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cosmic charlie’s re-opens

cosmic-charlies-10Strike up the band. Actually, strike up several of them. Cosmic Charlie’s, the self-described “funky music club” has completed its move to a new neighborhood. The venue officially opens for business in its new location at 723 National Ave. on Thursday and will resume its regular schedule of live music this weekend.

“We’re still going to have a lot of the same format, a lot of jam bands, bluegrass on Sundays, things like that,” said co-owner and talent buyer Mark Evans. “I’m more of a rock ‘n’ roll fan, personally. So this time I’m going to try and do more stuff that I’m interested in, as well. I was just selling what was selling before, trying to cater to the neighborhood, because that’s who was coming. But that was never our goal.”

The “neighborhood,” as in the one they vacated earlier this fall, favored the student population of the University of Kentucky. The venue opened in 2009 in University Plaza at the corner Woodland and Euclid in the same space that housed the popular Lynagh’s Music Club during the 1990s.

“We had been open at Woodland Avenue for seven years,” Evans said. “Our lease was coming to a close and we were ready to move on from that location. So at the beginning of the summer we decided to start shopping.”

The move to National Ave. places the new Cosmic Charlie’s the heart of Warehouse Block, one of the more recent Lexington neighborhoods experiencing a retail and residential renaissance.

“Now that we’re in a neighborhood with families and a more mature audience, I hope to present a wider array of genres at the club,” Evans said.

The new Cosmic Charlie’s first live music performance with be a Friday tribute show to the Pixies and Weezer as performed by Halloweezer and Brenda. Saturday brings in Louisville jam band Vessel with Fatbox. A pair of 25th anniversary shows by local Grateful Dead cover band Born Cross Eyed is scheduled for next weekend (Dec. 9-10). For a full schedule of confirmed Cosmic Charlie’s shows, go to cosmic-charlies.com.

 

a new home for the moonshiner’s ball

Summer is a tough time to contemplate before winter even arrives. But the promoters behind The Moonshiner’s Ball have a big between-season announcement to share. When the festival convenes again in May, it will have a new home.

What that means is the Fourth Annual Moonshiner’s Ball will relocate from HomeGrown Hideaways, the “hundred acre holler” in Berea that helped host the event for the past three summers, to the 400 acre Jenkins Farm in the Red Lick Valley of Estill County.

“We have inched closer and closer to capacity for the last two years,” said festival organizer Travis Young. “Last year, I think we probably would have sold it out if it hadn’t been for really bad weather. So we’ve had our eye out for a place that would allow us to grow. This year, we’ll be pushing the lineup to where we’re going to need a little more space.

“It has some other perks, as well. It has a big, wide, flat campground where we can really spread it out and make it very easy for everyone to get in and out. We’ll have a lot of extra space to park cars for people who want to come in on day passes.”

Although a privately owned property, Jenkins Farm is no stranger to music gatherings. It was home to the Red Lick Valley Bluegrass Festival for 37 years.

An initial lineup of performers for next year’s Moonshiner’s Ball will likely be announced in January along with the start of ticket sales. The festival’s mix of national and regional acts in recent years have included The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Ben Sollee, Vandaveer, The Duhks, Tyler Childers and Daniel Martin Moore.

Performance dates for the 2017 Moonshiner’s Ball are May 19-21. That will again make it one of the first major Central Kentucky music festivals of the summer season.

For more information go to themoonshinersball.com.

 

2016 grammy post mortem

chris stapleton in the press room with awards for best country solo performance and best country album at the 58th annual grammy awards last night. photo by chris pizzello/invision/AP.

chris stapleton in the press room with awards for best country solo performance and best country album at the 58th annual grammy awards last night. photo by chris pizzello/invision/AP.

The good, the bad, the tacky and the sublime. It was all on display through three-and-a-half hours of live TV last night as the 58th Grammy Awards commenced. Here is The Musical Box’s annual Grammy post mortem of what happened as it unfolded

+ Taylor Swift opened the ceremony, full of requisite pomp, with Out of the Woods. Host LL Cool J proclaimed the performance “a new Grammy moment.” Same old pageantry.

