2018 Holiday Season! – Press Release: PDF file link

Oct. 5, 2018   Metropolis Emerges Again at Louisville Memorial Auditorium – Press Release:   PDF file link

Oct. 17, 2017  Meet The Man Preserving The Legacy Of This Rare Louisville Pipe Organ:  On Friday, the Louisville Memorial Auditorium and the William H. Bauer Foundation will host a fundraiser to repair a rare pipe organ, which was designed in Louisville in the 1940s, and is original to the auditorium:

Oct. 13, 2017   Building Bloodline:  Louisville Memorial Auditorium: A timeline that originally appeared in the September 2015 issue of Louisville Magazine:

Oct. 11, 2017  Friday the 13th:  Dress In Costume For Live “Phantom of the Opera” Experience:  Phantom of the Opera returns to the Louisville Memorial Auditorium:

Oct. 3, 2017   Louisville Memorial Auditorium Press Release:   The Phantom of the Opera Returns to the Louisville Memorial Auditorium!  The Lousiville Memorial Auditorium, in conjunction with The William H. Bauer Foundation, Inc. and Forcht Bank, will be hosting a fundraiser on Friday, October 13, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.:  pdf file link

Dec. 15, 2016  The Great Russian Nutcracker comes to the Louisville Memorial Auditorium Friday, December 16th:  The Moscow Ballet’s “Dance with Us” program allows local student dancers, ages 7 to 17 with at least 1 year of ballet training to perform with the professional company:

Nov. 12, 2015  Memorial Auditorium Still “Unique”  The auditorium, which was dedicated on Memorial Day in 1929, has been a busy place over the years and continues to be used for events, meetings and performances – including large-scale dance recitals and competitions – especially in the winter and spring:

March 4, 2011  Historic Memorial Auditorium Organ to get Facelift:  Louisville’s Memorial Auditorium has hosted some of the brightest stars in Hollywood over its eighty-plus year history including Bette Davis, Myrna Loy and many other famous actors. It’s also the home of the world’s largest Pilcher pipe organ:

Michael Conen “Where Were You?”  Brace yourself. Today’s post is going to be a lengthy one, for two reasons: one, the amount of images that will be shared, and, two, the recounting of the adventures:

Memorial Auditorium Louisville Concert Set Lists:  List of past concert tours held at Louisville Memorial Auditorium:

War Memorial Auditorium — Louisville, KY:  Specs on the Pilcher Pipe Organ at Louisville Memorial Auditorium: 

Memorial Auditorium – Commemorating Sacrifice: Dedicated on Memorial Day, 1929, Louisville’s Memorial Auditorium commemorates those who served and sacrificed in World War I: