Lots to do this Fourth of July, Independence Festival be damned Thursday, Jul 3 2014 

Photo by Jeremy Geiss.Well, the Kentucky General Assembly royally screwed the annual Waterfront Independence Festival. The state funding cut meant it’s dead in the water, at least for now. But fear not, those bloated bureaucrats can’t spoil the holiday for us – there … Continue reading

Metro Events Calendar: Movies, music and fireworks to occupy your summer Sunday, Jun 29 2014 

metrofest 2014Looking for something to do around town this summer? Have no fear, we’ve got you covered. Here is a list of happenings around town that is updated weekly here by the wonderful people of Louisville Metro Government. June 28 Riverview … Continue reading

Brightside/Coca-Cola Classic recruiting teams for 25th annual volleyball tournament Saturday, Jun 28 2014 

brightside volleyballLooking for an excuse to get the competitive juices flowing with a group of friends? Brightside and Coca-Cola Refreshments USA Inc. are recruiting teams from area organizations for the 25th rendition of the Brightside/Coca-Cola Volleyball Classic to be held July … Continue reading

No Accident Happening Here – Elvis Costello Wows the Palace Thursday, Jun 19 2014 

If you listen to this week Rusty Satellite Show podcast, you’ll hear all about the obnoxious guy sitting in front of me for the first half of Elvis Costello’s great one-man show at the Louisville Palace June 17.

But I refused to let his behavior dominate my memory of the evening. In fact what I’ll remember about Elvis is introducing this great musician’s talent to my girlfriend Paula while scooting down to the 2nd row. Once there, we enjoyed three encores featuring, first, our own Brigid Kaelin, then My Morning Jacket’s Jim James. Finally, the trio played some tunes together (with Brigid on the saw).

Finally, Elvis finished the 2 1/2 show (no intermission) with a cool version of my favorite Elvis tune — What’s So Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding.

I’ve been an Elvis fan since college, when I first heard cuts from the Armed Forces album on the WKU campus radio station,  and ran out to the local record shop to buy it. “Accidents Will Happen” became a theme song for various scrapes I’d get in. But for some reason, until Tuesday, I’d never seen him in person.

Costello is a storyteller, and in introducing songs he told stories about his family and childhood. Surprisingly, though, not much about his wife, the talented Diana Krall, who came to the Kentucky Center for her own excellent show a while back.  Interestingly, during her show, she never mentioned her husband by name, but talked about raising twins (born in 2006) and a husband who traveled a lot.

It was awesome to hear so many familiar tunes, songs I’ve played over and over on CDs and the radio for 30 years, performed solo. It gave me a fresh perspective — Green Shirt, Allison, Watching the Detectives, the acclaimed What’s So Funny About.. — and a new appreciation for Costello’s career.  It’s not easy to carry on on stage for 150 minutes, but Costello seemed like he was just getting warmed up.

Louisville's Brigid Kaelin joined Elvis Costello on stage at the Palace An encore featured My Morning Jacket's Jim James Elvis Costello during his one-man show

Blockbuster biz events: EnterpriseCorp’s Signature Event, Cyber Security forum, ACG’s big get-together Monday, Jun 16 2014 

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The First 99 Most Interesting People in the ‘Ville Sunday, Jun 15 2014 

Well, the Rusty Satellite Show has almost made it to a major milestone. This week will mark the 52nd episode of the Rusty podcast.  The list below includes politicians, media professionals, lawyers, entrepreneurs, athletes, professors, public officials and a lot of good friends who agreed to help me build this little show.

On Father’s Day, it’s also worth mentioning my son, Nick Redding, now living in New Orleans, who came up with the Rusty Satellite moniker many years ago as a middle school student. It’s a great name.

I’m trying to make this little show a bit bigger, and one way to do so is to publish a book showcasing the special talents and people who have appeared on the show. Stay tuned for an update on that project in the near future.  For now, here’s the list, and stay tuned for Rusty’s 100th guest coming up this Thursday.

Allen, Tyler

Arnold, Joe

Asher, John

Ashton, John

Bell, Jill

Berry, Mike

Bisig, Larry

Boel, John

Boyd, Terry

Brown, John Y III

Budde, Neil

Buthod, Craig

Carter, Mark

Clark, Perry

Coffey, Claudia

Cogan, Shannon

Coomes, Mark

Coomes, Steve

Cosby, John

Crawford, Eric

Davenport, Scotty

Davis, J.P.

Domine, David

Esrock, Margue

Estopinal, Wayne

Faulkner, Karen

Fehder, Steve

Fenton, Angie

Fischer, Greg

Galliette, Greg

Gates, Belinda

Gaukel, Kirsty

Gentner, Kat

Gilderbloom, John

Gimmel, Emily

Green, Jackie

Griggs, Stacy

Haire, Darrell

Hart, Ed

Havens, Sara

Haygood, Glenn

Haynie, Hugh

Hebert, Mark

Hettinger, Wayne

Heuser, Chip

Holland, Gil

Holliday, Darrell

Inman, David

James, David

Jones, David Jr.

Kaelin, Brigid

Kandle, Kirk

Kaplan, C.D.

Kimel, Kris

Koons-MdGee, Tim

Laird, Tim

Lamas, Anthony

Lefkoe, Adam

Lubbers, Bernie

McCarthy, Brendan

McDonnell, Dan

McKnight, J.K.

Miller, Ashley

Miller, Corky

Miller, Jerry

Minnick, Fred

Muhammad, Larry

Nation, John

Paradis, Steve

Putney, Mose

Redman, Rick

Rhodes, Ben

Rogers, Darren

Schimmel, Shoni

Schmitt, Karl

Servo, Stacey

Sirchio, Kris

Smith, Ted

Sokoler, Bob

Tandy, Cyndy

Trusty, Taylor

Walczak, John

Walls, Kristen

Waters, Les

Weis, Nick

Wesslund, Debbie

White, Stephanie

Williams, Tom

Williamson, Diane

Wilson, Dick

Wiser, Steve

Witten, John

Yankeelov, Dawn

Yarmuth, Aaron

Yarmuth, John

Ye, Dr. Hong

Yunker, Mollie

Zickuhr, Marianne

Zirnheld, Craig


PRG’s real estate forum: Willow Grande, a mystery project and Louisville’s looming housing shortage Thursday, Jun 12 2014 

PRG Real Estate ForumLast night, PRG Investments executives put Louisville’s two highest profile real estate entrepreneurs in a room at The Green Building, then turned them loose to talk about Louisville’s frisky, risky real estate market. The result was an evening of tantalizing … Continue reading

Downs After Dark returns this month with three nights of racing Monday, Jun 9 2014 

Downs After DarkIt’s been a little over a month since California Chrome claimed the greatest two minutes in sports (never mind his co-owner’s bitter tirade after losing the Belmont on Saturday), but there’s more racing fun to be had at Churchill Downs this summer with the … Continue reading

Germantown Schnitzelburg Blues Festival kicks off tonight Friday, Jun 6 2014 

Big Poppa Stampley.It’s always worth heading over to the Germantown/Schnitzelburg area just to go to Check’s Cafe, but add a blues festival and it’s almost not fair. Starting tonight at the corner of Hickory Street and Burnett Avenue is the fifth annual … Continue reading

‘Booze, bites and boogie’: Disco Ball to support APRON Inc. Sunday, Jun 1 2014 

disco ballWe’re the home of the largest producer of disco balls in the world, and we’re quickly becoming a world-class foodie city. Put those things together and you get the Disco Ball on Wednesday, June 4, in support of APRON, Inc. … Continue reading

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