The Befuddled Fest, set for August 29 – 31 at the Rustic Frog (“A Gentlemen’s Club”) in New Albany, looks like it will live up to its name in some respects, with a focus on Nineties (and earlier) bands and a rather overt 420 theme running through the whole thing. It’ll be wise not to be holding if you go (or at least not when you leave), just because the New Albany police might be lurking on Hwy. 111, looking for drunks coming back from the casino, plus other impaired drivers. Having said all that, the lineup looks like this, in part: Days of the New, Quiet Riot, Bullet Boys, Faster Pussycat, Tantric, Psychostick, PoP Kiss Chainsaw, Vintage VooDoo, Stone The Crow, Nova Red, The Mad Taxpayers, Dirty Cheese & The Hoodie Thieves and Year of the Gun. Days Of The New will feature the original lineup: Travis Meeks (vocals/ guitar), Todd Whitener (guitar), Jesse Vest (bass) and Matt Tau (drums). If you can’t find something in there to like, you weren’t listening to music in the Nineties. With all the other stuff that’s being touted – Magicians, Dancers, Exotic Animals, Fire Breathers, Hula Girls, Dwarf Tossing, Illusionists, Contortionists, Stripper Dunk Tank, Clowns, Mascots – this promises to be a real fustercluck – but a fun one. Tickets are $25 a day or $45 for the whole three days.
Here’s Days Of The New singing “Touch, Peel and Stand” from back in the day:
If it’s Labor Day Weekend, it must be bluegrass at the Louisville Water Tower, this year under the title of the Four Roses Bourbon Kentucky Bluegrass & Bourbon Experience. The bands playing are Flickertail Holler, Blind Corn Liquor Pickers, Hog Operation, Relic, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Turning Ground, Storefront Congregation, Whiskey Bent Valley Boys, Westbound Rangers and The Hogslop String Band. Of that lineup, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out is the biggest name, without casting any aspersion on the others, particularly Louisville’s Storefront Congregation and Hog Operation, either of which is also worth the ticket price. The event goes on August 30 and 31, a day less than in previous years. Still, a fine Kentucky way to spend yourLabor Day Weekend, hanging out at the Water Tower, drinking bourbon, eating BBQ and listening to bluegrass. Tickets are $10 before 6p.m. $14 after.
Here’s a little Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, singing “Take Me Home, Country Road”:
Headliners is staging a country music show on August 29, featuring the exceptionally handsome Jason Michael Carroll along with Jeni Carr and J. D. Shelburne. Carroll got his start at a Houston talent competition, which led to Arista Nashville signing him in 2006. His first record, Waitin’ In The Country, yielded three top 40 hits. His next produced two more, then he and Arista “parted ways.” His third record, Numbers, is distributed via Cracker Barrel stores. Shepherdsville’s Carr and Taylorsville’s Shelburne have been having some success in Nashville, though it remains an uphill battle for both. Tickets to the show are $15.
Watch the official video for “Close Enough”:
August 24 is a Sunday and at the 2014 Kentucky State Fair, that means it’s time for a free Christian music concert. On the bill for this show is Greenville, Texas Crhistian rock band MercyMe, a band with a long string of hits on the Christian music charts and awards to match, including having the Billboard’s No. 1 No. 1 Christian song of the Decade: “Word of God Speak.” For this show, they have a brand-new record, Welcome To The New,” which was released in April. The show is at Cardinal Stadium and it’s free, of course.
Watch the official video for “Shake” from the new record: