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Louisville Science Center hosts IMAX ” Guitar, The Instrument That Rocked The World”

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on December 22, 2011


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Science with a Twist: The Biggest Gig of the Year

Pump up the volume on science literacy at Science with a Twist: The Biggest Gig of the Year, presented by Brown-Forman Corporation.

Join us for the Biggest Gig of the Year on January 21, 2012 from 7 p.m. to midnight, where you can preview a new exhibit called GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World presented by AT&T, at the Louisville Science Center’s annual fundraiser.  Enjoy a strolling hors d’oeuvres dinner, live music, cocktails, karaoke and All Access: Front Row Backstage LIVE! , a behind the scenes concert documentary in IMAX.

Tickets are available at various levels, starting at $100 for the main event.  A portion of each ticket is tax deductible.  Must be 21.

Featuring headliner band The Louisville Crashers

Hosted by:

JK McKnight – The Forecastle Festival, Founder and Manager
Ashley Capps – AC Entertainment, President

Power Hour Reception
Celebrating the 2011 Ambassadors of Science Literacy

We’re pleased to honor Jody Clasey, Ph.D and Kris Kimel who, through their dedication, have waved the way for a new wave of a scientifically literate community.  Click here to learn more about them.

$100 Front Row Ticket
Begins at 7:30 p.m.

Strolling Hors d’oeuvres Dinner
Live Music
Valet Parking
Admission to GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World
Preview of All Access: Front Row, Backstage, LIVE! In IMAX
Click here to purchase tickets!

$250 Backstage Pass
Begins at 7:00 p.m.

The fun above, plus additional access to the Power Hour Reception, Backstage VIP Lounge and an exclusive concert with legendary guitaristRick Derringer (“Rock & Roll, Hoochie Koo” and “Hang On Sloopy”).
Click here to purchase tickets!

Just want to rock your world at the exhibit only?  Consider the late nightFan Club Party ticket.

Click here to buy tickets or call 502-560-7130.  

Check out all the fun we had last year! 

“Diamond Album”
Presenting Sponsor

“Multi-Platinum Album”


“Platinum Album”






“Gold Album”

Concentric Marketing Solutions
DD Williamson
GE Appliances and Lighting
Jefferson County Public Schools
Norton Healthcare
NTS Development Company
Republic Bank
Stites & Harbison
USA Image
Yum! Brands
102.3 The Max

Tedeschi Trucks Band Album ‘Revelator’ Receives GRAMMY Nomination

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on December 21, 2011
Tedeschi Trucks Band



‘Revelator’ Receives GRAMMY Nomination

Two years ago, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi found themselves in an unusual position: both of their solo albums received a GRAMMY nomination for “Best Blues Album.” Now, they are both nominated in that category again, but this time, it’s for their joint effort, Revelator, the debut album from Tedeschi Trucks Band. Huge congratulations to the members of TTB on the nomination: Derek, Susan, Oteil, Kofi, Tyler, JJ, Mike, Mark, Saunders, Maurice, and Kebbi, as well as album collaborators and friends David Ryan Harris, Ryan Shaw, Oliver Wood, John Leventhal, Gary Louris, Alam Khan, Salar Nader, and engineers Bobby Tis, Marty Wall, and producer Jim Scott. Thanks to all on the GRAMMY nomination committee for the consideration. Last but not least, thanks to the fans around the world for the limitless support that made Revelator a success.

Derek Trucks Voted #16 Greatest Guitarist By Rolling Stone

This month’s issue of Rolling Stone features a list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, as voted by a panel of top guitarists and music writers. Derek Trucks made the list, this time landing at #16, just one slot behind the great Freddy King. Many thanks to all the writers and musicians who chose to include Derek, who once again is the youngest guitarist on the list by a wide margin.

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Rebirth Brass Band’s Rebirth of New OrleansNominated for Best Regional Roots Album at 2012 GRAMMYs

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on December 21, 2011

Download “Do It Again” HERE

“A New Orleans institution since the 1980s, the Rebirth Brass Band updates the traditional strutting rhythms and continuous improvisation of New Orleans parades with an infusion of funk. It doesn’t need microphones, amplifiers or anything but breath and rhythm to make a crowd jump.”– The New York Times

Rebirth Brass Band is extremely excited to announce that their latest record, Rebirth of New Orleans has been nominated for a 2012 GRAMMY for Best Regional Roots Music Album. It was produced by Tracey Freeman (Harry Connick, Jr.) and engineered by Chris Finney. Rebirth of New Orleans was released earlier this year on Basin Street Records to critical praise from across the music spectrum. For a taste of the album, download “Do It Again” HERE.

