Scene and Heard

Forecastle Festival Announces First Wave of Artists for 2015

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on January 27, 2015



Cage the Elephant, Houndmouth, TWEEDY, Tallest Man On Earth,
Portugal. The Man, RL Grime, First Aid Kit, Desaparecidos
+ Dozens More Round Out Initial Lineup

Tickets on Sale Friday, January 30 at Noon EST via

LOUISVILLE, KY (January 27, 2015) – The Forecastle Festival will return this summer led by Louisville hometown heroes My Morning Jacket; soulful breakout star, Sam Smith; southern rock heavyweights, Widespread Panic; and indie veterans, Modest Mouse. The three-day music celebration, now in its 13th year, will take place July 17–19, 2015, at the award-winning Waterfront Park, a sweeping green space on the banks of the Ohio River framed by the skyline of downtown Louisville.

Hailing from Bowling Green, Kentucky, and New Albany, Indiana, respectively, Cage the Elephant and Houndmouth add to the stellar regional talent atop this year’s Forecastle bill, the former currently working on their follow-up to the Grammy-nominated Melophobia and the latter eyeing a March 17 release of the highly-anticipated Little Neon Limelight via Rough Trade Records.

The family duo of Wilco frontman Jeff and his son Spencer Tweedy will showcase their recent collaboration as TWEEDY, while The Word, featuring pedal steel virtuoso Robert Randolph, B3 maestro John Medeski and the incomparable North Mississippi Allstars will bring the gospel stylings of Soul Food, their first album in 14 years, coming out May 5. Others notable acts include Tallest Man On Earth, Portugal. The Man, RL Grime, First Aid Kit, Desaparecidos, Shovels & Rope, Big K.R.I.T. and more. A full list of confirmed artists from the initial lineup can be found below. Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

Weekend passes go on sale this Friday, January 30, 2015, at noon EST at and all Ticketmaster outlets. A limited number of weekend passes start at $144.50 plus fees. VIP experiences, travel packages and payment plan options will also be available. Full details can be found at

The Bourbon Lodge, Forecastle’s slice of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, will return in 2015 with a full lineup of bourbon offerings, bourbon education, a bourbon-inspired culinary experience and much more. Fans of bourbon will have the option to purchase advanced Bourbon Lodge memberships with their weekend pass through Ticketmaster.

Also returning in 2015, The Kentucky Landing will feature a variety of regional craft beers, local food trucks and a selection of non-profit organizations and craft vendors selling Kentucky-made goods.

Highlighted in Rolling Stone as “one of the coolest festivals in America” and acclaimed by American Songwriter as “a rock and roll paradise,” the Forecastle Festival has evolved from a small community event into one of the country’s premier festival destinations.

The event offers an immersive experience that’s distinctly Louisville—beyond the first-class musical lineup—highlighting the region’s burgeoning culinary and arts scene, Kentucky’s unique bourbon heritage and more. The festival continues to emphasize sustainability practices and conservation initiatives, exhibited by the festival’s non-profit organization, the Forecastle Foundation.

Artist additions, single day tickets and late-night show tickets, along with the daily schedule of artists, late-night events and other activities will be available soon. For the latest news and updates from Forecastle Festival, fans can visit, Facebook and Twitter, and sign up for the Forecastle newsletter.

The initial Forecastle 2015 lineup includes:

Sam Smith
My Morning Jacket
Widespread Panic
Modest Mouse
Cage the Elephant
Tallest Man On Earth
Portugal. The Man
RL Grime
First Aid Kit
Shovels & Rope
Big K.R.I.T.
The Word
Cold War Kids
The Gaslight Anthem
Sturgill Simpson
St. Paul & the Broken Bones
San Fermin
Over The Rhine
The Lone Bellow
People Under The Stairs
The Barr Brothers
Milo Greene
The SteelDrivers
Field Report
Speedy Ortiz
Son Lux
JEFF The Brotherhood
King Tuff
Noah Gundersen
Twin Peaks
Fly Golden Eagle
Diarrhea Planet
The Revivalists
White Reaper
Twin Limb
Knox Hamilton
Parker Millsap

