Sam Bush, Rhonda Vincent and Ricky Skaggs With Kentucky Thunder
Parklands of Floyds Fork
Friday Aug 1; Gates 4:00 p.m. / Show 6:00 p.m.
Tickets vary:  $40- $55

Only 8 more miles to Loueyville. A music festival favorite (a Bonnaroo regular), Sam Bush returns to the Louisville area with the Creekside Jam, a benefit concert supporting The Parklands of Floyd’s Fork. Bush is joined by the bluegrass brilliance of 5- time Grammy nominee, Rhonda Vincent. Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder also join the line-up.  (Jerry Douglas is at Kentucky Day Theatre, Friday. Bush and Douglas have recorded many times together… so look for Douglas to also swing by.)    And the festival coordinators invite you to bring your empty water bottle.

Roast of Spider-Man
The Bard’s Town
Friday and Saturday, Aug 1 and 2; 10:00 p.m.
Tickets $10 adv / $15 door (if not sold out)

For a different spin on your weekend, check out comedians Mark Parris as Spider-Man and Will Hardesty as Roastmaster Stan Lee for an epic Roast of Spider-Man. The rest of the crew fill the roles of Venom, Aunt Mae, Doc Oc, Hershberg, The Hulk, and more. The Bard’s Town has hosted many of these comic roasts over the past year (or more), and it isn’t impossible for them to sell out. Consider getting your tickets early for a hilarious night with these comic pros.

Sick Puppies with Like a Storm, and Stars in Stereo
Mercury Ballroom
Sunday Aug 3; 8:00 p.m.
Tickets $27.25

“I was a dick when I was 17, I thought the world owed me everything.” So there is either something there, or there isn’t anything there. But the music is honest, and the band pulls you in. Sunday night, Mercury Ballroom brings in Australian and LA-based band Sick Puppies featuring their third album (in almost 15 years as a band), ‘Connect’.  Their mainstream rock sound has sold millions of albums in those fifteen years. They are joined on tour by New Zealand rockers Like a Storm, and LA rock band Stars in Stereo.

The Dawn Drapes
Hideaway Saloon
Saturday Aug 2; 11:00 p.m.
$5 Door

On a national tour from Harrisburg, Virginia, the Dawn Drapes play Hideaway Saturday night. They have an impressive full sound. It’s tough to write exactly what they play. Think a little Ben Folds (at times heavy on the keyboards), with brilliant songs like ‘Current State’ more guitar focused. They are creating a nice, unique musical experience for their audiences. This is a band you’ll want to catch in a quaint venue like Hideaway before they outgrow it.

Appalatin, Violet Knives, Ass Haulers, Moonlight Peddlers, more
The New Vintage and Zanzabar
Saturday Aug 2; 8:00 p.m
$10 suggested donation (see below)

My weekend pick is the Seven Sense Festival Fundraiser hosted Saturday night by both The New Vintage and Zanzabar. Your $10 suggested donation goes to putting on a Preston Street music and food festival that frankly is one of the most diverse and inclusive Louisville and regional line-ups I’ve seen. The Pass, Bodeca, Johnny Berry, Tyrone Cotton, Lamont Gillespie, Discount Guns, Howell Dandy, and so many more premiere Louisville musicians are included. Saturday the Violet Knives and Tall Squares play Zanzabar, while Appalatin, Moonlight Peddlers and Ass Haulers play New Vintage. Tickets for Zanzabar are available in advance.

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Jason Sitzes
Jason Sitzes is a freelance writer/editor living in Austin via Louisville, New Orleans, Knoxville and his home town of Columbus, Ind. He’s published short stories; written for many publications including, locally, LEO; travels around the nation with various writing workshops; and is addicted to college basketball.