Waterfront Wednesday August 31!


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.

Contest: Front Row at Morrissey!


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

Bill Orcutt & Chris Corsano at Cropped Out 2013

Largo: The Paws Report, August 30


Today on The Paws Report at 3:30:

Meet Largo, a one-year-old tortoiseshell kitty who was rescued from cruelty and neglect by Animal Rescue Corps during their “Operation Dog Days of Summer” in early August. She was one of 170 animals found living in squalor without adequate food, water or shelter on a puppy mill in northern Mississippi just south of Memphis. When she was found, Largo was riddled with intestinal parasites and was very underweight. Since being rescued, she has received medical treatment and is gaining weight at the Kentucky Humane Society. She is also enjoying receiving attention from KHS staff and volunteers. But what she really wants is a loving home of her own – something she has never had before. Can you help Largo forget about her sad past and teach her that people can be kind and good? Largo is spayed, micro-chipped and up-to-date on vaccinations. Visit Largo at the Kentucky Humane Society’s Main Campus, 241 Steedly Drive, Louisville KY. View all our adoptable animals at www.kyhumane.org or call 502-366-3355 to learn more.

Oliver John Rodgers in the 91.9 Studio


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!

Bridge 19’s Video Premier of “The Lion”


Louisville band Bridge 19 gave us the brand new video of their popular song “The Lion” to debut for our listeners! The song appears on their latest album Riding On A Wire.