Hailed by the New York Times as “a New Orleans institution,” the Rebirth Brass Band have been at the forefront of the brass band revival that they helped kick off almost 30 years ago. Formed by the Frazier brothers, Phil and Keith, along with Basin Street labelmate Kermit Ruffins in 1983, The Rebirth Brass band has gone from playing on corners in the French Quarter to selling out concert halls across the world and appearing in David Simon’s HBO hit“Tremé.” It’s been a long road, but The Rebirth Brass Band has become one of the most beloved brass bands in New Orleans and around the world.

Since their founding, they’ve developed a signature brand of heavy funk that they expand upon on their latest effort, Rebirth of New Orleans. Opener “Exactly Like You” starts the album off with a rollicking, Mardi Gras stomp. “The Dilemma” and “Do It Again find the group locking in to a down-tempo, Latin-influenced grooves, anchored by Phil Frazier’s tuba. And “Shrimp and Gumbo” and “Feelin’ Fine” find the band effortlessly perfecting the New Orleans-style brass lines that put the city on the map.


Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on December 21, 2011




Rising singer-songwriter and virtuoso guitaristGary Clark Jr. delivered a fiery, mesmerizing performance as part of Music Unites andRolling Stone magazine’s “In Tune” series on Wednesday night. The event, which was held at New York City’s Openhouse Gallery, served as the kick-off for Music Unites’ launch of its first milestone achievement toward accomplishing its “Five Borough Initiative” to fund five Music Unites Youth Choir programs across NYC’s five boroughs. Music Unites is a NYC-based organization dedicated to funding music education in underserved schools.


In January 2012, Music Unites will launch its inaugural youth choir at The Women’s Academy of Excellence in the Bronx. At the “In Tune” event, Rolling Stone magazine announced a donation to Music Unites made in Clark’s honor to fund the youth choir as well as a guitar program – the first-ever music programs in the Women’s Academy’s history.


“Since our introduction to Music Unites in 2010, the organization has worked diligently to provide the scholars of the Women’s Academy of Excellence with a music program,” said Priscilla Guzman, a counselor at the school. “Our school has never had a credible music program, even though a music credit is required in order for a scholar to graduate under New York State guidelines.”


Commenting on why Rolling Stone has made its donation on behalf of Clark, Michelle Edgar, Music Unites’ founder and executive director, said: “Gary is an artist who is a true visionary and role model who will inspire generations to come. We are honored to work with an artist such as Gary who believes in the importance of music education and providing opportunities to students who traditionally wouldn’t have access to music.”


Upon releasing his critically acclaimed major-label debut EP The Bright Lights in August, Clark received a four-star review from Rolling Stone that raved: “Clark has been a local treasure for years. Now, with a major-label deal and a kick-ass rhythm section behind him, he’s fixing to blast himself out of the barrooms and onto bigger stages. The most exciting thing about Clark is that he could steer his career in any direction – or perhaps every direction. His live gigs prove he’s got more great tunes up his sleeve. Can’t wait for the album.”


Clark exploded onto the music scene with incredible force and impact when he delivered an incendiary debut performance of his song “Bright Lights” at Eric Clapton’s 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival in June 2010. Boasting a distinguished sound that fuses deep blues influences with classic hip-hop and contemporary soul, Clark is a rocking soul man for a new generation.

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Amy Grant and Vince Gill photos

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on December 16, 2011

Amy Grant and Vince Gill brought their Twelve Days of Christmas Show to a full house at The Louisville Palace last night.

Here are some photos of the show.

Amy Grant and Vince Gill perform at The Louisville Palace

Amy Grant and Vince Gill perform at The Louisville Palace

Amy Grant and Vince Gill perform at The Louisville Palace

Chris Isaak photos -The Louisville Palace

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on December 12, 2011

Chris Isaac at The Louisville Palace

Chris Isaak brought his beautiful voice to The Louisville Palace Sunday evening. Isaac and his band played splendidly to a appreciative audience.

Review coming but here are some photos: 

Chris Isaak at The Louisville Palace

Chris Isaak at The Louisville Palace

Best Live Performances in 2011

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on December 11, 2011

The Wanee Music Festival

2011 brought a second consecutive year of an outstanding quantity of music talent that filled stages arenas and festivals throughout the year. It is very apparent that for many artists live performances have become necessary to boost sagging album/cd sales and income.  

Though the economy has been tough on everyone’s pocketbook, it seems that fans have opened their wallets to music shows and festivals, maybe to escape reality for a few hours or even days to mingle with fellow music lovers and enjoy the fellowship that music brings.

 This year many bands reunited to tour the country and revive memories of the youthful days of our past. The Foo Fighters headlined many festivals and released a new album. Former members of the Grateful Dead toured as Further, and The original Funky Meters rejoined with Dr. John and taught the younger generation a lesson in what a groove is all about. 