Watch the Lineup Announcement video –


Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on January 13, 2015




The Hangout Festival

The Hangout Festival

GULF SHORES, AL (January 12th, 2015) – Hangout Music Festival has announced their 2015 lineup. The sixth festival installment will take place May 15-17, 2015 and will feature headliners Foo Fighters, Zac Brown Band, Beck, My Morning Jacket, Skrillex, Paramore, Foster The People, Spoon and over 70 bands to the beautiful white sandy beaches of Gulf Shores, AL. Three day tickets go on-sale Tuesday, January 12th at 10 AM EST and are $249. To purchase three-day tickets, visit

Full lineup:

Today, Hangout announced a new joint venture with Goldenvoice. “From the beginning, the Hangout Music Festival’s main priority has been to create an incredible fan experience. With our recently announced partnership with Goldenvoice, who produce top festivals including Coachella, we have found a partner that shares our vision in both fan experience and music programming. This partnership offers an exciting opportunity for the overall enhancement of Hangout, ” said Shaul Zislin, Founder of Hangout Festival.

Local bands Houndmouth and My Morning Jacket will both be appearing.


Hangout Music Festival is the first and only festival of its kind. The festival’s extraordinary beach backdrop and sandy walkways make Hangout Music Festival the premiere music festival destination for music fan. Food offerings include fresh local seafood offerings prepared by renowned regional chefs in the Alabama Gulf Seafood Courtyard.

VIP ticket-holders are receiving a new perk this year – unique food experiences from award winning chefs. Other benefits of the acclaimed VIP area include easy access to the festival through special entrances, prime viewing areas, including swimming pools with views of the main stage, a shaded VIP Grove with complimentary beverages as well as private, air-conditioned restrooms and more. Super VIPs will also receive 24/7 concierge services, access to a private and air-conditioned dining room and lounge featuring exclusive meals prepared by renowned chefs, golf cart chauffeur service, priority on-site lodging reservation privileges and more. VIP tickets are available for $1099 and a limited number of Super VIP tickets will also be available for $1699. To purchase VIP tickets, visit:

The Hangout Music Fest is located in Gulf Shores, Alabama – just a few miles from the Florida border. The Gulf Shores area offers a wide arrange of vacation rentals including condos, hotels and beach houses – many of which are located within walking or biking distance to the festival. Fans looking to book a place to stay for the festival can choose from a wide variety of options at

For more information on Hangout Music Festival, please visit

Jim James My Morning Jacket

Jim James My Morning Jacket





HOUNDMOUTH The Grand, New Albany May 25th at 9pm

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on March 4, 2014


Mayor Jeff M. Gahan and the City of New Albany,
along with 91.9 WFPK and Houndmouth,
are proud to present the The Boomtown Ball & Festival!
Houndmouth will be headlining the festival with a concert at The Grand Sunday, May 25th. Tickets for the 18 and over concert go on sale Friday March 7th at 10am.
“The Boomtown Ball & Festival will serve as the kick-off for the Bicentennial Park Summer Concert Series,” stated Mayor Jeff M. Gahan. “The festival will consist of a free outdoor music stage curated with the help of Houndmouth and an open air flea market/bazaar, all contained right in our downtown.”

This event will be held on Market St. in downtown New Albany on Sunday, May 25th. The City of New Albany has enlisted the support of Flea Off Market, a unique Louisville-based outdoor bazaar that will feature tons of regional and local vendors offering records, books, antiques, vintage items, fine arts & crafts, esoterica, and more!
Gates for this free family friendly event open at 1pm. Stay tuned for a full line-up of music on the outdoor stage curated by Houndmouth.

The Boomtown Ball & Festival will culminate with a ticketed show at the Grand with New Albany’s own Houndmouth as the headliner.That first November 2011 night, when Houndmouth all fell together at the Green House in New Albany, was nothing more complicated than four friends playing music, armed with a curiosity about what might happen. Matt Myers (guitar), Shane Cody (drums), Katie Toupin (keyboard/organ), and Zak Appleby (bass) all hail from the Indiana side of the river, where they knew each other from…around.

It all happened in a tumble. After playing locally in Louisville and Indiana for three months, Houndmouth made the pilgrimage to South By Southwest in Austin, Texas with just their homemade EP in hand. A little buzz convinced Rough Trade Record’s Geoff Travis to come have a listen. Of such things are dreams made. Months of conversation and a proper studio later, their debut album, From the Hills Below the City, was released by Rough Trade in June of 2013.

