The Return of Here Come The Mummies, Part Deux

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Dec 022014

The Nashville incognito R&B/Funk band Here Come The Mummies return again to Louisville for the second time this year, on December 5, at the Mercury Ballroom. As has been noted here before, there is not much known about this band, other than their refusal to reveal much. The rumors are rampant – it’s a band of Nashville pros, including Grammy winners, who are avoiding conflicts with record labels by appearing under wraps. That’s the main one. Not that it really matters, since they are a tight, funky band of pros, regardless of their legal entanglements. They do have a new album, Cryptic, for your listening pleasure. For $20 adv,/$22 Dos, you can go hear them play and wonder how they manage under all that costuming. I mean, imagine the sweating!
Watch “Kinda Lingers”:



2015 Kentucky Music Hall of Fame Honorees Announced

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Oct 302014

The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame has announced the 2015 induction Class Honorees. They are country duo Montgomery Gentry, Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell of the Backstreet Boys, singer-songwriter Larry Cordle, artist management icon Clarence Spalding, country comedian, songwriter, musician and broadcaster Pete Stamper, Kentucky legend Doc Hopkins and pioneer R&B group The Moonglows.
The Induction Ceremony is scheduled for April 10, 2015 at Lexington Center’s Bluegrass Ballroom. For more information and tickets, go to

Gladys Knight To Rule the Palace

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Sep 082014

They call her the Empress Of Soul and she’s a seven-time Grammy winner, but when most people think of Gladys Knight, they think of Gladys Knight And The Pips, from her biggest hit-making years in the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties. She’s pretty much been a fixture in the entertainment business for a half-century, both with the Pips and as a solo performer. She recorded and released albums of soul, R&B, soft rock, gospel, funk, doo wop and, of course, that Motown sound. She’s done a number of television shows, including “Dancing With The Stars,” and is an author and businesswoman. Her accomplishments just go on and on, but what counts for most fans is her singing, which she will be doing at the Louisville Palace on September 12. Tickets are $39.99-$79.99 plus fees.

Here’s a recent performance by Gladys Knight & The Pips:



If its Monday, It must be concert announcements

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Aug 182014

First out of the gate this Monday morning is the Mercury Ballroom, with a couple of annoucements. First up is the news that the Nashville band Here Come The Mummies will play on December 5, tickets $20 advance, $22 day of show. This is the second time the Mummies have played the venue this year, so this news begins to border on the very ordinary.

Next, there is an ticket package tagged the Country Club Ticket Package, which is wraps four country shows into one, with a ticket price of $40 for all four. The shows are: Josh Gracin with J. D. Shelburne on August 30; Frankie Ballard, October 24; Clayton Anderson, November 21 and Chase Rice, November 29.

Stay tuned for more?

Time For Morris Day? August 15

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Aug 132014

Morris Day & the Time with Unlimited will take the second free show spot at Cardinal Stadium on August 15, as part of the 2014 Kentucky State Fair. Day started out his music career as a member of a high school band with Prince, which is not a bad way to start. His various successes privoted on Prince’s actions: the Time’s most visible period was in 1984, when Day appeared in Prince’s feature films “Purple Rain” and Graffiti Bridge.” The Time’s first No. 1 hit came in 1990, with “Jerk Out,” from Pandemonium. His career waned afterwards but he continued to work for a while, before retiring. He came out of retirement in 2000 and has been working steadily since, with his most recent album being 2011’s Condensate.

Watch Day perform “Jungle Love” live in 2013:



New Edition Returns To The KFC Yum! Center

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Jul 022014

While the last New Edition tour was a “raw” affair in [Ronnie] DeVoe’s estimate (an odd choice of words, considering the sextet’s plush harmonies), he said this summer’s jaunt has “all the bells, whistles, and big lighting.” And although performing old hits is cool, DeVoe said, it’s doubly important for a reconnected New Edition to get into the studio to compete in the current marketplace.”—A.D. Amorosi, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Oh, my, New Edition returns to town for the first time since their 30th Anniversary show at Yum! in February of 2012. They have managed to survive as a group and overcome the “boy band” image (hard to be a “boy band” when everybody’s well over forty); their individual levels of success have been varied but, once again, the original band has regrouped (including Bobby Brown) and is on tour, bringing full-grown R&B to their fans. A new album is in the works, while the best of the old material will still be in the mix. They’ll be back the KFC Yum! Center on July 6. Tickets range from $49.50 to $100.50, plus fees.

Here’s what they sounded like on “The View” last week:


Yum! Lionel Richie

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Jun 132014

June is the month for serious lovers and fans of Lionel Richie are definitely serious lovers of the former Commodores frontman and solo R&B artist. As one of the best-selling artists of all time (100 million albums world-wide), Richie’s appeal is not just to Anglophones but to many cultures and particularly in the Arab world. His current tour, tagged “All The Hits All Night Long,” was supposed to end in October of 2013, but clearly, its success demanded more dates. With nineteen albums to his credit, that’s a lot of hits. His tenth studio album, Tuskegee, released in 2012, hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts, demonstrating that he’s still a hit maker. He’ll be at the KFC Yum! Center on June 17, with tickets ranging from $46.50 – US $120.00 and fees from $12.75 to $19.45. CeeLo Green will open.
Here’s “All Night Long (All Night)”:


Midwest Music Festival At Yum! June 6 & 7

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Jun 022014

A two-day R&B event tagged as the Midwest Music Festival will happen at the KFC Yum! Center on June 6 and 7, featuring quite a lineup of R&B artists, including, on Friday, June 6, Charlie Wilson, Chaka Khan, Ginuwine and Lyfe Jennings. Saturday, it’ll be Toni Braxton, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Anthony Hamilton, KeKe Wyatt and Avant. Inasmuch as this is the first such festival, the expectation is that it will be repeated. Tickets for are $65 – $85, plus fees of $15.75 and $17.20.
Here’s the teaser video:

New Concert Announcements: Gladys Knight, Don Williams

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May 202014

Yesterday’s round of concert announcements featured the news that Gladys Knight will play the Louisville Palace on September 12 and Don Williams will perform at the Iroquois Amphitheatre on September 11. Tickets for Gladys Knight go sale on Friday, May 23, at noon; tickets for the Williams show will go on sale Friday, June 6, 10 .a,m. 29, $45 & $65