Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Last Waltz Louisville.

It's been two years since the Lexington-based band Tula last staged their own version of The Band's farewell film The Last Waltz in Louisville, and it's high time they brought it back. The Louisville music scene has its factions, but things like the Townes Van Zandt Tribute and Tula's The Last Waltz are beautiful reminders that all of us musicians

Saturday at Headliner's, Tula will act as The Band, welcoming an array of Louisville singer-songwriters, rock musicians, folks-you-didn't-know-ever-performed (music critics! attorneys!), and even a Louisville ex-pat, to the stage as they re-enact Scorsese's 1978 classic documentary film. The film/concert included guest musicians such as Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Ronnie Hawkins, Dr. John, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, Muddy Waters, Ronnie Wood, and Neil Young, all stepping up to sing with The Band.

I'm making a reprise as Joni Mitchell, so over the next two days I'll be trying to remember how she tuned that freakin' guitar of hers and trying to remember all the verses of the surprisingly rockin' tune "Coyote."

That'll be a blast, but I'm even more looking forward to hearing the other performers. In December of 2007, I remember being rocked beyond belief by John Mann's killer performance of "Caravan," and I'm hoping that's what he's planning on doing again.

Other performers include: Peter Searcy; Sean Hopkins of Dallas Alice; John Mann of Tim Krekel Orchestra fame; Sarah Teeple of the Ladybirds; Greg Foresman of Martina McBride's band; Rodney Hatfield and Nick Stump of the Metropolitan Blues Allstars; Jimmy Gardner of Hellfish; Dave Nofsinger and Dave Porter of Satchel's Pawnshop; Eric Whorton and Andy Brown of El Roostars; Dewey Kincaid of the Navigators; Brigid Kaelin; John Valentine; Mick Sullivan of Fire the Saddle and Squeezebot; Joe Burchett of Fire the Saddle and the Mandelbrots; Maiden Radio's Joan Shelly, Joe Manning, Cory Wilson of Lexington's Coralee and the Townies; Gabe Hensley of the Other Brothers, Peter Searcy, and even one ... Jeffrey Lee Puckett. Jeffrey Lee did a kick-a$$ version of "The Weight" with Tim Krekel at the last performance. I can't wait to hear what he's singing this time.

Saturday, Feb 6
Headliner's Music Hall
9:00 / $10

And after Headliner's, why not bring your dancing shoes over to Seidenfaden's after the show and scoot your boots to some Johnny Berry music? Steve Cooley's guitar riffs alone are worth the $5 cover.

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