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Louisville’s Summer in Music

By Lara Kinne–logo

Iroquois Amphitheater
Iroquois Park
There’s hardly a better place to hear live music than in the presense of a docile summer breeze. Iroquois Amphitheater located in Iroquois Park is nature’s venue. And it is a beautiful one. Throughout the summer, the amphitheater hosts weekly concerts and movie screenings free of charge.  It is a relaxed venue, an open-air construct with elevated seating that provides both comfort and visibility. Check out these big-name music events on the way.
The Paul Thorn Band/Jason Isbell
& the   400 Unit
June 7, 7:30 p.m. $20 adv.
Local Natives/Ex Cop
June  11, 8 p.m. $24 adv.
Brandi Carlile/The Lone Bellow
June 23, 7:30 p.m. $30-$40
Gregg Allman (of the Allman Brothers)
June 26, 7:30 p.m. $29-$55
Michael Franti/Spearhead/Saints
of Valory
July 19, 8 p.m. $25 adv.

The Big Four Lawn
Waterfront Park
Free concerts await at the waterfront, thanks to 91.9 WFPK’s annual concert series, Waterfront Wednesday, which kicked off earlier this month with Ra Ra Riot and A Lion Named Roar. The waterfront is also home to the Forecastle Festival, a three-day affair that falls in July, drawing more than 30,000 music fans to Louisville. So, take a squat on the Big Four lawn, feel the cool grass and gorge on food truck cuisine.

The Forecastle Festival
July 12-14, Single day-$60, weekend-$165
VIP packages also available
The remaining 2013 Waterfront Wednesday series is currently TBA. Keep up with upcoming events at louisvillewaterfront.com.

Louisville Secret Shows
Louisville Secret Shows challenges you to experience “secret” shows by following clues on their Facebook page. Once a show is booked, they announce the lineup, time and cost for admission via Facebook. But one significant detail is absent: the venue. This is where the challenge begins. Prior to the each show, they reveal 6-10 clues regarding the venue location; the final clue is printed in LEO Weekly two days before the show. Connect the dots and you will find the correct location.
‘Like’ Louisville Secret Shows:

Cardinal’s Choice
Sometimes the best events aren’t always publicized like a Bon Jovi billboard. Lucky for our readers, the Louisville Cardinal scrutinized the internet and found these gold nugget events.
Bill Callahan/Flat Foot/Shedding
Headliners, 1386 Lexington Rd.
May 2, 8 p.m. $15
Tibetan Freedom Concert feat.
Ben Sollee & friends,
Nawang Khechog
The Brown Theater, 315 W Broadway
May 20, 8 p.m. $22
Uncle Slayton’s, 1017 E Broadway
May 22, 8:30 p.m. $10
Xerxes/Daylight/Foreign Tongues
The Vernon Club, 1575 Story Ave.
May 23, 7:30 p.m. $10
Karass/Howell Dawdy/Alcohol Party
Zanzabar, 2100 S Preston St.
May 25, 9 p.m. $5
Father John Misty/Pure Bathing Culture
Headliners, 1386 Lexington Rd.
June 12, 9 p.m. $12 adv.
David Byrne and St. Vincent
The Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St.
July 2, 7:30 p.m. $35-75


Between concerts, art galleries, outdoor activities and food and drink, Louisville has a lot to offer.

‘Barnaroo’ event engages students, local indie pop bands

By Joey Yazell–

Barnaroo featured The Kicks, Caleb, and Louisville's own A Lion Named Roar. Students flocked to hear the indie pop bands, despite the ominous weather forecast, on Wednesday, April 17 at the Red Barn. Barnaroo headliners A Lion Named Roar will be a part of 91.9 WFPK's Waterfront Wednesday on April 24 at Waterfront Park.

Barnaroo featured The Kicks, Caleb, and Louisville’s own A Lion Named Roar. Students flocked to hear the indie pop bands, despite the ominous weather forecast, on Wednesday, April 17 at the Red Barn. Barnaroo headliners A Lion Named Roar will be a part of 91.9 WFPK’s Waterfront Wednesday on April 24 at Waterfront Park.

