There’s no better time for a night out with great music than the holidays. And, over the next few weeks, there’s something in our city for any and all music lovers.
Here are a few events that are sure to keep your spirits bright as we coast to the end of the year.
LOUISVILLE GAY MEN’S CHORUS
HOME FOR THEHOLIDAYS CONCERT
Ursuline Arts Center • December 16 • 7:30
Now entering its fifth year, the LGMC Holiday event can now truly be called a tradition. This always makes for a delightful evening, sure to warm the heart of even the Scroogiest of Scrooges. The men practice for months to make the night just right, and the mix of songs new and old will leave you going away humming, with that devil-may-care holiday spirit.
Check out www.louisvillegaymenschorus.com for more
St. PAUL AND THE BROKEN BONES
The Palace Theater • New Year’s Eve • 8:00
Immediately evocative of Otis Redding and his unmistakable Stax Records Soul sound, this six-man band from Birmingham will light the night up right and bring 2018 in with a grin on your face. The gang is made up of young guys, who came from various unsuccessful bands, all just about ready to give up and look for “real jobs” before they became old guys. They found each other and decided to keep chasing the mountaintop for a little while longer. Two EPs and two LPs later, St. Paul and the Broken Bones have become beloved critical darlings. Just as is the case with every similarly stellar R&B outfit: whenever you hear them play, for that moment, all feels right in the world.
Visit concerts1.livenation.com to purchase tickets directly.
EDGE OF BARSTOW
Stevie Ray’s Blues Bar • New Year’s Eve • 9:00
You could close down 2017 on a fiery groove with one of Louisville’s most propulsive and exciting Rock & Roll bands. Edge of Barstow’s influences are all across the musical map; you don’t have to listen too close to hear that unmistakable Muscle Shoals Sound, along with Memphis Blues and West Coast Funk. Nevertheless, the sound of this band is all their own and unmistakably theirs. Lookout 2018, Edge of Barstow has plans for you.
Follow the band at www.facebook.com/pg/
WFPK NEW YEAR’S EVE PRESENTS
A SALUTE TO 70’s SOUL CINEMA
Headliner’s Music Hall • Doors open at 8:30/Event kicks off at 9
Take a Superfly cruise back to the time when Shaft kept it cool and Coffy made it hot, and picture Louisville as it was when Pam Greer shot Sheba Baby here back in 1975. I’m just talking about the area’s reigning NYE event, the jam packed with excitement WFPK party. Join hosts Matt Anthony and Woodrow on the Radio as they keep the righteous platters spinning, along with killer live performances from the Zach Langoria Project featuring guest vocalists Otis Junior, Sheryl Rouse, and the incomparable Carly Johnson.
Tickets and more info is available at headlinerslouisville.com.
THE PRINCE EXPERIENCE
Mercury Ballroom • December 23 • 9:00
Do you start to experience extreme Christmas song fatigue as the season starts to wind down? Here’s your antidote. His Purple Majesty may be dearly departed, but his immeasurable impact will be felt forever. Come be a part of a celebration of the life of the artist known as Prince. It’s a revue with all the big hits and a few or the deep cuts, courtesy of Milwaukee’s own Gabriel Sanchez. He’s an award-winning Prince tribute artist, and he and his uncanny band will light up your Christmas Eve eve just right. Have a blast with your out of town friends who are back around for the holidays, and take in a little Purple Rain before you face the Jingle Bells.
You can grab tickets from www.ticketmaster.com.