September is going to be really, really busy for music fans, so just take a month-long vacation if you can or just give up on sleeping for the duration. Here are some of the shows:
Death Angel is coming to Trixie's on September 8. These Bay area thrashers will be here for one night only, so get those tickets! Louisville's VAMT will be opening, so be there early. Tickets are $15.
Having zipped through the Squirrel Nut crew and walked barefoot through the Bowl of Fire, Andrew Bird decided that a solo career was better. With thirteen studio albums, a number of live albums and appearances on a slew of other acts' records (including MMJ's Z), Bird is pretty well established and can do pretty well whatever he wants - which he does. His most recent is Are You Serious, but of course, there is no way to know what he'll play. Besides his touring band, also appearing is Gabriel Kahane. It all goes down at Headliners, rather than the previously announced Iroquois Amphitheater on September 9. Tickets are $33.50 adv / $37.50 dos. Watch a video of a recent Tiny Desk Concert:
A friend and former DJ at Cincinnati's public radio station has been pushing St. Paul and The Broken Bones to me for some time. I say I don't disagree, I just don't have time to get out as much as I used to, due to, ahem, age. You, dear reader, don't have that problem, so if you like real good neo-soul (or, better, the original thing), particular with a real soul-shouting singer and a horn section, then the show at Iroquois Amphitheater on Saturday, September 10, is where you should be. They're touring in support of their debut, Half the City. Amos Lee opens. Tickets are $35-$50, cheap for such a band.
Okay, newgrass fans, here's a couple (?) of performers to set your hearts alight with a long-ago feeling of finding something new and strange but familiar and fabulous. Conversely, the bluegrass purists will be offended. The band is 10 String Symphony and they'll be at Zanzabar on September 14. Did I mention that they both are fiddle champs? Watch this video of a show in Alaska:
Jamgrass fans face a hard mid-week choice on September 15, when both Leftover Salmon and Greensky Bluegrass are in town, with the Salmon at Diamond Pub and Greensky at the Mercury Ballroom. The Salmon are fresh from appearances at the Terrapin Crossroads festival and Strawberry Music Festival, so they should be in top form. Greensky has a new record, Shouted, Written Down and Quoted. Maybe you should toss a coin? Tickets to Greensky are $18; check with Diamond Pub for Salmon tix. Check out videos from each:
Former Carolina Chocolate Drops member Dom Flemons looks be the headliner for the 2016 version of the Jugband Jubilee, happening on September 17. Also on the bill are the Cincinnati Dancing Pigs, Side Street Steppers, Bourbonville Buskers, The Gallus Brothers, G Burns Jug Band, Ever-Lovin Jug Band, and, of course, The Juggernaut Jug Band. This free celebration of one of Louisville's more well-known musical inventions (really!) happens at the Waterfront in the Brown-Forman Amphitheater. Here's the Juggernauts' version of Zeppelin's "Black Dog":
Well, they're down a few members, having lost Tom Ardolino and the spiritual guide, Steve Ferguson, so now it's only Terry Adams leading NRBQ but the manic spirit and garage-band ethos still prevails. Oh, yes, Los Straitjackets are on the bill, too. The title is NRBQ Vs. Los Straitjackets. It all happens at Headliners Music Hall on September 17. Tickets are $20. Take a bunch of money, so you can stock up on their many records. Videos from both:
The Eagle 107.7 River City Classic Rock Festival, which will be indoors at the Yum! Center, as befits an audience of aging rock fans, includes the following classic rockers: 38 Special, Blackfoot, Eddie Money, Artimus Pyle and Molly Hatchet, on September 17. Woo-hoo, unpack your ... whatever it was that you wore to the Tiger or Armondo's or The Beggars' Banquet all those years ago and head on out. Here's some 38 Special for you:
Yes, the Dixie Chicks are back from their haitus, on tour under the title of
DCX WORLD TOUR MMXVI, which began in Europe, where it has been selling out. Their accomplishments, awards, records, etc. are too numerous to mention and we'll just skip the B. Bush business in favor of the music. At KFC Yum! Center on September 22, with Elle King opening. Tickets are $129, $99, $79 & $49. Here's a recent video for "Cowboy Take Me Away":
Over at the Ogle Center at IUS, September 24 will feature a dance program celebrating the life of Cole Porter, From the PR: "Dance Kaleidoscope presents COLE!, a lively two-act modern dance piece set to the most popular songs by Indiana's own Cole Porter. Act One (Ole King Cole) sparkles with nostalgia, using vintage LPs by original artists from the 1920s and 30s. Songs include 'Let's Do It' and 'I've Got You Under My Skin.' Act Two (Cole Soul) uses modern recordings of Porter's songs and the energy and costumes are current and gritty. Songs include 'Don't Fence Me In' and 'Miss Otis Regrets.' Tickets are $29 Adv/$33 Dos. In Stem Hall.
This is by no means a complete list of the recommended shows. Check the daily scroll list on the LMN site for those. Have a nice month
Adams, Ernest Raymond, 56, of Louisville, passed away August 20, 2016. He was a singer with Musicana Enterprises, Stephen Foster Story, Kentucky Opera, Louisville Orchestra, Katty Smith Singers and Louisville Vocal Project. At the Derby Dinner Playhouse, he was a "Barnstormer" and Leading Man for several years