Forecastle Fest 2015 – The First Wave of Artists Announced

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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
Here’s the poster for the first wave of 2015 Forecastle Fest artists

Forecastle Fest Set For Five Years On Waterfront

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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,
The Courier-Journal’s story is hear.
Here’s a video of “A Day In The Life: Forecastle Festival,” presented by Nashville Guru.

Get Halfway To Abbey Road with To Sir With Love At the Galt House

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Oct 202014

The To Sir With Love spin-off (from Abbey Road On The River) wil feature Terry Sylvester (The Hollies), SixtyFour, Denny Lane (Wings),  The Cryers, BritBeat, Laurence Juber (Wings), Steve Holley, Johnny Heywood, The Rigbys, Kevin Ashba, Peter Conrad, Mark Beyer, The Jukebox and the Nick Peay Band over three days (October 24-25 and 28) in the Galt House and on the Belvedere. This is sort of a Halfway To Abbey Road with the excuse that it’s a celebration of the Paul McCartney show. This one is easy – you know what you’ll get. Hop over to

Check out highlights from the 2014 AROTR Festival, which will feature some of the bands appearing for “To Sir With Love”:



Centennial Festival Of Riverboats – Tuesday Through Sunday

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Oct 132014

The Centennial Festival of Riverboats kicks of tomorrow and runs through Sunday, with all manner of events, including cruises, booths, races, contents, a balloon glow and lost more, plus, of course, music – in fact, there will be 45 acts playing over the six days of the Festival. Go here for details aboutthe whole shebang and look below for the music lineup:

Tuesday, October 14

Join us for the second line parade from 5:00 – 5:30 PM

    City Drum Corps

    From 6:00 – 6:30 PM the Opening Ceremonies and Christening
    will take place. The Second Line Parade will begin at the Belle of
    Louisville Dock and head towards the Centennial Stage. Bands
    featured in the Second Line Parade are:

Wednesday, October 15

(WFPK Roots ‘n’ Boots Night)

Thursday, October 16

Friday, October 17

Saturday, October 18

Sunday, October 19

Riverboat Stage

Wednesday, October 15

Thursday, October 16

Friday, October 17

Saturday, October 18

Sunday, October 19

Roaming Performances

Saturday, October 18

Thursday, October 16

11:00 – 11:25 AMLeigh Ann Yost 11:30 – 11:55 AMJohn Gage 12:00 – 12:25 PMBig Poppa Stampley 12:30 – 12:55 PMLeigh Ann Yost 1:00 – 1:25 PMJohn Gage 1:30 – 1:55 PMBig Poppa Stampley

Friday, October 17

11:00 – 11:25 AMThe Wheelhouse Rousters 11:30 – 11:55 AMSteel City Jug Slammers 12:00 – 12:25 PMBrother Duo Tribute 12:30 – 12:55 PMThe Wheelhouse Rousters 1:00 – 1:25 PMSteel City Jug Slammers 1:30 – 1:55 PMBrother Duo Tribute

Saturday, October 18

11:30 AM – 12:00 PMLouisville Leopard Percussionists 12:30 – 1:15 PMThe Cincinnati Dancing Pigs 1:15 – 2:30 PMRIVERBOAT PARADE 2:30 – 3:00 PMSqueeze-bot 3:15 – 4:00 PMSteel City Jug Slammers 4:30 – 5:15 PMYour Friendly Neighborhood Big Band 5:45 – 6:30 PMThe Predators

Sunday, October 19

11:30 AM – 12:15 PMJohn Gage 12:45 – 1:30 PMBig Poppa Stampley 2:00 – 2:30 PMKentucky Opera 3:00 – 4:00 PMTyrone Cotton 4:30 – 5:30 PMJuggernaut Jug Band

Roaming Performances

Saturday, October 18

1:00 – 5:00 PMSquallis Puppeteers Sunday, October 19 1:00 – 5:00 PMSquallis Puppeteers 12:30 – 5:00 PMMarch Madness Marching Band

Previews: Outskirts Festival

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Oct 092014

The Outskirts Festival is a go for this weekend at the New Vintage, with a lineup that includes Shannon Wright, Tara Jane O’Neil, a reunited Drinking Woman, Cher Von, Juanita and more. Syd Bishop has an interview/preview in this week’s LEO and J. L. Puckett has a write-up at the C-J.

First Outskirts Festival At New Vintage, October 10-12

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Oct 062014

The first Outskirts Festival, a woman-oriented event, kicks off its three-day run at The New Vintage on October 10 and runs through October 12. The lineup is fairly impressive, including former Louisville bands Antietam and Drinking Woman (reunion) plus Tara Jane ONeil, as well as Marnie Stern and Shannon Wright, who have achieved fame elsewhere on the planet. There will be plenty of current Louisville bands and performers, including Maiden Radio, Bridge 19, The Fervor, Twin Limb, The Sandpaper Dolls and many, many more. Check the website for a complete lists. The event also features educational events for girls and women and community building activity. The festival is non-profit as well.



