Talk about underselling something!

On the poster for next weekend’s NuLu Festival, one of the headliners is simply listed as Sam “Shake” Anderson. And that’s pretty awesome on its own. He’s a Louisville native who’s been nominated for four Grammys and has played with or produced for everyone from Curtis Mayfield to Ruben Studdard to the Indigo Girls.

But check out the band he’s bringing along:

Victor Wooten (Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Chick Corea, and more)

Chester Thompson (Genesis, Phil Collins, Frank Zappa, and more)

Steve Cropper (Member of the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, co-wrote “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” with Otis Redding, started Booker T and the MGs, A&R for STAX records, played with John Lennon, Wilson Pickett, Jeff Beck and more)

Taylor Pace (keyboardist for R&B Grammy Nominated  Superstar Mario)

Dorian Washington (Epic Records) and
Darrell Tibbs (Donna Summer, The Neville Brothers, Nile Rogers, Moody Blues, and more)

These folks will be on the NuLu Festival stage for an hour starting at 7 p.m. As with all of NuLu Festival– it’s free. Local singer-songwriter Leigh Ann Yost may also appear.

How did this all-star line-up happen?

At the behest of Karen Whitty and Shake Anderson himself.

These folks are all in town for an event on Sunday, September 29, a sort of after-after party for Idea Festival, a discussion panel called Creativity and Collaboration in the Music Industry that starts at 11:30 a.m. with a performance by the Louisville Leopards. The event is at the Green Building.

The panel also includes:

  • JK McKnight (founder, Forecastle Festival)
  • Jaxon Swain (A&R, SonaBLAST)
  • Kyle Meredith (music director, WFPK)

From the news release:

This panel of experts will address how they are navigating today’s music industry with a comparison of models over time, what has failed, survived and evolved over their careers. Today, more than ever, musicians need to look for creative measures, and a means to connect with their audiences. We will explore what these successful musicians and others in the industry are doing, the challenges they face and also present some concepts of collaborations.

This event is a creative collaboration itself kicked off by Karen Whitty as a soft launch for YADDA, LLC, an organization that encourages collaboration and creativity between honest that is so new it doesn’t have a website. Gill Holland, unsurprisingly, is also involved in the event.

Whitty and Shake Anderson are working together on the concept of a retreat center for musicians. And these music legends are their friends.

“I wanted to get local musicians and other people who are passionate about music involved in this,” she says. And this panel and concert will help identify people who would be interested in serving on committees.

This event is FREE but space is limited to 75 people. Please RSVP to [email protected]. Overflow registrants will still be able to participate.

There will be a merch table next to the stage at NuLu Festival and at the panel. Artists will be available to sign autographs.

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