 Buffalo Springfield even reappeared at Bonnaroo and a few other shows. 

 Early heros such as Bob Seger and Steely Dan proved they can still entertain with the best by filling and selling out many venues. Even a Beatle, Sir Paul McCartney traveled the U.S. Having little trouble selling tickets from $65 nosebleeds to over $100 and up for prime locations.

 This year I have photographed over 40 shows and four major festivals. I have been very fortunate to have witnessed over 100 different individual bands. Many bands numerous times such as My Morning Jacket (3), Joe Bonamassa (two solo and one Black Country Communion), The Allman Brothers (3), The Black Keys(3), and Robert Plant (2).  It’s my job to cover many genres of music and am continually amazed at the talent of these artists even the ones, I do not normally listen to.

 I do not claim to be an expert on all things music and I do not expect to be agreed with on my every selection. But thats the fun, music is a great network to socialize with people of all ages and ways of life.

 So here are my favorite memories of 2011. I look forward to hearing about yours.

Best Performances of 2011                                                              

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(I attended)

  1. Jeff Beck– The Louisville Palace  (a complete guitar player and a amazing band)
  2. My Morning Jacket (Circuital cd release concert broadcast worldwide by American Express) – The Louisville Palace , also  Bonnaroo and the Hangout Music Festival
  3. The Bonnaroo Super Jam (Dr. John, Dan Auerbach, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and more)- Bonnaroo Music Festival (rare mix of great talent)
  4. The Allman Brothers Band- The Wanee Festival Swanee River State Park, FL ( a music machine)
  5. The Foo Fighters- The Hangout Music Festival Gulf Shores, AL
  6. Paul McCartney -Great American Ballpark Cincinnati ,OH
  7. Steely Dan -The Louisville Palace 
  8. The Tedeschi- Trucks Band, ( Best new band of the year) Popa John’s Stadium Louisville, KY
  9. Eric Clapton- MGM, Las Vegas, NV (Clapton in Vegas, enough said!)
  10. Joe Bonamassa- Taft Theater Cinn, OH and The Louisville Palace
  11. Robert Plant – ( more Zeppelin with a twist and a solid band) Bonnaroo Music Festival and Wanee Music Festival                                                                                            
  12. Paul Simon- The Hangout Festival                                                                   
  13. The Warren Haynes Band -The Wanee Music Festival, Bonnaroo                   

    The Super Jam Bonnaroo 2011

  14. The Black Keys – Bonnaroo and The Hangout Festival
  15. Black Country Communion – Murat Theater Indianapolis, IN
  16. Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson Horseshoe Casino , Elizabeth, IN
  17. Florence and The Machine – Bonnaroo
  18. Dr. John and The Original Funky Meters- Bonnaroo
  19. John Mellencamp The Louisville Palace
  20. Of Montreal- Headliners Louisville, KY
  21. Rush – KFC Yum Center, Louisville , Ky (watching Neil Peart is enough)
  22. Taylor Swift- KFC Yum Center- ( The best in crowd watching)
  23. Gregg Allman and Friends Bonnaroo
  24. Motorhead  ( Lemmy need I say more) -The Hangout Festival
  25. The Pixies – The Louisville Palace
  26. Buffalo Springfield Bonnaroo – (Mr.Soul and Rockin in the Free World saved an average show)
  27. Lady Gaga – KFC Yum Center(another crowd watching classic)
  28. Arcade Fire – Bonnaroo
  29. Primus ( I am still vibrating from Les Claypool’s bass) The Hangout Festival
  30. Bob Seger KFC Yum Center ( still a solid performer)
Impressive Bands I saw for the first time
  1. Here come The Mummies
  2. Deer Tick (one of Bonnaroo’s top shows)
  3. Jonathan Tyler and Northern Lights ( a killer surprise) The Hangout Festival
  4. J. Roddy Walston   ( This band has it all) WFPK Waterfront Wednesday 

    Tedeschi Trucks Band at Wanee

  5. Fleet Foxes- (one of rocks sweetest voices)
  6. Grace Potter and The Nocturnals

Best Festival of 2011                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

  1. The Wanee Festival (beautiful setting and two nights of the Allmans)
  2. The Hangout Music Festival ,Gulf Shores, AL ( Loaded with Talent and beautiful sunsets on the beach)
  3. Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival  (  This is always the most diverse music and crowd in one setting. A music overload!)

           Shows I would have liked to attended.                                                                              

Jim James of My Morning Jacket

  1. Lollapalooza Chicago, IL
  2. Chicago Blues Festival , Chicago, IL
  3. Austin City Limits, Austin TX
  4. Mountain Jam Hunter, New York
  5. New Orleans Jazz Festival
  6. Warren Haynes Winter Jam Asheville , N.C.