The band have been on the road for over a year — opening for the Drive-By Truckers, the Lumineers, the Alabama Shakes, Lucero, and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals — as well as headlining on their own. The band is more than excited to finally play their first proper hometown show in New Albany:

“It’s been a crazy ride since we started as a band, and one thing we’ve always wanted to do is play a special New Albany show. All of the amazing local fans, from both sides of the Ohio, have become an extended family to us. So much of our music and our success are directly influenced by our hometown, and we couldn’t be more grateful. We look forward to celebrating with everyone on May 25th.”

This event is produced by Louisville based buyers Production Simple, Concerts & Events and radio sponsorship is being provided by  91.9 WFPK.
For full, up-to-date event information, including on sale and ticket info, please visit:
City of New Albany and Production Simple

For band information please visit:

For Flea Off Market information:
Flea Off Market on Facebook or call 502-552-0061


For more local information, please contact:

Lizi Hagan
Production Simple

Iroquois Amphitheater Announces 2013 Summer Concert Series

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on April 2, 2013

 Iroquois Amphitheater

Iroquois Amphitheater and Production Simple announced  the opening shows for their 2013 concert series.  Louisville  Mayor Greg Fischer discussed the significance  the series has in making people aware of our historic and beautiful park. Local band , Houndmouth who will be featured on NPR Radio and recently sold out Headliners Music Hall, will begin the series on April 26. The band was introduced by Mayor Fischer and Production Simple’s Lizi Hagen.

The Amphitheater celebrates it’s 75 anniversary opening in 1938. This year’s acts include Local Natives,The legendary Gregg Allman and Garrison Keillor. Paul Thorn and Jason Isbell will perform in  a rare collaboration show as well. To learn more about this season’s events visit their website 


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Houndmouth to kick of Production Simples 2013 Summer Concert Series

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on February 18, 2013
NEW SHOW ANNOUNCEMENT! Houndmouth will be kicking off Production Simple- Concerts & Events‘ Summer Concert Series at Iroquois Amphitheater on April 26th! Tickets for this all-ages show go on sale THIS FRIDAY at 10:00am via; $12/adv, $15/day of show.
Photo: NEW SHOW ANNOUNCEMENT! Houndmouth will be kicking off Production Simple- Concerts & Events' Summer Concert Series at Iroquois Amphitheater on April 26th! Tickets for this all-ages show go on sale THIS FRIDAY at 10:00am via; $12/adv, $15/day of show.

2012 Music Highlights

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on December 31, 2012

Roger Waters “The Wall”

Faces at The Palace

Faces at The Palace

Leon Russell

Leon Russell

The Forecastle Festival 2013

The Forecastle Festival 2012

Journey  3463

Journey At Kentucky State Fair

 Sold Out Headliners Music Hall with Houndmouth

Sold Out Headliners Music Hall with Houndmouth


2012 proved to be an awesome music year for me. I was able to cover over 85 events with over 300 acts. This was a year that featured many old favorites, a few of which were on my photo bucket list such as Roger Waters, Van Halen, Leon Russell,and Doors Keyboardist Ray Manzarek.  I was proud to have a gallery of my photos at The Louisville Science Center Guitar Exhibit. 

I got a much desired second opportunity at Bruce Springsteen and Jimmy Buffett and a third at KISS!

I want to thank my media sources for allowing me to get credentialed and all the great publicist who make this possible.

Special thanks to the great staffs and companies who bring the music to us. Productions Simple, WFPK Radio, Live Nation, AC Entertainment , Horseshoe Entertainment and The Kentucky Center to name a few.

We are so lucky to have fanatstic venues like The Louisville Palace, Kentucky Center For The Arts, Headliners Music Hall, KFC Yum Center, Iroquois Amphitheater, The Brown Theater and more who consider it important to provide us with quality entertainment.

Please continue to support these companies and venues in 2013!

Well here are my favorites of 2012. I apologize in advance for the lack of Country, and Rap. But these are my favorite memories of a great year in music!

