Jul 292014

Here’s a bluegrass show to stretch your budget: a fundraiser called Creekside Jam, at the Humana Grand Allee in Beckley Creek Park, featuring Sam Bush and Band, Rhonda Vincent & the Rage and Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder. Good lord, you might gasp – how could that big a show be out in a park nobody knows about? But that’s just you, Bucky, not paying attention. It’s all part of the Parklands of Floyds Fork in eastern Jefferson County that’s been under construction for some time now. This show is for the Beckley Creek Park section and is expected to bring in some heavy hitters from around the metro. (They hired the heavy hitters for the bluegrass.) No need to detail the history and status of Bush, Vincent and Skaggs – if you don’t know, then this show is not likely to interest you. On August 1. Tickets are $55 adv/ $65 DoS.
Here’s Sam Bush’s set at the 2013 edition of ROMP:


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Jul 292014

From Down Under comes the blues and rock jamband trio called the John Butler Trio, led by – well – John Butler. It’s been seven years since they made a stop in Louisville, playng Headliners and ear X-tacy on that occasion. Of course, it requires some serious plannning to make the journey, so we should not be too judgmental. They’ve scored a number of wins in Australia song awards, including the Australian Recording Industry Association (for Best Blues & Roots Album, twice) and the J Awards, from an Australian national youth radio station. They have a just-released album, Flesh & Blood, to promote. They’ll be doing so at the Iroquois Amphitheater on July 31. Tickets are $30.

Watch the zombies in “Only One”:


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Jul 292014

Now that Forecastle Fest (and Kentucky Music Weekend) is behind us, it’s time to plug the next cool festival (ignoring da state faya, of course). That would be the Cropped Out Festival at the end of September. (But what about Worldfest on Aug. 29 – Sept. 1; the Kentucky Bluegrass & Bourbon Fest at the Water Tower; the Jug Band Jubilee on September 20? Silly man, those aren’t events the cool kids go to.) Anyway, the Bluegrass Catastrophe blog has a piece on Cropped Out organizer Ryan Davis’s choice of the three bands you shouldn’t miss. Read it here.
Here’s Juanita playing “The Night Time Is The Right Time” from last year’s festival:

Jul 272014

Former daytime soap opera star and pop icon Jesse McCartney will bring his “In Technicolor” tour into the Mercury Ballroom on July 29. McCartney has quite a record in the entertainment business, having been a member of the boy band Dream Street before going pro with the platinum-selling Beautiful Soul in 2004. He won multiple awards at the 2005 Teen Choice Awards, including Choice Crossover Artist, Choice Male Artist and Choice Breakout, Male. The following year, he won Favorite Male Singer at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, so he built a teen and pre-teen fan base early on. Not to be slotted into one category, he also put songs up on a number of Disney soundtracks and take to writing songs for other artists, including co-writing credits for “Bleeding Love,” which was recorded by Leona Lewis on her debut album. His current recording is a In Technicolor, hence the name of his tour. The tour sponsor is TWIX® Brand Peanut Butter, so if you haven’t already got the message, this act is pure corporate America. Tickets to the show are$25 plus $5.25.

Watch Jesse sing “Superbad”:


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Jul 262014

Slint talks about Spiderland in an interview recorded during the NOS Primavera Sound Festival in Porto, Portugal in June. “It’s weird, the reverential treatment,” Brian McMahan says with a laugh. “We aren’t used to it. We did not get that when we were younger.” Watch: