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Forget Paris, I love Louisville in the Springtime. This Saturday, April 26th, you have two huge options for inexpensive concerts happening around town; and stylistically speaking these bands couldn't be any different from one another.

Starting at 8 PM, and only costing a $5 cover charge, Columbia Records Nashville recording artist, Montgomery Gentry will be taking the stage at 4th Street Live. The country duo, consisting of (Kentucky native) Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry, has sold millions of albums and had countless hit singles including "Lucky Man", "Back When I Knew It All", "Roll With Me", and many more.

If you plan to dust off the ol' boots and hat, for a rip-roaring night of honky tonk bliss, you should probably arrive early; in 2012, when Montgomery Gentry last played 4th Street Live, the show was packed so tight they were forced to turn thousands of people away at the door.

The other option for live music on Saturday night will be on the waterfront at Derby Fest-A-Ville, when 90's alt-rockers Everclear take the stage around 9 PM. The show is free with the purchase of a $5 Derby Festival pin and will be a nostalgic trip down memory lane.

Everclear blew up in the mid 1990's with a string of hit singles like "Santa Monica", "Everything to Everyone", "I Will Buy You a New Life", "Father of Mine", and "Wonderful". Frontman and songwriter Art Alexakis has continued playing with the band, making new records (including 2012's "Invisible Stars") and touring with a rotating line-up of musicians ever since.  As some of the last men standing from the mirth of 90’s angst, Everclear remains the torch bearers for a generation whose radio stars have been long forgotten in the intervening years of T.R.L., Napster, YouTube, bittorrent, iTunes, Pandora, and Spotify.

And on a personal note, Everclear's "Local Gods" from the soundtrack to "Baz Lehrman's Romeo + Juliette" is arguably one of the greatest, and most overlooked songs of the decade.

Clearly if you're a music person, there are countless more opportunities happening all over the city, and Montgomery Gentry and Everclear's respective shows are just two examples of the more cost effective options in the Ville this weekend.

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About Brent Owen

Born and raised in Louisville, I have lived here most of my life (except during a short furlough, when I, lovelorn and naive, followed a girl to Baton Rouge). My roots are here, my family, my friends, and my life are all here. I work primarily as a free-lance writer for a few local and regional publications. I have also written two books (one a memoir, the other a novel) that barring some divine intervention, will probably never see the light of day. I find myself deeply ingrained in the local bar scene, or perhaps better said, I often indulge in the local drinking culture. I love music, movies, comedy, and really just about any other live performance art.

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