Fiddler Sleepy Marlin, 95, has died, according to a post by John Denison. More details to follow.
If the roads permit, there’s plenty of music happening around the city this weekend, as usual. Over at the local Gannett Profit Center, Joe Lord has a brief plug on the Drivin’ N Cryin‘ show at Headliners tonight; J.L. Puckett previews the Workers show at Headliners on Saturday.
Reaching back to Wednesday’s Velocity, there was an article from 2008 about the Punch Brothers with Chris Thile, who are set for the Bomhard on Saturday. Curiously, the Metromix piece didn’t mention that show info.
For the most music info, check the LMN Calendar.
Louisville native Sid Griffin, best known around these parts as a member of the Long Ryders, has a lengthy interview in the Americana Gazette, which gets readers up-to-date on Griffin’s doin’s in England, where he now lives. He is currently playing bluegrass mandolin in his band The Coal Porters.
Thevillevoice.com has a video of an unidentified (but presumably official spokesman) gentlemen talking about a group of Iranians who came to visit the Bluegrass State in order to hear some ‘real’ bluegrass music. They went to the IBMA Bluegrass Museum in Owensboro and jammed with pickers there, then came back to Louisville and jammed with some jazz players rounded up by Jamie Aebersold. The official was really touting an unidentified organization/program that brings international visitors to the States.
Here at LMN, it’s a consistent theme that we refer to local music as Louisville music, in part to brand the scene with an easily-identifiable label (useful for those times when some Louisville band/performer actually ventures out into the world) and in part because ‘local’ so often means amateurish, at least with respect to music. However, the second reason is not always valid, of course, particularly with respect to restaurants and other food purveyors, in which area, Louisville is top-notch. None of this is a surprise to anyone paying attention here in town. Our two primary purveyors of deadtree products, ye neo LEO (SouthComm) and the C-J (Gannett), do tout the wonders of local now and then. This week, LEO was devoted to keeping Louisville local and, accordingly, focuses on local companies, including ear X-tacy, with whose owner Mat Herron sat down for an interview about why he recently released a video pleading for customers to return.
Otherwise in music, Alan Sculley interviewed Northern Kentucky native Andy Six about his band Black Veil Brides, playing tonight at Expo 5. Herron plugs the Bluegrass Anonymous “Holiday Pick-Inn,” set for Sunday, November 28 at the Holiday Inn Hurstbourne.
The C-J’s music blogger Peter Berkowitz has a piece on his blog on why he buys some non-local stuff.
To no one’s surprise, Churchill Downs has scrapped plans for a 2011 HullabaLOU and likely even further out. The 2010 festival lost a cool five million dollars. Page One has the story.
The 37 Flood blog is reporting that newgrass band Arnett Hollow is breaking up. Last show tonight at the Glassworks. Boo on that.
Taking a little time off from loafing and playing, here are a few items you might have missed:
WFPK’s Kyle Meredith got a nice front-page-of-the-Features-section write-up by J. L. Puckett about his promotion to WFPK music director. Maybe the music will get more interesting again.
Niki King did a mid-festival plug on the Bluegrass Festival at the Water Tower, which continues today. Nothing like beautiful weather to get the crowds out.
In the classical music field, Andrew Adler berates the Detroit Orchestra for slashing players’ salaries by nearly 30%. Adler also gave Sarah Chang a left-handed compliment for her performance with the LO on Friday night. I suppose he needed to mitigate his otherwise effusive praise.
Elsewhere, everybody is having a “phew” Labor Day celebration, mostly to get ready for the avalanche of vile, nasty, decitful and dishonest political ads which we must deal with over the next two months.
Tons of music going on this weekend and I do mean tons, some of it free. The free stuff: the all-new Germantown Blues Festival, going on Friday and Saturday. (The C-J has a write-up). Check’s, The Zeppelin Cafe and the Kentuckiana Blues Society put it together and the Musicians Emergency Resource Foundation (MERF) gets some of the rewards – a portion of the beer money goes to MERF.
If you’d rather sit in air-conditioned comfort, Janiva Magness is over at the Vernon Club. She has a stack of blues awards, so that should be quite the show.
The female artists are all over this weekend, including Magness, of course. At 4th St. Live!, Emily West is the headliner for the Friday night edition of Hot Country Nights. It’s a free show, too.
Saturday, check out the Kentucky Homefront show, featuring my bluesgrass favs Storefront Congregation, the Next Exit Bluegrass Band, young pianist Alexandra Bolus and singer-songwriter (and LMN cover artist for August) Jenny Madison.
Plus, of course, the usual stack of Louisville musicians and others playing around town for your listening and dancing pleasure.