Bushy beards and bold bourbon reign supreme in the Bluegrass, and throughout the final weekend of January, Cosmic Charlie’s will be hosting its fifth annual Beards, Bourbon, Bands, & Burlesque charity event.
Friday’s festivities are headlined by a meet and greet registration party, and live music, which will feature bands such as Pulse, The Slams, The Borderline Something, Restless Leg String Band and DJ Miracle. Vendors will also be on site selling handmade goods. A free photo booth will be provided, and a late night bearded 1990s dance party will cap the evening. Those looking to compete in Saturday’s beard competition can also register for the event throughout the night on Friday.
If history is any indication, Saturday’s beard competition is a can’t-miss event for those seeking to satisfy their hunger for some unique entertainment. Siobhan Atomica of the Kentucky Academy of Burlesque noted just how popular the beard competition has been, even from the very first Beards, Bourbon, Bands, & Burlesque event.
“It’s always been a sellout event every single year it’s been done,” Atomica says. “The competition always sells out.”
Atomica laughingly reminisced about a competitor from last year’s event, in which he rigged an actual Taser gun into his beard.
“It would light up, and even shock you,” Atomica says.
We’re also very passionate about helping Greenhouse 17. It’s a spectacle for a great cause.
An estimated 100 people will be competing in 12 intriguing beard categories, such as Amish, Freestyle, Natural Mustache and Craft Fantastic.
To complement the glamour and grooming necessary for any notable beard competition, Saturday night’s festive fun will include a free photo booth, raffle prizes, live music, and handmade goods available from local vendors, including GreenHouse17, the beneficiary of Cosmic Charlie’s charity event.
Last year, the event raised approximately $5,000 for the group, an advocacy agency for survivors of intimate partner abuse, and the hope is to double that donation this year.
Darlene Thomas, GreenHouse17’s executive director raves about what a donation of nearly $10,000 could do for its family relief efforts.
“A gift that size would have a tremendous impact on our ability to provide comprehensive services for our families,” Thomas says. “It allows us to meet immediate and financial needs as they go back to school, work, and try to start news beginnings.”
Atomica sums up the weekend saying, “It’s truly a spectacle. It’s more than a competition. We’re also very passionate about helping Greenhouse 17. It’s a spectacle for a great cause. People will be genuinely entertained the entire evening.”
If You Go
Beards, Bourbon, Bands & Burlesque
What: Party and beard competition to raise money for Greenhouse17
When: 9 p.m. Jan. 29 and 30, doors open at 8
Where: Cosmic Charlie’s, 388 Woodland Ave.
Tickets: $8 Friday, $20 Sunday