The Best Shows (I attended)

Roger Waters ' The Wall"

Roger Waters ‘ The Wall”

  1. Roger Waters -The Wall , KFC Yum Center
  2. Bruce Springsteen – The Wrecking Ball Tour, KFC Yum Center
  3. Mumford and Sons/ Dawes-Louisville Waterfront
  4. Crosby, Stills, and Nash- Riverbend Cinn, OH
  5. My Morning Jacket- Forecastle Festival
  6. Allman Brothers Band – Wanee Music Festival, Live Oak Florida
  7. Sleigh Bells- Forecastle
  8. ZZ Top – The Louisville Palace
  9. Radiohead – Bonnaroo
  10. Dr Dog- Headliners Music Hall/Forecastle
  11. Tedeschi Trucks Band- Iroquois Amphitheater
  12. Gov’t Mule/Dr John- Iroquois Amphitheater
  13. Heartless Bastards- Headliners Music Hall
  14. Jackson Browne- Ky Center for The Arts
  15. Rush- Bankers Life Field house Indianapolis In
  16. Wilco- Forecastle
  17. Kiss/ Motley Crue- KFC Yum Center&Riverbend Cinn, OH
  18. Charles Bradley- Headliners Music Hall, Bonnaroo, ForeCastle
  19. Van Halen- KFC Yum Center
  20. Rod Stewart–Riverbend Cinn, OH
  21. Leon Russell-Headliners Music Hall
  22. Civil Wars- The Brown Theater
  23. Jimmy Buffett-KFC Yum Center
  24. The Moody Blues- Horseshoe Casino Southern Indiana
  25. Trigger Hippy- Wanee Music Festival, Live Oak Florida
  26. Journey- Kentucky State Fair
  27. Santigold- Bonnaroo
  28. Gary Clarke Jr-Bonnaroo
  29. Lady Antebellum – Henryville Prom Special Concert

More Great Shows of 2012

1.Houndmouth- Headliners Music Hall (One of the best surprises of the year)   



  1. Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros
  2. Mickey Hart Headliners Music Hall- Iroquois Amphitheater
  3. Rick Derringer, Gregg Foresman and Gregg Martin- Louisville Science Center
  4. Bobby Keys- Headliners Music Hall
  5. Matt Schofield -Wanee Music Festival, Live Oak Florida
  6. Jane Addiction- The Louisville Palace
  7. Beats Antique- Forecastle
  8. Jeff The Brotherhood- Forecastle
  9. Larry and The Flask/God Damn Gallows Headliners Music Hall
  10. Dianna Ross- The Louisville Palace
  11. Bruce Hornsby -Wanee Music Festival, Live Oak Florida
  12. Fiona Apple The Louisville Palace
  13. Faces At The Palace Series 

Best Festival 2012

1 Forecastle

  1. Wanee Music Festival
  2. Bonnaroo

Shows I wish I could have seen in 2012

Rolling Stones New Jersey

Concert For Sandy Victims

Pearl Jam (anywhere)

Black Sabbath at Lollapalooza

Favorite Releases in 2012

 My Gallery at The Louisville Science Center

My Gallery at The Louisville Science Center

  1. Jack White- “Blunderbuss”
  2. Heartless Bastards- “Arrow”
  3. Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros- “Here”
  4. Mumford and Sons -”Babel”
  5. Neil Young and Crazy Horse-” Psychedelic Pill”
  6. Gary Clarke Jr- “ Blak and Blu”
  7. ZZ Top- “La Futura”
  8. Dr Dog
  9. Rush “ Clockwork Angels”
  10. Led Zeppelin “Celebration Day”
  11. Bruce Springsteen -”The Wrecking Ball”
  12. Dr John- “ Locked Down”
  13. Band Of Horses-” Mirage Rock”
  14. Alabama Shakes -”Boys & Girls”
  15. Black Country Communion- “ Afterglow”

Best New Music Books of 2012

Peter Criss- “ Make up To Break Up”

Pete Townsend – “ Who Am I”

Neil Young – “Waging War”

Zoso- Jimmy Page (Genesis Publications)

“Man Who Sold The World” David Bowie in the 70’s- Peter Doggett

“Mr Fantasy”- The Lyrics of Jim Capaldi- Genesis Publications