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LouisvilleKY’s Grawemeyer Award winners in Music and World Order recently announced

Stories and photos from… In Music: Louisville, KY., – Dutch composer Joel Bons has won the 2019 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition for “Nomaden,” a one-hour work for cello solo and an ensemble of instruments from diverse cultures. Bons, 65, wrote the piece for French cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras and the Atlas Ensemble, a group of 18 eminent musicians from China, Japan, Central Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Cello Biennale Amsterdam commissioned the work, which premiered in Amsterdam in October 2016 with Ed Spanjaard conducting. Besides cello, the work incorporates a wide array of Asian instruments – Chinese erhu…

NiFi, a new music festival comes to the Kentucky Speedway!

SPARTA, KY – JUNE 11, 2015 – Nitro Fidelity in association with Kentucky Speedway are excited to announce the single day lineup for inaugural NiFi Festival. Single day tickets will also be available beginning Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 10am est via The single day tickets can be purchased at an incredibly low introductory offer of $69 while supplies last or until June 30, 2015. After introductory tickets are sold out, the price for a single day ticket will be available for $99. Three-day tickets are still available for $199. AN Ignited One Day Pass is also available for $275. The three-day NiFi Festival will…

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My Morning Jacket’s Two-Tone Tommy talks about curating Louisville’s Forecastle Festival, band members’ solo projects, Grammy nods and what’s next for MMJ.

Two-Tone Tommy Blankenship – Photo by Paul Wellman There’s a lot going on these days in the life of My Morning Jacket bassist Two-Tone Tommy Blankenship. When you’re a member of one of the music industry’s most popular live alternative rock-n-roll bands, you tend to not have too much time for things other than music and your career. With MMJ’s focus on curating Louisville’s Forecastle Festival, the boys are looking at music with a different focus; through their Louisville-lenses, so to speak, more so than other shows they play. It’s hard to believe that back in 2002 Forecastle Festival started…

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Old Souls in New Music : Motopony

This is the first in a three part series on the group ‘Motopony’ and my conversation with lead singer, Daniel Blue Have you ever met an old soul? A truly genuine being, with depth that transcends all that is modern, who spurns the normal 2011 days of greed, glory self righteousness? I was lucky enough to have that chance today, via a phone conversation with one of the country’s best new upcoming lead singers. Daniel Blue of Motopony is just such a soul. After hearing Motopony’s  “King of Diamonds” and finding out that one of the band members has family…


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