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    It is one of our favorite weekends of the year - ROMP is here! Be sure to check out a special edition of our weekly preview early this week for our top ROMP picks. But don’t worry - there’s plenty going on around Louisville, too! For location, time and cost, click on the link for each event. Check back at after the events for our full reviews.

    Monday (6/22) -


    Formally known as the Kopecky Family Band, Kopecky is coming by Zanzabar for a show in support of their latest album Drug for the Modern Age. “Quarterback” has been blowing up WFPK’s latest playlists and we love the sound of the revamped band.

    Wednesday (6/24) -

    Waterfront Wednesday with Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Pokey Lafarge and T. Hardy Morris

    Talk about a hard hitting Waterfront Wednesday lineup! We find it a perfect warm-up for a weekend spent in Owensboro celebrating all that is bluegrass (see ROMP below). Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn are masters of the banjo and Pokey Lafarge takes you back to an older yet always relevant style of music. Both groups are well loved here and worthy dual-headliners for another Wednesday on the Waterfront with WFPK.  

    Andrew Combs, Firekid, Los Colognes

    Andrew Combs opened up for The Apache Relay last time they were in town at Zanzabar and his set left everyone very intrigued. Dillon Hodges and his crew came through Zanzabar last month for the May Communion residency and we were into it. The Alabama born singer and guitarist excels at his craft with incredible skill on his instrument and a really catchy voice. We liked it so much we bought his EP and totally back this show.

    Thursday (6/25) -

    Rye Back Porch Sessions with Twin Limb, Howell Dawdy and Cher Von

    Last week’s weather was less than friendly for the planned event on Rye’s patio, so you have another chance to catch these Louisville locals. Without a doubt, Twin Limb will do their thing, Howell Dawdy will try out some never-before-seen dance moves, and Cher Von will showcase her artistic creativity. You won’t want to miss this one.

    Friday (6/26) -

    The Deer Run Drifters & The Whiskey Bent Valley Boys

    Virginia based, The Deer Run Drifters will be coming for a night of honest toe-tapping bluegrass. Locals Whiskey Bent Valley Boys couldn’t be a more perfect opener for this Friday night lineup.  

    ReSurfaced with Karass, Jack Holiday & The Westerners, Blind Tigers

    Karass’ complex beats and melodies will make for an otherworldly ReSurfaced Friday night. Jack Holiday & The Westerners and Blind Tigers are great additions for what we should hope to be a dry evening.  

    Bicentennial Park Summer Concert Series with Ryan Marsh

    You’d recognize him as a member of JaLin Roze & The Grand Nationals - keyboardist and vocalist Ryan Marsh will take the stage solo on Friday night across the river in his hometown of New Albany. The IU Southeast grad will put on an amazing show for June’s final installment of the concert series.

    Saturday (6/27) -

    ReSurfaced with DJ JaLin Roze, The Deloreans, Twin Sister Radio

    These events have been generating all sorts of buzz around town, and this evening’s line-up is going to follow suit, especially as this weekend wraps things up. Pretty much, you won’t want to miss any of these events this week.

    Wednesday (6/24) through Saturday (6/27) -

    ROMP Fest

    This Owensboro, International Bluegrass Music Museum presented festival is a dream for bluegrass roots music. With legends like John Prine, Del McCoury and Sam Bush interspersed with The Punch Brothers, The Lone Bellow and other younger up-and-coming bluegrass greats, this weekend is set to be a good one. ROMP is different from the common music festival in the sense that there is really only one major stage and one act playing at a time - no racing between stages to catch everyone because they are literally all feet away from your campsite. The After-Party each day is always a fan favorite, with bands playing on the porch of a cabin in Pioneer Village (a short walk from the main stage). Tickets are still available, so jump on these. Also, check back early this week for a special Live Music Lou preview for our most anticipated shows!

    Photo Courtesy of ROMP Fest

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    We are two public school teachers who are best friends, and who enjoy the music culture around town. We try to get out as often as we can with our hectic schedules and live a little through these musicians.

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