Tips for visiting Marengo Cave Tuesday, Jul 5 2022 

Thinking about a trip to Marengo Cave? Here are some tips for families to make the most of your experience!     Take a drive up through Indiana for a fun trip to Marengo Cave and The Overlook Restaurant!   We are excited to share Tips for visiting Marengo Cave! It’s an easy drive to Marengo Cave (it took us [...]

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Dayglow Talks Forecastle 2022, Bucc-ee’s, and Harmony House Tour Tuesday, May 31 2022 

By Tate Luckey

Sloan Struble’s first foray into music came in 2018 when he recorded Fuzzybrain entirely in his bedroom during his senior year. Now, touring as Dayglow, he has amassed a surprisingly dedicated following through social media sites like Tiktok, breaking through with his single “Can I Call You Tonight?”.

His set at Forecastle included songs from his 2018 album, Fuzzybrain, and his 2021 album, Harmony House. They also covered Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”. “Louisville! At least, that’s how the lady at the airport told me to say it. You guys are great! Maybe bring us back again sometime?”

Before his performance, Dayglow talked with The Louisville Cardinal.

 

Dayglow by Pooneh Ghana for Forecastle

 

I’m going to start by asking you the most important question that I can ask you, as a Texas native: is Bucc-ee’s really that good?

‘Oh yeah, man. It’s great. I currently reside in Austin, but there’s one when I drive to Dallas to visit my parents. It’s a big store, with very good food.”

I see I see, I was curious. Moving on to your music, I would describe your sound as sort of softer in instrumentation, but still energetic in rhythm. How do you translate that feeling into a live performance like at Forecastle?

“I think it’s all just about bringing that energy but having lots of fun. I love interacting with the crowd. I think that’s kind of the idea.”

Speaking of that level of interaction, it’s very interesting that you post videos on your YouTube channel of you breaking down the production of many of your songs. What made you decide to do that?

“Yeah! I find it’s fun to both analyze it and perform it. I know that there are plenty of songs that I hear that I wish were broken down, and I would find it a little bit upsetting if a person I listened to didn’t do that for me.”

 

Dayglow by Pooneh Ghana for Forecastle 2022

 

Your newest album, Harmony House, came out last year, and you’re here at Forecastle today. Can you talk a bit about what you have planned next?

“Well, for starters, there is more music I’m going to announce soon this year. But for right now, it’s mainly just a lot of touring, having fun.”

If you’d like to see more of Dayglow, you can check out their channel here, and site here. Their newest album, Harmony House, is out now.

Photo Courtesy // Forecastle Festival //

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Wendt’s Wildlife Adventure Sunday, May 29 2022 

Wendt’s Wildlife Adventure is located east of Lexington in Carlisle, Kentucky, just under two hours from Louisville. This family owned exotic animal zoo opened to the public in 2021, so everything looks pretty nice and new. It’s a great place to visit for all ages. It feels safe, clean, and the animals all look well kept with the animals looking [...]

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Pentatonix brings festive acapella to Louisville Monday, Dec 13 2021 

By Catherine Brown–

Three-time Grammy-winning acapella group Pentatonix decked the halls at the Yum! Center on Dec. 11 with their headlining “Evergreen Tour.”

I went with my best friend, Destiny Smith, a junior nursing major whom I frequently reference in my opinion articles. 

I was fortunate enough to score 2 floor seats located directly in front of the sound booth —the premium spot to hear the quintet hit high notes and belt out holiday carols.

The concert was slated to start at 7 p.m, but doors opened at 6 p.m. After grabbing our jumbo pretzels and settling down in our seats, we waited for the group to appear as Christmas music played in the background.

I noticed that the audience of this concert was significantly older than I would have imagined. Sitting all around us were older adults dressed in festive holiday dresses and ugly Christmas sweaters, all of whom had come to listen to this diverse group of young acapella singers perform some of the classics and even their own original music. 

A few minutes before the band finally appeared on stage, a handful of the audience started chanting “PTX! PTX!” over and over again. Sure enough, at around 7:45 p.m, the lights went down and the audience started yelling and cheering. A video appeared on the large screens next to the stage with the members singing “It’s Been a Long Long Time.” 

Shortly thereafter, the curtains raised and the acapella group was standing there on stage singing their acapella version of Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime.”

The show continued with classic holiday songs like “Joy to the World,” “The Little Drummer Boy,” and “We Need a Little Christmas.” They even sang my personal favorite PTX cover “Mary, Did You Know?” which had tenor Mitch Grassi belting out notes that you have to hear in-person to believe. Even then, I couldn’t wrap my head around the sheer strength behind his high notes.