On Wednesday, the Red Barn was home to “Barnaroo” sponsored by The SAB Campus Outreach. With a three band line up, students were rocking out with free T-Shirts,  free food provided by SAB and ice cream by The Comfy Cow well into the night. To start the evening off the Nashville based band The Kicks took the stage and rocked through a 30-minute set, followed by a ratifying performance by more Nashville Natives called Caleb.

This was the first time for The Kicks to perform in Louisville and they seemed quite excited to be at the home of the 2013 NCAA National Champions. The drummer, Andy Meyers said Russ Smith was his favorite player. The Kicks turned up the volume and claimed the stage for a thirty minute set.
Headlining this year’s Barnaroo was local band A Lion Named Roar. Together since 2009, the band released their first official EP called Foreign Land, which is receiving publicity locally and nationally. The five piece group is expected to play  WFPK’s Waterfront Wednesday on April 24 and also performing at this year’s Forecastle Festival on July 14.  This is not the first time they’ve visited us on campus though. This band played at the red barn over the summer for a concert at a session of the freshman orientation. With ease, the group drew a crowd and performed sensational set.

“Were real dudes, playing real music,” said frontman Chris Jackson. “We want to connect.”

The Louisville Cardinal ask guitarist Tyler Anderson why the band has chosen to stay in Louisville thus far.

“It’s the Gateway,” Anderson said. “We’re only two-and-a-half to three hours away from a long list of other great music cities. You can pop down to Nashville and be engulfed by twice the amount of musicians or producers and artists, same with Indianapolis, same with St. Louis. In Louisville, it’s a very unique demographic of listeners, though. I like the music we do in this town; we stand out a little bit. We love this city, we all grew up here, and we love the people, the food, everything. What’s the point in migrating to another city, you know?”

Natalie Moser, who attended the show, said, “It was so much fun! I really enjoyed all the bands, and the ice cream? Oh so good. Another good night at U of L!”

With great live music, great atmosphere, and free food who couldn’t resist Barnaroo?  The night was a success and fun for all.  With a crowd of many, and smiles of plenty, I would hope for another Barnaroo next year. The SAB did a great job of organizing this event and props to them for the music selection as well. Through the mucky, rainy, not so pleasant day Barnaroo 2013 was an all-around swell time.

Photo by Nicholas Linares

Forecastle offers patrons a multitude of local food, performances, and attractions during its three-day festival each July.

Music lovers flock to Waterfront Park for the Forecastle Festival

By Anna Meany–

Forecastle offers patrons a multitude of local food, performances, and attractions during its three-day festival each July.


Each summer brings a hometown concert turned nationally-known music and arts festival to the “possibility city.”

The Cardinal sat down with Holly Weyler, whose official title is first mate, to discuss this year’s lineup, the future of Forecastle and what the entire production means to its host city.

Weyler acts as publicity guru of all things Forecastle and secretary of The Forecastle Foundation, a non-profit organization focusing on education and conservation in the local and global scale.

The festival is held every July in Waterfront Park, offering a variety of rock, alternative, hip-hop, electronic dance music, bluegrass concerts and other booths promoting sustainability, local business love, and artistic creativity.

Forecastle’s origins are humble for the gigantic event it’s grown into. Weyler says maybe 50 friends of JK McKnight (official Captain of the event) gathered at Tyler Park for the free show back in 2002.

But now the show goes on in the heart of Downtown Louisville.

The Forecastle Festival recently unveiled its long-awaited lineup – ranging from local favorites, like A Lion Named Roar and Jim James, to big-name bands, like The Black Keys and Young the Giant.  The big reveal brought lots of excitement from previous Forecastle attendees.

Jacob Bell, senior Pre-Med student at U of L, says he’s most excited to see the Alabama Shakes. “You can just tell they grew up listening to some good jams,” adding, “Nothing is like seeing a band for the first time.”

