Take A (Lake Street) Dive at Waterfront Wednesday

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Sep 132014

The final Waterfront Wednesday of 2014 will feature the delicious Boston band Lake Street Dive plus Sean Rowe and The 23 String Band. Lake Street played The New Vintage last February, on a Monday when it was in the teens, with ice and snow on the ground. The house was sold out, bringing a mixed group of people of all ages in to hear them. WFPK has been playing their music since, so expect a really big crowd. New York alt singer/songwriter Sean Rowe is touring in support of his latest, Madman. The 23 String Band will be playing tunes from their latest, Bangin’ And Clangin’. It’s a show, of course. On the Big Four Lawn at Waterfront Park, September 17. Mind the construction work.

Here’s Lake Street Dive doing “I Want You Back”

Sean Rowe – “Madman”:

23 String Band – “Long Hot Summer Days”:


Website: http://wfpk.org/wfpk-waterfront-wednesday-season-2014/

Waterfront Wednesday To Feature Shovels & Rope, Tim Easton And The Wild Feathers

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Aug 232014

The end of the summer is in sight, but there are still a couple more WFPK Waterfront Wednesdays to go before the cold shuts them down. For the August 27 edition, the folks at LPM have arranged for Shovels & Rope, Tim Easton And The Wild Feathers to come entertain you on the Waterfront. Shovels & Rope, which will hit the stage with a brand-new album, Swimmin’ Time, released the day before the show, has played all the cool places in the city, including last year’s Forecastle Fest, so they’re a big draw, with a fanbase. The Wild Feathers, who also played last year’s Forecastle Fest, as well as the recent Waterfront show featuring Willie Nelson and Allison Kraus, is still promoting their eponymous debut album, but with the company they’re keeping, they should be well on the way to another one. Singer-songwriter Tim Easton, who is living in Nashville and promoting his 2013 project, Not Cool, hasn’t been in town since 2008, so there should be some folks happy to see him return. Plainly, this is a show worth going to see, even if it cost, which it doesn’t, since it’s a free show. Wheeee!

Watch Shovels & Rope’s “The Devil Is All Around” from the new record:

Here’s The Wild Feathers singing Got It Wrong>

Steelism, Ben Sollee and The Deloreans On Waterfront Wednesday

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Jul 302014

It’s the end of June, so it must be WFPK’s Waterfront Wednesday show on July 30. This month, the free show features Steelism, Ben Sollee and The Deloreans, making for an interesting mix of styles. Now, Louisvillians know what Ben Sollee sounds like and how inventive and cutting edge every single thing he does is, so we’ll leave that plug to your memory and imagination. The Deloreans are a Louisville pop rock band who deliver with a cheerful attitude, so that leaves Steelism, whose name is utterly appropriate the lead instruments are a steel guitar, though not played in the traditional country style so favored for years in Nashville, and an electric guitar. The band members hail from Mussel Shoals, Alabama and Nashville, so you know you have your chops and your soul. The band is climbing, with an array of singles and EPs to promote, plus a new, not-yet-released album, 615ToFame, to promote. It’s due out in mid-September. Head on down to the Waterfront and catch this new act before they get really big and you have to pay Yum! prices (well, okay, Headliners prices) to see them.
Watch Steelism play “Caught In A Pickle” live :

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June Waterfront Wednesday: The Old 97 s, The Whigs, Dawn Landes

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Jun 212014

“... The Old 97’s, the Dallas bar band who played a starring role in the ‘90s “alt-country” boom, didn’t die before they got old. Or, well, before they got middle-aged. On the first song from the new album Most Messed Up, the 43-year-old Rhett Miller sings about how his band stuck together “for longer than you’ve been alive”—you being the hypothetical teenage rock fan. —Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic
“For their fifth album, the Athens-bred/Nashville-based power trio the Whigs wanted to find the exact midpoint between raw and rehearsed. After more than a decade together – during which they’ve released four critically lauded studio albums and toured constantly as either headliners or openers for the likes of the Drive-By Truckers, Kings of Leon, and MGMT - the three members all agreed that they wanted to flex their muscles a bit: write some good songs, get them down as tight as possible, hit , and tear shit up. —North Star”
“The precise difference between Dawn Landes and her talented sisters eludes me, but there is a difference. And I know it because songs I dismissed as merely pleasant had an odd way of insinuating themselves into my day. And not just one. Three or four. There’s something she does that involves a secret sauce…”—Jesse Kornbluth, Huffington Post
Oh, boy, the Waterfront Wednesday show for June is good ‘un; it’ll feature The Old 97s, The Whigs and Louisville native Dawn Landes. Dallas-based The Old 97’s is an alternative country band which started back in 1993. Since then, they have ten studio albums, two full extended plays, shared split duty on another and have one live album. Their most recent release is Most Messed Up. They’ve been making rock ‘n roll long enough to rock out in their sleep and have a fan base here, with six shows in the last five years in the Derby City. The Whigs, on the other hand, have played a baker’s dozen shows in Louisville since 2007, making them the most popular of the three acts? Maybe. Then there’s Dawn Landes, who hasn’t been here since 2011. Currently living in New York, Landes has a new album, Bluebird, which has been described as a break-up record, as it follows here divorce from Josh Ritter. All that talent for free on the Big Four Lawn, Waterfront Park, on June 25. Ain’t Louisville a great place to live?


Watch “Most Messed Up” from the Old 97’s:



Watch the official video for “Hit Me,” produced, directed and edited by Wax Fang’s Scott Carney:



Watch Dawn Landes’ “Bluebird” featuring Storyboard P:


Spanish Gold On The Waterfront

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May 242014

My Morning Jacket drummer Patrick Hallahan and his new band, Spanish Gold, get the headlining spot for WFPK’s Waterfront Wednesday show on May 28. The upside for Hallahan is that membership in MMJ (and the associated fan base) will transfer to his new band, at least for this show, but there’s a bit of downside as well: the band’s first album, South Of Nowhere, has only just dropped and the all tunes the band will be playing will be relatively new to the Louisville audience, though some will be a bit familiar via WFPK. Word is that it’s a straight-ahead summer rock album and with a couple of Texans for bandmates, the flavoring should be quite different from MMJ. Also on the bill are The Broken Spurs and Peter Searcy’s reunited Starbilly, which will make it absolutely a roots rock ‘n’ roll show, which is not your routine FPK lineup. Wear your dancing shoe, to be sure. It’s a free show, of course.

Here’s “Out On The Street,” from the new record:



Laura Marling, Sons Of Fathers Anchor Waterfront Wednesday on August 28

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Aug 242013

Laura Marling
Sons Of Fathers

Laura Marling plus Sons Of Fathers are the announced bands for the August 28 edition of WFPK’s Waterfront Wednesdays, staged on the Big Four Lawn in Waterfront Park, with Justin Paul Lewis opening the show. England’s Marling, a current U.S. resident, had a folk music family, which set her style early on; she continues as an solo acoustic artist, with four albums, including 2013’s Once I Was An Eagle, to her credit. A 2011 winner of Best Female Artist and Best Solo Artist awards, her move to the U.S. was apparently in an effort to provide her with more opportunity and engagement with other musicians. The Texas-based Sons Of Father, a folk-rock group, are touring behind their latest, Burning Days, (appropriate for the weather), with the single “Roots & Vine” tagged by NPR as one of the 10 Songs Public Radio Can’t Stop Playing. It’s an acoustic frenzy show and it’s free, of course.