HIGHLIGHTS

May1 Royal Crescent Mob

The regal funksters are joined by the inimitable Love Jones, the poppy Snapdragons and Lexington's Ten Foot Pole for a Derby Eve spectacle at Tewligan's Tavern

May 1 New Duncan lmperials

The rootsy, risky New Duncs will play and pass out free toys to Derby Eve revelers at Uncle Pleasant's. They'll be joined by the hard-driving Antietam, Eleventh Dream Day and Yer Girlfriend.

May 1 Hammer and Boyz ll Men

M.C. Hammer and his limp rhymes that espouse the philosophy of "Dance As Discipline" get a boost from the soaring vocal harmonies of Motown's Boyz ll Men. The show is at Freedom Hall.

May 2 Dog Swing

The alternative grungers are joined by Big Wheel and Will & the Bushmen for an all-night Derby jamfest at Tewligan's.

May 2 Babylon Dance Band

The legendary punk group reunites for a Derby night show with boisterous help from Bo Deco and Love Child at Uncle Pleasant's.

May 3 The Back Doors

This Doors tribute band features a vocalist who reputedly does a fine impression of rock poet Jim Morrison.

The show is at Phoenix Hill Tavern.

May 6 Fifteen Minutes

This Indy cover/original band is creating a buzz in their present incarnation. They are joined at Butchertown Pub by alternative rockers Sex Sells Magazines.

May 6 Lucia di Lammermoor Preview

Get a taste of the Kentucky Opera Association's production of the Donizetti work at the Cathedral of the Assumption.

May 6 Sweet F.A.

Hard rockers from Los Angeles invade Phoenix Hill Tavern sporting a contract with Charisma Records.

May 7 Hazel Miller

The local vocalist who gave us "Look What We Can Do Louisville" returns with her strong, sweet voice to Jim Porter's.

May 7 Webb Wilder

In fine April Fool's form, we trumpeted Webb's non-existent April Fool's Day show. He really will be at Flaherty's Food Fun Spirits this month with his unique twist on rock 'n' roll.

May 8 Identity

Great reggae from this familiar group comes to Churchill Downs in the first of the racetrack's series of concerts.

May 8 Tom T. Hall

The country legend plays the Executive Inn in Owensboro.

May 8 Chickasaw Mudd Puppies

A visit from these roots rockers will keep the faithful happy for another few months or so. The Puppies will be joined by Bad Livers and Gwil Owens at Uncle Pleasant's.

May 9 Homefront Performance

Local girl done great Jonell Mosser is joined by folk singer John Herald for a Homefront show at the first Unitarian Church. M0sser's strong, earthy voice will be spotlighted in this performance, recorded for broadcast on WFPL.

May 13 Nimrod

Nimrod delivers industrial rock minus the synthesizers to Tewligan's door on Wednesday the 13th.

May 14 Southern Culture on the Skids

This Moist Records act picked up a few fans at their show at Butchertown a couple of months back; see them with opener Bo Deco at Tewligan's and revel in the greasey rock.

May 15 Another Mule Reunion

The Churchill Downs performance brings Mike Murphy and his old bandmates back together for an R&B reunion show.

May 16 Tanya Tucker

Former CMA Entertainer of the Year plays country at the Executive Inn in Owensboro, asking you in all earnestness, "Will You Lay with Me (in a field of stone)?" Most would.

May 16 Missionary Stew

The Detroit rockers play heavy alternative music in a Hopscotch Army vein at Tewligan's Tavern.

May 16 Headrest Reunion

The bar was forced out of business but the spirit and music returns with this special show at the Water Tower featuring Cosmo & the Counts, Another Mule, Brother Stephen & His Midwest Creole Ensemble and Wayne Young.

May 17 WAMZ Free Concert

Country acts Brooks & Dunn, Sammy Kershaw and Brothers by Choice play the Louisville Motor Speedway.

May 19 Lucia di Lammermoor

The KOA brings Donizetti's opera to the Whitney Hal at the Kentucky Center for the Arts. The gifted and beloved Marilyn Mims sings the title role.

May 20 Enormous Richard

The St. Louis band is full of sound and fury and signifies something ...but I'm not sure what. This show at Butchertown Pub has opening act Heebie Jeebies on the bill.

May 20 Paula Abdul and Color Me Badd

Dance maven Paula Abdul cools at the playground with the young R&B group Co or Me Badd at Freedom Hal.

May 20 Sass Jordan

The band's sound has been described as "the Black Crowes with a female lead singer." Their show is at Tewligan's Tavern on Bardstown Road.

May 22 Vince Gill

Heartthrob, but not a hat, Gill's nice tenor has made him a young lion in the country scene. His show is at the Executive Inn in Owensboro.

May 22 Lucia di Lammermoor

The second and last performance of the Donizetti opera starring soprano Marilyn Mims.

May 23 Gary Morris

A country crooner who scores well with the ladies, Morris is set to wow the crowd in Owensboro, at the Executive Inn.

May 24 Kentuckiana Blues Society Blues Benefit

Gathering at the Rudyard Kipling on Oak Street is Pen Bogert, Pond Creek Blues Band, Mark Stein & the Rib Tip Kings, MR2 Blues Band, Foree Wells & Walnut Street Blues, Lamont Gillispie éthke Homewreckers and Curtis & the Kicks.

May 28 Maynard Ferguson

The high-energy fusion trumpeter plays Jim Porter's Good Time Emporium.

May 28 Cumberland Coffee Concert

Pianist Lee Luvisi is featured in this Louisville Orchestra afternoon gig at the Kentucky Center for the Arts.

May 29 Mark Chestnutt

The country singer plays the first of his two-night stand at the Executive Inn in Owensboro.

May 29 Masterworks performance

Lee Luvisi joins the Louisville Orchestra for classical music at the KCA.

May 29 The Associations

Sixties pop fans will cherish this band's show at Louisville Gardens. Rumour has it Wendy will be there, with stormy eyes.

May 30 Alan Rhody

Singer-songwriter extraordinaire from Nashville returns for another satisfying gig at the Rudyard Kipling.

May 30 Mark Chestnutt

Chestnutt returns to the Executive Inn in Owensboro for his second night of country singin'.