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Friday, August 29, 2014

Headliners is staging a country music show on August 29, featuring the exceptionally handsome Jason Michael Carroll along with Jeni Carr and J. D. Shelburne. Carroll got his start at a Houston talent competition, which led to Arista Nashville signing him in 2006. His first record, Waitin' In The Country, yielded three top 40 hits. His next produced two more, then he and Arista "parted ways." His third record, Numbers, is distributed via Cracker Barrel stores. Shepherdsville's Carr and Taylorsville's Shelburne have been having some success in Nashville, though it remains an uphill battle for both. Tickets to the show are $15.

Watch the official video for "Close Enough":

--Paul Moffett

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This year's Worldfest celebration on the Belvedere kicks off on August 29, with full schedule of music, dancers, ethnic food of every sort, vendors selling items from the cultures represented by the many immigrants living in Louisville. It continues through September 1, so you'll lots of opportunities to get downtown. Louisville has a number of fine ethnic festivals (Yea! to St. Michael's) but this one is the granddaddy of all of them. Best of all, it's a free event. Check out the Friday schedule below:

Friday, August 29, 2014


11:45 am–1:00 pm – Desperado Steel Band (Island/Calypso)

5:00 pm–5:45 pm – Swing 39 (French Cabaret/Chantuese)

6:00 pm– 6:30 pm – Acoiris Latino (Mexican)

6:30 pm–7:15 pm – Nachale Bollywood Dance (East Indian)

7:15 pm– 8:00 pm – Men of Thunda (Celtic/Scotland)

8:15 pm – 9:00 pm – Big Poppa Stamply and Voodoo Gumbo (Americana)

9:30 pm– 11:00 pm – The Ark Band (Reggae)


11:45 am- 1:00 pm – The Zydewinders (Zydeco Music)

5:00 pm–5:30 pm – Al Hamsa Belly Dance & Friends (Mid-eastern)

5:30 pm–5:50 pm – Smitha Paily Dancers (East Indian)

6:00 pm–6:45 pm – The Moxie Strings (Celtic Fusion)

6:45 pm–7:30 pm –The Rheingold Band (German)

7:45 pm–9:00 pm – Cosa Seria (Latin)

9:30 pm–11:00 pm – DakhaBrakha (Ukrainian)



7:00 pm–7:30 pm – Akundar Maker (South Sudanese Traditional Singer)

7:30 pm–8:00 pm – Maurice, Lino Loboholoka Nakwa (South Sudanese Likembe)

8:00 pm–8:30 pm – Hussan Kamara & Ginan Flomo (Liberian Dance)

8:30 pm–9:00 pm – Catherine Brown (Liberian Singer)

9:00 pm–10:00 pm–Kenya Goonz (Somali/Kenyan Hip Hop)

10:00 pm–11:00 pm–SauTi Crew (Burundi/ Congo – Hip Hop)

--Paul Moffett

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We have a doosy of a show coming up at The Rustic Frog in New Albany Indiana right across the bridge on August 29, 30, and 31. It's a three-day festival featuring such bands as Days Of The New, Tantric, Bullet Boys, Quiet Riot, Faster Pussycat, Psychostick and a whole slew of local original bands like Dirty Cheese and The Hoodie Thieves, Nova Red, Popkiss Chainsaw, Year Of The Gun, The Mad Taxpayers, Stone The Crow, Vintage Voodoo and a lot more likely when things get fully confirmed. As well as fine music, they will have an assortment of activities/entertainers like a volleyball tournament, magicians, fire breathers, clowns, illusionists, dancers, hula girls, contortionists and a wide selection of food booths (I hear these places have and all manner of festival stuff. This promises to be a fun weekend. A three day pass is just $45!!! Friday Night: Bonfire, Stone the Crow, Nova Red, Days Of The New.

Saturday: wrestling events, Year Of The Gun, Psychostick, the Mad Taxpayers, Shawn Michael, Afroman, Tantric.

