November 1998 Upcoming

By Paul Moffett

An attorney friend of mine told me a few days ago that when he gets his copy ofLouisville Music News, he turns to the Upcoming section and thinks to himself: "Whichone of these shows can I manage to get to this month?" I couldn't berate him; he has a young child. The rest of you are going to have to make up for his absences, so get busy.

As the weather gets colder, outside recreational activities dwindle and you have to have fun inside. That means music and more music in the winter. The line-up for this November is terrific, with many, many choices all month in all genres of music, so you can't say there's nothing you want to hear.

Get busy having fun, Help make up for Doug's absence.

Acoustic/Americana

• The Bank One Lonesome Pine Special series will bring a several familiar acoustic acts into town in November, Louisville favorites The Sam Bush Band on November 7 in the Bomhard Theatre at the KCA and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones on November 18 in the Brown Theatre. Sam Bush will have his comrade-in-arms John Cowan to wail on some tunes, while the Flecktones have a new saxophonist, Jeff Coffin. As usual, these are the creme de la creme of acoustic acts for this month. At times, I'm not even sure it's possible to listen that fast.

• The November 14Lonesome Pine Special show will offer former Santa's helper and Macy's elf David Sedaris. National Public Radio listeners will recognize Sedaris' storiesfrom The SantaLand Diaries, Barrel Fever andNaked. On the same show, you can see a "cornucopia of musicians," including Jonell Mosser, The Kennedys, Tim Krekel and the Groovebillies and the Public Radio Partnership Nevertones Band, performing the best of the worst fromThe Annoying Music Show. With host Jim Nayder.

Tix and info: 584-7777

Lyle Lovett returns to the Brown Theater for aLonesome Pine Special show on November 17, making for difficult choices on a Tuesday night. While his current CD is loaded with his covers of other Texas songwriters, fans will no doubt still get renditions of some of his older tunes, although not necessarily the ones you expect. Lyle is, after all, eccentric but good.

Tix and info: 584-7777

Rick Towles of Twice Told Coffeehouse did so well with Patty Griffin that he's going to the well again. This time, Flaming Red will be at Headliner's on November 4.

Tix and info: 584-8088

• Here's my other "Don't miss it" show: Cheryl Wheeler at the Rudyard Kipling on November 12. Okay, okay, I admit it, I'm just about as rabid a fan (or as near one) as I ever get. You might remember country crooner Dan Seals' version of Wheeler's tune "Addicted." Suzy Boggus covered "Aces" and took it to top-ten status on the country charts. Wheeler writes powerful, emotional songs, plus some very quirky ones, like "Estate Sale." She had a deal with Capitol Records but refused to fit into the country format mold. (The album cover made fun of the desire of the record company to reshape her face and body.) After moving to Philo Records, she released two albums, the last beingMrs. Pinocchi's Guitar.

Tix and info: 636-1311

Gillian Welch has an new CD,Hell Among the Yearlings, and she'll be in town on November 17 at Headliner's to play tunes from it and sell at few copies. Interestingly, none of the press releases mention David Rawlings, who was co-billed with her the last time she was here, so we don't know if he'll be here on not.

Tix and info: 361-3100

• If a trip to Lexington doesn't faze you, circle November 3 for a triple bill of Tim O'Brien, Maura O'Connell and Jerry Douglas at the historic Kentucky Theatre.

Tix and info: 606-231-6997

Blues

• Now that the Louisville Blues Festival is over, it's time to get back to the clubs. Stevie Ray's is bringing in several Wednesday night shows of interest. On the 4th, Ichiban Records' Little Mike and the Tornadoes blow in for a show. On the 11th, it's The Nighthawks. November 18 sees Roger "Hurricane" Wilson at SV's and our favorite Lexington guitar slinger and all around nice person, Kelly Richey will be there with her band. Of course, there will be blues every Thursday - Friday as well - we don't want to slight our Louisville blues bands, no sirree.

Tix and info: 582-9945

• Not to be outdone, Headliner's is bringing John Hammond in for a concert on November 21. That's what you call genuine whiteboy blues.

Tix and info: 584-8088

Celtic

The Greater Louisville Irish Cultural Society will present anIrish Ceili at Frazier Hall, Bellarmine College on November 8. Ten Penny Bit and the Bluegrass Irish Dancers will perform.

Tix and info: 254-2863

Mary Black has sold more records in Ireland than either U2 or Sinead O'Connor. With four multi-platinum CDs to her credit, this terrific singer together with her band will be making herBank One Lonesome Pine Special debut on November 20 in the Bomhard Theater at the KCA.

Tix and info: 584-7777

Chamber Music

• Bellarmine College is presenting Quartetto con Flauto, a chamber music ensemble from Prague, Czechoslovakia in concert on November 8 at 8 p.m. This is the ensemble's first U. U. tour, so they'll be extra eager to please.

Tix and info: 452-8224

Nella Hunkins, U of L cellist, and Grace Baugh Bennett, pianist, will present a program of Sonatas for the Cello, including works by Beethoven, Chopin, Shostakovich and Bridge on Sunday, November 8 in the North Recital Hall at U of L. The concert is free and open to the public.

Info: 852-6907

Christian

• The Cathedral Heritage Foundation will presentthe 3rd Annual Festival of Faiths at the Louisville Gardens and the Cathedral of the Assumption from November 11 through 15. The theme is "Song and Celebration," which means there will be lots of music. Musical highlights include a Festival Overture and concert with Celtic music by Laurel Masse at Louisville Gardens on November 11. Tickets at the Gardens box office: 574-0086.

On Thursday, November 12, Christian R&B act Out of Eden will be in concert at the Gardens. Tickets at the Gardens box office: 574-0086

On Friday, November 13, there will be a noontime Organ Recital Tribute to Melvin Dickinson at the Gardens. The program includes a luncheon. Tickets are available at the Cathedral Heritage Foundation office 583-3100.

Also on November 13, you can hear at Hindu Music concert, featuring Sarod maestro Pandit Rajiv Tarantha, accompanied by Tabla master Sandip Burman at the Gardens. Tickets at the Gardens box office: 574-0086

Saturday, November 14, Sandi Patty will be the headliner for theNight of a Thousand Stars Black-tie Concert at the Gardens. Voces Novae and Cantor Lipp will also perform. Series tickets are required for this show.

Mike Tracy Jazz will present A Tribute to Father Vernon Robertson on Sunday, November 15 at 1:00 p.m. at Louisville Gardens. Tickets at the Gardens box office: 574-0086.

Also on November 15 in the Gardens, country singer and noted Bahai'i Dan Seals will be in concert with a 200-voice Presbyterian Church Mass Choir at 7:30 p.m.

There are many more faith-oriented activities going on during this festival. Call the Cathedral Heritage Foundation at 583-3100 for more information.

The Newsboys, Third Day and the Waiting will deliver the message at the Palace Theater on November 20. The Newsboys have quite a track record, which means they have sold a whole lot of records - 1.5 million to date. Besides that, they have a stack of awards and award nominations both Dove and Grammy. Go see what the fuss is about.

Tix and info: 361-3100

Country

• How about a BlackHawk show at Coyote's on November 5? "There you have it" indeed, and singer-songwriter R. B. Stone will open the show.

Also at Coyote's on November 19, it'll be the Dixie Chicks, with a tour shirt motto not printable in a family publication. The DC did a killer show in Bardstown in the summer, so if you missed that one, here's your chance to catch up.

Tix and info: 589-3866

• "Stupid, stupid, stupid." Junior Brown doesn't mince words or guitar licks, though he's got great chops. The master of the "Guit-Steel" hybrid instrument puts on a show like no other, mixing licks reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix covering Ernest Tubb. Junior is one of the very few musicians who can accurately be described as like no other. He'll be at Headliners on November 11 Allison Moorer will open.

Tix and info: 584-8088 / 361-3100

Ricky Van Shelton will sing Alan Rhody's "Wild-Eyed Dream" during two shows at Renfro Valley on November 14. Of course, that was Ricky's first big hit and he'll sing a bunch more as well.

Tix and info: 800-765-7464

Jazz

• If mellow jazz in the style of Billy Eckstine is your fav rave, then smooth on down to the Clark-Todd Hall in the Kentucky Center for the Arts on November 15 and catch The Everett Greene Quartet, presented by the National City Jazz Cabaret Series. "Lush" is the operative word and we're not talking about an alcoholic here. Greene's bass-baritone singing evokes expressions like "fat" and "buttery," as well.

Tix and info: 584-7777

Musical

• The Broadway Series is bringing in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Broadway production ofEvita for a six-day run, November 24-29, in the Kentucky Center for the Arts. Natalie Toro will sing the lead role. Just keep in mind George Bush's spontaneous quote of "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina" and go buy your tickets. If you are a Webber fan, that is.

Tix and info: 584-7777

• The Broadway Series is also bringing another musical chestnut, West Side Story, into the Palace Theater on November 16 and 17. The production is all new, with a lot of energetic young actors working hard to make you happy. Gee, Officer Krupke, where can I get tickets?

Tix and info: 361-3100

• The Derby Dinner Playhouse is in the middle of the run of 42nd Street, the musical about Broadway's stars and dancers. The show runs until November 15.

Tix and info: 288-8281

Orchestral

• The Louisville Orchestra will present Livia Sohn, violinist, and guest conductor Sidney Harth at the MasterWorks and Coffee Concerts on November 19 & 21.

Robert Bernhard will conduct the orchestra at the "Broadway Now and Then" Bank One Louisville Pops Series on November 14.

Tix and info: 568-1111

Opera / Classical

• The Kentucky Center for the Arts will present Metropolitan Opera soprano Dawn Upshaw at the Brown Theatre on November 3. The Grammy Award-winning Upshaw will sing a diverse selection of material ranging from Bach and Mozart to Bernstein and Sondheim.

Tix and info: 584-7777

• The Kentucky Opera will open the 1998-99 season with Puccini'sMadama Butterfly on November 13, in Whitney Hall at the Kentucky Center for the Arts.

Tix and info: 584-7777

Pop

• If Johnny Mathis is not one of the defining figures in American pop music, then I'm Slobodan Milosevic. Mathis will offer his signature smooth crooning at the Palace on November 6 & 7. With two chances to see this legend, how can you miss?

Tix and info: 361-3100

Reggae

• The Utopia International Cafe will present theJammin Reggae Concert on November 7 at Louisville Gardens. Scheduled to play are Universal Xpression from Detroit, that noted center of reggae; Rising Lion from New York and Deighton Charlamegne, former lead singer from Identity.

Tix and info: 361-3100 / 897-7011

Rock

• When you say Southern rock, you're talking about Gregg Allman, friend and Gregg and Friends will make it into Coyote's on November 3. Cher's former main squeeze will no doubt do a lot of Allman Brothers hits, plus material from his own lengthy career. Mary Cutrufello, of whom I know nothing, opens.

• While we're discussing rock at Coyote's we can't forget Cinderella on November 24. Heavy metal rules, at least for one night, even if it is mixed with a little bit of nostalgia (?).

• Finally, by way of some advance notice, a Louisville favorite will be in the big room at 2nd and Liberty on December 1. Delbert McClinton with Rodney Crowell and Claudia Church will romp and stomp and drink one more bottle of wine that night. Get your tickets early for this one.

Tix and info: 589-3866

• Touch ‘n' go Records has Louisville clearly in their sights, This time, they're sending in Pittsburgh's Don Caballero to the Toy Tiger on November 3. Don Caballero has a new CD,What Burns Never Returns, to sell, so they would like you to bring extra cash or a credit card. VHS Or Beta and K Law featuring Keenan Lawler open the show.

Tix and info: 361-3100 / 456-1137

• Another Touch ‘n' Go act, Uzeda, from Italy, will play some Italian rock on November 16 at the Mercury Paw.

Tix and info: 587-6999

• If you heard that Jonatha Brooke was coming to Headliner's, save your dollars: Spotlight never quite got together.

• Drag City Records, also a Chicago label, is presenting a triple bill at the Mercury Paw on November 11. Edith Frost gets the headliner spot on this stop. She has a just-released CD, Telescopic.. Also on the bill are Sam Prekop and Archer Prewitt, both of The Sea and Cake.

Tix and info: 587-6999

Motley Crue, yeah, girls, girls, girls! Well, okay, maybe not, depends on your age. The Crue will perform at the Palace Theater on November 11, hoping you'll buy theirGreatest Hits package. Really. Vince Neil will sing "Dr. Feelgood," too.

Tix and info: 361-3100

Marcy Playground cancelled their gig at Headliner's on November 18. Oh, well.

• Gas up the family boat and putt-putt down to Rupp Arena in Lexington for the Dave Matthews Band on November 20. They're still touring in support ofBefore These Crowded Streets, so you'll hear all your favorites. If you missed them at the LPS show on the 18th, you can Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, who willopen the show. Wouldn't you like to hang around for the jam sessions after that show?

Tix and info: 606-281-6644

Rock-a-Swing-a-billy

• Where else do you slot Bodeco? At Headliner's on November 28. No point in saying any more about Ricky Feather's band; you either love ‘em or you hate ‘em. Ain't no middle ground.

Tix and info: 584-8088

Swing

The Louisville Orchestra will present theirBig Band & Swing Dance at the Louisville Gardens on November 6 at 8:00 p.m. The event will also feature the San Francisco-based jump jive act Indigo Swing. Dancing will be encouraged, so brush up on your jitterbug and East Coast style swing dancing. The event is a 1998 Breeders' Cup event and is sponsored by Powertel.

Tix and info: 361-3100

• Swing, swing, swing. The Brian Setzer Orchestra will swing into the Palace Theater on November 27. Seems kind of pointless to bring this big ol' swing band and into a room where dancing is nearly impossible and swing dancing is out of the question. With 17 pieces, BSO should be able to playanything in the swing repertoire, especially if that repertoire includes electric guitar. If dancing is what you must do, catch the Jive Rockets in Stage Door Johnnies before the show.

Tix and info: 361-3100

• Headliner's has a veritable parade of swing bands in November. On the 6th, it'll be Hipster Daddy-O and the Hand Grenades, followed on the 7th by the Frantic Flattops. Another two-day swing session goes done on November 19 and 20 with Alien Fashion Show first, then the Jet Set Six. Polish those shows, iron that hair and don't forget to warm up with a set of Rockette-style limbering exercises first.

Tix and info: 584-8088