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Honey it’s the weekend: Forecastle, Keltricity, midnight String Cheese and more

by Jason Sitzes

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Giving you my top four must-see Forecastle shows and ample ideas for terrific shows around town. During Jazz Fest in New Orleans, when the festival ends is when the clubs and music venues start jamming. It doesn’t seem music venues in Louisville are trying to tap into that post-concert crowd, which is unfortunate. But here at Insider, Honey, we got you covered.

Welcome to Louisville music fans. Get off Fourth Street and get out into the city. Plenty to do after the waterfront gates close. Soothing Celtic tunes for a late night, my pick of the week is Hideaway for unbeatable funk/r&b out of Milwalkee, back-to-back young and danceable honky tonk bands, midnight jams at the Palace, and a hard rock tour visits Louisville and shares the stage with two new local rockers….  Honey, consider these options for your weekend pleasure.

Forecastle Festival
Waterfront, Friday thru Sunday, July 12 through 14
Tickets: $180

This thing has been covered to death. I’ll offer up my top four must-see shows and if you’re not sailing this Forecastle ship, skip ahead.

Overall number one:

Jim James.  You’ve got to see this solo project performed live. It was a Bonnaroo classic and in his hometown promises to be equal to or greater than.

2) Alabama Shakes: Brittney Howard. See her while she’s getting, metaphorically, warmed up. Her career will be stunning.

3) Bob Mould: He’s played everywhere, he’s a punk/rock legend, and most don’t know why. Go see why.

4) Moon Taxi: Made my most-looking-forward-to-seeing list. I’ve not seen them live but feel I’ve have plenty of chances as they begin to soar.

 

Keltricity
The Bard’s Town, Friday, July 12
Show 7pm
$5 Door

I will never understand how Louisville doesn’t have a wildy popular and famous Celtic rock band. I also don’t know why I believe this should be, but I believe it. Someday it will be. Until then, and until our dozen or more Irish Pubs embrace local Irish musicians at all, we have Keltricity. They are traditional Celtic and world music, each musician accomplished in their solo worlds. A laid-back more soothing musical night for the soul. Keltricity are featured next week in the Jane Austen Festival.

Hellfire Honky Tonk Review w/ Hearts Gone South
New Vintage, Friday, July 12
Show 10:30pm
Door $5

First thing you should do is show up early for live piano happy hour specials. Hang out for the Hellfire Honky Tonk band. One of the Louisville’s newest bands, formed in late 2012, their sound is a romping no-mistaking-you’re-in-Kentucky-tonight event.  They are joined by an Asheville honky tonk band, Hearts Gone South. Both bands are a dancer’s delight. A whole Friday evening could be made hanging out at New Vintage; piano and honky tonk. Something sounds right about that.

String Cheese Incident
Palace Theatre, Saturday, July 13
Doors 11pm, Show Midnight
Tickets $42

These guys are all up in Louisville this weekend. You’ll find them here, there, and at all hours. The best bang for your buck is likely their midnight show at Louisville Palace. String Cheese Incident have been around twenty years this year. My first exposure to them was a year after they started touring. Opening for Carlos Santana and sharing the stage with him singing from the Supernatural album, they took off quick for Grateful Dead and Widespread fans who saw youth and potential. They slide from reggae and rock to bluegrass seamlessly, all jam all the time. Within those 20 years they have had years where, as a group, they perform one or two shows, or a few shows in one city. A rare grouping of shows like this will give their faithful plenty to see this weekend in Louisville.
Charles Walker Band
Hideaway, Sunday, July 14
Show 10pm
Door $3

Because I know you didn’t check them out last time I suggested you check them out, I’m making this my pick of the week. Touring throughout the Midwest with a few southern shows in Asheville, West Virginia and Louisville, Charles Walker Band return to Hideaway. They are headlining the Paramount Blues Festival this fall, but it’s hard to top their hardcore soul rhythm in a space like Hideaway. When Forecastle ends grab your gang and close it down here. And when your gang says, “How did we almost miss this?” there is no need to thank me.

Periphery w/ Littledidweknow, IIAttatime, and Endeavour
Diamond Pub, Sunday, July 14
Doors 7pm / Show 8
Tickets $15

If solid rock is what you need to top off the weekend, you must catch Periphery at Diamond Pub. Band member Nolly Getgood was featured in this month’s bassplayer. They are also hitting ComicCon to release their single for the graphic novel Eternal Descent. The rarity of Periphery is how they balance what hard core rockers crave with a progressive approach. Not creating their own genre, but certainly creating their own unique identifiable sound. In their ten years and many members, Periphery have only released two albums and a few EPs, but all solid and worth ownership. Four bands in this night line-up including Littledidweknow, Louisville’s IIAttatime, and a new young Louisville band Endeavour; you might see the sunrise before you realize your Forecastle friends who went back to the hotel made their flights but didn’t see all the Louisville show.

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