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Friday, February 15, 2008
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My Darling Asleep and others will perform to benefit LAVA House

By Jeffrey Lee Puckett
The Courier-Journal

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 House.

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 and living."

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."

Church music

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.

Short takes

  • 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" column runs Fridays in Extra. You can call him at (502) 582-4160, fax him at (502) 582-4665 or e-mail him at

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