WEEKLY NEWS & NOTES: Yons continues to impress, PeteFest returns, and Rick Pitino officially retires! Maybe!

Catch up on the week that was in Louisville by taking in a collection of hand picked happenings pertaining to the music community, the restaurant scene, our sports teams, etc. Every Friday, we’ll put together a list consisting of news tidbits that we either hadn’t had a chance to cover or news that we’d already written about but figured you might have missed. In other words, this is all of the weekly news that matters to us, for better or worse.

Got a tip on something you think should be on next week’s Weekly News & Notes? Let us know at nevernervousblog@gmail.com.


  • This week’s Album of the Week has been The Goddess Equation, the fantastic new EP from Yons. If you dig introspective laid back hip hop with some classic R&B inflection, this will hit you right in the sweet spot. Listen to it below, then read my review here. FYI: The EP is also streaming on Spotify.

  • PeteFest is this weekend! Here’s your chance to see JEFF the Brotherhood, Ben Sollee, Son Volt, and a lot more local and national acts. Tickets are available here; check out the full lineup below:


  • Southern fried indie rockers State Champion have returned with a nice new single called “Death Preferences” — the song will be featured on their upcoming record Send Flowers which will be released 11/9 via Sophomore Lounge. Check out the new track below via Soundcloud:

  • Tickets are on sale now for Louisville Youth Group’s 2018 Glitter Gala at Mercury Ballroom which will happen Friday, September 28. It is a fundraiser for the largest LBGTQ+ youth organization serving the Louisville area that will feature performances by GRLwood, Quiet Hollers and DJ Hentai Yuri Bae and a dance party with DJ Simone plus tons of guest appearances and fun activities. Tickets start at $25 and are available for purchase here — check out the Facebook event page for more information.

  • Speaking of the Glitter Gala, our latest podcast episode features a conversation with GRLwood‘s Rej Forester and Karen Ledford, Quiet Hollers‘ Shadwick Wilde and event planner Miranda Hellman — listen to it below, on iTunes or on Spotify.

  • The fine folks behind the first annual Citrus Festival announced their lineup a few days ago which features 19 bands and artists. The fest, which will happen September 21-22 is set to take place at OPEN Arts Community Center at 2801 S. Floyd Street, and in addition to a bunch of music, a bunch of food trucks and visual artists will also be on site. Tickets will cost $10 per day, or $15 for a weekend pass. Peep the lineup on the poster below:


  • Is your band looking for a place to record your next single or album? The fine folks at Deadbird Studios in Louisville have teamed up with us for a pretty sweet deal on recording. Mention Never Nervous when booking studio time and get a free hour for every 8 hours booked! Call them at (502) 974-6289 to get the ball rolling.

  • Heavy metal outfit Stonecutters have a new record on the way called Carved In Time, and the title track is now streaming via Bandcamp and Spotify; listen to it below, then preorder the album here.

  • The full schedule for Bourbon & Beyond has been released, as well as a new app to help you navigate through the growing music and spirits festival. Insider Louisville has the story.

  • Punk rock band Belushi Speed Ball have a new music video for the song “You Can’t Rocksteady Without Bebop.” It’s wild, and full of really cool TMNT themed costumes and effects. Do yourself a favor and check it out below:


  • The renovations to Cardinal Stadium are apparently damned near finished. Check out the new digs for yourself this Saturday when the Cards square off against Indiana State in the first home game of the season.

  • The Courier Journal has more photos of the updated Cardinal Stadium — check them out here.

  • Speaking of Pitino, WDRB’s Eric Crawford has a few takeaways from Rick’s new book “My Story”. This RP quote got my attention: “To outsiders looking in, I can see how I might easily appear to be a villain,” Pitino writes. Well, duh. 

  • In case you needed some music for your UofL tailgate party this Saturday, DJ Jay Kay (the official DJ of Louisville Sports) has released his first tailgate mix of the year which is streaming now via Soundcloud.

  • If you’re going to the Louisville vs. Indiana State game, be sure to get to your seat early, just not as early as Eric Wood.


  • Taste of Frankfort Avenue is this Sunday, 9/9 and the event is back with a new twist and will be located at the Mellwood Arts Center (1860 Mellwood Ave.). Tickets are $45 for general admission or $100 for the Sip & Swig VIP Room. Louisville.com has more.

  • As if you needed any more incentive to eat your next meal at Oskar’s Slider Bar, they are temporarily added the fiskefrikadeller to the menu, or a Scandinavian fishcake slider with topped with purple sauerkraut and remouladsås. Dear god.

  • A new Mexican restaurant called Taco City is open now in the Highlands at1283 Bardstown Road. Located at Taco City is a family owned restaurant that claims to use only the freshest ingredients while utilizing specially handmade tortillas. Peep the full menu here. Based on the buzz I’ve been hearing, this will more than likely become a go-to spot for yours truly.



  • The 2018 Highlands Festival is this Saturday on Baxter Avenue starting at 11AM. The event will feature live music, plenty of food and booze options as well as tons of vendors selling all sorts of cool shit. Proceeds of the event benefit The Arrow Fund.

  • Speaking of the Highlands Fest, the always awesome Sarah Moeding of Dead Things By Sarah will be on site and was interviewed by WDRB’s Keith Kaiser about just that — she talked about the unique jewelry she makes and previews what she’ll be selling at the fest.

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  • Caufield’s just got in the new Michael Myers mask from the upcoming Halloween sequel! They’ve got other new additions as well:

  • Are you concerned that the beloved Germantown dive bar is becoming an endangered species? Emily Ruff & JC Denison are opening a bar in that very neighborhood! But they need your help, which is why they’re putting on a benefit show full of killer bands, DJs, free food from Lydia House as well as drink specials and raffles. Peep the flyer below, then go here for more details.


  • Considering that September is National Library Card Sign Up month, Louisville Free Public Library is making a series of promo videos featuring more than a few Louisvillians you know and love. Now’s the time to stop by your branch to get your ticket to books, music, movies, magazines, graphic novels, audiobooks, online courses, and more. Check out the first of the videos below, then head over the LFPL Facebook page to see the others.


  • And lastly, this weekend is as good as any to get out and adopt a dog or cat in need of a forever home. Maybe you and Yoyo are the perfect fit!

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