Live Music Lou’s Can’t Miss: May 22 – 28

LAST WEEK OF SCHOOL! LAST WEEK OF SCHOOL! See you guys out this week before a big Memorial Day weekend.

Sunday (5/21) –

An Evening with Sturgill Simpson: A Sailor’s Guide to Earth

Sturgill’s newest album, A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, was made for his son’s and wife’s ears. And this ish is beautiful, especially this Nirvana cover.

Surfer Blood, Sound of Ceres

If you are unfortunate souls like us and didn’t snag tickets to Sturgill, then this is the show you must be at!

Sierra Leone’s Refugee AllStars

An equally intriguing option at Haymarket. Talk about moving music.

Tuesday (5/23) –

Miike Snow with MUNA 

Aubrey is heading to their homeland in a week, and she loves their pop, synth, groovy stuff. Needless to say she’s REALLY excited about this Headliners show.

Ought, Priests

We hear that Ought has a way of really wrapping up a live crowd with their sharp yet unruffled sound.

Wednesday (5/24) –

Rakim – Paid In Full Tour

Rakim is legendary for his rhymes, flow, lyrics, the whole deal as an MC. His influence is still felt today and it is an honor to have him at Headliners.

WFPK Waterfront Wednesday: Paul Thorn, The Howling Tongues, and Nick Dittmeier & The Sawdusters

The weather is panning out to *hopefully* be better than 1200’s opening WFW, so that is a good start. This lineup is chalk full of Americana, gutsy music…which we all know is perfect for the Big Four Lawn.

Nick Dittmeier
Nick Dittmeier

The Glorious Sons

The Glorious Sons are powerful and heavy hitting.

Jacob Metcalf, The Bottom Sop

Some easy listening, good feeling music is in store for this one. Expect some nifty picking and soothing melodies.

Thursday (5/26) –

Abbey Road on The River   ***This runs all weekend, of course!

If you thought that this annual Beatles Tribute was gone for good, welp, looks like you are in luck. Even after the controversy surrounding this yearly event, the vibes and unbeatable music will remain the same.


Wave 3 News Concert Series: The Fab Girls and The Cryers

In town for AROTR, The Fab Girls and The Cryers will make your lunch time downtown pretty okay.

Misty Mountain String Band, The Tunesmiths, Hot Brown Smackdown

A night of Louisville bands at Zanzabar is so right.

Friday (5/27) –

The Cave Singers, Blank Range

The Cave Singers had a great start nearly ten years ago, and they’ve been working hard ever since. Their newest album, Banshee, has some mixed reviews but it is self-released which tells us it truly speaks to the bands place in time.

The Monolith with Special Guests, Projector, Bungalow Betty

Haymarket is gonna be REAL lively Friday – there’ll be DJs up in the front room and see/hear-them-first-here local bands.


Saturday (5/28) –

Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls 

This English folk man is not afraid to see it like he sees it. This attitude is refreshing and terrifying at the same time.

Kentucky Raggae Festival

Raggae in a festival setting sounds so right.

Frederick The Younger, Maximon, Joann & the Dakota, and Discount Guns



We usually start each week’s Can’t Miss with Sunday, but we are going to be getting saucy at Indiana’s Derby, The Indianapolis 500. This translates to a late Can’t Miss post for the week and there are WAYYY too many outstanding options for Sunday that you must know about!

Sunday (5/29) – 

Boomtown Ball & Festival

This has become a Memorial Day staple for many, marking this the first year we will not be in attendance.  New Albany is pretty alright, as is this lineup of national and local acts including Small Black, Knox Hamilton, KOA, Otis Junior, Dr. Dundiff and lots of other talented folks. Head over the bridge and enjoy a Flea Off Market vendor section, food trucks galore, and the god’s beverage aka beer.

boomtown ball flyer

Brenda Album Release Show with Ancient Warfare and more

Brenda has been all over the place gearing up for this release.

AMPED Benefit Show Featuring James Lindsey, Chellelynae, Sasha Renee and many more!

AMPED sounds like remarkable program for young, creative minds in Louisville. Absolutely worth our support.

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