The Opening Act: Taco Mouth Thursday, Mar 12 2020 

Taco Mouth is the brainchild of Erica Sellers, who grew up in Louisville, KY. After playing in several bands, she decided to start one of her own. With her friend Angie Lese, they started the band called CatFight. Later, the two relocated to Nashville and formed The Dead Deads. After leaving that group, Taco Mouth was formed in 2017. Citing influences like The Ramones, Runaways, The Clash, Kinks, MC5 and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, they deliver a sound that is in your face punk rock with plenty of indie rock hooks.

As good luck would have it, you can catch the band in action this Friday the 13th at Kaiju appearing with Vice Tricks (joining us for Live Lunch this week!) and Lavacado. It’s guaranteed to be a wild cocktail-fueled evening of indie punk rock. For a preview blast, check out their song You Say. This is Taco Mouth, This is Taco Mouth, The Opening Act!

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The Opening Act: J.S. Ondara Tuesday, Mar 10 2020 

J.S. Ondara grew up in Nairobi, Kenya, listening to American and British rock and roll on the radio. At age 17, he stumbled upon Bob Dylan after learning that it was Dylan, not Guns and Roses, that had written Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door. It was then that his musical calling came into focus. Although his family couldn’t afford a guitar, he still had big dreams of becoming a musician in the U.S. It was in 2013, out of his love for Dylan he moved to Minnesota… in the middle of winter. At the time, he didn’t even play an instrument.

It was after teaching himself how to play guitar, and putting lyrics to music that he recorded and released his debut album, Tales of America, to well-deserved critical acclaim.  The Grammy-nominated record is his sincere perspective and observation of America.

Ondara will be appearing tonight (3/10) at the KFC Yum! Center opening for The Lumineers. Mt. Joy is also on the bill, and WFPK is proud to present the show! For a taste of his album, check out the song, American Dream. This is J.S. Ondara, The Opening Act!

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The Opening Act: Buddy Crime Wednesday, Mar 4 2020 

He’s a one man band because, when you’re Buddy Crime, you ARE the band. Buddy Crime is the solo project of Louisville artist William Carpenter. Musically, it’s dance-floor-ready electro-pop. Funky beats with booming synth sounds, topped with his seductive and often sarcastic vocals.

Known for his over the top live performances, it’s rarely contained to the stage. He dances like a madman while performing, often taking it all into the crowd. (See above photo) You can catch his next high energy set at Zanzabar this Friday (3/6). He’s appearing with fellow Louisvillians Wombo as they celebrate the release of their new album. It’s guaranteed to be crazy dance party. For a little preview, check out the track, The Real World. This is Buddy Crime, The Opening Act!

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The Opening Act: Letters of Acceptance Thursday, Feb 27 2020 

Letters of Acceptance are an indie guitar pop quartet with roots in Lexington and Louisville, KY. It began many years ago as a series of unfinished recordings and occasional collaborations between Clinton Harlin Newman and John Harlan Norris. Upon returning to their native Kentucky after several years in New York, the project picked up where it left off. Recording commenced in Clint’s Louisville attic studio and they began playing a small number of acoustic duo shows in the summer of 2017. They later added Tim Welch on drums and Scott Whiddon on bass to complete the lineup. LOA began releasing an ongoing series of recordings and playing full band shows beginning in fall 2018.

You can catch them this Friday (2/28) at Odeon appearing with Mark Charles (Vandaveer) and His Most Honorable Band. Here’s a little preview with their track, Lexington Nights. This is Letters of Acceptance, The Opening Act!

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The Opening Act: Local H Monday, Feb 24 2020 

Local H is known for their blistering live shows and for pioneering the two-man band set-up. Front man Scott Lucas covers both guitar and bass through an extra pickup in his guitar and drummer Ryan Harding pounds out the rest of the sound. Since forming in the late 80s, the band has continued to turn out a non-stop blast of straight-up, hooky, guitar-heavy rock songs. Their widely praised 1998 concept album, Pack Up the Cats, earned a spot in SPIN magazine’s top 20 albums of that year.

You’ll be able to catch them this Wednesday (2/26) at the Mercury Ballroom. They are currently appearing with fellow 90s alt-rock vets Soul Asylum on their Dead Letter Tour. WFPK is proud to be presenting the show. They are gearing up to release their 9th studio album, Lifers, on April 10th. For a preview taste, check out the track, Innocents. This is Local H, The Opening Act!

