Scene and Heard


Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on August 30, 2012
Performers and Presenters Include
Bonnie Raitt, John Hiatt, Alabama Shakes, 
Brandi Carlile, The Civil Wars, Jakob Dylan, Guy Clark, 
Booker T. Jones,
Richard Thompson, The Mavericks; Hosted by Jim Lauderdale with Buddy Miller
(Nashville, Tenn.) August 27, 2012 – Americana Music Association Executive Director,
Jed Hilly, today announced a new partnership with AXS TV which will result in a two-year commitment of the network’s live broadcast of the annual Americana Honors & Awards. Starting with this year’s September 12 event at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, AXS TV will deliver viewers an exclusive experience including live behind-the-scenes coverage of sound checks, red carpet arrivals and interviews with the evening’s special guest artists.
The program, described by Paste Magazine as “the best awards show in the world,” will honor Bonnie Raitt, Booker T. Jones, Richard Thompson and many more. Performances throughout the night will feature, in addition to the aforementioned honorees, Guy Clark, John Hiatt, and new Americana torchbearers Alabama Shakes, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit. The critically acclaimed show will also remember the legendary Americana trailblazer, Levon Helm, with a special all-star tribute.
“The Americana Music Association is home to a great community of independently spirited artistsand as an entrepreneur with the largest independently owned and operated television network, I relate to these musicians and their spirit,” says AXS TV co-founder and President Mark Cuban. “AXS TV shines a spotlight on the Americana Honors &
Awards to celebrate the important history of this music genre and more importantly, to celebrate these incredibly talented artists and all they offer music fans everywhere.
In addition to the live broadcast on AXS TV, the Americana Honors & Awards will broadcast live on radio, satellite and the web via outlets including Nashville’s famed WSM, SiriusXM’s Outlaw Country and, respectively. The show’s current TV partner, Austin City Limits, will broadcast an edited specialACL Presents version to its potential audience of more than 250 million on November 10, while Voice of America and Bob Harris’ BBC Radio 2 will broadcast overseas in following weeks.
“We’ve seen consistent growth in our conference and show, approximately 25 percent per year, since I started in 2006. This partnership is a natural next step for our organization and the artists who call it home. I’m proud to continue my work with Austin City Limits’ Terry Lickona for the special PBS airing of the show, and I’m looking forward to the creating an exponential growth of impressions through this partnership with Mark and the AXS TV team,” offers Hilly.
The Americana Music Association Festival & Conference, presented by Nissan, will kick off at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel on Wednesday, September 12 with a series of panels and workshops; a highlight of the conference will be the Keynote Interview with Lifetime Achievement for Performance honoree Bonnie Raitt moderated by NPR’s Ann Powers. The conference is designed to educate, discuss, advance and inspire everyone interested in the genre from industry professionals and artists to enthusiasts of the genre.
“The Americana Music Association represents a genre that has demonstrated consistent and dramatic growth, and this new partnership with AXS TV is proof of that,” Mayor Karl Dean shares.  “I always look forward to the Americana Honors & Awards show and I’m proud that Nashville is home to the Americana Music Association and the many Americana musicians who live and work here.  Jed has done a remarkable job growing the Americana genre and brand and I congratulate him and the Americana Music Association for their new collaboration with AXS TV.”
Each evening from September 12-15, the Americana Music Association produces the festival portion of the event, which brings more than 100 acts to clubs throughout Music City. The festival is open to conference registrants, who get priority admission, and to the general public. Last year more than 12,000 fans enjoyed the festival’s musical events. Festival wristbands are still available online at
About the Americana Music Association –
The Americana Music Association is a professional trade organization whose mission is to provide a forum for the advocacy of Americana music and to promote public awareness of the genre to support the creative and economic viability of professionals in this field. Dedicated to building and promoting the Americana genre and the individuals who participate in that industry, the Americana Music Association works closely with artists, labels, radio stations, retailers, print media, festivals, agents, publishers and more to help organize and build the infrastructure necessary for the Americana genre to achieve success both creatively and financially.
The Americana Music Honors & Awards returns to the historically cool Ryman Auditorium on September 12, 2012 (as part of the Americana Music Festival & Conference, presented by Nissan, to take place September 12-15, 2012 at various venues throughout Music City). The iconic Jim Lauderdale will once again host the Honors & Awards, while the phenomenal Buddy Miller will lead the All-Star Band. The Honors & Awards have featured many amazing, once-in-a-lifetime moments over the years from secret shows to legendary collaborations.
A genre that honors the roots of American music and its tapestry of influences, nominees for the 2012 ceremony reflect its brightest talents. From lyricists that articulate the human condition to unrivaled instrumentalists, Americana has been described by The New York Times as “the coolest music scene today.”
About AXS TV –
Launched in July 2012 under the vision and stewardship of entrepreneur Mark Cuban, AXS TV is the premier destination for live events, breaking news, and as-they-are-happening trends in the worlds of pop culture, music, fashion, and entertainment. AXS TV Concerts is the premier source on television for 100% live music. From multi-day festivals to stadium tours to club acts. ASX TV delivers an unparalleled shared experience for fans of all genres. Leveraging the network’s vast landscape, artists expand their reach to live behind-the-scenes moments, live fan Q&A,s social media engagement and more unique opportunities specifically for the AXS TV audience. With multiple live concerts weekluy, ASX TV is the number one destination for artists and their fans to experience and share a pure live event in the world of music and pop culture. Live LIVE!
The largest independently owned and operated network, AXS TV was developed by entrepreneur Mark Cuban and General Manager Philip Garvin.  The network partners include Mark Cuban, AEG, Ryan Seacrest Media and Creative Artists Agency (CAA).  AXS TV is available in the U.S. via AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH Network, Insight, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS, and other TV providers. AXS TV can be found online at, on Facebook at and on Twitter at AXS TV Concerts can be found online at, on Facebook and on Twitter
Americana Music Association & Americana Honors & Awards RelatedLinks:
– List of Nominated Artists:
– 2012 Nominated Artist photographs:
– Americana Honors & Awards past recipients:


Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on August 30, 2012
 DeLuna Fest is proud to announce the daily performance schedule for their third annual music and beach festival. Headlining the festival Friday, September 21st, Pearl Jam will be joined by Ben Folds Five, Gaslight AnthemTrampled by Turtles and DJ Jazzy Jeff. Rounding out Saturday, September 22nd, Foo Fighters will headline, with Joan Jett, Jimmy Cliff, Joy Formidable, Band of Horses, Bad Brains and Diplo. Closing the festival on Sunday, September 23rd, Zac Brown Band is joined by Florence and the Machine and Fitz and the Tantrums. DeLuna Fest is also excited to announce the Red Bull MTX Stage which will be located near the Main Stage and will host a variety of DJ’s to keep fans dancing during stage changeover. A full daily schedule for more than 60 bands can be found on the DeLuna Fest website at:

The Red Bull MTX Stage will showcase local and regional DJ artists including DJ Mr. Lao, Tony C, DJ D-Funk, Ram-Z, Davis Pratt, Megan Davis, Kosmonot, Trey Stein, Casualfunk and Bad Penny. Adding to the previously announced performances by DJ Jazzy Jeff, Diplo, Paper Diamond, 12th Planet and AC Slater, the Red Bull MTX Stage will help fill the appetites of Electronic Music fans. Featuring flat screen TV’s, performance speakers, and LED lights, the MTX Stage facilitates a dynamic and invigorating live dance party during set-breaks on the Main Stage.

The Dock Stage Presented by Clear Channel will host a diverse variety of music throughout the weekend. The stage is centrally located inside an old-Florida open-air restaurant and will feature an open mic/ karaoke lounge. A popular destination for music discovery, The Dock will also showcase performances from burgeoning acts like The Woolly BushmenMaggie RoseChris Staples and Jon Pardi.

With four stages, two rising directly out of the sand on the water’s edge of the Gulf of Mexico, DeLuna Fest offers the ultimate end-of-summer festival experience. The festival features a world-class lineup of national headliners and regional favorites plus unique amenities like the previously announced NBC Sports Group Lounge – Presented by MediaCom, mini-golf, assorted vendors, open-air restaurants and more. DeLuna Fest is accessible by car and boat, and located only 15 minutes from the Pensacola International airport.  A shuttle service will be available for attendees traveling from downtown Pensacola or staying on either end of Pensacola Beach’s Santa Rosa Island.

Tickets are currently on sale through Front Gate Tickets for $199.95, and VIP ticket packages are also available online for $849.95. VIP pass holders enjoy premier stage viewing, access to the VIP Beach Club Lounge, private air-conditioned bathrooms and more.

