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Connecting for a Cause - featuring Leyla McCalla

KPA Presents

Connecting for a Cause - featuring Leyla McCalla and instructors of Girls Rock Louisville + Louisville Folk School

Christy's Garden 720 Brent St Louisville KY 40204

RESCHEDULED for Friday, June 25th @ 7:30 PM

Due to weather concerns, this event will not take place on Saturday, May 8. It has been rescheduled for Friday, June 25, 7:30 PM. If you already had a reservation it will automatically carry over to the new date. Current reservation holders received an email with full details. 

Questions? Email [email protected]

Each seating area, or "pod", accommodates up to 6 people.

Bring chairs for seating in pods. 

1 Ticket = up to 6 person Pod

Pods will be assigned upon arrival at Christy's Garden the night of the event.

Connecting for a Cause - Music through Time: From String Bands to Rock and Roll featuring Leyla McCalla and instructors of Girls Rock Louisville + Louisville Folk School

This live, outdoor event takes you on a musical journey of songs that weave together the story and fabric of traditional American music. Featuring a solo set by New Orleans based multi-instrumentalist and activist Leyla McCalla, along with a performance by a supergroup of professional musicians and instructors from Girls Rock Louisville and the Louisville Folk School.

Kentucky Performing Arts’ Connecting for a Cause series features dynamic events curated in partnership with regional cultural and service organizations that work daily to support the health and harmony of our community.

Schedule of events (Approximately 2 hours): 
7:00 PM – Christy's Garden opens
7:30 PM – Girls Rock Louisville and Louisville Folks School Instructor Band
8:00 PM – Intermission
8:30 PM – Leyla McCalla solo set

Girls Rock Louisville + Louisville Folk School Instructor Band
Adama Abramson, bass guitar
Blakeley Burger, fiddle, guitar, vocals
Montana Hobbs, banjo
Fiona Palensky, drums
Jackie Royce, bassoon

About Leyla McCalla
Born in New York, raised in New Jersey, and McCalla is now based in New Orleans, where she raises three kids (she often tours with them in tow). McCalla often honors her Haitian heritage, bringing listeners into a vibrant world of Creole rhythms and forgotten African string-band traditions by introducing them to a new audience with her own powerful creative vision. 

You may know McCalla as an integral part of two different roots supergroups: the Carolina Chocolate Drops and Our Native Daughters. But for much of the last decade, she has put out multiple solo projects. The latest, The Capitalist Blues, harnesses the brassy, percussive sounds of New Orleans; her previous record, A Day for the Hunter, A Day for the Prey, was also a standout, putting her gorgeous cello-work center stage while also examining powerful Haitian proverbs and Haiti’s often-overlooked, tragic history.

Connecting for a Cause is made possible by our sponsors, the Owsley Brown the Second Family Foundation and the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, with support from Fund for the Arts. Additional support provided by South Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.


  • Reservation ticket is required to enter Christy's Garden.
  • Please have your ticket and ID ready upon entry.
  • You will be assigned a seating area, or “pod” upon entering. Your group will be seated together. Your party size may not exceed six.
  • Your seating area, or “pod”, is yours for the night. Double-check your ticket to be sure you selected the correct day.
  • You are responsible for bringing your own chairs for seating in reserved "pods."
  • No outside food or drink is permitted. Paid concessions will be available.
  • No pets allowed.
  • Absolutely no weapons are allowed inside the event.
  • This is a weather-permitting outdoor event. In the event of inclement weather, the event is canceled and ticket holders will be contacted.
  • All seating locations are accessible. For more information email [email protected]



  • All patrons will undergo temperature checks upon entry. Patrons that register a temperature higher than 100.4° F will be denied entry.
  • Masks are required for entry. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided.
  • Masks are not required inside your seating area, but are required outside of your seating area.
  • This event will have a “clear bag” policy to minimize touchpoints.
    • Prohibited Items include, but not limited to: Purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, conch bags, luggage of any kind, computer bags, camera bags, or any bag larger than the permissible size.
    • Approved Items: Bags that are clear, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12” X 6” X 12” One gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziplock bag or similar) Small clutch bag, approximately the size of a hand, with or without a strap or handle, can be brought into the event with one of the clear bag options.
    • An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection.
  • Please practice social distancing while waiting in any line.


This event strictly adheres to CDC and State safety measures. Any patron not following the guidelines will be denied entry or asked to leave the event.

Accessibility Services available for this event:

Accessible Seating

accessible seating          

For more information email [email protected]

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