Upcoming in November

By Paul Moffett

All Ages

Low, Jessie Buntyn and Ida will offer up a $5 show at the Church of St. Philip Neri on Woodbine Ave on November 6.

More info: 636-1419

Americana

If you can sing either "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" or "Mr. Bojangles," then you owe it to yourself to figure out how to cross the Ohio and not get lost on the way to the Paul W. Ogle Center at IUS for one of two (7:30 & 9:30 p.m.) performances by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on November 7. They'll be doing acoustic concerts, so be prepared to listen carefully.

Tix and info: 812-941-2526

On pretty much any given night at the Twice Told Coffeehouse, you can hear some interesting music being made, some of it by musicans who are devalued by the perjorative "locals" label or by musicians from out of town, a.k.a, somebody else's "locals." This makes it impossible to single out one act versus another to receive a mention, except as a matter of purely subjective and personal taste. On November 2, then there will be the triple bill of Cris Smither, Peter Mulvey, Louise Taylor. Pray you don't have to go to work Monday morning and buy a $10 ticket.

Our cover story subject, Dan Gediman and his band the Mind Reels have a CD release party on Saturday, November 22. The CD is I'm Trying.

On November 28, a must-see is the twin bill of David Olney and Tim Krekel. Homefront brought Olney, a songwriter's songwriter, to town some years back. Krekel has a new project, too, but it hasn't been released yet. No doubt he'll play some tunes from that.

Fiona Apple will fall by the Palace Theatre on November 16 for an 8 p.m. Tickets are reasonable at $20.

Tix and info: 583-4555


Ballet

The Louisville Ballet will present its Do You Dare Festival? on November 6-8 in Whitney Hall, KCA. The festival is a collection of four works, including two by noted choreographer David Parsons and two by LB Artistic Director Alun Jones.

Tix and info: 584-7777

Blues

Catch Blues Traveler at the Palace Theater on Tuesday, November 4 for an 8 p.m. show. Enfant guitar wizard Johnny Lang will open the .show Tickets are $22.50 and $25.

Tix and info: 583-4555

Blues guitar wünderkind Kenny Wayne Shepherd moves to the big room at Coyote's for a November 5 show.

Tix and info: 589-3866

Bullseye Blues artist Pat Boyack and the Prowlers will be at Stevie Ray's for a couple of shows November 14 & 15. Boyack is supporting a new CD, Super Blue & Funky. Be prepared to purchase.

Tix and info: 582-9945

Classical Mandolin

The Classical Mandolin Society of America is coming to town again, this time for its 11th annual convention on November 5-7. There will be three featured concerts open to the public. On November 6, at 7:30 p.m., Christ Church Cathedral, German recording artists Duo Capriccioso and Italian recording artist Ugo Orlandi will perform. On Friday, November 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Bomhard Theatre, KCA, the Bank One Lonesome Pine Concerts Series will present Mando Magnificat III. On Saturday, November 8 at 8 p.m. again in the Bomhard, there will be an En Masse orchestra, where the 100+ members will play. For more information about this event, read the Front & Center column on page 14.

Contemporary Christian

Jars of Clay seems to have made the transition to pop success of late. They've succeeded so well that they'll play at the Palace on November 8. Plumb will open at 8 p.m.

Tix and info: 583-4555

The recent flood of female performers is not limited to the Triple-A or metal genres. Christian rock has "in-your-face" female-fronted rocks as well, even though that might seen like a contradition at first blush. You can settle the issue in your own mind by catching the twin bill of Miss Angie and Morella's Forest at the Northside Christian Church in New Albany on November 30. My, my.

Tix and info: 502-935-4756

Country

The Country scene this month is studded with several major acts.

Tammy Wynette and the Louisville Orchestra will offer up some country pop chops at the November 1 Louisville Pops! show at the Palace. These shows are popular for good reason: the performers like the change from their standard performance and the audience especially likes seeing the stars. Come stand by the LO as Wynette stands by her man.

Tix and info: 502-568-1111

Fiddler's Extravanganza at Renfro Valley, October 31, November 1 & 2, offers up the best in amateur and professional fiddlers. If you like Kentucky fiddling, it can't be beat.

