Pictures with Santa in Louisville Friday, Dec 9 2022 

Where can you get pictures with Santa in Louisville? It’s a popular question this time of year. There are paid and free options all around the Louisville area to get those smiling (or crying) photos with Santa.  Whether you want a formal picture with Santa in Louisville or something more casual, there are usually many options. On this post, we [...]

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Zoneton Fire Santa Truck Route Thursday, Dec 1 2022 

Zoneton Fire Protection District is bringing Santa to so many neighborhoods around Louisville See their holiday fire truck drive through Louisville streets to spread holiday cheer and big smiles to many many kids and families.  The Zoneton Fire Santa Truck Route is back for 2022. This year, they have a Grinch theme and the truck looks fabulous. Be sure to [...]

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The Reindeer Farm in Kentucky Tuesday, Nov 29 2022 

Did you know there is a reindeer farm in Kentucky? We recently visited The Reindeer Farm – a small, family farm in Bowling Green Kentucky, about two hours south of Louisville. Yes, there’s a reindeer farm in Kentucky! This is the third year The Reindeer Farm has been open, but the first year it has been open to the public [...]

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52nd Annual Turkey Trot Sunday, Nov 6 2022 

Lace up your sneakers and join us on Thanksgiving morning for the 52nd Annual Turkey Trot at the Northeast Family YMCA! Run or walk in-person (or virtually) 5k, 10k, or Kids’ Trot. Rain or shine. All participants receive a t-shirt and Turkey Trot medal. Location: Northeast Family YMCA Date: Thursday, November 24 Times:              5k begins at 8:15am                           10k begins [...]

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Pentatonix brings festive acapella to Louisville Monday, Dec 13 2021 

By Catherine Brown–

Three-time Grammy-winning acapella group Pentatonix decked the halls at the Yum! Center on Dec. 11 with their headlining “Evergreen Tour.”

I went with my best friend, Destiny Smith, a junior nursing major whom I frequently reference in my opinion articles. 

I was fortunate enough to score 2 floor seats located directly in front of the sound booth —the premium spot to hear the quintet hit high notes and belt out holiday carols.

The concert was slated to start at 7 p.m, but doors opened at 6 p.m. After grabbing our jumbo pretzels and settling down in our seats, we waited for the group to appear as Christmas music played in the background.

I noticed that the audience of this concert was significantly older than I would have imagined. Sitting all around us were older adults dressed in festive holiday dresses and ugly Christmas sweaters, all of whom had come to listen to this diverse group of young acapella singers perform some of the classics and even their own original music. 

A few minutes before the band finally appeared on stage, a handful of the audience started chanting “PTX! PTX!” over and over again. Sure enough, at around 7:45 p.m, the lights went down and the audience started yelling and cheering. A video appeared on the large screens next to the stage with the members singing “It’s Been a Long Long Time.” 

Shortly thereafter, the curtains raised and the acapella group was standing there on stage singing their acapella version of Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime.”

The show continued with classic holiday songs like “Joy to the World,” “The Little Drummer Boy,” and “We Need a Little Christmas.” They even sang my personal favorite PTX cover “Mary, Did You Know?” which had tenor Mitch Grassi belting out notes that you have to hear in-person to believe. Even then, I couldn’t wrap my head around the sheer strength behind his high notes.

Interspersed between songs, each band member gave a short speech about how glad they were to be in Louisville and how enthusiastic the audience was during each song.

Baritone Scott Hoying even detailed the history of the group’s origins, including the beginning of Pentatonix starting in high school with members Hoying, Grassi, and mezzo-soprano Kirstie Maldonado. Hoying joked that this was his “pretending-to-be-straight era,” which earned laughs from the audience.

Kevin Olusola, Pentatonix’s vocal percussion and an Owensboro native, shared how he felt like he was back home with the band being in Kentucky. Olusola then led the audience into a moment of silence in memory of the devastating tornado on early Saturday morning that devastated much of western Kentucky. 

The band then led into a beautiful cover of the Christian hymn “Amazing Grace.”

“I can feel the warmth and the kindness just emanating from everyone in this room,” said Mitch about the fact that everyone can be together in one large area again since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

After a brief intermission, during which I bought my Evergreen Tour t-shirt from the crowded merch stand, Pentatonix reemerged with a dazzling costume change and launched into their beautiful cover of “Hallelujah” by the late Leonard Cohen. 

They finished out the concert with a charming and hilarious cover of “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” sung primarily by the group’s newest member, bass Matt Sellee as well as original songs from their latest album, “Evergreen” and a modern version of the classic “12 Days of Christmas.”

But I wasn’t the only one who knew that that wasn’t the end. Despite some of the audience taking an early leave, the lights in the arena hadn’t even come up yet. We all cheered on Pentatonix to come out for an encore, and they did so. They turned off their mics for a cover of the song “My Heart With You,” and their voices projected loud and clear around the room. 

They ended with a jazzy rendition of “Joyful, Joyful,” and the curtains closed for the final time that night.

The combination of holiday music, stage sets, and the sugar cookie aroma filling the Yum! Center arena (which Mitch commented on) created an atmosphere of holiday festivity.

I’ve been a fan of Pentatonix since I was 14. Since then, I’ve forced my family to watch dozens of their music videos and even saw them open for Kelly Clarkson on her 2015 “Piece by Piece Tour.” This concert was a privilege to attend and I can only hope they return to Louisville again in years to come.



Photos by Catherine Brown // The Louisville Cardinal

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Winterlights Indianapolis Sunday, Nov 28 2021 

Take a road trip to Winterlights at Newfields in Indianapolis this holiday season! Winterlights is a transformation of Newfields into a winter wonderland with over a million and a half lights on over 120 miles of light strands. Winterlights Inianapolis is at Newfields is a 152 acre campus that has the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Lily House, Art Park, Gardens, [...]

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Trunk or Treats around Louisville Thursday, Oct 14 2021 

Over the years Trunk or Treats has become more and more popular and we want to share with you the best around Louisville.  Trunk or Treats aims to provide a safe environment for trick-or-treaters on or around Halloween. Trunk or Treats involve a community coming together in a parking lot, either on the 31st or shortly before, so that children [...]

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Christmas Morning Café Monday, Aug 30 2021 

Everyday is Christmas at Christmas Morning Café in Louisville If you like an extra dose of whipped cream, coffee, and Christmas, this café is for you! The Christmas Morning Café is open from 8am or 9am until 2pm with a delicious selection of breakfast and brunch dishes. Christmas Morning Café also specializes in coffee. Many of the menu items have [...]

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Celebrate Mother’s Day in Louisville Monday, Apr 19 2021 

Do something special for Mother’s Day 2022. The following list does not include every opportunity available, but it will give you some good ideas for Mom’s special day.   Free and ticketed events are happening all around town in celebration of Mother’s Day. Check out our list and treat mom to something fun. What fun things are there to do [...]

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Easter Events and Egg Hunts Monday, Mar 8 2021 

Easter egg hunts and events around Louisville 2022. Don’t forget the Easter Bunny! Are you looking for Easter egg hunts in Louisville? There are so many places to get outside and have fun with your family this year for Easter. There are also plenty of places to visit the Easter Bunny in Louisville. Nothing says spring like getting out to [...]

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