Forecastle Fest 2015 – The First Wave of Artists Announced

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Jan 272015

Forecastle Fest 2015 will happen on July 17–19, 2015, at Waterfront Park, Weekend passes go on sale this Friday, January 30, at noon ET. Details and the lineup at
Here’s the poster for the first wave of 2015 Forecastle Fest artists

Previews: Outskirts Festival

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Oct 092014

The Outskirts Festival is a go for this weekend at the New Vintage, with a lineup that includes Shannon Wright, Tara Jane O’Neil, a reunited Drinking Woman, Cher Von, Juanita and more. Syd Bishop has an interview/preview in this week’s LEO and J. L. Puckett has a write-up at the C-J.

Into the Garden: A Festival of Iraqi Culture, featuring Rahim Al Haj

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Oct 052014

Now that the US has left Iraq in tatters, you can get a civilized look at some of the culture, when the Clifton Cultural Center presents Into the Garden: A Festival of Iraqi Culture, featuring Rahim Al Haj. Rahim Al Haj is one of the world’s best – if not the best – oud player. From the Center’s description of the event, this: “Rahim AlHaj is considered by many to be the greatest oud player in the world. A two-time Grammy nominee, he has recorded traditional music for Smithsonian Masterworks and reached across genres to record and perform with the likes of jazz legend Bill Frisell and Peter Buck of the band R.E.M., among many others.”
But that’s not the half of it; partnering with the Kentucky Refugee Ministries and the Iroquois Branch of the Louisville Public Library, there will be a week-long series of events celebrating the art and culture of Iraq, with Al Haj as its centerpiece. In addition to his culminating concert, AlHaj will participate in a free community gathering on October 9, featuring Middle Eastern food, hands-on art activities for kids, dance and percussion workshops, that culminates in a cross-cultural jam session featuring Rahim with local Iraqi and bluegrass musicians. Here’s the list of events:

Global Table: Exploring Iraq’s Cultural Diversity Through Food and Storytelling
Monday, October 6
Program and Dinner: 6:30-8:00 (there will be a reception beginning at 6:15)
The Clifton Center – $15

Limited seating. Tickets are $15 and available through Clifton Center. Click here to purchase tickets.

Panel on Race
Tuesday, October 7 time TBD, free
Louisville Public Library, Iroquois Branch

Iraqi Dance and Percussion Workshops
Tuesday, October 7, time TBD, free
Ruric-Amari Dance Studio at the Clifton Center

Film Screening: “We’re Not White” with filmmaker Amer Zahr
Wednesday, October 8, 7:00, pay what you will
The Clifton Center Eifler Theatre

A Community Celebration of Iraqi Art and Culture
Thursday, October 9, 6:00, free
The Clifton Center

Rahim AlHaj in Concert
Friday, October 10 at 8:00, $10
The Clifton Center Eifler Theatr

More details are at

Here’s Alhaf performing “Oak”:

Cropped Out Festival 2014

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Sep 222014

Let’s just say it: the 5th Annual Cropped Out Festival is kind of unusual, not for your ordinary Jane or Joe music fan. Oh, there might be the odd player now and then that you might relate to, like, for instance, Nathan Salsberg, but most of the music is out on the edges (hence the “cropped out” name); fundamentally, it’s the punk motif run wild. It happens at American Turners on River Road, plus a couple of other places: Dreamland and Fresh Start. The kick-off is on September 25 at Dreamland; for September 26 & 27, the main event happens. The lineup is too long to print here: head over to for that. The last show is at Fresh Start on September 28. Really, you need to be fairly young and very much interested in music that pushes the boundaries, hard. However, it could well be that attendance at this event will be a considerable badge of supreme cool later in life.  Get your tickets at

Here’s the commercial for 2014:



Befuddled Fest? Quiet Riot, Days Of The New, Tantric & Psychostick

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Aug 272014

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:


Outskirts Music Festival Announces Lineup

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Aug 262014

The lineup for the first Outskirts Music Festival, set for October 10-12 at the New Vintage, has been released. It looks to be very interesting all the way around. The Sunday schedule will be particularly interesting to longtime Louisville music fans, with the return to the city of both Antietam and Tara Jane ONeil. Also in that category is a reunion appearance of Drinking Woman.
Here’s the complete schedule, with ticket info after:

Friday, October 10th @ The New Vintage:
New York, NY// Kill Rock Stars
Cincinnati, OH//Frenchkiss Records
Tacoma, WA
with DJ KIM SORISE (Louisville)
Saturday, October 11th @ The New Vintage:
DRINKING WOMAN (Reunion Show!)
Louisville/Los Angeles
Atlanta, GA//Touch & Go
Chicago, IL
Philadelphia, PA
Chicago, IL
Louisville, KY//Karate Body Records
Louisville, KY
Saturday Late Show @ The Cure Lounge
Cincinnati, OH
Cincinnati, OH

*Abiyah and Mahogany Reign will also perform at the Rockshops for Girls!
Sunday, October 12th @ The New Vintage
New York, NY//Carrot Top Records
Los Angeles//KRANKY Records
Louisville//Ol Kentuck Records
Louisville//Karate Body Records

Early Bird Weekend Pass: $35 all-access pass: (Limited to 50 passes) Available at
Individual Day Tickets: $15 advance / $20 day of show: Advance tickets available/

Forecastle Fest Day 2: Comfortable Shoes and Sunscreen

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Jul 192014

All right, Day Two of the Forecastle Fest. The lineup includes Jack White, Band of Horses, Dwight Yoakam, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Jason Isbell, Slint, Lord Huron, Spanish Gold, Kygo, Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, Hurray for the Riff Raff, The Soul Rebels, Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors, Boy & Bear, Mount Moriah, Young & Sick, Johnnyswim, JaLin Roze, Goodbye June, The Wans, Jill Andrews, Anwar Sadat, Moon Taxi, Chancellor Warhol, Bluegrass Situation and Americana Music Association Late-Night Hang Featuring The 2. It’s immense. At Waterfront Park. Tickets are $84.50 / $94.50 & UP. Wear your sunscreen.