Jessica Lea Mayfield performs at WFPK’s Live Lunch

By on April 11, 2011

By Aaron Williams

On Friday, April 8, artists Daniel Martin Moore and Jessica Lea Mayfield performed at the spring semester’s last WFPK Live Lunch at the Red Barn on the University of Louisville Belknap Campus. The Live Lunch was sponsored by the Student Activities Board and 91.9 WFPK Radio Louisville.

The pair of musicians had been touring together for two weeks prior to the Live Lunch. Moore, an Elizabethtown, Ky. native, opened the show in support of his newest album, “In the Cool of the Day.” Moore began his set with only his acoustic guitar and his vocals, but performed his final two songs – including “Stray Age,” the title track from his 2008 album – with Louisville native Joan Shelley on banjo and backup vocals.

Following Moore was Mayfield, touring in support of her 2011 release, “Tell Me,” which was produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. Not long after the last notes of Moore and Shelley’s acoustic set faded, Mayfield turned up the energy inside the Red Barn with a performance backed by her band on electric guitar, bass and drums. Mayfield performed seven songs, which included tracks from her new album, such as “I’ll Be The One That You Want Someday,” “Run Myself Into The Ground” and “Our Hearts Are Wrong.”

The audience, a mixture of WFPK guests and U of L students, seemed to appreciate both performances.

“[It’s] not usually the type of stuff I listen to,” said Alex Reese, a freshman electrical engineering major. “But regardless, it was good. I like this kind of music.”

Mike McGuire, a freshman civil engineering major, also enjoyed the Live Lunch.

“I’d like to see more of them, especially in the summer,” said McGuire about the Live Lunch events.

While having a WFPK Live Lunch in the summer may not be possible, SAB plans to continue offering the events in years to come.

“We love hosting them,” said Derek Carpenter, a senior physical education major and the vice chair of diversity for SAB. “We plan on doing them later in the spring and earlier in the fall.”

Carpenter said that this rearranging of the schedule was going to be done to compensate for lower student turnouts during the winter months.

Following the Live Lunch, Mayfield played at Headliners Music Hall on Saturday, April 9, with Moore and Justin Lewis opening.

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