Sep 162014
 

Jugbands, jugbands, getcher jugbands here! Yessiree, in the birthplace of jug band music, The 2014 National JUg Band Jubilee is ready to hoot, toot and holler its way into your hears and hearts. Set for September 20 at the Brown-Forman Amphitheatre on the Waterfront, this year’s festival, the 10th Annual, has Maria Muldaur & the Garden Of Joy Jug Band – yes, that Maria Muldaur, who was a member of Jim Kweskin & The Jug Band before she had that hit with “Midnight At THe Oasis” - The Juggernaut Jug Band, Drunken Catfish Ramblers, Steel City Jug Slammers, The Jake Leg Stompers, Cincinnati Dancing Pigs, the Brotherhood Of The Jug Band Blues, The Hokum High Rollers and Bones Jugs N Harmony. This year, there’ll be copies of Michael L. Jones’ new. just published history of Louisville jug bands, titled Louisville Jug Music: From Earl McDonald To the National Jubilee, for sale. The festival itself is free – free- free. It starts at Noon and runs until 11 p.m. Whoot!

Sep 162014
 

Longtime singer-songwriter and now novelist Josh Ritter will do a two-night stand at Kentucky Country Day Theatre, September 20 & 21. Ritter has been a restless sort of troubador, perhaps even old-school, in that he has lived in a number of different cities and traveled to a number of countries in pursuit of his muse. He has now recorded seven studio albums, the last 2013’s The Beast In Its Tracks, along with four live albums and a number of EPs. His music has been on a number of other artists” albums, as well as on television. His connection to Louisville includes having married Louisvillian Dawn Landes, from whom he is now divorced. On the current tour, he will be trying out some new songs as well as his older material. Tickets to the show are $29-$9.

Watch a live version of “A Certain Light”:


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Website: www.joshritter.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joshrittermusic
Twitter: https://twitter.com/joshritter

Sep 162014
 

Awful puns aside, the Virigina pop band Parachute (formerly known as Sparky’s Law) has moved along nice since their opening record for Mercury, Losing Sleep, in 2009. Two of their songs, “She Is Love” and “Under Control,” were used in a Nivea skincare national commercial campaign, plus they performed – along with the Jonas Brothers and Taylor Swift 0 on the Nivea-sponsored stage in front of some million plus people in Times Square, New Year’s Eve 2008. They’ve toured with Kelly Clarkson, The Plain WHite T’s, Michelle Branch, The Goo Goo Dolls and more. They are touring now in support of Overnight, their 2013 album, which peaked at #15 on Billboard’s Top 200. They’ll be at the Mercury Ballroom on September 20, with Matt Wertz and Mikey Wax, Tickets are $15 adv/ $17 Dos plus fees.

Here’s “Can’t Help,” (New York City):


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Website: www.weareparachute.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Parachute
Twitter: https://twitter.com/parachuteband

Sep 152014
 

All the hippest bloggers in town are all over the upcoming show featuring Tennis and Pure Bathing Culture at Headliners on September 19. The bloggers are  not alone in that regard – check these quotes: “An album of sumptuous indie pop…thick and gleaming.” – Stereogum (One of their 40 Best New Bands of 2013); “There’s an irresistible charm to the simple melodic structure and retro sixties-pop lyricism” – VOGUE; “Unfathomably lovely layered harmonies and tear-inducing minor-key guitar strokes” – MTV Buzzworthy.
And those are about Pure Bathing Culture, who are not even the headliners. That would be Tennis, which is the husband-and-wife team of Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley, purveyers of indie surf pop, which you can hear on their new album, the just-released Ritual in Repeat, their third. Tennis has recorded and released a number of covers, as well as their original material, which also makes them rather unusual. Their successes to date have included a couple of television placements, Gray’s Anatomy and Once Upon a Time. Tickets to the show are $10 adv/ $12 Dos, a cheap price for being able to say you saw them back when.

Watch Tennis play “Mean Streets” on KCRW:


Here’s Pure Bathing Culture singing “Pendulum”:


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Website: www.tennis-music.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tennisinc
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TennisInc
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/Tennis

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Website: www.purebathingculture.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/purebathingculture
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/Pure+Bathing+Culture

Sep 142014
 

Vocalist and bassist John Cowan has been a musical presence in the Louisville area for a long time, going back to the Newgrass days at the Great Midwestern Music Hall and continuing on through the various bands he has assembled and fronted. Although generally known as “The Voice Of Newgrass,” his choice of musical styles ranges widely, through soul to the Doobie Brothers, with whom he is a touring member. Now he has joined with John McFee and Friends at for a show at Headliners Music Hall on September 18, celebrating his new Sixty album, which McFee, a Doobie Brothers bandmate, produced. The album has gotten a good reception in the Americana market, including getting airplay on WFPK. No doubt, Louisville will welcome him back, no doubt. Tickets to the show are $30 Reserved Seats / $20 SRO.
Here’s a sampler from Sixty:


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Website: www.johncowan.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/the.john.cowan.band

Sep 132014
 

The final Waterfront Wednesday of 2014 will feature the delicious Boston band Lake Street Dive plus Sean Rowe and The 23 String Band. Lake Street played The New Vintage last February, on a Monday when it was in the teens, with ice and snow on the ground. The house was sold out, bringing a mixed group of people of all ages in to hear them. WFPK has been playing their music since, so expect a really big crowd. New York alt singer/songwriter Sean Rowe is touring in support of his latest, Madman. The 23 String Band will be playing tunes from their latest, Bangin’ And Clangin’. It’s a show, of course. On the Big Four Lawn at Waterfront Park, September 17. Mind the construction work.

Here’s Lake Street Dive doing “I Want You Back”


Sean Rowe – “Madman”:


23 String Band – “Long Hot Summer Days”:


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Website: http://wfpk.org/wfpk-waterfront-wednesday-season-2014/

Sep 132014
 

“With their eponymous album released on Monday and their national tour starting later this month, the two insist not only on their own bankable stardom, but also on the importance of the sound they helped create. And yet, to look at the duo’s respective career trajectories, and the astoundingly generic quality of their album, Nick & Knight showcase a sad, strange take on a certain kind of masculinity, and thus the whole boyband genre: though pretty and well-choreographed, the duo are aggressive and desperate in their attempt to assert their own importance, and assure us that they’re not impotent. ” – Jennifer Garson, The Guardian (UK)

Take one Back Street Boy and one New Kid On The Block and together you get Nick & Knight, a collaboration between  Nick Carter and Jordan Knight. With a brand-new Nick & Knight album, they’re on tour and will hit the Mercury Ballroom on September 17. The album, which features songs written by committees of noted writers, has done well enough to peak at No. 24 on the U.S. Chart so far. Of course, these two still have fans, most of whom at headed into their thirties, who’ll come out to see them, no doubt. The whole shebang is one professionally engineered, produced and staged event, so it’ll be a thouroughly current pop show that should appeal  to those fans. The critics? No so much. Tickets are $45 + $13 fee.

Listen to “Just The Two Of Us”:


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Website: www.nickandknight.com/