Forecastle hit major headlines last year when celebrity-curators, members of Louisville’s own My Morning Jacket, announced their personal input in the fest’s activities and lineup selection – it was even dubbed one of Rolling Stone’s Coolest Festivals of 2012.

JK McKnight’s brainchild is expected to double in size this year – that means growing from 35,000 patrons to nearly 70,000.

Despite growing to a multi-million dollar event every summer, the fest keeps its Louisville roots within reach. Weyler says its convenient location allows patrons to experience the city’s local restaurants and shops before heading to the Waterfront for their afternoon concerts. Zach Adams, junior sophomore at U of L, says he really enjoyed the booths that highlighted Louisville’s local culture. Most memorable, according to Weyler, was the Bourbon Lodge. What better KY drink to share with visiting travelers!

Totally new this year is a three-part performance by The String Cheese Incident, whose festival- headlining show will accompany a jam-band session, and a late-night performance at the Louisville Palace.

Early birds snagged their tickets at the amazingly low price of $100 for a three-day pass; weekend tickets are now available at the $165 price level, but will soon rise to $180 when the amount at that level sells out.

Weyler promises lots of new treats for Forecastle visitors this year, but kept super hush-hush about what she can and cannot reveal to The Cardinal about this year’s attractions. She did assure that a better, expanded Bourbon Lodge would return to the Waterfront this year.

Adams says he looks forward to many of the energetic shows he knows this fest brings to Waterfront, especially noting The Flaming Lips memorable performance – who are Forecastle veterans, by the way.

Weyler says planning the music and arts fest is a “complicated process” in every aspect, but added, “it’s been a wild ride and it’s far from over.”

Photo by Anna Meany/The Louisville Cardinal


Kentucky State Fair announces free concert lineup

By Baylee Pulliam–

The Kentucky State Fair Board announced their free concert lineup Tuesday. All free concerts are included with paid fair admission.

Free concerts are at the old Cardinal Stadium at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Gates open around 6:30 p.m. and concerts start at 8 p.m.

  • Thursday, August 16 -- Cinderella with Sebastian Bach
  • Friday, August 17Keith Sweat with Robbie Bartlett
  • Saturday, August 18Hot Chelle Rae with Twenty One Pilots
  • Sunday, August 19Oak Ridge Boys with Jimmy Fortune
  • Monday, August 20Newsboys with special guest Sanctus Real
  • Tuesday, August 21Ronnie Milsap with special guest BJ Thomas
  • Wednesday, August 22Jake Owen with Florida Georgia Line
  • Thursday, August 23 — Happy Together Tour with Turtles, Grass Roots, Gary Puckett, Buckinghams and Micky Dolenz
  • Friday, August 24Young the Giant
  •  Saturday, August 25 — Justin Moore with Colt Ford



Cards bring the heat in every season

By Chelsea Allen–

“America’s best college sports town” isn’t just a saying around Louisville anymore, but a true title, as little could be more defining of the University of Louisville’s past season in sports.

Here is a look back at an exciting season of Louisville Sports: A Winning Year in Review.


Last season’s young UofL football team, picked to finish last in the Big East preseason, locked a three-way tie for the Big East title. This was the third season under Head Coach Charlie Strong. Strong has now led Louisville to two bowl games, where the North Carolina State Wolfpack defeated the Cards in December 2011. The Cards are picked to finish first in the Big East this upcoming season, with second year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater ranked number one among the Big East by Athlon Sports.

Men’s Basketball:

The UofL men’s basketball team finished with a 10-8 record in the Big East. In the post-season, however, the No. 4 seeded Cards rallied an eight-game winning streak as Big East Champions to New Orleans for the Final Four. The Cards lost 69-61 to No. 1 overall seed and 2012 National Champions Kentucky. The Cards are now ranked as high as No. 1 in 2013 preseason polls, gaining respect to go even further next season.

