Animal lovers, listen up.
Stevie Ray’s Blues Bar’s Annual Hall of Fame concert on Sunday, Feb. 22 benefits the Animal Care Society, Louisville’s only no-kill shelter.
On deck to perform are Travel’n Mojos, Susan O’Neil & Blues Seville, King Bees, Da Mudcats and Hellfish. Da Mudcats’s Mike Lynch and Hellfish’s Jimmy Gardner will be inducted.
The issue is near and dear to Stevie Ray’s owner Todd Webster, who recently had to put down the dog he bought from that same shelter. Cover is $5. See www.stevieraysbluesbar.com.
Pickin’ on Insight
Beginning this Saturday, a new local TV show called “The Pickin’ Ranch” airs at 10:30 p.m. on Insight Channel 98. Each show airs three times. The first two shows feature Johnny Berry, Cari Norris, Dave Howard & Simon Meurer, Jim Schweickart, John Gage and Susan O’Neil.
J.K. McKnight has Halfway to Forecastle, J-town has halfway to Bluesfest: The Fabulous Gators perform classic rock and blues at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Fraternal Order of Eagles Hall (3501 College Drive). The $5 admission benefits WHAS Crusade for Children. Raffle tix will be sold at the event. Check out myspace.com/thefabulousgators.
That same night, Kentucky Prophet, Bad Blood and Zero Element play The Rudyard Kipling (422 W. Oak St., 636-1311). The 9 p.m. show costs $7, and the money goes to help Michael Scrogham pay for his medical bills. Scrogham was injured after being hit by a car.
At least three bands from here have been confirmed to play showcases at this year’s annual South By Southwest festival, March 18-22, in Austin, Texas. More than 1,800 bands are expected to play that week. Coliseum, Wax Fang and Broadfield Marchers are confirmed for official showcases, i.e. everything that takes place after 7 p.m. The Glasspack also camps out for a few day parties. A mostly complete schedule is available at www.sxsw.com.
This week we speak with the one and only Tyrone Cotton, who plays Feb. 27 at Seidenfaden Café (1134 E Breckenridge St., 582-9217). Listen at Backseat Sandbar, backseatsandbar.wordpress.com.