Interspersed between songs, each band member gave a short speech about how glad they were to be in Louisville and how enthusiastic the audience was during each song.

Baritone Scott Hoying even detailed the history of the group’s origins, including the beginning of Pentatonix starting in high school with members Hoying, Grassi, and mezzo-soprano Kirstie Maldonado. Hoying joked that this was his “pretending-to-be-straight era,” which earned laughs from the audience.

Kevin Olusola, Pentatonix’s vocal percussion and an Owensboro native, shared how he felt like he was back home with the band being in Kentucky. Olusola then led the audience into a moment of silence in memory of the devastating tornado on early Saturday morning that devastated much of western Kentucky. 

The band then led into a beautiful cover of the Christian hymn “Amazing Grace.”

“I can feel the warmth and the kindness just emanating from everyone in this room,” said Mitch about the fact that everyone can be together in one large area again since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

After a brief intermission, during which I bought my Evergreen Tour t-shirt from the crowded merch stand, Pentatonix reemerged with a dazzling costume change and launched into their beautiful cover of “Hallelujah” by the late Leonard Cohen. 

They finished out the concert with a charming and hilarious cover of “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” sung primarily by the group’s newest member, bass Matt Sellee as well as original songs from their latest album, “Evergreen” and a modern version of the classic “12 Days of Christmas.”

But I wasn’t the only one who knew that that wasn’t the end. Despite some of the audience taking an early leave, the lights in the arena hadn’t even come up yet. We all cheered on Pentatonix to come out for an encore, and they did so. They turned off their mics for a cover of the song “My Heart With You,” and their voices projected loud and clear around the room. 

They ended with a jazzy rendition of “Joyful, Joyful,” and the curtains closed for the final time that night.

The combination of holiday music, stage sets, and the sugar cookie aroma filling the Yum! Center arena (which Mitch commented on) created an atmosphere of holiday festivity.

I’ve been a fan of Pentatonix since I was 14. Since then, I’ve forced my family to watch dozens of their music videos and even saw them open for Kelly Clarkson on her 2015 “Piece by Piece Tour.” This concert was a privilege to attend and I can only hope they return to Louisville again in years to come.

 

 

Photos by Catherine Brown // The Louisville Cardinal

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Haunted Cave Tour Friday, Sep 24 2021 

Do you love the fright and screams of haunted attractions this time of year? Haunted Mine Cave Tour at Red River Gorge in Kentucky. The Gorge Underground offers Haunted Mine Tours via boat at Red River Gorge.  It is the time of year for haunted attractions in Kentucky and this haunted cave tour is very unique. You’re on a boat, [...]

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TC Highlands Farm Tour Monday, Sep 20 2021 

My family recently took a visit to TC Highlands Farm in Pleasureville, Kentucky to visit with some friendly highland cattle.  At TC Highlands Farm, we had a choice of half hour or hour sessions, and went with the hour visit. We decided we wanted to spend a little more time with the cattle, feed them treats, brush them, hear all [...]

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Museums and Historical House Tours in and around Louisville, KY Tuesday, Jun 1 2021 

Museums in Louisville and Historical House Tours   From huge buildings to single room displays– we’ve compiled a list of museums and historical homes for visitors of different ages and interests.  There are many museums and tours right here in Louisville that are great for families. We have compiled a list for you to help in your planning.  Remember for [...]

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Holy Outdoor Trails! Thursday, Apr 29 2021 

Enjoying our outdoor time on beautiful days has led us to hike and explore some amazing spiritual sites nearby Louisville. We have done day trips to three, local, outdoor, spiritual grounds for hiking. I feel like we could have spent an hour or a whole day at each location. Hiking at Abbey of Gethsemani, Mount St. Francis Sanctuary, and Monastery [...]

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Day Trip to Bardstown Monday, Apr 5 2021 

Bardstown is less than an hour south of Louisville, and there is so much to do there for a day or weekend trip! We recently went down to Bardstown on a beautiful, sunny day, and decided to mix some fun with some education and exercise. What is there to do on a day trip to Bardstown? On your day trip [...]

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Salato Wildlife Education Center Tuesday, Mar 16 2021 

Salato Wildlife Education Center offers animal encounters in the heart of Kentucky. The Salato Wildlife Center is now open for the 2021 season! Some programming discussed in this article may be different now due to the pandemic. Photos are from past experiences Salato Wildlife Education Center is in in Frankfort, KY. You can’t miss the entrance – there’s a giant [...]

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