Tix and Info: 1-800-765-7464

On November 6, Tracy Byrd will fly into Coyote's for a concert. Joe Diffie will be there on November 19.

Tix and info: 589-3866

Even though Rick Trevino is a classically trained, Mexican-American pianist, that won't stop true country music fans from scooting out to the South Hall of the Kentucky State Fair & Expo Center for a November 20 concert. Trevino's on a roll, with a pair of Number One tunes to his credit and has a new album to boot. Take money.

Tix and info: 502-367-5144

Billy Dean will be the headliner for the Firefighter's Benefit in the Arena at Louisville Gardens for an 8 p.m. show on November 28.

Tix and Info: 587-3800

Trace Adkins, Traci Lawrence and Sherrie Austin will tag the end of the month for country music with a show at the Palace on November 29. Adkins has a just-released CD, Big Time, to promote, so expect some new tunes along with the old.

Tix and info: 583-4555

Jazz

The Bank One Lonesome Pine Special +Series will bring in Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock into the Bomhard Theatre on November 20 for some "big time" jazz. Shorter and Hancock surely qualify for that label by most folks standards.

Tix and info: 584-7777

Musical

• The musical "Chicago" will travel from New York to Louisville for a six-day run, beginning November 25. Described as "the drop-dead Broadway musical," the show reprises the wild side of Chicago in the Twenties.

Tix and info: 584-7777

Pop

Wayne Newton makes a rare excursion out of Las Vegas for a show at the Louisville Gardens on November 1.

Tix and info: 587-3800

Rock

Yes, Yes is coming to the Palace. Right, Yes. November 21. They won't be traveling with the full arena show, of course, but the prospect of hearing that band in that theater makes music fans drool. Tickets will only set you back $25, $35 and $50.

Tix and info: 583-4555

Well, if not Yes, then how about Ratt? At Coyote's on November 2.

If Ratt won't do, how about - dare I say it - a nostalgia show featuring Nazareth and Blue Oyster Cult on the 18th in the big room at 2nd and Liberty?

Tix and info: 589-3866

• At the Butchertown Pub on November 6, you can catch superfunkapoppers L'Woo plus 100 Acre Wood, another band threatening to break out. Also coming to the BTP on the 15th will be Radioactive Flowers, who have been in the studio working on their second CD. King Kong makes a Louisville appearance on November 26.

• On November 12, Southern Culture on the Skids will take over the Brewery as the headliner for a triple bill that includes the Blue Moon Boys and the Woogles. Baby, you make me wanta get out my credit card and buy tickets. S.C.O.T.S. has a new album that's being played a ton on the New 92, and their SRO show at Riverpoints last summer should guarantee that the tickets sell out early.

Tix and info: 583-3420

Remember the SwingaBilly Ball shows at the Phoenix Hill Tavern on Sundays in November. Show time is 8 p.m. and the bill is three acts each Sunday. On November 2, it's The Atomic Fireballs, Those Legendary Shack Shakers and the Swing Rays. November 9, the Cigar Store Indians return, along with the Twistin' Tarantulas and the Reacharound Rodeo Clowns. November 16, it's Rocket 88, Willie Wisely, and the former Rhythm Bound, now called Crown Electric. November 23, Tobasko Kat, the Trip Daddies and Swing 39 perform. The Finale on November 30 will feature the Blue Moon Boys, The Big Swing, The Flying Saucers and The Bent Sceptors.

Tix and info: 589-4957

Salsa

Hey, we don't get a lot of salsa in Louisville and all in Spanish, at that. The band is Bio Ritmo and they'll be at the Butchertown Pub on November 13. Don't forget your handy Español-a-Inglés dictionary.

Tix and info: 583-2242

FREE In-Store performances

Alan Rhody is doing an in-store at Disc Jockey Records on Shelbyville Rd., November 29, 1-3 p.m.

Dan Gediman and the Mind Reels will do an in-store performance at Ear X-tacy Records on Bardstown Rd. November 21, 2 p.m. and at HMV Records on November 23 at 3 p.m.