Weekender: May 29-31

•Mods vs. Rockers

Saturday, May 29

969 Charles St. • 637-4377
$5; noon-10 p.m.

It’s time for an old-fashioned brawl, all in the name of fun and bikes. The Mods and Rockers were two British youth subcultures in the early ’60s who just couldn’t get along. One group, the Mods, included trendy fashionistas who jammed to pop music while polishing up their Italian scooters — think hipsters on mopeds. The other group, the Rockers, consisted of badass motorcycle dudes who donned black leather and enjoyed beating up the clean-cut Mods. The Nachbar is hosting a party for both — no matter where you fall on the spectrum. Bands include Thee Flying Carpets, Cougar Express, The Ladybirds and Trophy Wives, to name a few. There’ll be food, bike competitions, raffles, a book signing by “Big Sid” and hopefully little violence, all in good fun. A percentage of the sales will be donated to St. Joe’s Orphanage. —Sara Havens

•The Sirens

Saturday, May 29

The Alley Theatre

1205 E. Washington St.


$12; 7 p.m.

A sizzling celebration of unity and creative joy, The Sirens’ Chasin’ the Sun CD release party promises a feast for body, mind and soul. The duo blends spoken word, hip-hop, folk and soul-stirring lyrics that will have you dancing on the ceiling and laughing until you cry. The evening begins with spirit-thrilling enchantment from Heartbeat Drummers and Hoop Collective. Seating is limited for an evening that’s about more than a rockin’ good album — it’s about a movement. —Holly Clark

The Swell Season

Saturday, May 29

Brown Theatre

315 W. Broadway • 584-7777


$35; 7:30 p.m.

Be careful what you suggest to Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. Upon learning that the two invariably toss a city-specific cover into their set, a Broward (Fla.) Times reporter suggested the duo, known as The Swell Season, recast K.C. & the Sunshine Band. Hansard responded, “You’ve just given me an idea.” Given Kentucky’s roots-meets-rolling-hills geographic kinship with Hansard’s native Ireland, no telling what the pair will bust out, but it’s safe to assume some of it will be from October’s Strict Joy, their follow-up to the Oscar-winning soundtrack for “Once.” Stay tuned for news on Hansard’s other group, The Frames, which is celebrating 20 years. Joe Manning handles opening ceremonies. —Mat Herron

•Dance or Die

Saturday, May 29

Vernon Club

1575 Story Ave.

$12 (adv.), $15 (door); 9 p.m.

16th annual Dance or Die features music by Bobby Saxes & the Mani-Axis, Mad Tea Party and TKO, featuring Jason Krekel (Tim’s son).

•Southern Indiana Uncorked

Saturday, May 29

Harrison County Fairgrounds

Corydon, Ind.


Third annual wine and microbrew fest will feature 12 wineries and breweries from the region, live music by Amanda Lucas, Arnett Hollow and Hambone, and more.

•Evening of Poetry & Song for Haiti

Saturday, May 29

Derby City Espresso

331 E. Market St.

7-9 p.m.

Join us for an evening of poetry and song featuring the work of local and locally-connected poets Debra Kang Dean, Makalani Bandele, Barry George and Sonja de Vries, and the music of Louisville’s own Shadwick Wilde.

Kentucky Reggae Fest

May 29-31

Water Tower

3005 River Road • 583-0333

$6 (before 6 p.m.), $9; 2 p.m. (May 29-30); 1 p.m. (May 31)

Yeah, we all know about Abbey Road, it’s going to be fantastic. But be sure to factor in quality time for the corresponding reggae and Jamaican ethos. Trade in the conceptual guitar and jams for percussion and beats that encourage dancing, the freshly washed hair for dreadlocks and the fish and chips for some spicy jerk. We Louisvillians are nothing if not cultural chameleons. The three-day event is family friendly, inexpensive and insightful to a genre that you’re not often exposed to below the Mason-Dixon Line. Based on the previous 12 years, it’s a proven success as a place to bring the kids (free admission for 10 and under) and a Rastafarian color palette. And just think, with the Ohio Valley humidity, all you’ll have to do is close your eyes and listen to your surroundings, and it will practically feel like you’re in Jamaica jamming out with the locals. —Jess Mahanes

Garden Sculpture Show

May 29-Aug. 1

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens

6220 Old LaGrange Road, Crestwood



$7 non-members

Spring has sprung, and with the abundant flowers and foliage comes the outdoor art to be displayed in it. Yew Dell Botanical Gardens knows the two go hand in hand — they’re on their third annual garden sculpture show.

The 47 sculptures for sale are set among their lush 34 acres. The works by the 20-plus artists were created in ceramic, glass, stone and metal. Executive director Paul Cappiello says the show is “a way of building a bridge between gardeners and great artists and to foster an ethic that considers garden art not an uncommon surprise, but as an essential element of any well-appointed garden.”

Yew Dell also is unveiling its new Visitor Welcome Center and Garden Shop during the sculpture show. —Jo Anne Triplett

Victor Wooten

Sunday, May 30

Headliners Music Hall

1386 Lexington Road • 584-8088


$16-$18; 8 p.m.

His name is synonymous with bass: Producer, arranger and singer Victor Wooten keeps a quiver of low-end theories on hand to dispense at will. A longtime collaborator with Bela Fleck’s Flecktones, Wooten is a five-time Grammy winner whom Bass Player magazine named bassist of the year three times. He grew up in a military family as the youngest of five musically inclined brothers. After being sold to Busch Gardens’ promoters as a fiddle player — he’d never even touched it — Wooten stayed for years before moving to Nashville in 1988. His 1996 debut, A Show of Hands, is widely considered one of the most influential, bass-driven documents of all time. Wooten’s band, to say nothing of his digits, talks Sunday. —Mat Herron

•”Dick For Hire”

Sunday, May 30

Baxter Avenue Theatres


Free; 11 p.m.

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  1. By Davon Crochet on November 14, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Davon Crochet…

    Very good post.Thanks Again. Really Cool….

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