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The Opening Act: Scott T. Smith Tuesday, Feb 18 2020 

When Hurricane, WV native Scott T. Smith first arrived in town, something clicked. Upon first meeting Ben Sollee, who he now calls friend and musical collaborator, Scott knew there was something special about Louisville, which he now calls home. The city has embraced him as well. He’s quickly become an integral part of the local music scene. When describing his sound to Insider Louisville’s Sara Havens, he says, “I’d say I’m very much […] geographically pegged. I love older country music, soul, and blues – so for me, the music sounds like Charley Pride and Bill Withers sat down and had a conversation.”

We’d have to agree, and it’s his amazing voice that pulls you in. He’s just released his debut EP, Wanted Man on sonaBLAST! Records. It was recorded at La La Land and produced by Ben Sollee. You can catch Scott this Thursday at Headliners, appearing with Martin Sexton. WFPK is proud to be presenting the show. For a preview taste, check out his song, Peacemaker, from the new record. This is Scott T Smith, The Opening Act!

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The Opening Act: Jamila Woods Thursday, Feb 13 2020 

She’s a vital part of the creative artist community in her native Chicago. Jamila Woods is not only a singer-songwriter, but educator, award-winning poet, and activist as well. She applies the latter two outlets to her modern, soul-rooted R&B. She tempers sharp and powerful lyrics with a sweet melodic voice. Her work focuses on themes of Black ancestry, Black feminism, and Black identity. Her inspirations include Toni Morrison, Erykah Badu and Kendrick Lamar. She raised her profile through collaborations with the likes of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Chance the Rapper. As a solo artist, she specializes in an accessible, non-commercial form of R&B that is rooted in soul and wholly modern.

You can catch this amazing artist on Monday, February 17th at Old Forester’s Paristown Hall appearing with Raphael Saadiq on his Jimmy Lee Tour. WFPK is proud to present the show! For a preview taste, check out her song Betty, a nod to Betty Davis, the pioneering funk musician who was also briefly married to Miles Davis in the late ’60s. This is Jamila Woods, The Opening Act!

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The Opening Act: L.A. Edwards Monday, Feb 10 2020 

L.A. Edwards is the music of Luke Andrew Edwards. Hailing from Southern California, his songs are a new take on the classic Laurel Canyon sound of the seventies, reminiscent of artists like Jackson Browne and The Eagles. For the band’s debut record, True Blue, Edwards hooked up with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers bassist Ron Blair to handle studio production. The result is an outstanding album that sounds fresh yet comfortably familiar.

You can catch Edwards this Wednesday (2/22) at Headliners, appearing with Amanda Shires on her Atmosphereless Tour. WFPK is proud to be presenting the show! For a preview, check out the track, Louisiana, from the debut album. This is L.A. Edwards, The Opening Act!

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The Opening Act: CHAI Wednesday, Jan 29 2020 

They’re a band on a mission. Through the power of their music, CHAI wants to dismantle and subvert notions of cuteness that they feel are so repressive in their homeland, Japan. Their music is a sleek mashup of pop, punk, R&B, funk, rock, and hip-hop infused into irresistibly strong rhythmic sounds. The four member all female band describes themselves as a new exciting onna-band : “new exciting woman band” or “NEO”. They aim to redefine the definition of kawaii (“cute”) as “neo kawaii”. Identical twins MANA and KANA started the band in 2012, adding schoolmates YUNA and YUUKI.

They are currently touring the US, making their first Louisville appearance with Whitney at Headliners on Friday (1/30). WFPK is proud to present the show.  For a little preview, check out their song, CHOOSE GO!, from their latest album, PUNK. This is CHAI, The Opening Act!

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The Opening Act: Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio Tuesday, Jan 28 2020 

Their sound is the result of the blend of Hammond B3 organ, mixed with tasty guitar lines & old-school style pocket drumming. The Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio is a 21st century contemporary soul jazz-funk outfit based in Seattle. The group features Delvon Lamarr on Hammond B-3, Jimmy James on guitar, and Steven Sandifer on drums. The band’s music is rhythm-based and rooted in the 1960s and 1970s soul-jazz, funk and blues styles, reminiscent of Booker T. & the M.G.’s.

The trio, also known as DLO3, is known for their engaging live shows. You can see and hear for yourself tonight (1/28) at the Mercury Ballroom. They will be opening for Lettuce, and WFPK is proud to present the show! For a tasty preview, check out their new single, Fo Sho. This is the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, The Opening Act!

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