WHO: The 3rd Annual Louisville Music Awards
WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015
WHERE: Bomhard Theater at The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
HOW: This event is free and open to the public. Seating is first-come, first-served. Please call (502) 566-5111 for information about the range of accessibility options we offer to enhance your performance experience.
SPONSORS: Old Forester Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
The Louisville Music Awards are held annually to highlight the diverse artists, pioneers, fans, and businesses that make up the Louisville music community. This event aims to bring attention to the quality and diversity of Louisville’s local music scene, and to recognize artists who have had a particularly special year. The Louisville Music Awards provide the unique opportunity for artists from all genres to come together with each other and with the public to support and celebrate one another. In addition to the awards ceremony, a one-time live collaboration between 1200 and Rachel Grimes will be the featured performance of the evening, alongside sets by Louisville DJs. For more information, please visit www.kentuckycenter.org.
ABOUT THE KENTUCKY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS:
The mission of The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts is to lead and enrich the artistic, educational and economic vitality of the region by providing unparalleled programming and cultural events. The Center serves Kentucky through education and initiatives which expand and diversify audiences while enhancing their understanding, appreciation and support for the arts.
by Autumn en Austin
On October 16th you could find me drinking ciders, inhaling second-hand smoke in a sweaty Austin, Texas crowd, listening to music. Three bands graced the somewhat famous outdoor stage of Stubb’s BBQ: Within Reason, Saint Asonia & Seether. And, the below ramblings are what I fucking thought about each of them.
Within Reason – The first thing I noticed was their electronically deranged intro music. I remember thinking that I wasn’t drunk enough yet for a remake of Orgy (a band that recently reinvented itself), so I buggered off to get a drink. The band itself was not spectacular. In fact, the main thing I remember is that from where I stood stage-left their bassist David Koonce looked a little like Eugene from The Walking Dead. The lead singer wore an American Flag muscle shirt, which I hated. There wasn’t a lot of energy, but perhaps their small stage space wasn’t the place for such things. And lastly they completely ruined Ayo Technology by 50 Cent & J.T.
For some reason, a lot of rock bands are covering versions of popular pop songs. Is that a fucking thing?
Saint Asonia – This band consists of the former members of Three Days Grace, Staind, Eye Empire and Finger Eleven. I tell you this because it set the stage for almost their entire set. The melted band opened with their radio-played song Better Place, which was one of only a few Saint Asonia songs they played all night. Then quickly moved into popular songs from their former bands: Animal I Have Become, Mudshovel, I Hate Everything about You, and For You. I was too busy staring at the lead singer’s electronic arm microphone stand and drinking my 3rd cider to notice when they played original Saint Asonia songs. The band however was energetic, hard-hitting, rhythmic and really fucking distorted. And as their set ended the band’s lead singer proclaimed during a brief field trip into the crowd, “We’re going to be here for a long fucking time.” Thanks for the forewarning!
Seether – Red lights adorned the stage among voodoo doll and antlered microphone stands. I remember thinking how the visuals actually worked. They started the night with Gasoline before progressing through an onslaught of other well-known Seether songs such as Fine Again, Country Song, and a badass version of Nirvana’s Lithium. As the crowd pushed closer to the stage, I could see that there was no shortage of flannel. While venturing away briefly for more libations, I bumped into a kid and presumably his mother, who told me that this was his first concert. I gave the kid a high-five and told him he was “fucking awesome!” Yeah, I cussed in front of a kid, so what! The band then did an acoustic version of Broken, which made the Hispanic girl next to me cry; clearly the song hit a nerve for her. And, they ended the night on a heavier note with Words as a Weapon, Fake It (which I admit I sang along to) and Remedy. I left the venue deaf and it was glorious!
by Saira Viola
Joe Strummer was imbued with the soul of a poet, the prophetic vision of a Wiseman, and the knuckle fisted passion of a rock genius.
This remains one of the key albums of their creative ladder. Booming social polemic immersed with storming guitars and the lyrical delicacy of a young Mick Jones.
There are so many different influences contained within the one album from the Reggae inspired: Rudi Can’t fail to the youth rallying: Guns of Brixton. Every single song trumpets a feeling. This album is 24 karat.
Kanye West. The epitome of narcissism and ill-conceived attempts to change the world to highlight his own persona. The self-proclaimed voice of the generation Y or X or whatever the fuck it’s called. Oh, and he does music, too.
When West announced during a rambled, highly emotional and at times barely understandable speech at the VMAs that he would be running for president, it was an even bigger joke than Trump’s candidacy, but it appears that the egomaniacal rapper is actually serious about it.
As if that is not enough, West has also taken to pulling off cheap PR stunts for dying TV formats such as ‘American Idol’ – he allegedly went to an audition as a surprise and won a golden ticket with an acapella of his lyrical masterpiece ‘Gold Digger’. The jurors were naturally flabbergasted by this oh-so-sudden and spontaneous appearance by Kanye and immediately tweeted about it in a desperate attempt to save the show’s ratings. It is pathetic, really. To expect people to believe that West just randomly “swung by” as the TV show’s Instagram suggests is just egregious. Do those TV shows really pander to such a low denominator that they can reasonably believe their target audience to believe that kind of bullshit?
Be that as it may though, West will definitely be featured on the upcoming season of the show, which might actually keep the drowning program afloat for another season, meaning that the stunt worked.
Bravo, President West, you have successfully managed to lose the last tiny shred of respect I might have had for you before. Well done.
by Mark Linnhoefer – A federal Los Angeles judge ruled on Tuesday that none of the copyright claims for the world-famous song ‘Happy Birthday to You’ are valid. This means that none of the companies that have been collecting royalties for the past eighty years had the right to do so.
The main company affected by this ruling is Warner, who has been claiming copyrights and thus charging people for the use of the song since 1988, when the company bought the Birch Tree Group, who was the legal successor of Clayton F. Summy Co., the company with which the copyright was first registered in 1935 by Patty Smith Hill and Mildred J. Hill.
The sisters composed the melody in 1893 as a song called ‘Good Morning To All’ for Patty’s school class. When they included the song in a children’s song book, they assigned the copyright to their publisher, Clayton F. Summy Co. Judge George H. King however has now ruled that said copyright only extends to specific piano arrangements of the melody and not the song itself.
The judge said that ownership of the song with lyrics cannot be properly attributed, thereby rendering any previous copyright claims invalid.
The whole debate was set in motion by two independent filmmakers who wanted to use the song in a short film but would have had to pay about $2000 in royalties to do so. They then set in motion a lawsuit they now want to reclassify as a class-action so as to force Warner to give up the profits made from royalties for the song over the past 80 years.
Warner’s lawyers say that they are evaluating their options but have not yet said anything to indicate if they will appeal the verdict. A third of those profits went to a charity designed by the Hill sisters – the Association for Childhood Education International – and it remains to be seen whether or not the not-for-profit organizations will have to return that money based on the class-action suit.
The main result for now is that the song “Happy Birthday” is now public property and can be used by anyone in any form they please, which should help diminish paranoia at birthday parties