Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas are scheduled into the Palace Theatre for two shows, June 4 and 5. Tickets go on sale Friday and they’ll be $59.50, $49.50
Bill Monroe, that is. His birthday, which isn’t until September 13, is a really big deal in Rosine and Owensboro. They’re planning a whole bunch of events around the 100th birthday of the father of Bluegrass music. All the details are at www.billmonroe100birthday.com/. I know a bunch of Louisvillians likely to make the trip – are you one?
Over at LEO, T. E. Lyons as a lengthy phoner with Wanda Jackson, who has received as much ink as the biggest rockers coming to town. Elsewhere in this week’s issue of LEO, Mat Herron, on assignment in Austin for SXSW, has a report on Kentucky musicians attending the music business confernce/festival. Included are: The Endtables, Cheyenne Marie Mize, The Fervor, Lexington’s Idiot Glee (James Friley), Ben Sollee and Freakwater, plus other individual musicians who are in non-Kentucky bands.
Herron also has an article about filmmaker Scott Shuffitt, who is working on a documentary about independent record storys.
Our good friend and totally professional musician Brigid Kaelin, who also writes prose pretty well, likes to start her shows at the time advertised, whether there’s a crowd in the room or not, so when she is in a situation where she can’t do that … well, you’ll just have to read her opinion on that on at Page One.
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.