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Machine Head // Live @ The Mercury Ballroom // 2.12.20

Article and Photos by Michael W. Bright   Louisville, KY-- Machine Head put it all out there. This night’s show marked four months into the band's Burn My Eyes 25th Anniversary tour, celebrating the release of their debut album, 1994's, Burn My Eyes, an album roundly hailed as one landmark in metal history. To mark

Snoop Dogg // Live @ The Palace Theater // 1.25.20

Article and Photos by: Michael W. Bright   Louisville, KY - Two acts had slowly raised the temperature in the theater. Then, at the penultimate moment, before the mercury would have shattered the glass, just as planned, Snoop Dogg snuck onto the stage and exploded under a shimmering spotlight. Every seat at the Palace

Welshly Arms // Live @ Zanzabar // 1.17.20

Article and Photos by: Michael W. Bright   Louisville, KY -- Welshly Arms is a guitar-driven, rock, hard rhythm and blues outfit that spends more time playing in theaters and arenas than on the small stage in Club Zanzabar, where a hundred or less fans were left, blown away, with their mouths hanging

Mannequin Pussy // Live @ Zanzabar // 12.17.19

Article and Photos by: Michael W. Bright   Louisville, KY -- Don't think about it too hard. Once you get comfortable with this band's name it becomes easy to surrender to the raw energy, visual display, and fearless abandon that's at the core of Mannequin Pussy.  If you walked into Zanzabar's performance space

Southern Culture on the Skids // Live @ Headliners // 10.19.19

Article and Photos by: Michael W. Bright   Louisville, KY - Think of every offensive, nasty, and downright unjust cliche you've ever heard about the South or Southerners and put it to music. Stir in a big dose of surfin' guitar and you will end up with something like Southern Culture on

The Bourbon & Beyond Festival // Live @ Highlands Festival Grounds // 9.20-22.19

Article and Photos by: Michael W. Bright   Louisville, KY - Weather history would eventually reveal that this three day festival would be part of Louisville's hottest and driest September in recorded history. Hydrate, hydrate, take breaks in the shade whenever possible, use sunscreen, and most of all -- don't forget to...hydrate.

Buddy Guy & Kenny Wayne Shepherd // Live @ Iroquois Amphitheater // 8.24.19

Article and Photos by: Michael W. Bright   Louisville, KY --The biggest question pertaining to Saturday night's Buddy Guy and Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band performance was always going to be, "who's on first?" Buddy Guy, at age 83, could still command a venue, fill plenty of seats, and hold us in the

Interpol // Live @ Old Forester’s Paristown Hall // 8.8.19

Article and Photos by: Michael W. Bright   Louisville, KY -- Interpol was celebrating the first anniversary of the release of Maurader, their August 2018 album, and the tour that has filled most of their time for the past year.  In addition, this was only the second show at Old Forester's Paristown Hall, a

Festival Preview: Bourbon and Beyond // 9.20-22.19

Article by: Michael W. Bright   Louisville- Barely six weeks away, Bourbon & Beyond (the world's largest bourbon festival) returns to Louisville for the third year and has now expanded to a three day experience, September 20-22.  Friday VIP tickets are already sold out as are most of the combination Hotel/ticket weekend

Forecastle Festival 2019 / Live @ Waterfront Park / 7.12-14.19

Article and Photos by: Michael W. Bright   A summer music festival is a fairly simple, predictable recipe and the 17th Annual Forecastle Festival is no different. The most important ingredient is the weather, without which there can be nothing, as last year’s Bourbon and Beyond Festival, also in Louisville, overwhelmingly demonstrated