Gather round and forward this to your Kentucky and Cincinnati friends because there are important indie shows in Louisville during these dark rainy days of early 2013.
Remember when Belle and Sebastian performed at the Brown Theater and the weather was so bad that the theater was practically empty? Locals are aware that the weather changes every 30 minutes in Kentucky.
With that in mind, you never know when you are going to be one of the 50 people courageous enough to brave the storm to go to a show. Due to the possibility of unforeseen low attendance, you end up hanging out with your favorite performer at a sold out show. This year, this performer could easily be Leonard Cohen or Jonathan Richman.
In case you have not heard, quite a few indie music giants in the industry appear to be touring Louisville, Kentucky between January and May this year. Of course, there are bound to be many more add-ins or cancellations over the following months, but these are the events that are listed as of January 2013.
The Louisville Palace
Although it is difficult to say that every indie rock lover in Louisville is going to see Jerry Seinfeld on February 21, there is one event at the Louisville Palace where you can expect to see fans from a multitude of ages and genres. Like the sweet perfume found on the first days of spring, Leonard Cohen will be gracing the Derby City on Saturday, March 30. If you have heard that tickets are upwards of $250, do not despair. While you can spend $500 on a pair, you can also get a chance to see this music legend for only $49.50 a ticket.
It may be a smaller performance space, Zanzabar puts you in the perfect position to watch your favorite band up close. For this reason, you will not regret making an effort to attend a show for the underground legend Jonathan Richman. Thursday shows make it difficult to go to work the next day, but mark February 7 on your calendar anyway. After all, Jonathan Richman is described by Seattle Weekly as a, “one of punk’s innovators.”
Kentucky Center for the Arts
Calexico has performed at their hometown Austin City Limits venue on a number of occasions and so it is no surprise that they have chosen the Kentucky Center for the Arts for their Louisville tour date. Considered one of the most theatrical indie rock bands, Chicago’s Yo La Tengo will be joining them on Tuesday, January 29.
If you travel to Kentucky for the Derby, you always wind up at Headliners because they make a point of bringing indie legends to Louisville during that particular time of year. Repeating this trend, they will be hosting two important acts in the next months. Starting it off, They Might Be Giants will perform on March 5. The day before the Kentucky Derby, on May 3, Lucero will play along with Langhorne Slim.
Not in Louisville, but nearby
Although there are many shows in cities close to Louisville, one in particular is worth traveling for. The unique theatrical sounds of Animal Collective are not stopping in Louisville but will be in Nashville, Covington, and Chicago between March 12 and March 20. However, fans on a budget should be aware that the tickets in Chicago are listed online at almost half of the whopping $75 to $80 advertised for Covington or Nashville.