+ The Weeknd: Unexpectedly straightforward performance of In the Night that proved there was a solid voice to go along with that Maltese Falcon hairdo.

+ Station break: Channel surfed to Fox during a commercial to watch Mulder line dancing to Achy Breaky Heart on The X Files in front of “some very frightened middle aged Texans.’ Don’t know about the truth, but this was definitely out there.

+ Best country album: Chris Stapleton won for Traveller and thanked Swift for glitter bombing him earlier  in the show. Kentucky rocks the house. Stapleton also won for Best Country Solo Performance.

+ Little Big Town singing Girl Crush: All about the lighting and camera angles. The song wanted to sound empowering, but it was just more Nashville Play-Doh.

+ John Legend: Modern day soul maestro served up a sterling and stirring version of Easy during an otherwise lacking Lionel Richie tribute. Did he die, too? Nope. Richie watched from the audience before joining in for All Night Long.

+ Steve Wonder and Pentatonix: A toast to Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire with an a cappella That’s the Way of the World. Simple, unforced and profoundly emotive.

+ The Eagles: Legendary California band honored Glenn Frey by performing Take It Easy with Jackson Browne, the artist who co-wrote the tune with the late vocalist, singing lead. A solemn, pokerfaced and understandably dour tribute.

+ Tori Kelly and James Bay. Nicely unadorned duet between two Best New Artist nominees, but their medley of Hollow and Let It Go was a generic heart-on-sleeve pop confessional snoozer

+ Hamilton: Live broadcast from Broadway of Alexander Hamilton, the opening number to the smash musical that was as wonderfully original and it was commercially improbable.

+ Kendrick Lamar: Introduced by Don Cheadle. Less hip hop and more like beat poetry until the groove commenced. A fascinating mash up of The Blacker the Berry and Alright that incorporated rock, jazz, worldbeat and a lot of pyrotechnics.

+ Best acceptance speech: Lin-Manuel Miranda, who rapped his entire speech after Hamilton’s win for Best Musical Theater Album. As joyous and refreshing as the musical itself.

+ Alabama Shakes: Best Rock Performance for Don’t Wanna Fight. ‘I promise we’re going to keep going,’ proclaimed lead singer Brittany Howard. The band’s live performance of the tune later in the show, complete with the piercing James Brown squeal, was psychedelic soul heaven.

+ Adele: A disappointing delivery of All I Ask. Brash, noticeably off-key at times and horribly mixed. And what was that noise that sounded like someone pounding on a screen door as she sang?

+ Meghan Trainor: “I’m a mess. I have to cry.” An honest reaction to winning Best New Artist, but a flat choice.

+ Lady Gaga: An overly glammed up but obviously heartfelt tribute to David Bowie that compacted 10 of the latter’s hits into an exhaustive medley, from Space Oddity to Heroes.

+ Performance highlight of the night: Chris Stapleton, Bonnie Raitt and Gary Clark, Jr. paid homage to B.B. King with a patient, elegant and effortlessly reverential version of the latter’s signature song, The Thrill is Gone.

+ Hollywood Vampires: Long in the tooth teaming of Alice Cooper, Joe Perry and Johnny Depp saluted Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister with a loud and proud Ace of Spades.

+ Album of the Year: 1989 by Taylor Swift. Completely expected. No Chris Stapleton upset. No Alabama Shakes upset. Just business as usual.

+ Record of the Year: Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars. Seriously? The Grammys couldn’t find anything better than that to celebrate? It was nice the crew openly acknowledged George Clinton in the audience, but really. This was wallpaper funk.

