OK, so you’re not into running to Louisville for the Forecastle Festival (See pages 18 and 19) or staying up late with the return of Freakwater (See page 10). That’s the run of weekend music choices, right? Not so fast. The third summer installment of WUKY-FM 91.3’s Phoenix Fridays series of free monthly outdoor concerts commences Friday night with a headlining band you might not have heard of, but whose music you most likely have.
Topping the bill is 7Horse, a West Coast duo comprised of vocalist, songwriter and drummer Phil Leavitt and guitarist, bassist and vocalist Joie Calio. The band got an international break when its song Meth Lab Zoso Sticker was featured, albeit briefly, in the 2013 Martin Scorsese film The Wolf of Wall Street and more prominently in the trailers that prefaced the movie’s release. The tune also found itself played during pregame telecasts by Fox Sports during NFL post season game telecasts. But despite the song’s raucous edge, there are plenty of epic pop smarts in other tunes by 7Horse. Give a listen to the highly appealing but dark-hued family saga Two-Stroke Machine from the band’s third and newest album, Livin’ in a Bitch of a World.
Doyle Lawson at Renfro Valley
Bluegrass always seem to be around during the summer months. On July 16, Renfro Valley Entertainment Center, 2380 Richmond Street in Mount Vernon, has a visit by one of the greats, Doyle Lawson. For a Tennessee native, a sizable chunk of Lawson’s career has been spent in Central Kentucky, from his late-1960s and early-’70s tenure with J.D. Crowe in the Kentucky Mountain Boys to frequent visits to the Festival of the Bluegrass.
Lawson is a veteran of such vanguard acts as the Country Gentlemen and Jimmy Martin, but his most lasting imprints on bluegrass have come from music made with the many harmony-rich, gospel-savvy lineups of his Quicksilver band that he has fronted since 1981. His newest album, released last week, is the gospel collection Burden Bearer (8:30 p.m. $30-$35). For tickets, go to Renfrovalley.com.
Riverbend Music Center and its adjoining PNC Pavilion have a trio of retro-rooted and road trip-worthy shows on tap over the next six nights.
▪ July 16 brings Joe Walsh back to the region for a concert at PNC Pavilion. With the Eagles seemingly demised, the veteran guitarist has devoted much of the past year to reigniting a solo career that began in 1972 after the split of his other noteworthy rock troupe, The James Gang. Without a new album to promote (his last studio release was 2012’s Analog Man) Walsh’s recent shows have covered all the vintage eras of his career, from James Gang singles (Walk Away, Funk #49) to early solo hits (Rocky Mountain Way, Life’s Been Good) to Eagles tunes (Life in the Fast Lane, Take It to the Limit) to comparative obscurities (1972’s Mother Says). JD and the Straight Shot will open (8 p.m. $39.50-$89.50).
▪ Classic rock will be the order of the evening on July 19, also at PNC Pavilion, with a double bill of Gregg Allman and Peter Frampton (7:30 p.m. $39.50-$75). Allman played Central Kentucky twice last winter with a revue-style band that offered a new slant on tunes he popularized during the 1970s and ’80s, both on his own and with the famed Allman Brothers Band. He spent much of the spring, however, cutting an album of new original songs at Muscle Shoals’ famed recording studios. Frampton’s co-billed appearance is a break from a series of largely acoustic shows that he has played since the release of his Acoustic Classics album in February. His Cincinnati show will be with a full band, but more acoustic dates are planned for the fall. Troubadour Concert Series chieftain Michael Johnathon posted last week on Facebook that an Oct. 22 date is slated for Frampton at the Lexington Opera House.
▪ Finally, Daryl Hall and John Oates are back at Riverbend on July 20 with their parade of pop-soul hits from the 1970s and ’80s. The duo remains a solid concert draw, but the appeal of this performance comes as much from the opening acts as the headliners: The Crescent City jazz and funk of Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue as well as the glorious old-school soul and R&B of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings (the band that sings, of all things, Allman’s Midnight Rider, in a popular automobile commercial this summer) will get the evening rocking the right way (7 p.m. $25-$110).