2011 was a great year for music and I left many good shows off my list. I hope to make one of the festivals on my list above in 2012.

 Jeff Beck at Louisville Palace April 26

Jeff Beck at Louisville Palace April 26

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Florence and The Machine

Joe Bonamassa

Chicago returns to The Louisville Palace

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on December 11, 2011


In 1970, I suffered the most tragic event in my young life when I went to view the list posted for our school basketball team and found my name was not on it. I had spent up to that time, my ever waking minute playing sports and dreaming of even playing pro sports when I grew up. In my mind there was some question about would I make the starting line up, but had no thoughts about not making the team period!

I had a few other hobbies such as catching critters and riding mini bikes and I always followed music ever since my parents let me purchase the Beatles first album a few years earlier.

I was permitted to join the Columbia Music Record Club, which allowed me to get twelve free albums for only a penny and a commitment to buy several more in the next year.

I can’t remember all my choices but my favorites were “The Jimi Hendrix Experience”, “Grand Funk Railroad” and Chicago.


Since my sports career ended abruptly, I turned to music  and began attending concerts before I could drive. The third concert I ever attended was Chicago at Freedom Hall in July of 1970. It cost me $6.00 and totally entrenched me in live music for the rest of my life.

Chicago was one of the first bands to fuse rock with brass instruments (Blood Sweat and Tears was the other) and aside from a few mellow songs, like my later prom theme ,”Color My World” they were mostly rock and jazz.

The original band featured Terry Kath an excellent guitar player who also sang many early  songs for the group. In 1978, Kath died of an accidental, self inflicted gun shot wound playing russian roulette with a gun he thought was not loaded.


Bassist Peter Cetera began writing and singing lead on many of the bands albums and the music direction of the band shifted to more of a pop sound. Cetera left in 1985 to pursue a solo career.


Despite the personnel changes over the years, the group is still active four decades after its founding. They are one of the few major rock groups that have never broken up or even taken an extended hiatus. As of June 2010, four of the six surviving founding members (major songwriters Lamm and Pankow, plus Loughnane and Parazaider) remain providing continuity, while Jason Scheff has been with the band 25 years, Tris Imboden 20 years, and Keith Howland 15 years.


Many years have past since I first saw Chicago but when they visited The Louisville Palace on Wednesday evening the band proved that they are still a musical machine filled with experience and excitement. The entertained the nearly full venue with songs from every album adding four Christmas songs to the set for the holidays.

Although I lean to the earlier hits from the band, it was hard not to enjoy the pop numbers as the audience joined the band sing and dancing on most song choruses.


All songs sounded fresh with the encore, “25 to 6 to 4”  highlighting a great show.

It was a special night filled with memories for the crowd, a majority of baby boomers.

My son and his fiancee attended surrounded by their parents, both of which grew up fans of Chicago. As we were leaving I was asked me, ”Dad do you remember when you gave me my first guitar? The only thing you could play was the first few chords of “Smoke on the Water” and “25 to 6 to 4”! “I can’t hear this song without thing that”.

It was the only guitar I ever learned but at least I taught him to love music and know a great song even if it’s for the wrong reason!

Robert Lamm of Chicago

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Set List

Ryan Adams coming to The Louisville Palace

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on December 7, 2011

Production Simple,LLC
concerts & events

WFPK Presents:

Ryan Adams
with special guest

Monday, January 30th @ 7:30pm
The Louisville Palace
All Ages
Reserved Seating
$40/ $32.50/ $25

Tickets On Sale 12/2 @ noon

Tickets can be purchased at The Louisville Palace Box Office,
Monday – Friday Noon – 5pm
 or by phone 800-745-3000

“Ryan Adams’ new album Ashes & Fire out now on PAX-AM/Capitol

Horseshoe Welcomes back Robert Cray

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on December 7, 2011



Robert Cray is an American blues guitarist and singer. A five-time Grammy Award winner, he has led his own band, as well as an acclaimed solo career. Cray continues to record and tour. He appeared at the Crossroads Guitar Festival, and supported Eric Clapton on his 2006-2007 world tour. In Fargo, North Dakota, he joined Clapton on backup guitar for the Cream song “Crossroads“. Cray has generally played Fender guitars (Telecasters and Stratocasters) and there are two signature Robert Cray Stratocasters models available from Fender. In 2011, Cray was inducted to the Blues Hall of Fame.

Don’t miss this chance to see Robert Cray at Horseshoe Southern Indiana on February 10th, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in the Showroom.  Tickets go on sale Friday December 9th, 2011 and may be purchased through Ticketmaster or the Horseshoe Box office.