8 p.m. July 11 at Brown Theatre, 315 West Broadway, Louisville. $45-$60. 1-800-775-7777. Kentuckycenter.org.
Neil Young and Promise of the Real/Band of Horses
7:30 p.m. July 13 at Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati. $26.50-$346.50. (513) 232-6220. Riverbend.org.
Just shy of 50 years ago, Stephen Stills and Neil Young joined forces to create the seminal 1960s troupe Buffalo Springfield. The band burned brightly but quickly, and was ash by 1968. During the decades that followed, their creative paths would converge — usually during various intervals of activity with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young — and contract.
While they won't be reuniting again any time soon, both will play the region within 48 hours of each other beginning this weekend.
First up is a very rare solo outing by Stills, 70. The guitarist and songsmith performs with some regularity in our area, usually as part of his ongoing alliance with veteran partners David Crosby and Graham Nash. But he seldom performs on his own to showcase an especially strong catalog of solo recordings cut during the 1970s.
While he hasn't issued a studio album of new songs in more than a decade, Stills did serve up a few new and reworked tunes with the all-star blues-based trio The Rides, which played the Lexington Opera House in September 2013. The band seemed to visibly reinvigorate Stills, whose vocal work — though not his guitar talents — had become noticeably ragged with CSN up to that point.
Though Stills might have been viewed as the critical darling when their solo careers commenced in the late '60s and early '70s, Young, 69, has commanded far greater critical and commercial acclaim throughout the years.
A restlessly prolific artist, he is promoting a new band called Promise of the Real, which features sibling guitarists Lukas and Micah Nelson, sons of country legend Willie Nelson, and a recording released last week, The Monsanto Years.
The heavily electric album harkens back to Young's rough-cut works with Crazy Horse but is also his most topical, activist-savvy record ever — and perhaps his angriest. Targeting corporate greed and environmental decimation, the singer openly calls out offending companies by name. Suffice to say, you won't find The Monsanto Years in the bins at Starbuck's, Wal-Mart or, should it ever decide to stock CDs, Safeway.
Get to this show early, if you're going. Young will serve as his own opening act and begin the otherwise electric show with a solo acoustic set.
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
7 p.m. July 11 at PNC Pavilion, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati. $28.50-$48.50 (513) 232-6220. Riverbend.org.
The smaller of Riverbend Music Center's two outdoor venues, PNC Pavilion, plays host this weekend to one of the summer's premier jazz events — an evening with New York's Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and its longtime artistic director, Wynton Marsalis.
A scholarly ensemble capable of interpreting the music of such disparate jazz spirits as Duke Ellington and John Coltrane, as well as fine original works from Marsalis and various band members, the orchestra also has taken great strides in terms of musical outreach.
The orchestra, which has its own set of performance halls in New York's Columbus Circle, spends considerable time on the road, hence its outdoor performance in Cincy on Sunday.
The concert comes just over a week after plans were announced for the launch of a Sony-overseen Jazz at Lincoln Center record label, Blue Engine Records. The label is looking to issue as many as six albums a year, not all of which will be by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. The first recording is scheduled for release Aug. 21. Titled Live in Cuba, it chronicles a series of October 2010 concerts in Havana by the orchestra.
Bringing home the Bacons
A very late addition to the regional concert calendar this summer is a Monday outing by The Bacon Brothers Band at the Grand Theatre, 308 St. Clair Street, Frankfort.
Yes, we're talking the Americana duo of film star Kevin Bacon and older sibling — and Emmy-winning film score composer — Michael Bacon. Though musical collaborations predate their separate careers, the two have been moonlighting as a performance team for the past two decades. The Bacons have cut six studio albums, the newest being 2014's 36¢. (7:30 p.m.; $45-$75, call (502) 352-7469 or go to Grandtheatrefrankfort.org)