Its the night before Derby, and everyones looking to get out, and theres a ton to do. Street festivals. Black tie galas with celebrities that people fawn over for some reason. And music. If youre looking to catch a concert, there are plenty. Here are three suggestions.
Dwight Yoakam Iroquois Amphitheater | $50-$70 One of country musics most under-the-radar stars, Dwight Yoakam has a throwback Bakersfield-leaning honky-tonk sound thats breezy and sharp. In todays country music climate, we talk a lot maybe too much about authenticity and real country. Although those conversations can become a bit tired, attacking bubblegum bro country that sounds like it was made in the radio factory is fair. Dwight Yoakam is not that. Iroquois Amphitheater is a great outdoor venue in a South Louisville park where theres no bad seat in the house.
DOMDI, Pinky Liberachi Kaiju | $5 Two clever, new-age, hip-hop artists with good flow and clever production, DOMDI and Pinky Liberachi are a solid bet if youre looking for a smaller show on the indie side of things. If youre from out of town and are looking for that dive bar thats one of the central pieces of the local music scene, Kaiju is your place.
Old 97s Headliners Music Hall | $17-$20 A venerable alt-country band, Old 97s have been around since 1993 as a resilient and consistent force, with a rock and heart and country music in their DNA. Headliners is the midsized, standing-room staple.