Kevin Gibson at InsiderLouisville.com has an excellent story on the Musicians Emergency Recource Foundation. Read it here. Full Disclosure: I currently serve on the MERF Board
The schedule is:
Friday, September 19
7:00pm – Pre-concert Talk: Lomax Archive Curator Nathan Salsburg will give remarks on Lomax’s East Kentucky recordings.
8:00pm – Concert with John Harrod & Kentucky Wild Horse. Opening set by Anna Roberts-Gevalt, Sara Wood, and Karly Dawn Higgins Saturday, September 20
10:00am to 2:00pm – Shape-note singing, hosted by the Ohio Valley Shape Note Singers
2:00pm – Appalshop Films Screening: “To Fit My Own Category” (on Nimrod Workman); “Dreadful Memories” (on Sarah Ogan Gunning)
4:00pm to 5:30pm – Directed workshops:
– crankies (Anna Roberts-Gevalt)
– banjo (Jesse Wells)
– fiddle (Nikos Pappas)
7:00pm – Round robin tune-swap with festival participants
8:30pm – Square dance with Red State Ramblers. Called by Randy Wilson.
For more information, go to I’ve Rambled This Country Both Early & Late: A Celebration of Kentucky Mountain Music
And those are about Pure Bathing Culture, who are not even the headliners. That would be Tennis, which is the husband-and-wife team of Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley, purveyers of indie surf pop, which you can hear on their new album, the just-released Ritual in Repeat, their third. Tennis has recorded and released a number of covers, as well as their original material, which also makes them rather unusual. Their successes to date have included a couple of television placements, Gray’s Anatomy and Once Upon a Time. Tickets to the show are $10 adv/ $12 Dos, a cheap price for being able to say you saw them back when.
Take one Back Street Boy and one New Kid On The Block and together you get Nick & Knight, a collaboration between Nick Carter and Jordan Knight. With a brand-new Nick & Knight album, they’re on tour and will hit the Mercury Ballroom on September 17. The album, which features songs written by committees of noted writers, has done well enough to peak at No. 24 on the U.S. Chart so far. Of course, these two still have fans, most of whom at headed into their thirties, who’ll come out to see them, no doubt. The whole shebang is one professionally engineered, produced and staged event, so it’ll be a thouroughly current pop show that should appeal to those fans. The critics? No so much. Tickets are $45 + $13 fee.
K. Scott Richter ran the Slamdek label, with help from a revolving cast of Louisville musicians and wrote a book about it called Slamdek A-Z. Now there’s an audio version, called Slamdek A To Z: Audio Companion To The Book, with tunes from many of the bands Slamdek released records for. Syd Bishop at Never Nervous, who was around during that time, as his take on the new compilation take; it’s worth a read if you have any interest in Louisville music.