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  • Rachel Grimes on Friday, March 31, 2017 @ 8:00 PM, Bomhard Theater
  • Location: The Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St - GET DIRECTIONS
  • Date(s): Friday, March 31st @ 8:00 PM
  • Ages: All ages
  • Price: Tickets are $20.00
  • Running Time: Approximately 2 hours 
  • Access Services: Accessible Seating, Assistive Listening System
    502-566-5111 (V) or 502-566-5140 (TTY)?
    • Wheelchair Accessible
    • Hearing

SCENE at the Center, our small plates eatery, offers bar and food service two hours prior to most performances in Whitney Hall and the Bomhard Theater. Kitchen service ends as the curtain rises, but beverage service will continue throughout the performances and extend through midnight on Friday and Saturday nights.

Show Details

The 3/31/17 performance of Rachel Grimes: The Way Forth is cancelled due to the unexpected death of Rachel's brother. There are no plans to reschedule at this time. The box office will be contacting patrons and issuing refunds. Please call 584-7777 with any questions. 

Louisville Public Media presents
Rachel Grimes: The Way Forth
A Song Cycle Featuring
Joan Shelley, Nathan Salsburg, Scott Moore, Charlie Patton, Aaron May, and Stephen Webber 

With Special Guest Wu Fei, composer, vocalist and performer of the guzheng (Chinese zither)

From the Wilderness Trail to the battlefield, from a dastardly land deal to building a fort, from indentured servitude to the meadowlands, from a one room schoolhouse to the university, from birth to love to rape to murder, and back around to a ham breakfast with a patriotic parade:  What did these women see and feel? What was in their hearts and dreams? Inspired by a treasure trove of heirloom family photos, documents, and letters, these songs weave through the voices of generations of Kentucky women. String trio, strummed refrains, spoken word, and a cappella plainsong recall slavery, dominion, controversy, emotional turmoil, and an unquenchable desire for independence with titles such as “Sisterhood of Man,” “Red House School,” “The Hysterical Society,” “Dix River Doxology,” and “End of Dominion.”

Rachel Grimes - piano, voice 
Joan Shelley - voice, guitar, banjo 
Nathan Salsburg - guitar, voice 
Scott Moore - violin, voice 
Charlie Patton - cello, voice
Aaron May - bass, voice
Stephen Webber - narrator 

To learn more, visit

To listen to a recent interview Rachel Grimes did about The Way Forth with Todd Steed from WUOT in Knoxville visit

Creation of The Way Forth was made possible with support from The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts and the Clifton Center.  Presented by Louisville Public Media. Additional support provided by Frazier History Museum.

Kentucky Center Members, order through the Hotlines to receive your FULL BENEFITS, including waived fees. MembersFirst ($100-499 donors), call (502) 566-5144. CenterCircle Members ($500+), call (502) 566-5195. Hotlines are open M-F, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Members can purchase tickets for this show starting Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 9:00 AM by calling the Membership Hotline.