Live Music Lou’s Can’t Miss: August 20 – 26

There are lots of things going on this week besides the historic eclipse. May you see and enjoy them all!

Sunday (8/20) – 

Michelle Branch: The Hopeless Romantic Tour

Every early 2000s movie plays one of her songs in the best scene of the movie- “Goodbye to You”, “Everything”, “All You Wanted”, and more. Don’t miss her big debut in Louisville and a chance to reminisce on all things from the early 2000s, guaranteed to bring back some good memories!

Monday (8/21) – 

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

Okay, so this isn’t live music, but let’s be honest…don’t you want to take a break mid-workday, sip on some Copper & Kings, and view the solar eclipse from their rooftop deck!? Had to include this one.

The Dead Deads

Come see some family love as a pair of siblings and three childhood best friends come rock your world on Monday night. Just recently finishing up their tour with Halestorm, these bad ass females are ready to have the stage all to themselves.

Tuesday (8/22) – 

Donald Fagen and The Nightflyers

Musical legend, rock n’ roll hall of famer, and one half of the famous Steely Dan is coming to the Palace for a night you don’t want to miss.

Wednesday (8/23) – 

The Frights, King Shelter, On Drugs

These three surf punk bands continue their Wet Hot Summer Tour right here in Louisville. Who doesn’t love a show with three different acts? Come out to Zanzabar and rock out, jam out, and mellow out with these dudes.

Thursday (8/24) – 

The Prefest Music Festival and Liftup Fair

PeteFest is a new festival in Louisville with an important cause: mental health and suicide awareness. The fest itself isn’t until early September, but this event is meant to get you amped up! Also, check out their socials for ticket specials (like one today for the eclipse!)

FAIRenheit 17: Mini Music Festival

I’d go to the fair for Ben Sollee and Tony and the Tanlines, tbh.

The Steppin Stones

Lead vocals Hannah Wicklund created The Steppin Stones at the age of nine – and since then has toured with some of the biggest names in music, such as Kansas, Rusted Root, and Jason Isbell. This trained veteran is sure to deliver a night full of familiar sounds from favorites such as Jimi Hendrix and Fleetwood Mac.

The Magpie Salute

Remember the Black Crowes? Commonly remembered for their hit single, “Hard to Handle”? Well lead singer, Rich Robinson, is back and better than ever with his new look as front man for Magpie Salute. Head out to Mercury Ballroom Thursday night to hear a familiar voice in a new scene!

Patio Tunes: Big Momma Thorazine

Lydia House asks you to come and get your “treatments” from Big Momma Thorazine.

Friday (8/25) – 

Ben Sollee and Kentucky Native

Ben Sollee is playing live lunch at the WFPK studio. Do yourself a favor and take a long lunch with our fav Kentucky cellist.

The Werks, with Aaron Kamm and The One Drops

This American rock band has perfected its jam session sound and even performed at the famous Red Rocks back in 2016. Being formed in 2005, they are fairly new to the music scene, but had no problem quickly gaining notoriety. A fun fact about this four man band is that they allow their fans to tape, trade and distribute their live shows!

Party at Kaiju!

Join Bird Zoo and friends as they celebrate Kogan Dumb’s Birthday! Hi Def will be spinning and lots of local hip hop staples are sure to show up.


Ryan Patterson, former front man for Colliseum is taking the stage solo this Friday night. Their first song on their new EP “Always Hell” is rich in sounds and backed by intense vocals. Check them out on Friday night!

Howell Dawdy’s Karaoke Roulette

It has been a minute since we’ve witnessed a Howell Dawdy Karaoke experience. It might be about time. If you are so bold, you get a taco and my cheers as a thank you for performing.

Natural Wonder – The Stevie Wonder Experience

This show needs no explanation. Cover band Natural Wonder is here to bring you all things Stevie on Friday night! Playing all of the familiar classics from this musical legend, this band is sure to bring you straight back to the 70s when Stevie Wonders songs were number one on the charts week after week.

Small Time Napoleon

This event in at the Jtown Pavilion is free. And there will be sushi. I like those two things equally.

Circus No. 9 with Penny Holmes

New Albany’s Summer Concert Series returns.

Live Music Friday with LittleBand

Enjoy Danny Flanigan’s band with some cold ones.

Saturday (8/26) –

MoonTower Music Festival

We are headed back to Lexington for MoonTower after a single year break. With Benjamin Booker and Umphrey’s McGee as headliners, it is worth the trip. Plus, the timing is great with all this sun/moon talk this week.

Lakou Mizik with Scott Carney

Want to experience and learn more abou Haitian culture? Then Headliners is where you need to be Saturday night. Formed after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, this band is sure to bring positive energy, hope, and awareness to this country. They are requesting donations for their travel expenses and additional funds for the people in Haiti – charity and a show, what can be better?

Downtown Boys, Dream Eye Color Wheel, Mother Runaway

Music and a political stance all in one night. These bands are using their music as a platform to advocate for anti-hate and phobia in our current society. They have shifted their sound to more bright and welcoming sounds to embody this message. Check them out and Zanzabar to hear some good music and gain some new perspectives.

An Evening of Jazz with Gerald Albright

Gerald Albright has played with all kinds of big names in the music industry. The Bomhard Theater plays host.

The Cut Family Foundation Funky Public CD Release

The Cut Family Foundation are a Louisville staple. They deserve our attendance celebrating their LP Funky Public at OuterSpace.

Dan Luke and The Raid, Babs, Phourist & The Photons

This lineup boasts three strong, individual musical acts. Babs apparently will be taking a break, so you better get to Kaiju to see them!

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