‘the river’ rises: bruce springsteen to play louisville on feb. 21

Bruce-Tour-EmailThe Boss is heading back in town – okay, a nearby city.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will return to the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville on Feb. 21. Billed as part of a nine-week run dubbed The River Tour, the performance follows today’s release of The Ties That Bind: The River Collection, a multi-disc overview of recordings that yielded the 1980 double-album The River.

Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Dec. 11 through livenation.com, ticketmaster.com,

the Yum! Center box office, all TicketMaster outlets or by calling (800) 745-3000.

While exact ticket prices haven’t been announced for the Louisville date, seats for other shows on the tour are going for $65 and $150.

Springsteen last played the Yum! Center in November 2012. His upcoming show coincides, to the month, with the 35 year anniversary of a Rupp Arena concert that promoted the original release of The River. He hasn’t performed at Rupp since 2002.

Fans can get a taste for the February show when Springsteen performs on Saturday Night Live on Dec. 19.

three nights of guitar stars

billy gibbons will perform at the opera house on jan. 22.

billy gibbons will perform at the opera house on jan. 22.

It’s a good season for guitar lovers. The Troubadour Concert Series is seeing to that with a trio of major performances that will run through the winter.

The first comes up this weekend. Grammy winning bluesman Robert Cray returns to the Lyric Theatre on Saturday fronting one of the strongest lineups of his longrunning Robert Cray Band. Cray himself will check in with The Musical Box to discuss his new 4 Nights of 40 Years Live album and more. We’ll post his remarks on Friday (7 p.m., $46.50).

The big news is the just announced Jan. 22 concert at the Opera House by Billy Gibbons and the BFGs. Gibbons, of course, is the guitar voice of the titan Texas trio ZZ Top, but this marks his first regional appearance as a solo artist and his first Lexington show of any kind in over two decades. Expect the music to lean to the Latin and Afro-Cuban sounds of his new Perfectamundo album (7:30 p.m., $65.50).

Finally, we have another returnee – Warren Haynes. Chieftain of Gov’t Mule, alumnus of the Allman Brothers Band and a prolific collaborator with numerous artists in scores of styles, the guitarist will be promoting progressive roots and neo-bluegrass songs of his recent Ashes and Dust album on Feb. 27 at the Opera House (7:30 p.m., $44.50).

Tickets for the Gibbons and Haynes concerts go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 and ticketmaster.com as well as through the Lexington Center Ticket Office at (859) 233-3535.

late night with chris stapleton

chris stapleton performing at forecastle in july. herald-leader staff photo by rich copley.

chris stapleton performing at forecastle in july. herald-leader staff photo by rich Copley.

It’s been a busy summer for Chris Stapleton.

The Kentucky country traditionalist, whose debut recording Traveller has been chosen by National Public Radio as one of NPR Music’s 25 Favorite Albums of the Year So Far, has shared concert dates in recent months with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hank Williams Jr., Alan Jackson, Warren Haynes and Jason Isbell as well has played sold out shows of his own in New York, Nashville, St. Louis and several other cities. He also served up a killer set at Forecastle in Louisville and took part in an all-star salute to Waylon Jennings for Austin City Limits Live during July.

On Tuesday – well, technically, Wednesday – Stapleton heads straight to your living room. He will perform Might As Well Get Stoned on NBC-TV’s Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:35 am Aug. 19 (after The Tonight Show on Tuesday, so no one gets confused).

For more info, go to nbc.com/late-night-with-seth-meyers.

fall concert news

the avett brothers (joe kwon, scott avett, seth avett and bob crawford) will perform at rupp arena with jason isbell on oct. 1.

the avett brothers (joe kwon, scott avett, seth avett and bob crawford) will perform at rupp arena with jason isbell on oct. 1.

This fall concert news just in:

The Avett Brothers will return to Rupp Arena on Oct. 1 with Jason Isbell as show opener. This will mark the popular folk-fortfied jam troupe’s third Rupp outing and their first at the venue since November 2013. While the band has not released a new recording since that performance, it has spent much of the past year working on a follow-up album to the Rick Rubin-produced Magpie and the Dandelion.

