Finally feeling like the holiday season. So close, in fact, if you blink you’ll get to miss it. This weekend catch local bands raising money for homelessness, Headliners collects money and blankets for a local cause, a wild x-rated feature at Dreamland (sorta), a one-man band playing multiple instruments, and more…so consider these options for your weekend pleasure.
If you’ve heard local names playing big venues around the nation, but you’ve never caught these acts, Thursday night is a chance to see many of Louisville’s absolutely brilliant and eclectic talent on display in one location. The list of names is too large for this column but features: Justin Lewis, Tyrone Cotton, Hog Operation, John Gage, Scott Carney and many others. Also featured are local chefs from Proof on Main, Silver Dollar, Irish Rover and more. Last year this event raised $8500 for Coalition for the Homeless and has a goal of $10,000 this year. Your ticket for this five-hour event is only $10 and then you’ll know what you’ve missed
On a weekend we’ll get the first real cold weather in the Metro area, grab one of your extra blankets and bring it to Headliners for free entry. Your blanket (or proceeds from your $10 ticket purchase) will go to the Wayside Mission. This concert supported by The Eagle 107.7 and Sullivan University features many of Louisville’s finest musicians coming together to create a Paul McCartney Wings-era sound. Wayside Mission has an extensive support system for men, women and children in need throughout our community. The Uncle Alberts will be joined by an opening act called Steely Danish…a tribute to the music of Janis Joplin. Kidding.
The Pranksters: End of the World
Hideaway, Fri, Dec 21
The Pranksters were once The Merry Pranksters. After a restructuring of the band, this three-plus decade Louisville band still plays regularly all over the region to loyal fans and those who have somehow yet to see them. Over the decades the sounds of Grateful Dead, Allman, and an occasional extended jam keep fans and casual listeners dancing late into the night. But never have they played out the end of the world. The shots will pour with vigor at the Hideaway Friday night as midnight approaches. Because the Mayans predicted all of this based on factual facts and Eastern Standard Time, kids.
In 1972, Fritz The Cat, star of a popular adult comic strip by Robert Crumb, was unleashed via film onto the 60’s to engage in sexual experimentation and to take on politics and race. One of the first scenes of the highest grossing independent animated film of all time includes Fritz in a foursome in a college dorm bathroom. So, this one isn’t for your kids. Fritz The Cat had everything that defined the time period: Violence, Sex, Drugs and…well, the film really had no rock and roll. That’s where Dreamland changes everything. Enter the Louisville band Twin Sister Radio. Made up of a group of local musicians, and recently expanded, Twin Sister Radio will provide the musical background to a film that only lacked some edgy rock sounds. This is an adult night out, but one night only.
Here is what I expect Spiff to play for his first song of the night: his original tune Hey Did You Hear (that I died). An incredible way to start off Christmas week, because we’ll still be here, you’ll love every sound this one man band plays. Spiff Wiegand is a Kentucky native. While playing regionally with his solo projects, he is still a member of The Whistling Wolves, NYC’s premiere Americana roots band. Pure artistry as he manages multiple instruments on his own, is lead vocal, and primarily performs original music.
(Editor’s note: I was lucky enough to catch Spiff at a house concert for a Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble fundraiser last winter. Don’t let the idea of a “one man band” throw you. Despite his kooky name, he’s not a novelty act. His lyrics are They Might Be Giants level clever.– MC)