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Shows Of Note
Thursday, May 28, 2015

Annie Clark, a.k.a. St. Vincent teams up with violinist Sarah Neufeld of Arcade Fire for a show at the Brown Theatre on May 28. St. Vincent is living large these days, having scored a Grammy in February for Best Alternative Album for her self-titled St. Vincent release. She's gotten lots of media attention for her work, including the requisite visit to the Colbert Report, Saturday Night Live, a cover story for Spin magazine and a live stream for Strange Mercy via NPR, plus more. She snags lots of positive comments from critics. Should be an interesting show, from the hipster point of view. Tickets are $30. Watch the video for "Birth In Reverse" from St. Vincent:

--Paul Moffett

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Full-bearded country singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson, with Chris Hennessee opening, will play the Iroquois Amphitheater on May 28. Johson's Nashville-style career has been rather up and down over a relatively short period of time, but it's clear enough that he is not so disturbed by that as to shave. He has a couple of new singles released just this year, which suggests he's back to writing. Maybe there'll be some new tunes besides. Tickets are $25-$45.  Check out the video for "Alabama Pines," released this last January:

--Paul Moffett

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Hurray For The Riff Raff, a collective assembled by leader Alynda Lee Segarra, shambles into Headliners on May 29, following shows at the Palace and the Forecastle Fest in  2014 and 2013, respectively. About herself and the band, Segarra says "You don't see a Puerto Rican girl play the banjo in a honky-tonk very often! You don't see a transgender drummer/fiddle player very often! It's awesome. I think it's powerful that we'll play songs with the Tumblweeds and show publicly that we accept and love each other as musicians and people." Be prepared for some musical twists and turns in you go. Tickets are $15. Check out the video for "The Body Electric" for a sample:

--Paul Moffett

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Oh, hey, your show for Boomers is on May 29, when Earth Wind & Fire sets up shop in the  Louisville Palace for evening of  R&B, soul, funk, jazz, disco, pop, rock, Latin, African and gospel. With six Grammys and a bunch of other awards, EW&F pretty much qualifies as one of those "legendary" bands. With a boatload of releases to their credit, their possible choices for a setlist for this show are wide-ranging enough to ensure that everybody is surprised. Tickets range from $46-$96. Watch the 2012 video for "Let's Groove":

--Paul Moffett

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Sunday, May 31, 2015

The MERF Booty-Shakin' Fest, 2015 edition, gets funky at Stevie Ray's on Sunday, May 31. This event is also a blast, featuring the some of the best of Louisville's blues band, incuding the Kingbees, Laurie Jane & THe 45's, Mississippi Adam Riggle D Man & The Alley Hounds PLUS direct from the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex, former Louisvillian Sam "Shake" Anderson, backed by a band of his friends, who are some of the best players in the city. For this show, we expect no airport glitches as happened last November. All proceeds benefit MERF, the Musician's Emergency Resource Foundation, which assists musicians who are down on their luck. Tickets are $7 and the show starts at 5 p.m., so come early, stay to the end and still get home in time for a decent night's sleep. Check out this video from his last NULU Festival appearance:

--Paul Moffett

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