Sunday: Quiet Riot, Bulletboys, Faster Pussycat, Popkiss Chainsaw and Vintage Voodoo.

http://rusticfrog. com/befuddled-festival-faqs/

--Eddy Metal

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

American Idol finalist Josh Gracin continues his effort to establish himself solidly as a country music star, which, after having a number one hit, "Nothin' To Lose," back in 2004 off his debut album plus a few more top five hits, remains a necessary goal. (The American Idol success did keep him from getting shot at, as he wound up as a recruiting tool for the Marine Corps, until his honorable discharge in 2004.) His recent Facebook suicide note resulted in a short stint at an inpatient psychiatric facility, but he's back on tour. He'll appear at the Mercury Ballroom on August 30, with J. D. Shelburne opening, supporting the single "Drink It Gone" from his newest, as yet untitled record. Tickets are $16+$4.50 fee

Here's "Over Me":

--Paul Moffett

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If it'sLabor Day Weekend, it must be bluegrass at the Louisville Water Tower, this year under the title of the Four Roses Bourbon Kentucky Bluegrass & Bourbon Experience. The bands playing are Flickertail Holler, Blind Corn Liquor Pickers, Hog Operation, Relic, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Turning Ground, Storefront Congregation, Whiskey Bent Valley Boys, Westbound Rangers and The Hogslop String Band. Of that lineup, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out is the biggest name, without casting any aspersion on the others, particularly Louisville's Storefront Congregation and Hog Operation, either of which is also worth the ticket price. The event goes on August 30 and 31, a day less than in previous years. Still, a fine Kentucky way to spend yourLabor Day Weekend, hanging out at the Water Tower, drinking bourbon, eating BBQ and listening to bluegrass. Tickets are $10 before 6p.m. $14 after.

Here's a little Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, singing "Take Me Home, Country Road":

--Paul Moffett

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Todd Hildreth, who has been a fixture on the Louisville music scene for many, many years, has been tagged with helping to put together and promote the first Outsized Influence Festival at Bellarmine University. Why that title? Well, because the folks who came up with the idea were interested in showcasing the various musicians who have come through or are currently in training in Bellarmine's music program. (Hildreth is an alum, of course.) The founders are of the opinon that those musicians have had a much greater impact than the size of the school and program would suggest. The festival is set for August 30, 3p-10p, and will feature three stages and fourteen bands, including Fire the Saddle in a rare appearance by the full band, guitarist and member of the Java Men Craig Wagner with a power trio and Small Time Napoleon, recently named one of the five best bands in Louisville by WFPK plus In Lightning, The Foxery, Dr Dundiff and friends, The Lauren Zoeller Band, Ed Monk, The Formalities, Zim Marim, Wilder Stallions, Kabelo Chriwa, Olivia Reed and Cheating Paisley. There will be food trucks from the Louisville Street Food Alliance as well. All that and it's free. For more information, head over to http://www.bellarmine.edu/outsizedinfluence

--Paul Moffett

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"Look what Guided By Voices have done for the world since reforming in 2010. Six high-quality, full-length albums in less than four years. And that's not counting EPs, singles, tours, or solo records. If the sorry state of the present day indie- alt- or just plain rock landscape is the disease, GBV is the cure! Do not take in moderation."  - Contactmusic.com
What makes a true Guided By Voices fan? Someone who has all the albums? Knows all the various players? Thinks the band lost its way in 1997 by signing with Capitol Records? Mourned the "disbanding" in 2004 and celebrated the return in 2010? Who the hell knows? You do, if you are one of those fans; the rest of us might have a passing familiar with one or another of the many, many records or even have heard the early lo-fi stuff and thought it was cool - or not. They're coming back to town to play Headliners on August 30, with Bobby Bare Jr. on the tour. The latest (as of this writing) is Cool Planet. Tickets are $23 adv/ $25 DoS.
Listen to "Ticket To Hide" from Cool Planet:

--Paul Moffett

For more info, click here.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Sunday edition of the Four Roses Bourbon Kentucky Bluegrass and Bourbon Experience at the Water Tower will feature Storefront Congregation, The Hogslop String Band, Whiskey Bent Valley Boys, Westbound Rangers and Turning Ground. Storefront Congregation is arguably one of the very best bluegrass ensembles in town, noted for their overall blend of talented pickers and terrific vocals from Lauren White. The other notable bands on the set are more old-time string bands than bluegrass, with The Whiskey Bent Valley Boys also right at the top for Louisville players. The Hogslop String Band is a Nashville old-time string band that has played Louisville before.

Watch Storefront on "The Woodsongs Coffee Hour":
Here's Hogslop playing "Soldier's Joy":

--Paul Moffett

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