8 and 11 p.m. March 14, 15 at Louisville Palace¸ 625 S. Fourth St. Sold out. 1-800-745-3000. Livenation.com.
8 p.m. March 14 at KFC Yum Center, 1 Arena Plaza, Louisville. $26.50-$75.50. 1-800-745-3000. Livenation.com.
It's mid-March, and downtown Louisville will be a crowded metropolis this weekend for reasons that have nothing to do with basketball. That's because Prince and Maroon 5 will be performing within blocks of each other Saturday night.
Prince has two shows Saturday night and two Sunday at Louisville Palace. Yes, Prince. Who knew that show was happening? Well, until last weekend, no one. In fact, the date by the Minneapolis rock-pop-funk megastar was announced before the venue was announced.
The show is the first date of Prince's latest Hit N' Run Tour, but it's hardly the first time he has announced performances with little notice. It's not even the first time he has done it in Kentucky. The same quick turnover approach was employed for a Freedom Hall show in 1986. That concert was one of only 10 North American shows Prince gave in support of his then-current album, Parade. It was also the last regional appearance with his popular '80s band The Revolution. He came to Lexington in 1997, playing Rupp Arena, when he was performing under the name The Artist.
Prince's Kentucky return continues an alliance with 3rdeyegirl, the all-female band he has favored for touring since 2013. This Hit N' Run show also follows the simultaneous 2014 release of two Prince albums: the eccentric and ultra-modern Art Official Age and the far leaner and rockish Plectrumelectrum with 3rdeyegirl.
The Saturday concert also is a homecoming of sorts: 3rdeyegirl drummer Hannah Ford Welton is a Louisville native.
So why isn't Prince playing someplace larger than the Palace on Saturday? Well, maybe it was because Louisville's big house of performance venues, the KFC Yum Center, was booked for the evening by the unstoppable Maroon 5.
When the Los Angeles band performed at the Singletary Center for the Arts a decade ago, there was little about its standard practice radio rock to indicate career longevity outside of the hit Harder to Breathe and the healthy shelf life of its 2002 debut album Songs About Jane.
It took five years for a follow-up (It Won't Be Soon Before Long) to surface. After that, though, there was no turning back. The hits kept piling up (Makes Me Wonder, Moves Like Jagger) until V (Maroon 5's fifth album) became a monster hit, selling in excess of 15 million copies. The latter also raised the band's international profile considerably with the back-to-back hits Payphone and One More Night
Of course, having frontman/singer and People magazine's one-time "Sexiest Man Alive" Adam Levine appearing on national television every week as a judge on The Voice and acting in the Oscar-nominated Begin Again hasn't hurt the band's popularity either.
The Canadian pop-reggae band Magic! and San Francisco popster Rozzi Crane (a signee to Levine's 222 label) will open.
For an altogether different Saturday night, take a drive to Meadowgreen Park Music Hall, 303 Bluegrass Lane in Clay City. On tap for the weekly series of live bluegrass performances will be Lost & Found, a Virginia quartet that has been performing internationally for more than four decades. Still with bassist and founding member Allen Mills on board, Lost & Found has been documenting its heavily traditional string band sound for Rebel Records since 1980. The band's most recent recording is Love, Lost and Found.
Banjoist Ronald Smith, mandolinist Scott Napier and guitarist Dan Wells complete the lineup. Jeff Clair and Half Past Lonesome also will be on Saturday's bill (7 p.m., $12). Call (606) 663-9008 or go to Kyfriends.com.