10 Upcoming Shows You Have To Check Out In Louisville


1. July’s “Waterfront Wednesday” with Steelism, The Deloreans and Ben Sollee & Friends

When: Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 5:00 PM

Where: Big Four Lawn

Join most of Louisville’s population for an evening of free, live music on the waterfront in the river breeze. July’s Waterfront Wednesday will feature Steelism, The Deloreans and Louisville’s own Ben Sollee and Friends.

Steelism plays gritty, raw rock & roll influenced by ’60s instrumental acts like Booker T. and the M.G.s.

The Deloreans’ sound hearkens to mellow ’90s rock in the vein of Mazzy Star, combined with some elements of avant-garde rock of The Velvet Underground.

Ben Sollee is Louisville’s most celebrated cellist who has graced the stage at Bonnaroo. His music combines elements of folk, jazz, R&B – really, he’s a fearless musician. Louisville is totally going to flip out over him, and meaning this is bound to be yet another record-breaking Waterfront Wednesdays this year.

2. John Butler Trio

When: Thursday, July 31, 8:00 PM

Where: Iroquois Amphitheater

John Butler is one of the most successful artists to have come out of Australia. The band delivers the kind of music that will have people up dancing barefooted in the aisles of Iroquois Amphitheater. Their style has been called roots music, they’ve been called a jam band, but they seem to be somewhere comfortably in the middle to be able to enjoy crossover success.

This show will be the perfect kind of groove for a hot summer night.

3. “Creekside Jam” with Sam Bush, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder and Rhonda Vincent

When: Friday August 1, 4:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Where: The Parklands of Floyds Fork

Kentucky’s own Sam Bush has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association and has been named four times the Mandolin Player of the Year by the international Bluegrass Music Association. The man can shred on the mandolin. He has been touted as an originator of the Newgrass style.

At a very young age, Ricky Skaggs appeared onstage with Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt and Earl Skruggs. Skaggs, another Kentucky native, is a 14-time Grammy winner. He has since appeared onstage with the likes of Phish and Jack White; he is an artist unafraid to explore territory previously uncharted for the Bluegrass genre.

Rhonda Vincent has become widely renowned as the “new Queen of Bluegrass.”

If you’ve been living under a rock, The Parklands is a project that is underway that is unlike anything in the nation. When it is completed in the next few years, it will include four major parks that will be linked by a park drive and a 100-mile urban trail system. This concert will benefit the Parklands project, so get out there and do your state proud.

Any red-blooded Kentuckian should make an effort to go see these homegrown Bluegrass legends.

4. Rodrigo y Gabriela

When: Sunday, August 10, 7:30 PM

Where: Iroquois Amphitheater

Rodrigo y Gabriela are an acoustic Mexican guitar duo that got their start playing in Dublin and have since gained a cult following. Their style is heavily influenced by nuevo flamenco but they are reluctant to be classified as any one genre.

The duo has been known to cover unlikely artists, as exemplified with their cover of Metallica’s “Orion.” Their performance will be a beautiful soundtrack to a summer evening under the stars at Iroquois Amphitheater.

5. JaLin Roze

When: Sunday, August 10, 8:00 PM

Where: Haymarket Whiskey Bar

Louisville’s own JaLin Roze has been getting a lot of buzz in the past few years. He was named “Hip Hop Artist of the Year” at the 2013 Louisville Music Awards and performed at Forcastle 2014. He is a far cry from pop, radio hip-hop and more in the vein of Talib Kweli, Lupe Fiasco or Common.

It would be wise to see JaLin Roze in an intimate setting like Haymarket because he is on his way up and will surely be selling out large venues in the near future. Be there to see him “back when.”


6. Umphrey’s McGee

When: Thursday, August 14, 7:00 PM

Where: Iroquois Amphitheater

Umphree’s McGee has been boldly going where no jam band has gone before since the late 90s. Their style has often been referred to as “progressive improvisation,” a la Frank Zappa. Their sound could also be described as that of a “heavy metal jam band.”

Whatever you’d like to call it, there’s a good reason Umph has built a rabid cult following over the years. Prepare to experience the illustrious Umph Face Melt.

7. Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang

When: Wednesday, August 20, 8:00 PM

Where: Mercury Ballroom

Primus frontman Les Claypool collaborates with long-time friend and M.I.R.V. guitarist Bryan Kehoe to form “Duo De Twang.” The duo plays covers and original music influenced by Django Reinhardt and “hillbilly music fro the 1930s and 1940s.”

Claypool calls the band his “vacation band” that allows him a chance to interact with the audience. The performance is more informal than a Primus show and the Mercury Ballroom is certainly a more intimate venue than big, sweaty crowd at a music festival.

8. The Black Keys and Cage The Elephant

When: Wednesday, September 10, 8:00 PM

Where: KFC Yum! Center

They’re a two-man, garage rock and roll band who have gone on to become worldwide headliners. The Black Keys are celebrating the release of their new album, Turn Blue by going on tour with Bowling Green, Kentucky’s Cage the Elephant. This time, they’ve graduated to arena rock.

The Black Keys’ sound is described as blues-influenced rock and roll music. They’ve stated they’ve been influenced by artists like Howlin’ Wolf and Robert Johnson.

9. Citizen Cope

Where: Headliners Music Hall

When: Saturday, September 20, 8:00 PM

Citizen Cope delivers soulful, bluesy alt-rock that makes people get on their feet and move. This performance will feature the Clarence Greenwood Recordings album in its entirety, in honor of its 10th Anniversary. He will be performing will a full band, rather than just an acoustic set.

Citizen Cope collaborated with Santana for the hit “Sideways,” which has since been featured in many movie soundtracks. He is known for his catchy rhythms and intricate lyrics.

10. Matisyahu

Where: Headliners Music Hall

When: Monday, September 29, 8:00 PM

Matisyahu’s style is influenced by reggae, hip-hop and alt-rock, while often featuring Orthodox Jewish themes. His hit “King Without a Crown” earned him a place in the spotlight and he has continued to headline music festivals and sell out shows. He defies genre boundaries and breaks out of expectations.

This tour is promoting his most recent album, Akeda. He comments on Akeda: “Akeda is the kind of album an artist makes when there is no other creative choice but to turn oneself inside-out, to scrape the insides and reveal anything raw.”