For information on DeLuna Fest including lodging, shuttle services and VIP packages, visit

WHAT:                                 DELUNA FEST 2012
WHEN:                                 FRI., SEPTEMBER 21 – SUN., SEPTEMBER 23, 2012
WHERE:                              CASINO BEACH BLVD., PENSACOLA BEACH, FL 32561
TICKETS:                            $199.95 3-DAY GA PASS / $849.95 VIP PASS

Pearl Jam
Foo Fighters
Zac Brown Band
Florence And The Machine
Band Of Horses
Jimmy Cliff
Dwight Yoakam
Fitz and the Tantrums
Ben Folds Five
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
DJ Jazzy Jeff
The Joy Formidable
The Gaslight Anthem
The Wallflowers
Guided By Voices
Bad Brains
Trampled by Turtles
Bob Mould plays COPPER BLUE
City And Colour
Band Of Skulls
12th Planet
Paper Diamond
The Wood Brothers
Walker Hayes
Kermit Ruffins And The Barbecue Swingers
Mike Doughty
The Corin Tucker Band
Rebirth Brass Band
Redd Kross
Blackberry Smoke
The Silos
Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk
AC Slater
Honey Island Swamp Band
Ben Sollee
The Canvas Waiting
Washboard Chaz w/ Tin Men
Charmaine Neville
Chris Thomas King
Legendary JC’s
Lights Resolve
Antoine Knight
Saints of Victory
The Villains
Kitt Lough
Hip Kitty
Deadly Fists of Kung-Fu
Pioneers! O Pioneers!
The Real Hooks

Leon Russell at Headliners

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on August 29, 2012

Leon Russell

Leon Russell thrilled a packed  Headliners Music Hall, Monday evening. The legendary singer/songwriter used his historical music catalogue  and mixed in a few covers to entertain the middle age audience many who drove several hours to see the show. At 70 years old Russell’s voice is still strong. Having spent many of his early years as a studio musician, he clearly understands great musicians and his backup band consisting of  Chris Simmons,guitar/ keyboard, Beau Charron, guitar, drummer Brandon Holder and long time bassist, Jackie Wessel played to perfection.

Russell was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Monday, March 14, 2011. He has collaborate with music’s best, playing with George Harrison, Elton John, Joe Cocker and Bob Dylan. His performance at  Concert For Bangladesh, where he performed a medley of the songs “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” and “Young Blood” raised the awareness of his great talent.

He covered “Georgia on My Mind” and “Wild Horses” while playing the majority of his well know songs. The night end with an amazing stretch of “Tight Rope”, Hummingbird” “Delta Lady” and “Jumpin Jack Flash”. It was easily one of the finest performances of 2012.

A full house at Headliners

Leon Russell


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Kentucky State Fair Concert Photos

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on August 27, 2012

Raschal Flatts


The 2012 Kentucky State Fair ended Sunday with a final show by The Band Perry. Need to Breath opened the show to a audience estimated at 5000. Thats a shame considering both bands played well.

The Band Perry

The Band Perry

The Band Perry

Need To Breath


That wasn’t the case with The Rascal Flatts show. although it wasn’t completely sold out only a small amount of seats remained. Edens Edge, The Eli Young Band, and Little Big Town opened the show.

Raschal Flatts

Raschal Flatts

Raschal Flatts

Edens Edge

Here are the links to more photos:   Rascal Flatts The Band Perry

MELISSA ETHERIDGE to Play The Louisville Palace

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on August 20, 2012


The Louisville Palace


Oscar® and two-time Grammy winner Melissa Etheridge is set to embark on a North American Tour in October 2012 in support of her latest studio album, “4th Street Feeling” (set for release on September 4th on Island Records). Melissa wrote twelve new songs for the album, which features Blair Sinta on drums, Brett Simons on bass, and Zac Rae on keyboards. Melissa takes the lead on vocals, piano, harmonica, banjitar and some of her most stirring lead guitar work to date.

In addition to her recording career, Melissa hosts “The Melissa Etheridge Radio Show,” syndicated through Benztown Radio Networks.  In late 2011, Melissa was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and this fall, will be honored by the National Women’s Museum of Art in Washington DC with her inclusion in the exhibition, “Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power.”






