I guess we need to get used to weeks like this because April and May are packed full – it will be tough to miss any of these events. Follow along with us in person or on social media, and check back here for reviews and photos of the shows we check out!
Sunday (4/10) –
Teddy Abrams’ name is attached to this one, so you know it is going to be good. It also sold out earlier this week, not too long after it was announced, so hopefully you got your tickets early. Sounds like this will be a thing that happens again, though, so you might be in luck!
Monday (4/11) –
Bombino, Last Good Tooth, Appalatin
Bombino has developed quite the name for himself as a guitarist and songwriter with a voice for his roots.
If Liquor Store’s name in any way matches their music, them they’ll pair quite nicely with Birdcloud.
Tuesday (4/12) –
Erin McKeown, MaryLeigh Roohan
Erin McKeown is pretty much superwoman. She’s a social justice activist, private music teacher, original musical writer, AND solo artist on tour. Can we be friends? [Side note – after leaving Lou she’s heading to NC, despite HB2, and her reasoning is pretty legit. You should read about it.]
Prepare yourself – it will be quite the Tuesday evening with the award-winning late 80s rock band.
Defining Five and The Best Year
Louisville’s music “who’s who” will be playing their most meaningful jams in this monthly Haymarket event. A new addition, the Best Year, includes a D-5 alum takeover where they only play songs from their favorite year of music – this week, homie Amelia from Do502 will be honoring 2011. If I recall correctly, it was a pretty good year.
Town Mountain and The Whiskey Bent Valley Boys
Stick around after Defining Five for a pleasant little bluegrass jam in Haymarket’s back room.
Expect out of the ordinary instruments galore at New Vintage.
Wednesday (4/13) –
You’ll recognize Nick Sanborn as the producer of Sylvan Esso. He’s doing some pretty cool stuff. Don’t miss out on this one.
Thursday (4/14) –
Communion Louisville: JAKUBI, Adam Faucet, Liz Cooper & The Stampede, Tricky Cricket
The word is starting to get out there…the crowds at these monthly Zbar shows are gradually increasing, as they should be. We cannot reiterate how sweet of an opportunity we have in front of us. Each band is a growing name and we always find ourselves impressed with what we hear.
We came together as besties dancing to the twangy melodies of OCMS several summers ago. That bliss remains each time we see them perform.
An Evening with Dave Rawlings Machine
Dave Rawlings has an epic record as a producer but def has earned his own accolades especially of late. The man is incredibly adept in the bluegrass and Americana genre and it will be glorious.
Jay Farrar performs songs of Son Volt’s Trace celebrating its 20th anniversary
Come celebrate Son Volt and the 20th anniversary of their acclaimed debut album Trace.
Friday (4/15) –
The Smashing Pumpkins – In Plainsong Tour
Head back to the early 90s to hang out with Liz Phair and The Smashing Pumpkins, where you’ll get an “acoustic-electro evening” of music.
Grammy award winning Taj Mahal will grace KCD’s stage on both Friday and Saturday night.
The Fervor, Twin Sister Radio, Town Cars
Louisville bands The Fervor and Twin Sister Radio can help you ring in the weekend at Haymarket
These two singer-songwriters will guarantee a relaxing end to the week.
The name of the headlining band means “music frees all.” What more do you want to know?
Saturday (4/16) –
Saturday is full of events galore. If you’re ambitious, you’ll join us and try and hit them all. If not, each will be good. We guarantee it.
1200’s closing set last year was legendary, solidifying his massive 2015 and kick starting a wonderful summer. We expect the same from this year’s GonzoFest. Food, brews, spoken word and live music from local and regional acts. Gonzo fans and generic weirdos unite!
#B315 – A Kinetic, Physical, Aural, and Visual Fundraiser for the Louisville Ballet powered by Do502
Like working out? Like watching other people work out? No, okay, like drinking cocktails? Check. This fundraiser for the Louisville Ballet includes local gym owners showing their chops and making us sweat…while we drink mimosas. Then, later in the evening enjoy aural workouts from your favorite Louisville artists including James Lindsey and his full band, Howell Dawdy, BRENDA, and Beacons ft. Sloe Pink. Also, donuts and other noms.
LouiEvolve Hip Hop and Arts Festival
A festival put on by and designed for local hip hop artists. Happening over two days at Tim Faulkner Gallery. The word on the street is that the live DJs, graffiti, spoken word, dance, and rappers at this event are going to be pretty spectacular.
The Sundresses, Discount Guns, The Wans
“We are a The Sundresses from Cincinnati, OH, USA…We make the people dance and drink. We inspired a couple to have sex right there in front of everyone while we played at The Green Lantern in Lexington, KY. True.” Wait, what? Whatever, sounds like it’s going to be an epic way to end this EPICALLY awesome day.