Your Derby Eve show selection just got a bit more complicated – JJ Grey & Mofro will be at the Iroquois Amphitheatre on May 1. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.
Here’s a video of a recent live performance:
As we head for Derby, it seems that the flood of music coming through town has returned touring musicians to the city during the week prior, which has not always been the case of late. The Derby Eve music over the last few years has been noticeably reduced or completely absent, but this year, there are a number of bigger acts in town that night, including Third Eye Blind at 4th Street, Jackyl at the Phoenix and Lucero plus Langhorne Slim & The Law at Headliners. It’s not the level of Derby Eve jams of the Nineties but it’s improving. We hope that visitors to Our Fair City get out into the neighborhoods where Louisville music happens all the time and sample some of what the city has on tap – including the locally brewed beer. If those folks only stayed downtown (and the track, of course), they would leave thinking that Louisville looks just like every other corporate downtown in the country and that would be a shame.
For those visitors, let me suggest these destinations: Frankfort Avenue our to St. Matthews, where the clubs are bunched together; the Baxter Avenue Irish section, where the clubs and restaurants are piled up like cordwood; of course, downtown away from 4th Street Live! is also rewarding, particularly along Main Street. Other music-presenting clubs are scattered throughout the town; the calendar section of this paper will provide you with a choice of places you can direct a taxi to and safely, I might add.
Enjoy your stay and come back soon.