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    Live Music Lou’s Can’t Miss: August 9-15
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    For those who have kids, this is the best time of the year: time to watch your children get on a bus and disappear down the road toward school five days a week. But for those of us who's wonderful summer break is drawing to a close, it’s mixed feelings. So make the most of the tail end of summer with a solid week of live music coming up. We’ve got all the details for you. For location, time and cost, click on the links for each event. Be sure to check back at livemusiclou.com after for our full reviews!

    Tuesday (8/11) -

    The Caribbean, Lydia Burrell

    You can always count on Haymarket to bring in some lesser-known but seriously cool bands for you to fall in love with. While we have yet to see them, The Caribbean just might be another one of those. Hailing from Washington D.C., this experimental pop group is well known for its witty lyrics and incredible musicianship. Its 2014 album Moon Sickness was placed on several “Best Albums of 2014” lists across the country. Louisville favorite Lydia Burrell will kick off the evening, bringing his own brand of eclectic to the show.

    Wednesday (8/12) -

    Andy Grammer and American Authors

    First official day back? No big deal. We’ll be heading to Mercury for this feel-good show, which will be a perfect way to celebrate a successful first day. Four-piece Brooklyn band American Authors are opening and will be setting the tone for the evening. Even if you don’t know him by name, you know Andy Grammer’s songs (think Pitch Perfect). I anticipate several sing-a-longs throughout the evening.   

    Thursday (8/13) -

    Umphrey’s McGee, J. Roddy Walston & The Business

    The South Bend, Indiana natives are coming to the Iroquois Amphitheater for what should be a lively night. Umphrey’s McGee is known for creating a festive and jubilant vibe any music fan dreams of. Joining the musically fluid band will be one of Louisville’s favorites, J. Roddy Walston & The Business.

    The Hart Strings, Draft Week, Yellow Paper Planes, The Formalities

    Representing Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Illinois, these four bands will be bringing lots of young energy to The New Vintage. Louisville’s new band The Formalities will be playing early on, showing off its diverse, groovy music.   

    Friday (8/14) -

    Small Time Napoleon with Nellie Pearl

    If we haven’t made it clear yet, these Foxhollow Farm summer sunset concerts are a serious treat if you're looking for something a little different than the typical setting. The biggest names in the Louisville music scene are joined by some of the best food trucks, making for a picturesque evening out on the farm. Both bands on this week’s lineup have had huge summers - if you haven’t seen either yet, this may be a great option for you.

    Marrow

    Three-quarters of the band have been together for a while after leaving another Chicago band. They’re out promoting their upcoming album The Gold Standard, due to the public September 4. This indie rock group, though not from the immediate area, fits the mold of New Albany’s Bicentennial Park Summer Concert Series high-caliber performers.

    Saturday (8/15) -

    Johnnyswim

    This husband and wife are not only beautiful humans (check out the child they created as well) but also incredibly talented musicians whose obvious chemistry drives much of what they do. They’ll be serenading us from the Bomhard stage, and you shouldn't miss their songwriting abilities and apparent spark.  

    Nick Dittmeier & The Sawdusters, Jericho Woods

    Nick Dittmeier & The Sawdusters will be taking over The Monkey Wrench for this special Saturday night show. Southern Indiana musician Dittmeier has had a busy 2015 so far, playing all around the region displaying his singer/songwriter skills with his own alt-country twist.  

    Kick-Off Party for the World’s Largest Disco Ball Y’all! with Tony and The Tanlines

    Right now the record for the world’s largest disco ball is held by a group in the U.K. - it’s a mere 33 feet in diameter. Attending this fundraising event at Headliners will help fund The World’s Largest Disco Ball Y’all!’s attempt to beat that record by producing a 67 foot diameter disco ball. Join Tony and The Tanlines to help “get the ball rolling.”

    Butchertown Get Down: 8 Mile with Dwight Johnson

    It’s week three of this Do502 dance party. Head over to PLAY early on for some DJ action, and then get in on the drag show later on - what better way to spend your Saturday?

    Friday-Saturday (8/14-15) -

    “River City Rumble” CD Release Shows

    Celebrating the release of this compilation of songs dedicated to motorcycle culture, The New Vintage is playing host to a two-evening showcase of bands who are featured on the CD. Expect both nights to be filled with rock ‘n’ roll of all varieties.

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    We are two public school teachers who are best friends, and who enjoy the music culture around town. We try to get out as often as we can with our hectic schedules and live a little through these musicians.

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