Local NABC beer, diverse live music headline New Albany’s summer concert series

Once again, there’ll be a summer concert series in downtown New Albany.

As in 2013, the Friday evening concerts will be held at Bicentennial Park (corner of Spring and Pearl).

As in 2012 and 2013, NABC will be on hand to provide locally brewed beer.

We expect the layout to be much the same as in 2013, and we’ll try to stick with a basic lineup throughout the summer, with an occasional surprise thrown in for good measure:

Black & Blue Grass
Community Dark
Houndmouth
Naughty Girl

Expect to see wine from River City Winery and other libations as the vending arrangement settles into place.

The press release from the city of New Albany and Production Simple follows, with descriptions of the shows as updated throughout the summer.

Mayor Jeff M. Gahan and the City of New Albany are pleased to announce the June lineup for The Bicentennial Park Summer Concert Series. Each show will be held on Friday nights from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. throughout the summer in historic downtown New Albany’s Bicentennial Park, located at the corner of Spring Street and Pearl Street. These events are free and open to music lovers of all ages.

JULY

July 3 (not July 4):  Independence Day Riverfront Celebration
There will not be a show at Bicentennial Park on Friday, July 4. In New Albany, we celebrate the 4th on the 3rd, with fireworks and musical performances at the Riverfront Amphitheater, located downtown at the foot of Pearl Street. For the third year in a row in 2014, the popular band Crashers will be playing. It’s a family friendly event, and there’ll be a beer concession. Gates open at 5 p.m., and opening acts start playing early.

July 11: The Black Cadillacs
One of the bands to watch at Bonnaroo, the Black Cadillacs is a blues-based indie rock band from Knoxville, Tenn. With members from each of Tennessee’s major cities, the state’s famous sounds are well represented. Nashville’s recent brand of rock ‘n’ roll revival takes center stage, but a wash of authentic Memphis blues-soul and a tinge of Knoxville country distill into a sound as rich and Southern as it is alive.

July 18: Ben Miller Band
Hailing from Joplin, Mo., The Ben Miller Band is a one-of-a kind trio that combines the frenetic energy of bluegrass, the soul of the delta blues and the haunted spirit of Appalachian mountain music. Band members Ben Miller, Scott Leeper and Doug Dicharry create a unique and modern sound while continuing the tradition of blending together many different musical styles, which has long been a trait of their native Ozarks.

July 25: Junk Yard Dogs
Junk Yard Dogs is a soul/R&B band from Louisville. A chance meeting between bassist Eric Makowski and drummer/spirit animal Van Campbell at the fabled Air Devil’s Inn spurred the formation of the group. It quickly assembled a band and moved into Smoketown, where the band has incubated and carved out their signature sound of B-side soul classics and dance originals.

JUNE

May 30th: Billy Goat Strut Review
It’s been an unpredictable journey since our founding Billy Goat (Mark Hamilton) took a trip to New Orleans and quickly became intoxicated with the city’s rich musical culture and tradition. He brought us together on a cold and rainy Kentucky autumn day in 2011 and shared his vision of forming an ensemble of all-star players for an old-time project. Our result is a fun and exciting new genre of music that travels a centuries-old path down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, through the bourbon trail, from Derby City to the Chocolate City and back. Ladies and Gentlemen: THIS IS BOURBON JAZZ!

June 6th: Barefoot Movement
Johnson City’s The Barefoot Movement have been making waves in the folk world since the release of their 2011 debut album Footwork. From the foot-tapping instrumental “Sheepherder” to the emotional ballad “Thunder” and everything in between, these roots music newcomers have assembled quite the collection here, both old songs and new, offering something for everyone.

June 13th: James Wallace and The Naked Light has lately divided his time between Richmond and Nashville, but his most recent album with his band the Naked Light, More Strange News From Another Star, shows that Wallace is a traveler with no fixed place in the musical universe. You can call it Indie Gospel Folk Hop Rock, or you can suspend your expectations and the tendency to aurally fingerprint everything you hear and soak in the diverse soundscape that James Wallace inhabits like a childhood home.

June 20th: Machines Are People Too is a Dream-Pop band formed in Chattanooga,TN in the sweaty summer months of ’09 when Brian began writing vocals over JJ Clark’s well-produced beats. The two began writing together and performing as Machines Are People Too at monthly dance parties with two keyboards, a laptop, and a microphone. After a year of dancing and playing with DJs, the duo was ready to expand their band and overall sound. The band’s eclectic sound and progressive music creates a live show that leaves no toes untapped and will leave you with no other choice but to let go and dance.

June 27th: Appalatin
Foot-stomping, hip-swinging sounds organically unite Appalachian folk and high-energy Latin music. The name, Appalatin, reflects the unexpected meeting in Louisville, KY of Kentucky-raised musicians and masterful Latin émigrés from Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala. Their all-acoustic performances of traditional stings of guitar, mandolin, upright bass, and charango, indigenous Andean flutes, hand percussion, harmonica and vocal harmonies have brought joy and happiness to listeners of all ages.

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