Live Music Lou’s Can’t Miss: September 24 – 30

September is always a good month for the music scene – generally far away enough on the calendar from the summer festivals (aka bands have rested up and are now touring again) and before they hole up again for the holidays. ALSO, this week is especially great because it’s #aubreybdayweek! We’ll be busy p. much every day…come out and celebrate with us!

Sunday (9/24) – 

Morning Teleportation, Lazy Sunday

Originating from Bowling Green, Kentucky, these four guys, Travis, Tres, Tiger, and Paul have been all across America touring with people like The Flaming Lips, Cage the Elephant, and Modest Mouse. They mirror similar sounds to these popular alternative rock bands by incorporating. Lead singer Tiger’s voice is one that is instantly recognized and identified. Similar to Modest Mouse, it is high pitched and psychedelic in sound. Don’t miss this show with Lazy Sunday this Sunday night!

Brunch & Beats – September

The Butchertown Social has some strong brunch game. They are kicking off this monthly event with DJ Hi-Def. We haven’t been to establishment much since ownership has changed, but the pics of the food and drinks looks wonderful.

Monday (9/25) – 

Frankie Cosmos, Ian Sweet, Nice Try

This four piece band is known for their beautifully elaborate harmonies and relatable lyrics. They are continuing to gain notoriety through the many awards that the band is receiving, including Best New Music from Pitchfork.

Tuesday (9/26) – 

Lindi Ortega, Andrew Combs

Her alternative-country, Johnny Cash vibes and his raspy blues vocals these two are sure to bring the best combination of their two voices for one amazing show. Andrew Combs and Lindi Ortega are sure to put you in all of the feels with their albums about life and finding out who we are.

Wednesday (9/27) – 

WFPK Waterfront Wednesday: Anderson East, The Secret Sisters, Brooks Ritter

The last Waterfront Wednesday means that we can stick a fork in summer. Good news, though, WFPK is ending its summer series with a bang. The most soulful voice is coming to everyone’s favorite concert series. Anderson East’s timeless, unique vocals are not to be mistaken for or compared with any other artist. His most recently released single, “All on My Mind,” is sure to set the tempo for this Wednesday night. His two openers are sure to bring out the country rock music vibe and set the pace of the crowd before East takes the stage.

Son Little, Doe Paoro

Recently featured on Portugal the Man’s newest album, Son Little has the perfect amount of funk to make Wednesday night a little more fun. It’s sure to be a night of smooth saxophone solos and kick-drum beats. Don’t miss this show and a chance to get your groove on.

Lords of Acid: Sextreme Ball 2017

What exactly is sexual acid house dance music you ask? This is where you will find out.

Cold Beat, Soft Self Portraits, Equipment Pointed Ankh

We were just talking this weekend about venues to check out cool new music from bands you might not recognize. Once again, Kaiju tops that list.

Blood Planet, Reflex Machine, The Russells

And continuing on that note, The Cure Lounge was another place we mentioned. Get ready for things to get weird.

Thursday (9/28) – 

Sylvan Esso, Helado Negro

Sylvan Esso is made up of Amelia Meath, folk singer in the band Mountain Man, and Nick Sanborn, an electronic producer. These two artists combine the best of both genres to make a collaborative sound that is truly one of a kind. Their new single “Die Young” sets the pace for their newest album, What Now.

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Sylvan Esso – Forecastle 2016

The Head and The Heart with The Shelters

Harmonies, harmonica solos, and toe tapping sounds – all things guaranteed at TH&TH shows. With three full studio albums under their belt, the range of songs that could be on their set list this Thursday night is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser. Their songs, while some more emotional than others, are filled with heart and guaranteed to get you snapping along.

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The Head and The Heart – Shaky Knees 2016

American Aquarium, The Trongone Band

This country rock bands combines sounds of blues and rock n’ roll to completely deliver their sound. This setlist will likely be focused on their newest album, Burn.Die.Flicker, and lyrically explains the hardships of life.

Friday (9/29) – 

The Local Lineup – Wax Fang with DJ Sam Sneed

Wax Fang closes out year one of this new free local outdoor event. Sounds like a perfect ending to me.


Hard Working Americans ft. Dave Schools, Duane Trucks, Neal Casal, Chad Staehly, and Todd Snider

Formed by Todd Snider, Hard Working Americans consists of different jam bands that mirror the sound of Snider’s music. The bands are a collaboration of like-minded individuals who are coming together to give their audience the chance to rock out to a night full of hardcore jam sessions with multiple talented artists.

An Evening with The Paul Thorn Band

His newest album, Too Blessed To Be Stressed, coincides with his roots-rock songwriter genre, but is more lyrically in depth than his previous work. Paul says, “I’ve written eleven songs that express more universal truths, and I’ve done it with a purpose: to make people feel good.” There you have it.

Whiskey Shivers, Billy Strings

If you enjoy Americana, folk, or bluegrass music, this is the gig for you. Both artists are dynamic, fast paced and honestly fun as hell. ALSO, did you know the gents of Whiskey Shivers are in Pitch Perfect 3?!?! Spot them in the trailer below around 1min in!


Okay, so I’m not completely sure what they’re all about, but if a late night show at Zbar is what you need, this might be your jam.

Thomas Rhett “2017 Home Team Tour” w/special guests Old Dominion and Walker Hayes

You know his songs, and you might even know his family better, so why not get a chance to potentially hear and see both of these? This Friday night Rhett takes the stage singing all of his familiar classics and multiple hits off his new album, Life Changes. We’ve seen him bring out his daughter, and maybe even his wife, in previous concerts, so maybe we’ll get lucky enough to see them in Louisville. Either way, this show is sure to bring you hit after hit from all of three of the performers.

Random Conflict / Cult Killer / For The Birds / The Kids Born Wrong

Bring your energy. And your earplugs.

Voyager 1 EDM Fest w/AMTRAC and GG MAGREE

Head to Galaxie/OuterSpace for a new single-evening EDM festival.


Mercury Rise: Louisville’s Music Benefiting Suicide Awareness

Local artists are raising money and awareness to suicide.

The Clifton Roots, Jazz, and Heritage Festival

If you missed out on part 1 of this 3-part festival, you’ve got a chance to redeem yourself. There will be pop-up concerts, experiential activities, and workshops galore.

Louisville Deathfest 2017

This is a great lead up to the Louder Than Life weekend.


Saturday (9/30) – 

Louder Than Life

Wanting another local festival full of amazing artists alternating between two stages after Bourbon and Beyond? No problem, because Louder Than Life is here in Champions Park September 30th-October 1st to give you some of the biggest names in punk rock: Ozzy Osborne, Prophets of Rage, Rise Against, Incubus, Five Finger Death Punch, and more. Though there are no local bands on the list, it is wonderful to have so many people come to our city for a top notch festival. We are covering our first LTL, so check back later this week for a special preview!

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9th Annual NuLu Fest 2017

We haven’t heard a ton about Nulu Fest this year, but this Market Street party is always a good time. Ben Sollee, The Pass, and Quiet Hollers will be serving local music for all to hear.

Matt Pond PA, J Fernandez

Indie rocker Matt Pond PA is sure to bring you all kinds of good feelings from his music, and heartfelt emotions from his lyrics. The two artists on the bill tonight have 12 full length studio albums, all similar in sound, but noticeably different in terms of what is being said lyrically. See what they’re all about!

Louder Than Life presents Pierce the Veil: Official Late Night Show

Mercury Ballroom is busy this week. Keep your Louder Than Life high rolling with this late night show.

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