The New Vintage Gets The First Appearance Here By Lake Street Dive

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Feb 272014

Lake Street Dive
For folks who have a strong liking for powerful female singers, the March 3 show at The New Vintage, featuring Lake Street Dive is at the top of the list. The video of the band doing a version of “I Want You Back” on a Boston street has been circulating on various social media and the word among those users is the same: vocalist Rachel Price is a star, as is the rest of the band. Backed by a trio featuring a woman double bassist who also harmonizes, a male drummer and a male horn player / guitarist, Price is the standout but the whole group is tight. They met as jazz students and found their liking for soul and R&B matched up. A bit of publicity comment: “The new album, Bad Self Portraits, which is being released by the Northampton, Massachusetts indie label Signature Sounds Recording as the follow-up to a self-titled debut and subsequent EP, is a microcosm of Lake Street Dive’s evolution of the band from “a weird alt-country jazz group to a pop-soul juggernaut, that turns ‘60s influences like Brill Building girl groups (“Stop Your Crying”), British Invasion rock (“Bobby Tanqueray”), horn-driven Stax R&B (“You Go Down Smooth”), Motown soul (“Use Me Up”) and even The Band-like gospel blues (“What About Me”). The real question is whether or not The New Vintage can hold the crowd. Midnight Moxie will open. Tickets are dirt cheap at $10 adv. /$12 DoS.

Here’s the video that got everybody’s attention:



St. Paul And The Broken Bones

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Feb 242014

St. Paul Broken Bones
You see a band with a horn section and a hefty white boy with glasses and a natty jacket singing and you know you’ve got yourself some version of a soul band. That would be St. Paul And The Broken Bones, offering up retro soul wailing and alt.James Brown cum Mick Jagger staging. There always seems to be a place for Southern gospel-influenced soul and R&B and SP&TBB fits the bill for this turn of the music business wheel. They’re getting plenty of buzz around their debut CD, Half The City (including this review by J. L. Puckett at the C-J.). Watch the video below and see if you aren’t moved to head over to Zanzabar on February 28 just to see. Tickets are $10 adv./$12 Dos.

Watch the band perform “Call Me”:



Lionel Richie To Play Yum!

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Feb 122014

Lionel Richie is bringing his “All The Hits All Night Long” Summer 2014 Tour to the KFC Yum! Center on June 17.
Tickets for the Louisville show go on sale to the public beginning at 10:00am on Saturday, February 22, at,, the KFC Yum! Center box office an all Ticketmaster outlets. Charge by phone at 1.800.745.3000. KFC Yum! Center

Mayer Hawthorne Sings Modern R&B/Funk At Headliners

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Sep 152013

Mayer Hawthorne

Mayer Hawthorne wears a lot of hats in the music business, including as a singer, songwriter,producer, arranger, audio engineer, DJ, rapper and multi-instrumentalist. When he’s on tour, though, he’s a soul and neo-soul singer with a strong liking for Sixties and Seventies-era R&B in the style of Holland-Dozier-Holland. Hawthorne has been on Conan and the Letterman show recently, as well as having a variety of guest spots on other TV shows, plus songs in various shows. He didn’t really set out to be an artist but was prevailed upon to try it out. Now he has four albums to his credit plus a long list of singles. His most recent, Where Does This Door Go, was released in July. He’ll appear at Headliners, along with Superhumanoids on September 19. Tickets are $18.

Watch Hawthorne’s “Her Favorite Song”:



Josh Krajcik Band At Zanzabar August 9

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Aug 052013

Josh Krajcik

Ohio native and first season “X Factor USA” runner-up Josh Krajcik is another musician who has benefited from the power of television to launch a career. He first played around as a solo singer-songwriter before the “X Factor” gig, then went on to create the Josh Krajcik Band, which he will lead into Zanzabar in August 9, in support of the fourth album, 2013’s Blindly, Lonely, Lovely. Krajcik and the band can’t be dismissed as flukes because of the “X-Factor” win; he and his bandmates have toured consistently, including a set at Bonnaroo in 2006. They appeared on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! and NPR’s renowned World Café in 2007. It also should be noted that he got his “X Factor” slot with “At Last,” thereby proving he can sing. Tickets are $10adv/$15 Dos.


Part 1 Of Bonnaroo SuperJam Released

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Jul 312013

Bonnaroo 2013’s Rock and Soul Dance Party Superjam, which featured not only John Oates and Jim James, but also Zigaboo Modeliste from The Meters, Larry Graham from Sly & the Family Stone, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, percussionist Cyro Baptista and Carl Broemel from My Morning Jacket. That was the main band. It was widely considered the best SuperJam ever. This preview was released in June:

Now Part 1 of the video, in which Jim James sings “Instant Karma,” has been released by Bonnaroo365: