Sneaking in under the wire as we go to press comes this announcement: The Kentucky Bluegrass Music Festival, presented by Kentucky Proud and Kroger, is back again in Louisville. The two-day music jam will happen on the Ohio River at The Belvedere in downtown Louisville Friday, August 3 and Saturday, August 4. Featured performers include Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper featuring Audie Blaylock and The Cumberlands with Jeff Guernsey and Curtis Burch. Music starts around 5 p.m. and continues until 11 p.m. Tickets are $6 before 6 p.m. and $9 afterwards.
The Motet Singers are looking for more vocalists for the upcoming season of concerts. To schedule an audition or for more information, contactJoie Rosenbarger, 502-239-5043. They also need a rehearsal accompanist (presumably keys) Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Musicians Emergency Resource Foundation (formerly the Musician's Emergency Relief Fund) Board of Directors has begun work on assembling the annual MERF Day show for 2007. A tentative date of November 11 has been set and at least one and perhaps two venues are already lined up for the event. Musicians interested in participating should contact MERF through the MERF website at http://www.merfbenefit.org/ or by calling the offices of Louisville Music News at 893-9933.
The Heine Brothers coffee shop owners have teamed up with Gill Holland, owner of indie label SonaBLAST!, and released Independent Music for Independent Coffee Drinkers: Volume One, a compilation of songs from artists on Holland's label, including Louisville's Jamie Barnes (video). Heine Brothers co-founders Mike Mays and Gary Heine are dedicated to the notion of locally grown businesses and see this CD as the first in a series. The CD is available at all Heine Brothers shops for $9.99.
The kingsofar.com website has an ear out for Kentucky music; they have a review of the Cabin I Was Here CD and in their New Music and Recommended Listening section, they have The October's Lost since Graduation CD as one of four recommendations.
Mullinix, Clifford L., 85 of South Louisville passed away Wednesday, July 11, 2007. He was a songwriter and a member of BMI (Business Music International).
Scoggins, James "Tom," 52, of the Clifton neighborhood, died on Wednesday, July 11, 2007. He was a musician and recording engineer.