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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Vocalist and bassist John Cowan has been a musical presence in the Louisville area for a long time, going back to the Newgrass days at the Great Midwestern Music Hall and continuing on through the various bands he has assembled and fronted. Although generally known as "The Voice Of Newgrass," his choice of musical styles ranges widely, through soul to the Doobie Brothers, with whom he is a touring member. Now he has joined with  John McFee and Friends at for a show at Headliners Music Hall on September 18, celebrating his new Sixty album, which McFee, a Doobie Brothers bandmate, produced. The album has gotten a good reception in the Americana market, including getting airplay on WFPK. No doubt, Louisville will welcome him back, no doubt. Tickets to the show are $30 Reserved Seats / $20 SRO.
Here's a sampler from Sixty:

--Paul Moffett

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Friday, September 19, 2014

All the hippest bloggers in town are all over the upcoming show featuring Tennis and Pure Bathing Culture at Headliners on September 19. The bloggers are  not alone in that regard - check these quotes: "An album of sumptuous indie pop...thick and gleaming." - Stereogum (One of their 40 Best New Bands of 2013); "There’s an irresistible charm to the simple melodic structure and retro sixties-pop lyricism" - VOGUE; “Unfathomably lovely layered harmonies and tear-inducing minor-key guitar strokes" - MTV Buzzworthy. And those are about Pure Bathing Culture, who are not even the headliners. That would be Tennis, which is the husband-and-wife team of Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley, purveyers of indie surf pop, which you can hear on their new album, the just-released Ritual in Repeat, their third. Tennis has recorded and released a number of covers, as well as their original material, which also makes them rather unusual. Their successes to date have included a couple of television placements, Gray's Anatomy and Once Upon a Time. Tickets to the show are $10 adv/ $12 Dos, a cheap price for being able to say you saw them back when.
Watch Tennis play "Mean Streets" on KCRW:
Here's Pure Bathing Culture singing "Pendulum":

--Paul Moffett

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The Clifton Cultural Center will present a two-day event, September 19 & 20, called "I've Rambled This Country Both Early & Late: A Celebration of Kentucky Mountain Music," which will feature performances by John Harrod, Ron Pen, Anna Roberts-Gevalt, and the Red State Ramblers, as well as a community dance, film screenings, a "shape note" singing, instrument workshops, and discussions. On top of all that, the event itself is centered on the release of more than 32 hours of music that was recorded by Alan Lomax in 1937, much of which has not been widely available until now, thanks to a collaboration between the Clifton Center and Nathan Salburg. Tickets are "pay what you will." The schedule is: Friday, September 19 7:00pm - Pre-concert Talk: Lomax Archive Curator Nathan Salsburg will give remarks on Lomax's East Kentucky recordings. 8:00pm - Concert with John Harrod & Kentucky Wild Horse. Opening set by Anna Roberts-Gevalt, Sara Wood, and Karly Dawn Higgins Saturday, September 20 10:00am to 2:00pm - Shape-note singing, hosted by the Ohio Valley Shape Note Singers 2:00pm - Appalshop Films Screening: "To Fit My Own Category" (on Nimrod Workman); "Dreadful Memories" (on Sarah Ogan Gunning) 4:00pm to 5:30pm - Directed workshops: - crankies (Anna Roberts-Gevalt) - banjo (Jesse Wells) - fiddle (Nikos Pappas) 7:00pm - Round robin tune-swap with festival participants 8:30pm - Square dance with Red State Ramblers. Called by Randy Wilson. For more information, go to I've Rambled This Country Both Early & Late: A Celebration of Kentucky Mountain Music

--Paul Moffett

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Louisville Orchestra is getting ever more inventive in their presentations; the Brown-Forman L.O. WOW! Series production for Saturday, September 20, is Cirque de la Symphonie, which means you'll get the LO plus aerialists, acrobats and strongmen (and women, presumably), doing their thing while the orchestra plays. Does that mean circus music? You'll have to go find out. In Whitney Hall, Kentucky Center Tickets start at $20

