Paul Simons Graceland Headliners Saturday, Jan. 6 Celebrated local musicians, including Cheyenne Mize, Curio Key Club, Mark Charles Heidinger and Carly Johnson, will perform Paul Simons storied record, Graceland. This crew should be able to do justice to the big, layered and iconic folk-pop record.
Sass, GRLwood, Bungalow Betty, Mosquito The Cure Lounge Thursday, Jan. 11 A night of pop-infused, punk-leaning indie rock by a range of bands that all craft addicting hooks, but also have an underlying edge that makes them each fall into the borderlands of several different genres.
Louisville Accord CD Release Monnik Beer Co. Thursday, Jan. 11 The Louisville Accord takes 20 local musicians and pairs them into duos two people who have never written together, and usually fall into different genres. Each duo writes a song, and those 10 creations end up on a compilation album. This years listening/release party will be held at Monnik, where the first 250 tickets sold also receive a free CD. Some participants this year include Will Oldham, Variety Vice, Otis Junior and Lydia Burell.
Louisville Rock Lottery 2 Headliners Saturday, Jan. 13 Twenty-five musicians become five bands at the beginning of the day, and then each of those newly-formed bands play three original songs at Headliners that night. It was one of my favorite events last year, and this year features Joan Shelley, Jecorey Arthur, Dave Bird, Evan Patterson and Laura Quimby.
John Paul White KCD Theater Saturday, Jan. 13 One half of the folk duo The Civil Wars, which rose to prominence a few years back, John Paul White plays melancholy songs that triangulate country, folk and rock landscapes.
The Avett Brothers Louisville Palace Thursday, Jan. 18-20 An Americana powerhouse formed by brothers Scott and Seth Avett, the band has been pumping out records since the early 2000s, first as a raw, bluegrass-leaning project, and later as a smooth, radio-friendly, meticulous folk project.
Margo Price Headliners Saturday, Jan. 20 If youre a fan of alt-country music and you havent heard Margo Price yet, do yourself a favor and pick up All American Made. If youve already heard it, youve probably already bought your ticket.
Bully Zanzabar Sunday, Jan. 21 With a grunge heart, some manic post-punk scattered in for good measure, and lyrics/vocals that feel anthemic in the best way possible, Bully is one of those bands that is extremely impactful and evolved, without being overcomplicated or trying too hard.
Quiet Hollers, Howell Dawdy, Jaxon Lee Swain Headliners Saturday, Jan. 27 A night of local music featuring a band, The Quiet Hollers, that navigates through a thick forest of genres that range from post-punk to Americana. Howell Dawdy, the satirical rapper/country artist/so on, makes brilliant music that will make you think and laugh, and a high-energy rock and roller in Jaxon Lee Swain.
Jack Harlow Mercury Ballroom Saturday, Jan. 27 An up-and-coming rapper that grabbed Louisvilles attention with a smooth style and a ton of charisma, Jack Harlow performs in his hometown to support a recently-released record.