Kyle Meredith with… Dave Moisan

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Louisville artist, and longtime WFPK favorite, Dave Moisan is having a banner year. After racking up millions of spins on his debut record, Ungravity, he’s back with a new EP, Heavyweight, and a spot on NBC’s The Voice. In fact, his blind audition garnered the first four chair turnaround of the season with all of the hosts fighting over him for quite a while. He ultimately picked Alicia Keys as his coach setting up the rest of the season.

Dave will be joining Kyle Meredith every week to talk about the most recent episode and what’s to come, as well as spinning some tunes. You can keep up with the interviews here, as we’ll be posting the new ones as they come in.

Good luck, Dave!

Contest: John Prine Tickets

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Waterfront Wednesday September 28th!

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The WFPK Waterfront Wednesday® Concert Series is a monthly free concert on the Big Four Lawn in Louisville Waterfront Park, located next to the Big Four Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge. The Big Four Lawn “opens” at 5pm, and the music begins promptly at 6pm. Have questions? Check out our FAQ page!

To alleviate parking congestion caused by the KY/IN Bridges project, a free trolley service, courtesy of Republic Bank, will be offered between Witherspoon and the Big Four Lawn for people who park West of I-65. The Republic Bank Easy Trolley will run a continuous loop between 6:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. We strongly suggest parking West of I -65 in the Witherspoon, Humana and surface lots. Increased bicycle parking will be offered in the event area, courtesy of Parkside Bikes. VIEW MAP OF PARKING OPTIONS HERE.

Cropped Out is Back In!

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The Cropped Out Festival is back and bigger than ever with a line-up that has a little something for everyone. On hiatus last year, it returns to American Turners Club on River Road on September 23rd & September 24th. I talked with Ryan Davis about his role in the festival, who’ll be there this year, and a bit about Cropped Out’s history.

Laura Shine: Hi Ryan, please tell us what your title and involvement with the festival is?
Ryan Davis: Hi Laura. I am…CEO sounds weird, so I will say owner/operator of the Cropped Out DIY arts & music organization, as well as head stresser-outer/overseer of our annual event in town.

LS: How and when did Cropped Out begin and where does the name for the festival come from?
RD: I started the company and festival in 2010 with my then-partner in crime James Ardery (current-day NYC resident with whom I grew up here in Louisville and have remained friends with since grade school). We co-managed operations for the first few years, but he’s been focusing on other things lately. Since 2014, Cropped Out has just been me and my tight-knit volunteer staff, consisting of some of my closest and most talented friends from around the country (Louisville included). It’s hard to believe it, but this year will be our sixth annual event.

The name Cropped Out was chosen (after much struggle…I wish I could remember some of the ideas that were rejected) because we wanted something sort of simple, sort of punk — no frills. I think at the time, we thought it was a clever play on words in reference to Kentucky’s farming communities and Tobacco economy, or something…but it was more of a statement about the types of artists we were interested in booking. Bands or performers who are often left out of the conversation when it came to national or even regional festival circuits. Both James and I are/were in touring bands and knew a lot of bands who were looking for a point of entry into Kentucky’s underground rock culture, and we wanted to showcase those bands alongside our own crop of musicians in addition to some bigger name artists with whom our DIY ethos aligned.

There’s never been one specific “sound” for Cropped Out. It’s more of a vibe, or an approach to creating art in a way that is both inventive and self-sufficient. It’s a quality that we identify with and seek out in others, regardless of whether it comes in the form of avant/improvised musics, hardcore rap, regional punk, outsider folk, or good ol’ fashion rock ‘n’ roll.

LS: Who are some of the performers folks can look forward to seeing this year?
RD: A few of the many artists that I am personally looking forward to seeing are among Austin, TX’s Bill Callahan, Dunedin, NZ’s The Dead C, Melbourne, AU’s POWER, Princeton, NJ’s Home Blitz, Louisville, KY’s Joan Shelley, a free-jazz duo consisting of the remarkable Joe McPhee & Susan Alcorn, and what I can only imagine will be a strange and celebrated performance from everyone’s favorite Bonnie “Prince” Billy backed by Chicago’s excellent electronic outfit Bitchin Bajas. Oh, and Giving Up from Iowa!

