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Noche Flamenco At Cafe Classico With Flamenco Louisville

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Oct 152014

It’s Flamenco night at Café Classico on October 18 and the dancers and guitarists from Flamenco Louisville, several of whom are just back from a strip to Sevilla to study, will offer a genuine Spanish-style tablao for you entertainment. There’s a $10 cover, which includes a glass of wine. The show starts around 9:30p.m.

Here’s a video from this year’s Worldfest performance:


Website: www.flamencolouisville.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Flamenco-Louisville/217285098299804

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 http://www.cliftoncenter.org/?post_type=events&p=3459

Here’s Alhaf performing “Oak”:

tUnE-yArDs at Headliners

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Oct 042014

“There are some strange things going on in the tUnE-yArD. Clattering, swirling, weird things. Merrill Garbus runs the ramshackle sonic junkyard, with lilting ukelele melodies and looped vocals that sound like African yodels one minute and sweet multi-harmony pop the next. Her voice recorder snags bits of her dexterous finger picking, homemade percussion, and found sounds. Bass drums rattle the soundscape quilted with tiny layers of harmonic and rhythmic dissonance. Frankly, it sounds like chaos, it sounds like folk art, and it sounds absolutely captivating.” – S.D. Green P. McEver, Ink19.com 
Headliners brings us the capital-challenged tUnE-yArDs,  a lo-fi, experimental pop band (or a worldbeat, R&B folk band) fronted by former puppeteer and ukulele player and singer Merrill Garbus, with bass by regular member and occasional co-writer Nate Brenner, plus a touring band with a horn section. What is clear is that Garbus definitely follows her own drummer and, sometimes, her horn section. Despite the quirkiness, the band has drawn praise – and some snarky criticism – and fans, with the hippest media tagging her Whokill album the No. 1 in 2001. The song “Gangsta” scored TV time on Orange Is The New Black, Weeds and The Good Wife. Not too shabby. There’s a new album, Nikki Nack, for your consideration and purchase. Tickets to the October 8 show are $20.

Watch this video from tUnE-yArDs – “Water Fountain” (Official Video) for a taste:


Website: tune-yards.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tuneyards
Twitter: https://twitter.com/tuneyards

Matisyahu, Radical Something, Headliners Music Hall, September 29

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Sep 252014

“a soul-shaking brand of dancehall reggae, a show that captures both the jam band vibe of Phish and the ska-punk of Sublime” – Kevin Pang, Chicago Tribune
Pegging Matisyahu to a specific genre of music has proven to be a fool’s errand over the course the artist’s career. Beginning as a rapper, then a Chassidic rapper, then a Chassidic reggae star with a beard, then he lost the beard and worked his way into some rock. Now it’s apparently a mix of all his influences, which could be a little strange. His religious life has evolved right along with his music (or vice versa). Whatever it is now, he’s going to do it at Headliners on September 29, as part of his promotional tour for his latest CD, Akeda. California’s Radical Something will open. At Headliners Music Hall on September 29, tickets are $25 adv/$28 Dos.

Watch “Surrender” from the new album:


Website: matisyahuworld.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/matisyahu
Twitter: https://twitter.com/matisyahu
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/Matisyahu

La Cafeteras, Appalatin At Clifton Centre

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Sep 202014

East Los Angeles is noted for its heavy Hispanic population and the bands that arise from there; the Clifton Cultural Center’s September 24 show will feature one such band, Las Cafeteras, as well as Louisville’s Appalatin, for an evening for really cross-country music. Las Cafeteras is tagged as a Chicano band, fusing folk music, spoken word, Jarocho (Veracruz Mexican Son), Afro-Mexican and zapateado (footwork). Their music also has strong political themes, both with respect to various immigrant issues as well as feminist stances. They’re touring in suppost of their 2012 release, It’s Time.
Appalatin is, of course, well-known in the Louisville area for their mix of Latin and Appalachian music and will likely draw a good crowd, to the benefit of Las Cafeteras. Tickets are a mere $10.

Watch “La Bamba Rebelde”:


Website: lascafeteras.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LasCafeteras

Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath At Headliners

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Aug 132014

The band is called Brownout and they’re playing at Headliners on August 16 under the title of Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath. It’s an Austin band, and if you are somewhat confused, welcome to the club. Here’s a PR bit about Brownout from Headliners:
“An 8-piece outfit formed ten years ago by members of Grammy Award-winning Latin revival orchestra Grupo Fantasma, Brownout has evolved into a musical force all its own. After garnering their third Austin Music Award last year, the band has continued to produce music that is unflinchingly progressive, while evoking the classic influences of artists such as WAR, Cymande and Funkadelic. They’ve performed at events including Bonnaroo, High Sierra Music Festival, Pickathon, FFFFest, Bear Creek Music Festival, Utopia Festival and Pachanga Fest, while regularly touring the U.S. Brownout’s also served as a highly in-demand backing band for artists including Prince, Daniel Johnston, GZA and Bernie Worrell.”
Though it isn’t quite explicitly stated, Brown Sabbath is Brownout’s Black Sabbath alter=ego. With a Latin influence, of course. D’Arkestra is opening for them. Tickets are $12 Adv/$15 Dos.

Here’s they live, cover The Wizard>


Website: brownoutmusic.tumblr.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brownoutband

Stephen “Reggae” Marley At The Mercury Ballroom

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Aug 092014

Bob Marley’s son Stephen “Reggae” Marley is headed into the Mercury Ballroom on August 13, bringing some of that down-home Jamaican reggae to the Fourth Street venue. One could hardly argue that what the younger Marley does is not authentic reggae in every respect, but sons of famous musicians often surprise their parent’s fans by going in a different direction.  Not so with Stephen, who has won five Grammy Awards an artist, producer and member of the family band, Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers. His 2011 album, Revelation Pt. 1 – The Root of Life, won a Grammy for best reggae album that year. If reggae is to your taste, here’s your chance to hear some of the best of the real deal. Tickets are $25.

Watch “Rock Stone” from the new record. Revelation Part II: The Fruit Of Life:


Website: www.stephenmarleymusic.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stephenraggamarley
Twitter: https://twitter.com/stephenmarley
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/Stephen+Marley