Into the Garden: A Festival of Iraqi Culture, featuring Rahim Al Haj

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Oct 052014

Now that the US has left Iraq in tatters, you can get a civilized look at some of the culture, when the Clifton Cultural Center presents Into the Garden: A Festival of Iraqi Culture, featuring Rahim Al Haj. Rahim Al Haj is one of the world’s best – if not the best – oud player. From the Center’s description of the event, this: “Rahim AlHaj is considered by many to be the greatest oud player in the world. A two-time Grammy nominee, he has recorded traditional music for Smithsonian Masterworks and reached across genres to record and perform with the likes of jazz legend Bill Frisell and Peter Buck of the band R.E.M., among many others.”
But that’s not the half of it; partnering with the Kentucky Refugee Ministries and the Iroquois Branch of the Louisville Public Library, there will be a week-long series of events celebrating the art and culture of Iraq, with Al Haj as its centerpiece. In addition to his culminating concert, AlHaj will participate in a free community gathering on October 9, featuring Middle Eastern food, hands-on art activities for kids, dance and percussion workshops, that culminates in a cross-cultural jam session featuring Rahim with local Iraqi and bluegrass musicians. Here’s the list of events:

Global Table: Exploring Iraq’s Cultural Diversity Through Food and Storytelling
Monday, October 6
Program and Dinner: 6:30-8:00 (there will be a reception beginning at 6:15)
The Clifton Center – $15

Limited seating. Tickets are $15 and available through Clifton Center. Click here to purchase tickets.

Panel on Race
Tuesday, October 7 time TBD, free
Louisville Public Library, Iroquois Branch

Iraqi Dance and Percussion Workshops
Tuesday, October 7, time TBD, free
Ruric-Amari Dance Studio at the Clifton Center

Film Screening: “We’re Not White” with filmmaker Amer Zahr
Wednesday, October 8, 7:00, pay what you will
The Clifton Center Eifler Theatre

A Community Celebration of Iraqi Art and Culture
Thursday, October 9, 6:00, free
The Clifton Center

Rahim AlHaj in Concert
Friday, October 10 at 8:00, $10
The Clifton Center Eifler Theatr

More details are at

Here’s Alhaf performing “Oak”:

Louder Than Life Festival At Champions Park

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Sep 302014

We have a special treat in store for us this fall: we finally get a show that we deserve. I have bitched for years about all the big shows not coming to Louisville, and that all we seem to get are watered-down commercial concerts that the big venues deem safe and worthy (lame), which isn’t saying much.

But do we get shows with balls? Very rarely. Do we ever get huge cool national outdoor concerts that kick ass? Once in a very blue moon. Yeah, our city seems scared to death to have anything with any kind of balls to it playing our beloved city. Fortunately an out-of-town promoter has come to the rescue. I could kiss this promoter, and I’m not even gay! Two days of live music! The Louder Than Life Festival! October 4 and 5 at Champions Park down on the river. I know not many of you know about Champions Park, so I’ll tell you where it is: It’s at the old River Road Country Club property on River Road near the Water Tower. If you take Zorn Ave to the river, you will turn left on River Road, and there is Champions Park on your left. I’m extremely happy because my favorite metal band, Judas Priest, is headlining, and that is just unbelieveable. As uptight/scared as this city is, this is a miracle and just what our city needs. To be competitive with other cities. To not be scared to death of a rock/metal show with grit. To give us rockers a show that we can have fun at. Saturday and Sunday, October 4 and 5, we will get our chance to rock.
It’s a two-day festival that features quite a lineup:
Saturday: Judas Priest, Korn, Limp Bizkit, Stone Temple Pilots, Alterbridge, Steel Panther, Mastodon, Theory Of A Deadman, Pop Evil, Memphis May Fire, Otherwise, Fuel, Thousand Foot Crutch, Miss May I, Nonpoint, Wilson and local rockers Flaw.
Sunday: Kid Rock, Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Papa Roach, A Day To Remember, Buck Cherry, Bring Me The Horizon, Hellyeah, In This Moment, Chiodos, Motionless In White, Nothing More, Butcher Babies, Avatar, Crobot, Monster Truck and Islander.
On top of all this music, the festival promises plenty of fine bourbon and gourmet “man food. “
So make your plans now, because this is going to be off-the-hook. Get your tickets A. S. A. P. I will have more info as the show approaches. My personal faves on this Festival are; Judas Priest (duh), Steel Panther, Flaw, Five Finger Death Punch, Hellyeah and Volbeat.
Tickets are for both days: $79.50 adv/ $109.50 DoS Single Day: $59.Single

Tickets are available at

—-Eddy Metal

Here is some classic (and obscure) Judas Priest for ya!

More info:

Cropped Out Festival 2014

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Sep 222014

Let’s just say it: the 5th Annual Cropped Out Festival is kind of unusual, not for your ordinary Jane or Joe music fan. Oh, there might be the odd player now and then that you might relate to, like, for instance, Nathan Salsberg, but most of the music is out on the edges (hence the “cropped out” name); fundamentally, it’s the punk motif run wild. It happens at American Turners on River Road, plus a couple of other places: Dreamland and Fresh Start. The kick-off is on September 25 at Dreamland; for September 26 & 27, the main event happens. The lineup is too long to print here: head over to for that. The last show is at Fresh Start on September 28. Really, you need to be fairly young and very much interested in music that pushes the boundaries, hard. However, it could well be that attendance at this event will be a considerable badge of supreme cool later in life.  Get your tickets at

Here’s the commercial for 2014: