Old Crow Medicine Show at Palace Theatre

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Nov 112014

That’s not only because the 15-year-old band is made up of serious musicians who can play some of the fastest, most difficult fiddle and banjo lines you’ve ever heard. It’s also because you’d be hard-pressed to find a group that can beat Old Crow for pure melodic energy.” Elizabeth Pandolfi, Charleston City Papaer
Neo-C&W, retro-folk string bluegrass band Old Crow Medicine Show rides back into town for a show at the Louisville Palace on November 14, where they will certainly sing “Wagon Wheel,” along with a number of original tunes and old-timey songs from back before WWII. They get the credit (or the blame) for a flurry of banjo-picking string bands that cropped up following their discovery by Doc Watson (while they were busking in Boone, North Carolina). They’ve done very well, thank you, having been frequently on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” radio show, plus getting formally inducted into the Grand Old Opry last year. Not a bad trick, being popular with the checkered-shirt and Ugg boots-wearing hippie crowd and the country music folk. They’ve earned quite a few awards and honors, including a Grammy for Best Long Form Video in 2013. Anyway, they have a new album, Remedy, just this year, so take a lilttle extra money with you to show – if you have it to spare, that is. Tickets are $29.50-$47.50.

Watch OCMS sing Sweet Amarillo>


Website: www.crowmedicine.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OldCrowMedicineShow

Rick Springfield at The Palace

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Jul 102014

It’s been over thirty years since Rick Springfield had a smash hit with “Jessie’s Girl,’ for which he also scored a Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. Over the years, he’s released a number of albums, the last being 2012’s Songs for the End of the World, but in truth, he has been more successful as an actor, beginning with his role as Dr. Noah Drake on the daytime series General Hospital and continuing on in various films and television shows. Various other matters have interfered with his musical career over the years, so much so that his visibility in the music business has been limited. He’s playing a show at the Louisville Palace on July 13. Tickets are $25 to $225.

Here’s a fan video of him singing at a Barnes And Noble:


Website: RickSpringfield.com

Elvis Costello Solo At the Palace

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Jun 132014

“These are the sort of things that push you on in music — the curiosity, a passion for new ideas. It’s important to keep restoring that, and at the same time, hold on to the core things about music that whenever you pick the simplest form of instrument; guitar or piano, you can find a song that’s worthwhile.” – Elvis Costello
Google “Elvis Costello” and you’ll get roughly 2,450,000 results, which should pretty well lay out the wide boundaries of Costello’s output over the the last thirty-plus years. With two dozen studio albums and more collaborative and/or live albums than Jim James has thought about, Costello the songwriter has left his mark in many, many places. He also does a lot of television and film, often playing himself. His latest tour is a completely solo tour; he’ll be at the Palace Theatre on June 17. Tickets are $25-$85.

Here’s a 1978 video of Elvis Costello and The attractions singing “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding”:



311 at The Louisville Palace

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May 032014

Call 311 in many cities and you get a metropolitan help line, which makes using that as a band name a tad bit problematic,yes? However, back in 1988 in the band’s hometown of Omaha, the number was police code for indecent exposure, so it was ideal for a bunch of young guys trying to establish a brand. Whatever. The longtime alt.rock / rap rock / metal / funk / reggae / jazz fusion band of that name will kick the doors down at the Palace on May 7. The band’s history is lengthy, as befits a twenty-six year career; their best-selling CD was 1995’s 311, which yielded “Down,” a No. 1 hit on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. Thereafter, their albums and singles often reached the Top Ten, but it wasn’t until 2004-2005 that they climbed to No. 1 again. But they sold a lot of records, toured relentlessly and instituted 311 Caribbean Cruises, which also were successful. Their current record is the just-released Stereolithic, which hit No. 1 on the Billboard’s US Alt Rock chart. Tickets are $36.50 plus $12.50.

Here’s “Down” (directions for the volume?):


Website: www.311.com/?
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/official311?
Twitter: https://twitter.com/311?

Kari Jobe At The Palace

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Apr 022014

Christian singer-songwriter Kari Jobe will be at the Louisville Palace on April 6, touring in support of latest album, Majestic. The Waco, Texas native has been nominated for a Grammy and three Dove awards, two of which she won. She has also recorded Spanish languages albums. Her music is of the praise and worship style, which ties directly to her role as an associate pastor at her church in Southlake, Texas. Tickets are $35
Here’s a sampler from her latest album Majestic:


Website: www.karijobe.com/?
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KariJobe
Twitter: https://twitter.com/karijobe?
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/karijobe?
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/Kari+Jobe?