--Paul Moffett

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Because we don't have enough street festivals, the guys at The New Vintage  decided to set one up and call it the  Seven Sense Festival Music. It's scheduled for September 20, on Preston Street at The New Vintage. There will be on the outdoor stages from 12 p.m. - 10 p.m. and after that the shows will then move indoors and the all-ages event will change to 21+. Those shows will last until 3 a.m. The performers currently scheduled are Bodeco, The Brian Olive Band, The Pass, Old Baby, Woody Pines, Lamont Gillispie & 100 Proof, The Instruction, Graffitti, Local Villains, Howell Dawdy, The Moonlight Peddlers and Small Time Napoleon. The Facebook page says "will be anchored by Zanzabar, The New Vintage, Greenhaus and Purrswaytions." Stay tuned, as details are likely to change, particularly the lineup. The outdoor shows are free. VIP tickets run $35.00 - $50.00.

--Paul Moffett

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Bruno Mars comes back to town for a special concert, which part of the 2nd Annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards at the Muhammad Ali Center, September 20. We mention this because it is an important event, which Muhammad Ali is scheduled to attend. For those with a few extra shekels, the single ticket price is $1000. More information is at http://alicenter.org/awards-ticket-info

--Paul Moffett

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Longtime singer-songwriter and now novelist Josh Ritter will do a two-night stand at Kentucky Country Day Theatre, September 20 & 21. Ritter has been a restless sort of troubador, perhaps even old-school, in that he has lived in a number of different cities and traveled to a number of countries in pursuit of his muse. He has now recorded seven studio albums, the last 2013's The Beast In Its Tracks, along with four live albums and a number of EPs. His music has been on a number of other artists" albums, as well as on television. His connection to Louisville includes having married Louisvillian Dawn Landes, from whom he is now divorced. On the current tour, he will be trying out some new songs as well as his older material. Tickets to the show are $29-$9.

Watch a live version of "A Certain Light":

--Paul Moffett

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Awful puns aside, the Virigina pop band Parachute (formerly known as Sparky's Law) has moved along nice since their opening record for Mercury, Losing Sleep, in 2009. Two of their songs, "She Is Love" and "Under Control," were used in a Nivea skincare national commercial campaign, plus they performed - along with the Jonas Brothers and Taylor Swift 0 on the Nivea-sponsored stage in front of some million plus people in Times Square, New Year's Eve 2008. They've toured with Kelly Clarkson, The Plain WHite T's, Michelle Branch, The Goo Goo Dolls and more. They are touring now in support of Overnight, their 2013 album, which peaked at #15 on Billboard's Top 200. They'll be at the Mercury Ballroom on September 20, with Matt Wertz and Mikey Wax,  Tickets are $15 adv/ $17 Dos plus fees.
Here's "Can't Help," (New York City):

--Paul Moffett

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Jugbands, jugbands, getcher jugbands here! Yessiree, in the birthplace of jug band music, The 2014 National Jug Band Jubilee is ready to hoot, toot and holler its way into your hears and hearts. Set for September 20 at the Brown-Forman Amphitheatre on the Waterfront, this year's festival has Maria Muldaur & the Garden Of Joy Jug Band - yes, that Maria Muldaur, who was a member of Jim Kweskin & The Jug Band before she had that hit with "Midnight At THe Oasis" - The Juggernaut Jug Band, Drunken Catfish Ramblers, Steel City Jug Slammers, The Jake Leg Stompers, Cincinnati Dancing Pigs, the Brotherhood Of The Jug Band Blues, The Hokum High Rollers and Bones Jugs N Harmony. This year, there'll be copies of Michael L. Jones' new. just published history of Louisville jug bands, titled Louisville Jug Music: From Earl McDonald To the National Jubilee, for sale. The festival itself is free - free- free. It starts at Noon and runs until 11 p.m. Whoot!

--Paul Moffett

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