U.S. Regional and Local Music Scenes
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 *

Louisville Local Music Scene History

Headliners Music Hall is part of the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA), which in 2020 sent letters to Washington D.C. requesting for economic support during the coronavirus pandemic. Other Louisville NIVA members include Old Forester's Paristown Hall and the Palace Theater. Many local venues across the country were forced to close during the crisis. Kentucy country artist J.D. Shelburne faced 35 show cancellations.

GonzoFest Louisville is held every spring, celebrating the life of native legend Hunter S. Thompson. The free April 14, 2018 festival will once again take place Downtown at the Louisville Free Public Library, where Hunter's mother Virginia once worked as a librarian. The musical lineup includes Anemic Royalty, Electric Garden, Southern Sirens, Jet Lawrence and Ron Whitehead & The Storm Generation Band.

A/Tonal is a versatile group of six chamber musicians that play various instruments. The group is comprised of composers Erich Stem and Daniel Gilliam, Carrie Ravenstem (clarinet) and Jessica Litwiniec Dorman (piano). Different musicians from the local music scene are added when certain instruments such as flute, vilolin or cello are needed. The group has been around since 2013 and has played several local shows in which different line-ups are used for different shows. Carrie Ravenstem has performed with several orchestras throughout her life in Louisville, Chicago and other places. The group headlined the April 2, 2017 show at the Kentucky Center.

A new record store launched 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 was held on 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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