Jan 272015

Forecastle Fest 2015 will happen on July 17–19, 2015, at Waterfront Park, Weekend passes go on sale this Friday, January 30, at noon ET. Details and the lineup at ForecastleFest.com.
Here’s the poster for the first wave of 2015 Forecastle Fest artists

Jan 252015

According to a report in the Courier-Journal, AC Entertainment, the producer of the Forecastle Festival, has agreed to stage the festival on the Louisville Waterfront for the next five years. The 2015 Forecastle Festival will be held on July 17-19, wtih lineup of acts set to be announced on Tuesday, January 27. Weekend passes will go on sale on January 30, and the other ticket information is available at the event website, Forecastlefest.com.
The Courier-Journal’s story is hear.
Here’s a video of “A Day In The Life: Forecastle Festival,” presented by Nashville Guru.

Jan 082015

The recent start-up Do502.com, which is an recommended and events-listing calendar website, has partnered with the recently revamped – under new ownership - LEO to offer five days of free music at different venues around the city, beginngin with the Haymarket Whisky Bar on January 27, featuring Cher Von and Shedding.
On January 28, New Vintage will host Coliseum, Xerxes, Parlour, the Foxery and Black God.
On January 29, Zanzabar will have A Lion Named Road, Discount Guns, Lydia Burrell, Satellite Twin and Six Bells.
January 30 brings Headliners into the action, with The Hot Wires, Graffiti, Black Birds Of Paradise and New Bravado.
Saturday, January 31, the Mercury Ballroom will host 1200, Jalin Roze, Touch AC & The Smoke Shop Kids and Shadowpact.
All these events are free, as noted above

Dec 112014

Back in 2013, singer Todd Snider put together a band he calls Hard Working Americans, which is bassist Dave Schools from Widespread Panic, Neal Casal of Chris Robinson Brotherhood on guitar and vocals, Chad Staehly of Great American Taxi on keyboards and Duane Trucks, younger brother to Derek on drums: that is  to say, rather of a rock supergroup. They’ve mostly been touring but stopped long enough to put out a self-title debut album at the beginning of this year. Snider, of course, has a long history as a singer-songwriter with a more-or-less cult following: he’s been here a bunch of times. The band also has a rockumentary called “The First Waltz,” which was just released. It’s available at the website plus all the usual places. The new band will be at Headliners Music Hall on December 14. Tickets are $25. Should be interesting.
Here’s a live version of “Wrecking Ball”:


Website: thehardworkingamericans.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HardWorkingAmericans
Revernbation: www.reverbnation.com/hardworkingamericans

Dec 092014

:Pop Evil has made Louisville a favorite stop since at least 2008, when they played a Phoenix Hill show; they repeated that stop nearly ten times, before playing the Louder Than Life Festival in September. Now they’re back, but at the Mercury Ballroom this time, on December 12. They’ve got a fan base and they’re still supporting their latest record, Onyx, which also lends its name to the tour – Oynx Set In Stone Tour, so expect a nice turn-out. Islander and Red Sun Rising are supporting the show. Tickets are $15.

Check out “Deal With The Devil” for a taste fo the new record:


Website: www.popevil.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/popevil
Twitter: https://twitter.com/popevil
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/Pop+Evil

Dec 092014

Modern Cult Records was the site for Gubby RecordsHead Cleaner Volumes 3, 4, 5&6 on Friday, December 5. Here’s a video of one of the artists, rapper 1200, performing a piece from his newest record, Symphony I, available here. For more on the event, head over to Never Nervous.

Dec 082014

Louisville jazz fans constantly complain that national jazz acts don’t come here nearly often enough, so the news that saxophonist Boney James will appear with jazz fusion guitarist Stanley Jordan at the Louisville Palace on December 12, should make them take a break from bitching. Of course, that would suppose that jazz fans weren’t as hard-nosed as bluegrass fans can be about their favorites, which, unfortunately, they are are: James is a contemporary jazz musician, so he gets counted in as a smooth jazz player with the likes of Kenny G. The Boston Globe has a comment about that: “Let’s make something perfectly clear: James is not a smooth jazz player. Yeah, he is often grouped with people like Kenny G and Najee, but his music is muscular and gritty, whereas most smooth jazz has all the texture and complexity of a cue ball…James swaggered across the stage like a blacktop hero draining treys on an overmatched opponent. He even weaved his way through the audience, never missing a beat and all but daring the crowd not to have a good time.” Besides, he’s playing with Stanley Jordan and if that’s not enough to stop them from cooking up a bitches brew of complaints, then they’re just too damn picky. Tickets range from $39.99 to $75, plus fees.

Here’s a clip from the Montreux Jazz Festival with James


Website: www.boneyjames.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/boneyjames
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/Boney+James

Dec 082014

It comes as no surprise to Corvus fans that the collective term for a crowd of same is a murder, but to others, well, a murder of crows is just a geeky term to use in a bar contest or, as in this case, a way of playfully hiding the name of the band playing at the Palace, to wit, Counting Crows, on December 10. Okay, it’s not original, but any reference to a popular performing act with a slightly odd name isn likely to be well-used. This very well-known group rock band is touring in support of their new record, Somewhere Under Wonderful, which also is also referential, in this case, to a stage musical co-authored by frontman Adam Duritz and playwright Stephen Beiber. With twenty million copies of their seven studio records sold in the twenty-three years of their existence, there’s not a lot to prove, so head on down an enjoy a very professional band rocking out. Tickets are $29-$85. Twin Forks will open.

Watch “Palisades Park” from the new record:


Website: countingcrows.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/countingcrows
Twitter: https://twitter.com/countingcrows
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/Counting+Crows

Dec 042014

Blues fans, Mike Milligan & Steamshovel will be back to  Stevie Ray’s on December 5 for a show! What? You say that the Kentuckiana Blues Society already told you about this show? Well, what about those blues fans who aren’t members of the KBS? They need to know about this show. The band is from Kokomo, Indiana and has been gigging forsome years now and has played with a great many of the best blues players in town. He’s got some chops and six albums to his credit. Besides that, he puts on a solid show. Tickets are a minimal $5.