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Local Louisville Music Scene


Louisville, best known for the Kentucky Derby, sits on the Ohio River, which divides the states Kentucky and Indiana. The city had a population of over 700,000 in the 2010 Census. An indie culture can be found at Bardstown Road. The history of the Louisville music scene includes Mia Zapata, My Morning Jacket and Love Jones. The local music scene is covered by The Courier-Journal and the Louisville Eccentric Observer.

Alabama Brown and the Inside Outlaws * Amanda Lucas * Anton Chillington * Appalatin * Ashley Christine * Aubrie Nichol * Big Daddy Noise * Blue Mafia * Code Red * Coliseum * Dave Moison * Deanna Brown * Douglas Pinson * Equinox Shadow * Extreme Dream * Jaimes * Kia Hampton * Lady Venom * Muddy Fork Band * Miss Blenna * Rachel Timberlake * Rusty Old Crows * Stormy Mondayz * Tantric * Tragic Twinz * Troubadours of Divine Bliss * Voiceflow * Willie Jeffries *

Local Highlights

A new record store launches in Louisville in October 2013 called Modern Cult Records, located at 2100 Frankfort Avenue. The store owners are Sean Liter and Tyler Chanley, who will include local music in their focus along with American and international music on vinyl and CD. They will also sell turntables and books. The store marks the continued resurgence of consumer interest in vinyl records, a trend that is happening around the world with indie music.

Lousville Music News is a website that keeps local music fans up to date on artists, venues and shows. The site covers several musical genres including rock, blues, pop, jazz, bluegrass, rap/hip hop, country, Celtic, classical and more. The site features several blogs and a section for archives. It also provides several links to music industry sites, so it's a resource for musicians as well as fans.

The FIrst Annual Louisville Music Awards is scheduled for September 23, 2013 at Headliners Music Hall. Sponsored by WFPK and several other local businesses, the festival presents awards for Best Live DJ, Metal/Hardcore, Cover Band of the Year, Singer/Songwriter of the Year, Hip Hop Artist of the Year, Engineer/Producer of the Year, Rockers of the Year, Roots and Song of the Year.

The 15th annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival June 9-12, 2016 will include Pearl Jam, LCD Soundsystem, J. Cole Ellie Goulding, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Death Cab for Cutie and Dead & Company. The four-day event will be at Great Stagte Park in Manchester, TN, showcasing over 150 musical acts and comedians on 12 stages. Other performers include M83, Jaim, Halsey, Ween, Jason Isbell and Chvrches.









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