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Honey, it's the Weekend: Brass DeVille, Kelly Richey, Kid Rock and two films

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Two films, one from France and one featuring local boys we lost much too soon; a local new brass band coupled with an incredible Nashville-based band; The Kid is in town; and a lead singer who highlighted a play at Actor’s Theatre this winter. Far too much in town this weekend to do it all, but consider these options for your weekend pleasure.

Tomboy
Floyd Theatre (U of L), Friday, March 1
2 p.m. Showtime
Free

Multi foreign film festival award-winning (Berlin Film Festival, Odessa and more) Tomboy looks at sexual identity through the eyes of 10 year-old Laure. Described as a movie told perfectly through the eyes of children, this sentimental and humorous story is part of the University of Louisville’s French Film festival. Roger Ebert wrote, “In tune with the emotion and tribulations of childhood, “‘Tomboy'” is a charming movie that treats its main subject with warmth and heart.”

Kelly Richey with Little T & A
Stevie Ray’s Blues Bar, Friday, March 1
8:30 p.m. Showtime
$5 Door

Kelly Richey has been described as “Stevie Ray Vaughn trapped in a woman’s body with Janis Joplin screaming to get out.” If you saw (or read about) Actor’s Theatre performance of Girlfriend based on the music of Matthew Sweet, for which they extended the run, much of the critical praise was for the band. Kelly Richey fronted that band, and I saw them. If the band alone had played another hour the crowd would have stayed. Richey lives in the Kentucky region, but is currently on a national tour. Louisville has a chance to see them rock their own sets at Stevie Ray’s Blues Bar. Joining the night is Louisville’s rhythm and blues award-winning band Little T & A.

Kid Rock with Buckcherry and Hellbound Glory
KFC Yum! Center, Saturday, March 2
Doors 6 p.m., 7 p.m. Showtime
Tickets $69 to $373

He’s on his Rebel Soul Tour, but in late February Kid Rock had to cancel a Knoxville date citing illness. If Kid is back on his horse by Saturday, he’ll ramble into Louisville screaming out how hard it is to be him and oh the pitfalls of fame and hard-living. If only he could find love. With ticket prices starting at $69 one wonders why love is so hard to find. His hard-driving Southern rock sound is impressive, and in the Yum! Center there is a chance that is what you’ll remember and not the lyrics. Because his sound is pleasantly memorable. He’s joined by Buckcherry and Hellbound Glory, one of those shows where the impressive and talented opening acts will someday be headlining for Rock’s “comeback” try.

The Granny Whites and Brass DeVille
Haymarket Whiskey Bar, Saturday, March 2
9 p.m. Showtime
$6 Door

This is my weekend pick and it’s at the intimate Haymarket Whiskey Bar. Two all-female bands and both are completely entertaining as stand-alone acts. From Nashville, The Granny Whites, if they invited dudes into the band, would have Tom Waits standing first in line. They have just released their first EP, a perfect mix of truly non-defining sound. The Granny Whites toss in the best of American invented music and play the hell out of it. Jazz? Americana? Rock? Ukulele? Yes. This fivesome will make you thankful you took the chance. They are joined by Brass DeVille, a new Louisville-based brass group who premiered their five-person band in November. They are still finding their feet for live audiences, but you’re going to want to see them first.

Half Cocked: A Memorial Screening
Dreamland Film Center, Sunday, March 3
Two showtimes: 4 and 6pm
Tickets $5

It’s the 10th anniversary of the release of Half Cocked, a film that featured Jon Cook and Jason Noble, two Louisvillians who contributed much to the local music scene, and both who we lost in the past several months. Filmed in Louisville, Nashville and Chattanooga, it’s a story of a group who steal a van full of musical instruments and travel the South pretending to be a real band.  Dreamland is honoring the memory of these men with two showings of this fun, musical film.  “Bracing in its dry humor and first-hand accuracy”- Variety

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