Live Music Lou’s Can’t Miss: May 14 – 20

A couple Shaky alums/Atlanta bands are coming through town this week. The weather is going to be On. Point. It’s the last full week of school. I’m feeling good about this one.

Sunday (5/14) – 

Leif Vollebekk

The Vectortone boys will be working hard tonight. These three Sunday shows, at three different venues, are all can’t miss. Leif Vollebekk’s tunes are soothing to the ears.

Whores., Wrong, Bummer

Upon reflection, it has been too damn long since we’ve been to Haymarket. Whores. apparently have a solid live show, which you know we’re all about.

Margaret Glaspy // Liza Anne

The kids have been talking about this one. She was just at Shaky Knees this past weekend, representing the few women on the lineup. Girl is BAD.

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Monday (5/15) – 

PUP, Prawn

Also at Shaky this weekend, we were SUPER impressed with this Canadian rock band. Zanzabar is the perfect host for this show. The volume will be up and bodies will be flying.

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The Revolution

Dudes, it is Prince’s backing band!

The Mixt&pe Semifinals: Louisville

Six bartenders. Five judges. One cocktail that rocks. Bartenders have created an original drink based on their favorite song for a chance to win a trip to Forecastle Music Festival and compete in the final round in July. Cash bar with specialty cocktails including the El Dorado Punch, Gin & Tonics, Brandy Old Fashioned and Magnetic Shield for supporters and industry folk to enjoy. Afterparty at The Silver Dollar for Industry Night from 10pm-midnight!

Tuesday (5/16) – 

Red Hot Chili Peppers with special guest Irontom

RHCP get a bad rap sometimes, but are sure to pack Yum.

Wednesday (5/17) – 

Old 97’s with Nicole Atkins

Louisville loves the Old 97’s. That is so blatantly true. Graveyard Whistling is their latest release and sounds great.

Tobin Sprout

Tobin Sprout is of Guided By Voices fame. He has new solo music to share with a Zbar crowd.

Thursday (5/18) – 

Mayday Parade a Lesson in Romantics 10th Anniversary Tour

Mayday Parade brings its Floridian pop-punk and ten years of togetherness to the Mercury Ballroom.

Rye Back Porch Sessions: Brooks Ritter and The Lower Lights, DJ John Penn Browning

Kick off the Back Porch Sessions with good ol’ Brooks Ritter. It is free! And cool people (us!) will be there!


Hugh Masterson, Brian Elmquist

Brian Elmquist should ring a bell…with Kanene Donehey Pipkin and hubby prepping for a babe, it appears the rest of The Lone Bellow is hitting the road as solo acts. Considering this man does this, I think his is worth a minute of your time.

Friday through Sunday (5/19-5/21)- 

RiverRoots Music and Arts Festival

Tickets are super reasonable for this Madison, IN annual festival. For Sam Bush, Ricky Skaggs and Langhorne Slim? So into it.

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The Moonshiners Ball

The Moonshiners Ball pops up on our radar yearly, but with May being such a hectic time, it often gets overlooked. This year, we are trying to break that trend, specifically considering who all they have coming in. Kentucky favorites Ben Sollee, Nellie Pearl, Quiet Hollers, The Wooks and Vandaveer are joined by some other biggies including Margaret Glapsy, The Marcus King Band, Con Brio, and Blackfoot Gypsies. Irvine, KY isn’t exactly close but if you’re looking for a more mellow weekend out of town, this is your gig.


Old Louisville Springfest

Vendors, artists, music, food trucks, classic cars, performers, bourbon slushies and beer all in Old Louisville.

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Friday (5/19) – 

Justin Townes Earle, with The Sadies

With Kids in the Street due out in about a week, it is safe to guess that JTE is ready for a heavy summer of touring. Each run in we’ve had with this talented (and genetically blessed) man has been a good one.

Howell Dawdy’s Karaoke Roulette

It is that time again!

Louisville Jazz Under The Stars 3

Jazz + stars + cocktails + good ass weather = Friday happiness.

The Blasters

We saw the Alvin bros one snowy night several years ago. This time, it is their full band hitting Headliners with some rockabilly goodness.

Dream Eye Color Wheel Album Release Show

Kaiju got that album release show swagger.

Saturday (5/20) – 

What The Germantown?!

Check out our hood! The flow takes you around GTown/Schnitzelburg with live music and special local brews on tap.

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Joann & The Dakota “Holy Coyote!” EP Release Show!

Party party party!

Amon Amarth

Wiki describes this as “melodic death metal” which seems like a oxymoron. But then again, I don’t know shit about death metal.

The Chainsmokers “Memories: Do Not Open” Tour 2017 with Special Guest Kiiara

Um, they’ll be here.

Emo Night

Emoooooo AF. Get your eye-liner and black wardrobes ready.

Forest Fest ’17

Forest Fest always sounds like a ton of fun! We’ve never made it out, and this year isn’t lining up to be that year either, but it appears to be a good time with music, eats and the Jefferson Memorial Forest as the venue.


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