Weekender: June 27-28

 

*Germantown Shotgun Fest

Saturday, June 27

St. Therese Gym Parking Lot 

Corner of Kentucky and Schiller Streets 

myspace.com/gtownfest

Free; noon-9 p.m. 

And so it happened that a confined, geographically indistinct neighborhood near the middle of the city was reborn into a place where hipsters, artists, musicians and young-pros can coexist with families of steep personal history, where the real estate is cheap and the friends pretty easy. I’m talking, of course, about Germantown (or German-Paristown, for the purists). This is the third annual Shotgun Festival, a block party with all kinds of music and cool, you know, stuff. This year’s lineup includes The Town Criers, John Gage, The Genius File and Dangerbird, among others; the vaunted after-party (at nearby Lisa’s Oak Street Lounge) rocks with The Invaders, Trophy Wives and Workers. If nothing else, go for the bologna sandwich-eating contest. —Stephen George  

 

Thirty Spokes @ BBC St. Matthews 

3929 Shelbyville Road 

899-7070

www.bbcbrew.com

$5; 9 p.m. 

Fusing rock, blues and country jam is Thirty Spokes, an outfit featuring Chad Graham. Having gigged locally and regionally for months, the foursome, which also includes Gabe Deknatel on rhythm and lead guitar, U of L big band product Kyle Shea on drums and bassist Tom Anderson, is releasing its debut, self-titled album. The eight songs boast a wide range of influences and feature a guest appearance by Andrea Davidson on backup vocals. A post-Peak Summit trip back to St. Matthews wouldn’t be a bad idea anyway. —Mat Herron

Bob Batch @ Comedy Caravan 

Saturday, June 27 

1250 Bardstown Road 

(502) 459-0022

www.comedycaravan.com

7:15, 9:30, 11:45 p.m.; $10 online, $12 at the door

Bob Batch didn’t have to change one word in his successful nightclub act to perform for the corporate world. He is clean, clever and hilarious in any setting. He has done over 10,000 shows! Bob Batch makes people laugh and he can’t help it. In college he studied broadcasting but when he read straight news for the camera the studio burst into laughter. His professor and fellow students told him that he was a brilliant comedian.

He soon was telling jokes at colleges from Harvard & M.LT. to U.C.L.A. as well as casinos in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Lake Tahoe & the Bahamas. Ray Charles, The Beach Boys, Chicago, Stanley Jordan, Blood Sweat & Tears, The Oak Ridge Boys, Ann Murray, Tommy James, REO Speedwagon and Wilson Pickett are among the diverse musical acts that have chosen Bob to share the concert stage with them.

Although Bob is a southern comic he developed his style in the fast paced clubs of Boston. He says crazy things that make sense. His T.V. credits include the Today Show on NBC, Good Morning America, The Showtime Comedy Club Network, A & E ‘ s Comedy On the Road and America’s Funniest People.

Aby Lady Land @ Derby City Espresso 

Saturday, June 27 

331 East Market Street 

(502) 442-0523

$3; 10 p.m. 

Those in the mood for a peaceful evening of progish folk and coffeehouse conversation would do well to make the trip to Derby City Espresso this Saturday. Louisville-based act Aby Laby Land, infused with the whimsical energy of Simon and Garfunkel, dole out acoustic stylings that both mesmerize and mystify the listener. Tired of the loud bar scene? Try a different tonic during your weekend adventures. 

Art Cartel Music and Art Festival @ Old Ice House 

Saturday, June 27 

217 East Main Street 

(502) 650-0523

6 p.m.-2 a.m. ; $5 

The Louisville-founded Art Cartel works to offer young artists an opportunity to showcase their work in a non-traditional setting. The music and art festival they are holding this Saturday night will be one such opportunity. The event will see performances by such acts as Isaac Mingo and National Hotel, as well as exhibitions by local artists. 

17th Annual Taste of Frankfort Avenue @ Clifton Center 

Sunday, June 28 

2117 Payne Street 

(502) 896-8480

4 p.m.-7 p.m.; $40 

This year’s fundraiser, themed “A World of Tastes on Frankfort Avenue,” will include cuisine from over 30 of the Avenue’s signature restaurants featuring an American and international flair, a Taste-ful Silent Auction, cooking demonstrations, special exhibits, live entertainment and drawings for the “Taste Tour” dining out raffle. Taste tickets are $40 and are available online at www.cliftoncenter.org/taste or by calling (502) 896-8480.

KISHAW Hike 

Sunday, June 27 

Meeting at Papa Johns Pizza, Highlander Pointe Shopping Center, Highway 150, Floyd’s Knob, IN 

(502) 894-0579

10:30 a.m.; free 

Kentucky Single Hikers and Walkers will continue their summer time excursions this Sunday with a seven mile jaunt in Southern Indiana. The hike is planned to last two to four hours. Hikers are advised to bring water and wear appropriate clothes. Don’t feel like you’ve gotten the most out of this pretty weather? Maybe a Sunday walk like this one will take you in the right direction while we still have summer to enjoy. 

 

 

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