LS: Why didn’t the festival happen last year and what might be different this time?
RD: Well, last year we took a break from doing the event all together, mainly to focus on touring with our bands and other projects that keep us all busy throughout the calendar year. So I guess the different thing we are trying is to take another stab at it. It’s more work than you could possibly imagine to juggle such a production on what little of a budget we have, but everyone rises to the occasion and brings their best ideas to the table over the months leading up to it. Everything becomes more and more organized each year that we do it, so I’m sure there will be a few things here and there that we improve on since 2014. There are always few surprises up our sleeves, as well…

LS: Where can people find more information on the festival?
RD: The facebook event for Cropped Out (VI) 2016 has nearly all of the info, but our website is where you can purchase tickets as well as scroll through pictures, past years’ line-ups, artist bios, teaser trailers, etc. It’s in need of an update, but we’ll try to stay on top of that as we get closer to late September.

Also, if you’re more of a face-to-face type, tickets are available locally from our friends at Fat Rabbit and Guestroom Records. They are fine examples of people and will tell you all they know!

Bill Orcutt & Chris Corsano at Cropped Out 2013

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Lexi & Rosie: The Paws Report, September 20

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We have two dogs and two rescues to feature on The Paws Report today at 3:30:

Saving Sunny, Inc. is a great organization doing important work in rescuing, rehabilitating and adopting out Bully Breeds and other dogs who have often suffered abuse and neglect. They are on the front lines to change the misconceptions and myths about Pit Bulls and combat breed discrimination as well. Pitty Fair 2016 takes place this Saturday at St. Joseph’s Children’s Home from 1-7pm. More information on their event page here.

Kelsey Westbrook is a founding member of Saving Sunny and will be joining us today to talk about the Pitty Fair and has an adorable dog up for adoption named Rosie. Here’s more about her:

Sweet Rosie has not met anyone she has not wanted to shower with kisses. Lots of kisses! She loves to play with her foster brothers and go for walks, however she’s really quite medium energy and is mostly a a fan of snuggling in your lap. Her goal is to be as close to humans as possible! She is smaller than pictures make her out to be, full grown at only about 35 pounds! She’s around two years old and we suspect her to be a Staffordshire Terrier mix. She’d be a great companion for chillin’ on a restaurant patio or at your feet at a coffee shop. If you would like to meet this spunky, angelic little girl please email michelle@savingsunnyinc.org.

We also have the good folks from The Kentucky Humane Society who will be bringing Lexi with them today. Here’s more about her:

Lexi is a sweet, fun-loving Pit Bull Terrier mix who came to the Kentucky Humane Society in search of a forever home. This beautiful girl is very special. She has a seizure disorder that will require that she take medication the rest of her life. As long as she stays on this medicine, though, her seizures have been under control. Lexi loves people and both dogs and cats. She likes to play in bursts, but her favorite thing to do is snuggle up with her human in bed or on the couch. To say that Lexi is a cuddle bug is an understatement. Lexi does well with a harness and knows some basic commands. She’s not really into walks and would much prefer to be mellow. Because of her special needs, she needs a special person who can understand and love her as she is. Could that be you? Lexi is spayed, micro-chipped and up-to-date on her vaccinations. Since Lexi thrives being in a home, she is going to stay with her foster family until her forever person comes along. To meet Lexi or learn more about her, email foster@kyhumane.org or call 502-366-3355 ext 2260. To view all adoptable animals at KHS, visit www.kyhumane.org or call 502-366-3355 for more information.

Oliver John Rodgers in the 91.9 Studio

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Oliver John Rodgers recorded and produced his Nashville Demos with GarageBand with the intention of shopping it around to labels. But as it turns out, it sounds pretty great and people have been listening to it without a label attached. He came by our studios while on tour with Anders Osborne but will also be one of our headliners for September’s Waterfront Wednesday on September 28th!