I said goodbye to my students in the afternoon as they walked out the doors and into a soaking downpour. I think the inclement weather deterred some folks from venturing down to the Big Four Lawn for the second edition of Waterfront Wednesday in 2015. Didn’t they know that the event almost always lucks out with great weather?! Not only did the afternoon storms significantly cool down the temperature and humidity, they also left behind some high clouds for another stunning Ohio River sunset.
I hopped off the Republic Bank Trolley de Ville (thanks for the concessions coupon!) just as Small Time Napoleon finished their opening set. The Louisville jazz/pop/folk band has gathered quite the following around town, including accolades from folks at Insider Louisville, WFPK, and Louisville.com. Jukebox the Ghost took the middle spot that evening and the crowd certainly gave Ben Thornewill a warm welcome home. We had a bird’s-eye view of the Ballard, Meyzeek and Chenoweth alum as he danced over the keys. I think it may have been the first time we’ve actually walked up the Big Four ramp during a WW – if you’re in the same boat, the views are spectacular, particularly during the sunsets (which are always fabulous over the Ohio). We had just recently (well, February feels relatively recent) seen them at Headliners. The hometown crowd again showed love and appreciation for the energetic band. Civil Twilight (also at Headliners earlier this year) brought the night to a close down at the riverfront. The South African group has received lots of airplay on WFPK in the last several months. Their live performance was an excellent way to wrap up this month’s Waterfront Wednesday series.
Next month: Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Pokey LaFarge and T. Hardy Morris. I cannot contain how excited I am for this show, especially as it falls the day before I head out to ROMP for the weekend. Hope to see you all out there on June 24!