Louisville's unfailingly generous music and art community continues to
rally around those devastated by the Jan. 26 fire that destroyed the
Louisville Assembly of Vanguard Art building, better known as the LAVA
Lives, homes and art were wiped out by the
blaze, but founding artists such as Aron Conaway and Hallie Jones have
pledged to move forward. It'll take a lot of help.
Friends of those affected
are doing their part with a series of benefits, one of which is
Thursday at Flanagan's Ale House, 934 Baxter Ave. (6 p.m., $5).
Henry Austin, a longtime friend of the Conaway family, planned the benefit as an evening of Celtic music.
Austin's band, My Darling Asleep, will headline with Guilderoy-Byrne
and special guests. All proceeds from the cover, food and drink sales
and even band fees will go to LAVA House.
"The money raised will be for where the
most need is at present," Austin said. "I think we would all like to
see it used to re-equip the artists so that they can resume their work
Austin called on his friendship with
Flanagan's owner Tom O'Shea, who donated the use of his Mahogany Room
along with food and drink proceeds.
"Aron's mother and I worked together as
therapists for many years, so I have known him a long while and seen
him put so much energy into this collective," Austin said. "When we
heard of the fire and the losses, we wanted to do something to support
this group and aid them in resuming their ability to create. An artist
typically lives and breathes what they do, and gain far more than
monetarily from their work."
Tim Finn was a force in pop music throughout the
1980s and early '90s, leading Crowded House to major international
success with songs such as "Don't Dream It's Over."
Even though the band's initial American
buzz faded, Finn has maintained a loyal cult following with a series of
solo albums and collaborations. A good hook and literate lyrics will
still draw a crowd given half a chance.
He performs tomorrow at an unusual venue:
the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in the Highlands, 1938 Al
Fresco Place, as part of the church's expansive entertainment program
(8 p.m., $20).
JB's hoedown throwdown
Johnny Berry and The Outliers have put together
another program for their annual hoedown throwdown tomorrow at
Headliners Music Hall, 1386 Lexington Road (10 p.m., $8).
Berry will headline, of course, with
authentic country music designed to get you drunk and stupid. The
Ladybirds will do their part to charm the pants off of you, and DJ
Woodrow on the Radio will open.
Friends in need
Kessler's Friends started 33 years ago in
Louisville's South End and still has roots there. The band honors those
roots with a benefit show tomorrow at American Legion of Kentucky Post
No. 229, 800 W. Woodlawn Ave. (8 p.m., $5).
Part of the proceeds will help the post stay open. There's a cash bar and plenty of burgers, fries and rings.
Slackshop performs songs from its upcoming album, "Folding
Nothings Into Everythings," tomorrow at ZaZoo's, 102 Bauer Ave. (10
p.m., $5). Dying Indiana will open.
Jeffrey Lee Puckett's "Sound Effects"
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