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Down On The Corner
• The "really big news" happening at the end of January was, of course, the announcement that My Morning Jacket would headline Forecastle Fest and help "curate" the festival as well, although exactly what that means was not detailed. Needless to say, there will be many more press conferences and releases over the intervening months, including announcements about additions to the line-up and such, so don't worry that you'll miss any news.
• My Morning Jacket is not the only major star from Louisville heading to town for a show - Joan Osborne 's tour to promote her new CD, Bring It On Home, will happen on April 14 at Headliners. There's no announcement about ticket prices yet.
• Apparently Will Oldham's doppelganger, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, has his own blend of coffee, which you can purchase for $20 at the Drag City website (Dragcity.com). The best part might be the description that comes with it:
"Overtones of chocolate, leather and non-wacky tobaccy pair favorably with Wolfroy Goes To Town, available for purchase here of courses, or fresh muskmelons, for which we recommend that you contact your local free-range melon farmer."
That's a Louisville boy, to be sure.
• When Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt played the Brown Theatre last year, it was generally regarded as the show of the year by the acoustic aficionados, particularly guitar players. So if you missed it, you get another shot on March 11, when they're back at the Brown, a theater that Lovett clearly likes.
• Between the Yum! Center, the Palace Theatre, the Kentucky Center and Headliners , there will be more major music than most folks will have the budget for. Just in January came news that the Van Halen, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jimmy Buffett and Nickelback would play Yum! Plus word that Death Cab For Cutie would pull into the Palace for a show as well as Daughtry and Jane's Addiction. Better set up a mining operation for all the spare change in sofa, lounger and car seats – you'll need every penny.
• Don't forget about the " Guitar! – The Instrument That Rocked The World" exhibit at the Louisville Science Center. It's going on until April. If you're like most people, come mid-April, you'll stop and wonder if that exhibit is still on. Well, we'll remind you every so often, just so you don't miss it.
• The jazz community is very sad that the Seelbach Hotel is ending it's roughly two-decade long series of weekend evenings of live jazz music, led by vibraphonist Dick Sisto. Of course, this was one of the best places in the city to hear excellent jazz, often featuring touring musicians who stopped by to sit in with Sisto, bassist Tyrone Wheeler and drummer Jason Tiemann.
Boahn, William Clyde, "Bill Bailey " "The Duke of Louisville, " 81, longtime Louisville disc jockey, died on January 14.
Rauh, Alfred Adam , 89, died in Louisville on December 28, 2011. He was a violinist who was a member of the Louisville Orchestra in the 1940s, was a founding member of the United Nations Orchestra and taught violin privately and at the Louisville Academy Of Music.
Vernon, Eddy A ., 63, died in Louisville on January 4, 2012. He was a musician who was playing with the Jerry Green & Friends Band at the time of his passing.