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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Austin's favorite singer/songwriter, Bob Schneider, returns to Louisville for the second time this year with a show the Mercury Ballroom. A man of diverse backgrounds (he grew up in Germany) and eclectic inclinations in music, which include funk, country, rock and folk (and maybe some lieder?), he is a recording maniac, having a released more records since 2000 than most musicians do in an entire career, not counting the recording and release of every concert he plays. He's good at it, apparently - he has won twenty-four Austin Music Awards. His most well-known song is "40 Dogs (Like Romeo and Juliet)," which reached #14 on the AAA Radio Chart. He also has scored a number of soundtrack placements, including "Big Blue Sea" in the movie "Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood." He has an audience in Louisville, too. He's headed to the Mercury on July 24, with Dawn & Hawkes opening. Tickets are $18.50 plus $4.50 if you buy them online.

Take a look at "Swimming In The Sea":

--Paul Moffett

For more info, click here.

Friday, July 25, 2014

"Three Duke students and one from UNC interested in various folk forms and pop melodies, attuned to rock 'n' roll energy and down-home charm, Bombadil's members shouted as much as they sang and pounded their instruments as much as played them." - Grayson Haver Currin, Indy Week, Durham, NC
North Carolina folk-pop band Bombadil will pop into Headliners for show on July 25. Generally tagged as "quirky," they nevertheless have managed to get out a good half-dozen albums, with 2013's Metrics Of Affection the most recent. That's because the current members are determined to make a career of the music. Having a manager who had guided The Avett Brothers to success hasn't hurt, though a haitus in the middle of the climb didn't help. Then they were other setbacks, but that whole story is too long for this post. Go read the whole backstory here. You can help them decide if they want to stay in the business by heading over to Headliners. Tickets are $10.
Watch "Amy":

--Paul Moffett

For more info, click here.

Ex-Marine and singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson will play a show at 4th Street Live! on July 25. Johnson, who has had a number of cuts by other artists, hasn't done quite as well on his own - at least sales-wise - although he has won a number of ACM and CMA Award and been nominated for Grammy Awards several times. He eschews the clean-cut look of most contemporary male country singers, instead favoring a large, dark beard which suggests he is a fan of David Allan Coe. He is most certainly a fan of old country; his most recent record is Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran. It's an almost-free show - there;s a $5 cover charge.

Watch Jamey Johnson playing with Alabama:

--Paul Moffett

For more info, click here.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The weekend is coming at us and for the singer-songwriter fans, the show at The Mercury Ballroom will feature three of them: Matt Nathanson, Andrew McMahon and Matt MacKelcan, with Nathanson holding the top slot. Nathanson has build his career around mostly television synchronizations, which include getting "All We Are" on the television series NCIS; "Little Victories"on the Season 7 episode of Scrubs; additionally, he sang "Come On Get Higher" on the Late Show with David Letterman adn on March 3, 2009, he performed on Ellen, singing "Come On Get Higher." Besides all that, he has some movie credits as well. His discography currently counts eight studio albums, two live albums and a number of EP and singles, with "Come On Get Higher" his biggest hit.  Andrew McMahon currently has one solo album, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness; Matt McKelcan has three albums and has gotten lots of airplay across the Southeast. Altogether, this is clearly a show for fans of male singer-songwriters. They'll do their stuff on July 26; tickets are $30 plus some fees for online purchase.

Here's "Come On Get Higher":

--Paul Moffett

For more info, click here.

It's called The Warehouse Blues & Rhythm Showcase, mostly because it's happening in the warehouse currently occupied (in part) by the Tim Faulkner Gallery in Portland. On the bill are Laurie Jane And The 45s, Tre Bella, Lamont Gillispie & the 100 Proof Blues Band, The Mr. Wonderful Production Band and the Walnut St. Blues Band. It's happening on Saturday, July 26. The Gallery is at 1512 Portland Ave., which means it's just off 15th Street, which is only seven blocks west of Eighth Street, so it's not deep Portland. A simple drive along Main St., right on 15th, then three blocks or so to Portland  Ave. and turn left. Since blues fans are not nearly so scared of venturing into unknown territory, this is actually a good plan for staging music in the Portland area that will draw from elsewhere in the city. (The hardcore shows are Nelligan Hall are another good draw.) Ticket are a very reason $10.

Here's Laurie Jane And The 45s playing at Crescent Hill Radio's Trolley Hop Stage in June:

--Paul Moffett

For more info, click here.

The Kottonmouth Kings headline the Summer Daze Tour, which will stop at the Vernon Club on July 26. Also on the all-rap/hip-hop bill are Pilot Touhill, Imperial Soundclash, Chucky Chuck plus C4 & Nicky Gritts. Tickets are $20 adv/ $22 DoS.
Watch the Kottonmouth Kings perform "Hold It In":

--Paul Moffett

For more info, click here.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Yes, it's called Yacht Rock Revue and they play "spot-on renditions of Hall & Oates, Michael McDonald, Steely Dan, and the rest of the Time-Life Infomercial Catalog." 'Nuff side. At the Mercury Ballroom, July 27. Tickets are $12.

--Paul Moffett

For more info, click here.

"Does Devon find that people have certain expectations of him? 'I don't really pay attention to it; if I did it would take me off my game. I don’t keep track of what people expect. I'm my own guy doing my own music.' - Keith Gordon, About,com Blues
Okay, when you have the Allman name - and more to the point, are the son of Gregg Allman - you get a bit more attention for your music than your average blues-rock guitarist. It's certainly the case with Devon Allman, who is bringing his band to The New Vintage on July 27. Interestingly enough, Devon didn't meet his father until he was in his teens. Early on, he tried to distance himself from the Gregg Allman sound but finally gave in to the gravity of inheritance and took up the blues-rock style. His earliest successful band was Honeytribe, which group's last record was 2010's Space Age Blues. He's also worked on a project he calls the Royal Southern Brotherhood, which is a blues-rock supergroup of sorts. He also has released a solo record, Turquoise, in 2012. Presumably, the band he's bringing to the New Vintage is the backing band for this record. Opening for the show are 30 Spokes, Local Villains and Jericho Woods. Tickets to the show are $15.
Watch the Devon Allman Band with Erica Blinn play "One Way Out":

--Paul Moffett

For more info, click here.

“The Unity Band record and tour was life changing for me, and I really wanted to find a way to keep it going and take it to the next level. One night, I woke up with the tantalizing idea of taking the concept of ‘unity’ even further. With this next project, I envisioned building a platform capable of addressing the entire spectrum of things I have done over the years, from Bright Size Life to Secret Story, from my Group projects to the Orchestrion, and more, all in one place." - Pat Metheny
The Pat Metheny Unity Group will play the Kentucky Country Day Theater on Sunday, July 27. For Louisville jazz fans, Metheny and any of his several band configurations need no introduction. An all-around jazz master and multi-instrumentalist, he has performed with artists as diverse as Steve Reich to Ornette Coleman to Herbie Hancock to Jim Hall to Milton Nascimento to David Bowie. His body of work includes compositions for solo guitar, small ensembles, electric and acoustic instruments, large orchestras, and ballet pieces, with settings ranging from modern jazz to rock to classical. You will really be able to hear him in the intimate confines of the Kentucky Country Day Theatre, where - as of this post - there were still some 144 seats available. Tickets to the show are $55-$65.
Here's a promo for the group:

--Paul Moffett

For more info, click here.

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