Crosby, Stills And Nash At The Palace

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Mar 042014

Crosby, Stills and Nash
Okay, all of you who grew up in the Sixties – here’s one last chance to see and hear some of those legends of the time – Crosby, Stills and Nash will play the Louisville Palace on March 8. Their collective histories are the stuff of most Baby Boomers memories and record collections; the fact that they are still out their playing gives every boomer hope for his or her own senior years. After all, David Crosby has survived jail, diabetes, a liver transplant and heroin addiction, plus god only knows how many backstage brawls. They’re members of the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame at least once each; Graham Nash is an Officer Of The Order Of The British Empire (OBE) and Crosby and Nash have both had a relationship with Joni Mitchell. Plus, of course, all that great music that they’re written, recorded and performed. They’ve written books, scored some acting gigs and hung out with pretty much anybody you like to. All that, and they can still sing. Go forth and enjoy. Tickets are a hefty $59.50-$116.50.

Here’s a video of a recent concert:


Website: www.crosbystillsnash.com/?
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CSN.official?
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/Crosby,+Stills+&+Nash?

The Best Of Anthony Hamilton – Himself – At The Palace

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Feb 112014

Anthony Hamilton
One of the prerequisites for ultimate fame as a vocalist seems to be membership in a church choir at a young age. Root around in the biography of almost any really fine singer and there you’ll find a gospel choir, harmonies and all. This seems especially true with R&B singers; Anthony Hamilton is one of those. A singer-songwriter and record producer, his post-choir path to musical fame was laid by his second studio album, 2003’s Comin’ From Where I’m From, which yielded both the title track and “Charlene” as hit singles. Louisvillians might not know but should know that he sang in the chorus for Nappy Roots’ 2002 hit single “Po’ Folks.” His collaboration with the Nappy Roots crew continued with three more singles from Wooden Leather and one from The Humdinger. His career has been built over the last ten years from many more such collaborations. He is currently touring as a headlining performer, with 2011’s Back To Love driving the set list. He’ll be at the Palace Theatre on February 15, with Lelah James opening. Tickets are $37.50-$42.50

Here’s “Can’t Let Go”:


Website: www.anthonyhamilton.com/?
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnthonyHamiltonMusic?
Twitter: https://twitter.com/HamiltonAnthony?
MySpace: https://myspace.com/anthonyhamilton?

O.A.R. at the Palace

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Nov 052013

The guys in O.A. R. (Of A Revolution) don’t seem to be so much revolutionary as throwbacks to an earlier era of rock, which is why folks think of them as a roots rock band. A serious touring band, O.A.R. is known for live shows, although they have seven studio albums to their credit, as well as five live albums, including the brand-new Live On Red Rocks. Even if you are not familiar with them but are a longtime rock fan – particularly boomer-aged – you will find lots to like with this crew. They’ll be at the Palace Theatre on November 9. Tickets are $33.

Watch the official video for their Top Ten hit “Shattered” if you need some sense of what the band is about:


Website: www.ofarevolution.com/?
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ofarevolution
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/OARmusic
MySpace: https://myspace.com/ofarevolution

Joe Bonamassa At the Palace

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Nov 012013

Joe Bonamassa
Hotshot blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa is a guy with some serious musical cred, having collaborated with folks like B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Blondie Chaplin, Beth Hart, Paul Rodgers, Leslie West, Jon Lord, Vince Gill, Sandi Thom and Glenn Hughes, during which time he recorded ten studio albums, from his 2000 debut A New Day Yesterday to 2012’s Driving Toward Daylight. His fifth album, You & Me, hit #1 on the Billboard Blues Album Chart. He has also recorded six live albums and six video albums. He’s a gigging and recording maniac, in short. He’ll be at the Louisville Palace on November 5. Tickets to the show are $69, $79, $89 and $99.

Here’s a taste – “Blues Deluxe”:


Website: jbonamassa.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JoeBonamassa?
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Review: Bare Naked Ladies At The Palace

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Oct 182013

Kevin Sedelmeier at Louisville.com has a review of the recent Bare Naked Ladies show at the Palace. His first paragraph – “Going to a Barenaked Ladies concert is a little like going to a really good high school reunion. You see old friends, reminisce, talk about what you’ve been doing lately, share some laughs, and forget your worries for a while. For those thirty- and forty-somethings in the crowd Saturday night at the Louisville Palace where BNL played in support of their latest record Grinning Streak, it was both a trip back to high school and college and well as a glimpse into a bright future.” – perfectly validates commercial radio’s segmentation-by-decade strategy. It was Music of the Nineties at the Palace.