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    Live Music Lou's Can't Miss: July 26-August 1
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    While we’ll be out of town for most of the week (heading to Lollapalooza this weekend), trying to enjoy our last semblance of summer break, there’s some good music heading this way. Be our eyes and ears for us this week and let us know how the shows go! For location, time and cost, click on the links for each event. Be sure to check back at after for our full reviews!

    Monday (7/27) -

    Glass Animals With Gabriel Garzon-Montano

    Last time this English band came through town they had a UofL basketball game to compete with. This time, the word is out and everyone is set to see Glass Animals at Headliners. Expect their exotic style of music to bring out all kinds of feelings. It has sold out but if you were lucky enough to snag tickets, you’ll definitely see us there being taken over by their weird stuff.

    Tuesday (7/28) -

    The Oh Hellos and Ruston Kelly

    This brother and sister duo are using a fantastic summer run to carry into their fall tour - they’ve got a ton of new music to share! Their inventive style of folk rock is all self-produced and carries a certain authenticity that makes this Texas band special, as well as an intensive backing band that plays with them.

    Wednesday (7/29) -

    Waterfront Wednesday with Fantastic Negrito, Strand of Oaks, and American Aquarium

    We’ve got another solid Waterfront Wednesday lineup, ladies and gents. Fantastic Negrito caught everyone’s attention after winning NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert contest and has been rolling since. This punky, funky, bluesy set will be a lot of fun. Getting the night going are Louisville favorites Strand of Oaks and American Aquarium - both bands packed Zanzabar last time they were in town.

    Thursday (7/30)-

    Alabama Shakes

    Brittany Howard is a goddess. Though Alabama Shakes are more than just their front woman, she certainly carries a large part of their appeal. The new (second) album, Sound & Color has been received well, and truly highlights the talented Howard while still showing the progression and growth of the band as a whole. This is another sold out show, and if you got these in time, there will definitely be some people very jealous of you.

    Cracker with Happy Chichester

    Cracker is out touring for their newest studio recording, Berkeley to Bakersfield. The two-disc album features funky punk and garage rock, as well as country-rock, paying homage to the types of music in the two California cities. WFPK has been talking about this show - should be an exciting night at Headliners.

    Friday (7/31) -

    Nick Dittmeier with Moonlight Peddlers and The Bad Times Band

    This week’s Bicentennial Park Summer Concert Series includes one of Indiana’s own: Nick Dittmeier. His special southern style is expertly portrayed through both his songwriting and live performances. Joining the alt-country rocker will be the Moonlight Peddlers, who will provide some fun Americana-bluegrass, and The Bad Times Band.

    Little Tybee

    It’s hard to come up with a description of this band because they’re just very different. Five dudes, one chick, lots of instruments (keys, guitar, violin, percussion of all sorts) - the sound comes out a little jazzy and a little symphonic. The smallness of Zbar should be a pretty cool venue for this Georgia band to show what they’ve got.

    Saturday (8/1) -

    Landlady, Buke & Gase

    Landlady is super cool. One experience with this Brooklyn band and you’ll be hooked, we promise! If you initially are a little weirded out, that is totally normal, but by the end of their set you’ll see what Wilco recognized!

    Butchertown Get Down: Purple Rain with JP Source

    Butchertown Dance party and some Prince? Sounds like a stellar Saturday night to us. This little groove session taking place at PLAY will be going on the rest of the summer, so if you miss this first one, really try and get out to the next ones!


    Strive is a new organization in town looking to support the development of arts and wellness in our community. Strive Fest is a fundraising event to get the word about this really sweet mission and group. Howell Dawdy, Small Time Napoleon and Appalatin will be providing the jams for the event, which is held at Kevin Ratterman’s studio La La Land (where all of Louisville’s top bands are recording these days).

    John & Molly of Communist Daughter, Tender Mercy

    Last year, John & Molly played a set with Twin Limb at what is now Louvino. Their soulful sound is returning to town in another intimate location at The Living Room Series. Mark Kramer (Tender Mercy) has been active around town, as well, showcasing his sweet acoustic tunes.

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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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