Petefest finalizes lineup with Curio Key Club, Big Atomic, Mama Said String Band and others

By Matt Wickstrom

Petefest, which seeks to raise awareness and funds for youth mental health advocacy through music, arts and local culture revealed the final wave of its inaugural lineup on Friday, headlined by Curio Key Club presenting Paul Simon’s Graceland album featuring ¡Louisville Lips!: Shane Cody and Zach Appleby of Houndmouth, Cheyenne Mize, Carly Johnson, Chris “Roadie” Rodahaffer, Meg Samples, and Mark Charles Heidinger of Vandaveer.

Other artists new to the lineup include Roots of a Rebellion, Appalatin, Big Atomic, Mama Said String Band, These Fine Gentlemen, Beloved Youth, Hot Iron Skillet, Voodoo Economics, The Phodepressants, Tiki Basterds, Tsunami Samurai, The Placebo Effect, Jone$y, and The Last Origin. The newly added artists join The Delta Saints, Nick Dittmeier and The Sawdusters, Blind Corn Liquor Pickers, The Local Honeys, C2 & The Brothers Reed, Johnny Conqueroo and many more.

The festival has dubbed its conclusive day Discover Sunday, which according to Petefest organizer Young Koepke will feature younger local artists still in high school or just out of high school, with an announcement on specific artists coming later.

Petefest is produced by The Pete Foundation, a Louisville-based organization founded in December 2016 in the memory of Pete Jones, who struggled and lost his fight with depression. All proceeds from the festival will go to the foundation. According to foundation co-founder Molly Jones, the Pete Foundation was established to honor Pete’s life and to help end the stigma surrounding depression and anxiety so young people feel more open to communicating about their struggling per a May 18 press release. To learn more about The Pete Foundation visit

Petefest will be held September 8-10 at Jones Fields, a 90-acre nature preserve 30 minutes from downtown Louisville. Along with music, sunrise yoga, campfire music and art installations, attendees will be able to enjoy food and beer from some of the tastiest local vendors including Migo and West Sixth Brewing. According to Koepke, the full vendor list, along with a list of local organizations and non-profits that will be on site will be announced later.

Full weekend passes for Petefest are currently $49 at their Tier 2 price, with camping reservations purchased separately. Day tickets and VIP packages are also available. To purchase tickets, visit

View the entire festival lineup below.

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