Ticket Prices: $37.50, $57.50, $77.50, $102.50 (plus applicable fees)

All seats reserved


Louisville Palace Theatre Box Office | | 800-745-3000 | Ticketmaster


Journey at The Kentucky State Fair

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on August 20, 2012

Journey at The Kentucky State Fair

Friday nights, Kentucky State Fair show featuring Journey, Pat Benatar and Loverboy  allowed Freedom Hall to return to its glory days. The sold out concert was reminiscent of past great performances of the venue. In the late seventies and throughout the eighties, bands like The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin ,Pink Floyd and many other legends played the venue.  Journey returned to the place where they climbed from an opening act in for Boston and Manford Mann in March of 1977, to headlining here in the Steve Perry years. I attended those concerts and most others and this night was the closest I have witnessed to those wonderful memories. Although the arena wasn’t filled with a cloud of smoke, I did see lighters held high and have not heard such a loud audience since those early shows. The fans came dressed as  in those days, tee shirts of their favorite bands and jeans. They knew most of the words to songs from all three groups and sang the choruses admirably. The majority of the audience were middle-aged or above and ready to have a party.

Loverboy opened the show with a quick set of their greatest hits, A heavier, Mike Reno was less mobile but his vocals are still strong. The band was very tight, Paul Dean was excellent on guitar, his chords and solos are the driving force of the band. Scott Smith’s booming bass opening “Turn Me Loose”, was the highlight of their show. The Band finished with “Working For The Weekend” which had the largest audience participation of the evening.

Pat Benatar ripped through her set mingling hits , and a few cover songs throughout her show, she still has a strong voice and continues to share the stage with her husband, guitarist, Neil Giraldo. They have been together for over 30 years. Giraldo’s guitar is as strong as Benatar’s Vocals, together the duo belted out “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” and “Love is A Battlefield” in powerful fashion.

There was little doubt who the fans came to see when Journey took the stage and it didnt take long for singer Arnel Pinada to make fans forget Steve Perry. Pinada who was found by the band on U-Tube and hired in 2007, sounded remarkably like the original singer and posses much more energy. But it was guitarist, Neil Schon who makes the band. Schon is a world class guitar player, who began at 15 years old  playing in Santana. His solo on “Taboo” feature on Santana III is in my opinion one the best solos of all time. After two years with the band he left to form Journey with Santana member Gregg Rollie. His version of “The Star Spangled Banner”, was amazing.

The band rolled through hits from their  Greatest Hits album that is certified 15 times Platinum, bringing Journey into the elite club of Diamond-certified album holders. Using by the entire arena of fans as backup singers, the night was highlighted by “Lights”, “Any Way You Want It” , ” Wheel In The Sky”, and “Don’t Stop Believin”

This band left nothing on the table. Their sound was excellent and stage show energetic.

As I waited in traffic after the show, a car passed me filled with Journey stickers on their back windshield, inside were two people who looked to be in their mid to late sixties. That is the kind of outreach the music of Journey holds.

Neil Schon

Journey at The Kentucky State Fair

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Todd Oliver Dogs Gone Wild ” Scene and Heard special”

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on August 8, 2012


As a valued (subscriber, etc…) we’d like to offer you a 50% discount on tickets to see Todd Oliver’s “Dogs Gone Wild” at The Louisville Palace on September 15th!

Click on the following link and use the password: wild, to buy your tickets NOW!!!

Offer valid through August 31st

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Saturday Sept. 15  

Louisville, KY – Have you ever met a talking dog, a real talking dog? Get ready when comedian and ventriloquist Todd

Oliver takes the stage — he will introduce you to 3 of them: Irving, Lucy and Elvis. These little dogs are making crowds

across the country howl for more!

Audience participation and personalizing the show for special events is a part of Todd’s proven successful formula,

making his show a consistent draw in top entertainment venues across America. His warm friendly personality creates a

“magical family chemistry.” Along with Irving, Lucy and Elvis, you’ll also meet the rest of his cast of characters such as

Pops, a crazy confused old timer; Miss Lilly, his lifelong love, and Joey, the loveable bad boy. And what are audiences

saying? “I’ve never laughed so hard in my life, amazing!” “Incredibly funny!” “A great act!” These are just some of the

comments heard regularly after the show.

Todd Oliver’s humor is situational and contemporary, resulting in a clean universal comedy that makes you feel good and

leaves you wondering, “How do those funny dogs talk?” Click for a preview:



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