Live Music Lou’s Can’t Miss: October 1 – 7

Sunday (10/1) – 

David Liebe Hart

David Liebe Hart of Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job fame brings his unique act of ventriloquism and comedy to Zbar. His show isn’t for everybody, but if you are like our friend Beaver and cry from laughter at Tim and Eric and other Adult Swim humor, then this is a can’t miss, even for a Sunday.

Monday (10/2) – 

Dance Party: Strand of Oaks vs Twin Limb // hurricane relief fundraiser

Do you like good music and giving back to the community? Then come out to Zbar to do some good this Monday night and raise money for the hurricane victims. We hear this event is listening to records from both bands (vs live music), but I wouldn’t be surprised if you spot some of the musicians in the crowd. Hell, Strand of Oaks is heading to Lexington next on his tour, so maybe he’ll pop in, too?

Tuesday (10/3) – 

Modest Mouse

If you’ve ever their most popular song, “Float On,” then you know exactly the kind of great vibes this band gives off. If this is the only song you know, no worries! They have nine studio albums dating back to 1996 that you can listen to before the show! See how their sound has changed from album to album.

Wednesday (10/4) – 

Gogol Bordello

Gypsy Punk comes to the Mercury Ballroom for what is sure to be a head-banging good time. If you enjoy ensemble bands that pack the stage, than this is for you. How many times can you say you’ve seen a punk band that features an accordion player?

The California Honeydrops

This band is funky, vintage, and full of blues and soul. The California Honeydrops are here to bring you straight back into the era of saxophones and trumpet solos. These five musicians make you feel like you’re in the heart of New Orleans with their jazzy sound, sure to be a great show to add some spice to Wednesday your night.

Dead Neighbors, Wax Astro, White Knight

The Cure Lounge hosts ’90s-inspired slacker punk, alternative rock, and heavy psych bands.

Thursday (10/5) – 

Paul Kelly, Jess Cornelius

Kelly is described as “a national hero in his home country (Australia) and one of the most celebrated songwriters on the planet.” Hell, the man has 19 studio albums, so he’s doing something right. Come check out his versatile music collection at Zbar!

Frederick The Younger w/J. Mitchell & Rachel Monroe

FTY is about to hit the road on a big tour, so you should wish them goodbye at this cozy Fire Escape Session at Lola.

DJ Quik + Scarface: The Live Experience

This working collaboration is epic. Not only are they creating a memorable live experience for audience members, they are writing and recording simultaneously during this tour.

Nation of Language, GRLwood, Doctor Girlfriend

Thursdays were made for local bands at Kaiju, especially when you have a long weekend.

Mixed Company: Slow Jamz

This event is another fundraising/hurricane relief effort. Enjoy cocktails and DJ Trevor Bowles at Butchertown Social.

Friday (10/6) – 


Electronic rock-duo Phantogram has been seen on Big Boi’s album, Big Grams, as well as The Flaming Lips’ record, The Terror, exemplifying their broad range of genres and unique sound. In a setting like Mercury Ballroom, this show is guaranteed to be a night full of electronic vibes.

Judah & The Lion – Going to Mars Tour

Most popularly known from their latest single, “Take It All Back 2.0,” Judah & The Lion is a Nashville, alternative jam band whose most recent album, Folk Hop N’ Roll, perfectly sums up their eclectic sound and will satisfy every expectation for you this Friday night. Their music is not only fun, but spiritually deep in lyrics as well. Banjo solos? Guaranteed. Judah & The Lion have ties to Louisville, so you know they are going to put on a show for us.

Moon Duo, Birds of Avalon

This male/female duo band is all things deep and inquisitive. Their lyrics and sound are compared to the “yin and yang” Chinese words, meaning opposites coming together to make an amazing harmony. The opener, Birds of Avalon, has a similar vibe, but with a more intense, punk sound. Come get the full picture of their music and check out both bands to see what they’re all about.

Old Lou Brew

Like craft brews? This is your spot then. And Bridge 19 will be happily jamming along with you.

Fast Forward w/Plastic Plates and Night Visions Radio

Galaxie’s OUTERspace is really the best space ever for a dance party. Plastic Plates hails from Sydney, Australia, and has worked with a slew of artists.


Saturday (10/7) – 

The Lone Bellow with Mt. Joy

This Americana band is known for their soulful, emotionally raw vocals, which is perfectly represented in their new album, Walk Into a Storm. If you’re looking to hear some incredible harmonies, and pure vocal talent, Headliners is the place to be this Saturday night. One of our favorites are back again and they have a new album in tow. We foresee losing our voices and minds.

Boa, White Woolly, Church Friends

These Louisville locals are all things indie-rock, with elements of funk and psychedelic sounds. “What they lack in numbers, they make up for with soulful, well-constructed harmonies matched with meaningful lyrics.” Three bands for $5.00? That’s a steal for a Saturday night, so come out to Zbar!

Iris Dement

We won a couple of tickets to Iris Dement at the KCD Theater a few years ago. It was a lovely random encounter. Her voice is so distinctive and beautiful, which has resulted in dozens of collaborations with the biggest name in folk.

Lionel Hampton tribute concert

Lionel Hampton was a legendary jazz performer and native of Louisville. He was  best known for his work on the vibraphone and was influential in its role in jazz music.

The Trippin Billies: A Dave Matthews Band tribute

Like Dave Matthews? Hit up this excellent tribute band’s show at the Mercury Ballroom. PS – we have 3 complimentary tickets to this show, so if you’re interested in attending FO FREE, let us know.


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