Women’s Basketball:

The women’s team made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament, where sophomore star Shoni Shimmel scored 22 in a close loss to No. 5 Maryland. The team finished the season 23-10 overall, losing just one senior, Becky Burke.
Softball: Nationally ranked No. 9 Louisville Softball is currently 44-2 for the season. Pitcher Tori Collins was Named Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week on April 17th, throwing two-straight no hitters against Longwood. The Cards have two conference series and a game at Tennessee before the Big East Championship in South Bend.

Swimming and Diving:

Another national title was added to U of L’s accolades with Carlos Almeida’s national championship as winner of the 200-breast in the NCAA Championships this year. Overall, the team finished ninth in the championships, which is the highest school history.

Men’s Soccer:

The previously No. 1 ranked Louisville Men’s Soccer team fell in double overtime to UCLA in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament as a 12-seed in December. This was Head Coach Ken Lolla’s fifth season, as he saw off four seniors to the 2012 MLS Super Draft: Nick DeLeon to DC United, Austin Berry to the Chicago Fire, Colin Rolfe to the Houston Dynamo and Kenney Walker to the LA Galaxy. The draft was the first time in U of L history that four players were selected, and Louisville was the only school with three players drafted in the first round or with four draft picks.

Women’s Soccer:

It was quite a season for U of L Women’s Soccer as well, with a school record 14 wins and the best NCAA Championship run in school history. The ladies fell in the Big East Championship game and then to No. 9 FSU in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen.

Men’s Tennis:

No. 2 seeded Louisville Men’s Tennis finished off their third straight Big East Tournament Championship with a win over host South Florida on April 22. The Cards were ranked No. 38 when they fell to No. 39 Notre Dame in the final regular season game.
Women’s Tennis: The No. 6 seeded University of Louisville women’s tennis took an unexpected run in the Big East Tournament, falling to No. 2 seed host South Florida before the Championship match.


No. 20 Louisville baseball recently swept No. 1 Kentucky, beating the Cats 12-0 in Lexington, and 10-2 at home. Currently leading the Big East, the Cards hope to take the Big East title and make another run down the road to Omaha. This is head coach Dan McDonell’s sixth season with the Cards after he led Louisville to the 2007 College World Series in his rookie season as coach.


Louisville Volleyball advanced to the NCAA tournament, but fell to Purdue in the second round. The Cardinals ended their season at 24-9.
Dance: The Louisville Ladybirds Black Squad also won their fourth consecutive and 11th national championship in the NDA competition, with the Red Squad claiming third.

Men’s Cross Country:

Louisville Cross Country finished the season ranked as No. 26, placing third at the Big East Championships and seventh in NCAA southeast regional.

Track and Field:

At a recent meet held in Cardinal Park, Louisville track and field teams claimed 19 event titles while breaking two school records.

Men’s Golf:

Louisville Men’s Golf won their first tournament since 2008 at the Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational this season.

Women’s Golf:

The women’s golf team finished third at the Big East Championship.

Field Hockey:

The Cards Big East tournament run was cut short by No. 4 Connecticut in the semifinals.

Photo: Eric Voet/The Louisville Cardinal


Books worth reading before the semester starts

By Josephine Lee–

If there’s one thing summer is good for, it’s catching up on all the fun things you were too busy to do during the school year. You can watch everything that has been stored in your TiVo for the past few months, you can finally read the third book in the Hunger Games trilogy, since school got in the way before you could finish the series, and you can become a more than a few shades darker lying by the pool for hours on end. The Louisville Cardinal has compiled a list of books that are perfect for summer and great for anybody in college.

“The Happiness Project”

by Gretchen Rubin
Though this book is a self-labeled “self-help” book, this book is actually not as preachy and self-absorbed as you would expect. The book chronicles a year in the life of the author after she has an epiphany on a city bus. She tests out whether lessons from pop culture and wisdom passed down from one generation to the next can help her be a happier person and reflects on those results in a witty voice. What she finds is surprising and may even inspire you to start your own happiness project.