Isbell played here earlier this summer as a surprise support guest of wife Amanda Shires for an opening set at a sold out Singletary Center for the Arts date by John Prine. Isbell’s new Something More Than Free album entered the Billboard Top 200 chart last month at No. 5.

Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. performance are $35-$59.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Aug. 21 through TicketMaster – (800) 735-3000 and ticketmaster.com.

Also, the headline acts for this year’s Christ the King Oktoberfest have been announced. In keeping with its recent history of booking artists that enjoyed at least part of their commercial heyday during the ‘80s, the event will present The BoDeans (which made their Lexington debut by opening a Rupp Arena date for U2 in 1987) on Sept. 11 and British singer John Waite (best known for the 1984 Top 10 hit Missing You) on Sept. 12.

All CTK Oktoberfest shows are free, although exact performance times won’t be announced until closer to the show dates. For more info, go to ctkoktoberfest.com/entertainment.

meghan trainor cancels state fair concert

meghan trainor.

meghan trainor.

Looks like the upcoming Kentucky State Fair will have to do without a stop by the M Train.

Pop singer Meghan Trainor has cancelled her Aug. 20 performance at Freedom Hall, the opening night concert for the fair, along with all remaining dates on the current North American leg of her M Train Tour. The reason is a vocal cord hemorrhage that will require surgery.

The singer, known for the mega hit All About That Bass, announced the cancellation earlier today through social media.

“I am devastated, scared and so sorry,” she posted on her website. “I love touring and seeing your beautiful faces every night. I am determined to do what it takes to get better and come back around stronger than ever.”

Trainor also thanked the two acts who shared her summer concert bill on Facebook.

“I’m sorry to my amazing openers that we had to cut it short. Charlie Puth and Life of Dillon, you guys put on great shows every night with big smiles and I will be forever grateful that you were a part of this experience, even though it was cut too soon. Thank you and your teams for everything.

While the cancellation leaves Freedom Hall without an opening night concert, the State Fair’s Turf Concert Series of free shows will begin on Aug. 20 with the pop metal bands Slaughter and Great White.

For more State Fair info, go to www.kystatefair.org.

 

robert earl keen reschedules lyric concert

robert earl keen.

robert earl keen.

Looks like you better put those muddy boots back on the porch. There will be no Texas troubadouring with Robert Earl Keen on Wednesday.

The popular Lone Star songsmith has postponed his July 22 concert at the Lyric Theatre. In an email notification sent out earlier tonight, the reason given was “last minute changes to Robert Earl Keen’s tour.”

The rescheduled date is Nov. 19 with a 7:30 start time. All tickets for this week’s originally scheduled show will be honored when Keen performs the bluegrass-inspired tunes from his new Happy Prisoner album this fall.

For more information, call (859) 280-2218.

staying out late with nikki lane

the green lantern has just booked country renegade nikki lane for a tuesday performance.

the green lantern has just booked country renegade nikki lane for a tuesday performance.

Start looking for a babysitter. The Green Lantern, 497 W. Third, has an 11th hour booking to boast of that will make (or, at least, should make) you want to stay out late on Tuesday night.

The club has landed a performance by country renegade Nikki Lane whose Dan Auerbach-produced recording All of Nothin’ was one of last year’s strongest albums.

From my June 2014 review of All of Nothin’: The first thing that grabs you is the singing – the product of a slight, imperfect, boozy voice that never oversells its sense of authority or defiance. On Good Man, it appears with a withdrawn drawl, a la Lucinda Williams. Then you take note of the accompanying music, a big beat girl group charge reminiscent of The Ronettes but spiked with ominous guitar twang and tremolo. Finally, the lyrics kick in – namely, a weary domestic reflection that hits the bullseye of a dovetailing, disrespectful romance (“The simplest thing that would make my heart ring… well, you don’t even think to do it”).

Cover charge for Tuesday’s 9 p.m. show is $10.

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