The Freshman 50″
by Carly A. Heitlinger
Although this book is geared toward freshmen, this is a great read for even those fifth-year seniors. This book, described as “part memoir, part survival guide,” chronicles one student’s journey through her first year in college. Heitlinger compiles a list of everything she wishes she’d known before entering college. For those no longer in college: perhaps this book will remind you of your own freshmen year.

“The Sun Also Rises”
by Ernest Hemingway
Remember in high school when you hated assigned reading? A lot of people didn’t enjoy reading Hemingway in high school mainly because it was assigned work, but I’m willing to bet that Hemingway becomes a lot more enjoyable when you’re reading for fun. Critics say “The Sun Also Rises” is what established Hemingway as one of the preeminent writers of the time. This novel tells the story of American and British exiles who travel from Paris to Pamplona to experience the running of the bulls. On the surface, this is a love story, but Hemingway twists in themes of betrayal, renewal and resiliency and describes the angst of the “lost generation.”

“The Overachievers”
by Alexandra Robbins
There is a new cult that is sweeping the nation and that is overachieving middle and high schoolers. Robbins explores how schools are no longer just places of learning, but places of strategizing in order to make it into the fiercely competitive world of college admissions. Students aren’t being characterized by their character or interests, but rather by their scores and statistics. This book follows seven students from her alma mater and discovers how a high-stake competitive society has caused educational growth to spiral out of control.

“The Art of Racing in the Rain”

by Garth Stein
Everybody knows that one of man’s best friends walks on four legs and that compassion can come from dogs, too. This book, told from the point of view of a dog, recounts his owner’s life story. Enzo, a lab-terrier mix, is the faithful supporter to his owner Denny, who risks his life savings and his life to be a big shot professional racer. The story, though over-the-top, features a very likable narrator and uses a canine to teach the reader about what it means to be human.

All books, except for “The Freshmen 50,” can be found in local bookstores. “The Freshmen 50” is only available on the Kindle or Nook.



Stuff to do when the sky is blue

By Ben Nance–

Waterfront Wednesdays

If you enjoy music festivals but don’t like paying for them, then check out this event which takes place every Wednesday evening in Waterfront Park. It’s located on the edge of downtown, surrounded by all sorts of other cool places to check out. Officially kicked off on April 25, Waterfront Wednesdays will be a great way to experience the fun of a music festival, but on a smaller, more cost-efficient scale. When it comes to summer leisure in Louisville, it doesn’t get much better than enjoying a free concert with friends on the comfort of the Harbor Lawn. The next Waterfront Wednesday is on May 30th, featuring The Elders, Joseph Arthur and Vessell.

Fright Night Film Festival

If you’re into horror movies, then this is the summer event for you. Taking place over the June 29th-July 1st weekend at the Galt House Hotel and Convention Center, this festival is a great way to be around all things horror. You can watch independent horror filmmakers showcase their talent with the wide variety of films submitted for screening. You can also meet the many stars of horror that will be present, including Bruce Campbell and Sean Hayes. If you’re interested in going, get tickets soon, because they go fast. As a bonus for horror fans, there’s also the annual Zombie Attack Walk on Bardstown Rd. on August 29.

Baxter Jack’s Volleyball

Baxter Jack’s is a great place to enjoy a good volleyball tournament after a long stroll down Bardstown Rd. Located at 440 Baxter Avenue, this particular venue holds three volleyball courts and is open until October. It is certainly worth checking out for its popularity and varied tournament list. If you want to get that last game of volleyball out of your system before summer ends, then Baxter Jack’s is a no-brainer.

Louisville Public Parks

Free summer entertainment can always be found at Louisville’s public parks. If you’re in the mood for an outside movie screening, check out the amphitheater in Iroquois Park. If you’re looking for an outdoor stage drama, Central Park holds live performances of Shakespeare during specific dates over the course of the summer. For sheer scenic beauty, Cherokee Park is ideal. You can walk through one of the many hiking trails and also enjoy a game of golf here.

Pictured: The Elders by flickrized