THURSDAY, AUGUST 16
Snarky Puppy/ Barry Mando Project Cosmic Charlie’s, 388 Woodland Ave. 7 p.m., 18+, $10. Snarky Puppy is a Texas-based highly technical instrumental fusion band led by Michael League and featuring a rotating collective of nearly 30 members.
Ian Cooke Natasha’s 112 Esplanade Alley, $5, 9 p.m. From the venue website: “Ian Cooke has appeared in SPIN magazine, Finished #1 in the Denver Post Music Poll in 2009, and has been voted Best Avant-Pop for 3 years by Westword Magazine. He also plays cello on Crooked Fingers’ album Forfeit/Fortune and his two songs appeared alongside Billy Bragg, Owen Pallett, and M Ward on ‘Versions of Joanna’ – a Joanna Newsom covers-album.He has toured in the US and Australia playing with: The Dresden Dolls, Crooked Fingers, Built to Spill, The Decemberists, The Flaming Lips (Monolith Festival), Blonde Redhead, Devotchka, Rasputina, Wovenhand, Pedro the Lion and many more.”
Honky Tonk Night: The Kentucky Hoss Cats Willie’s Locally Known, 805 North Broadway, 8 p.m., free.
Thursday Night Live presents Kenny Owens Cheapside Pavilion, 4:30 – 7:30, free.
Benefit for Hobet 20 feat. Blind Corn Liquor Pickers, Warren Byrom, Devine Carama and more Al’s Bar 601 North Limestone Street, 9 p.m. Hosted by Eric Sutherland and featuring an all-star line-up of Kentucky writers and musicians (also including Erik Reece, Ed McClanahan, Maurice Manning and many more), this event was organized to show solidarity with the activists who were arrested in late July during a peaceful protest at the Hobet Mine in West Virginia.
The Greener Band Parlay Social, 257 W. Short St, 8:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 17
WRFL presents Ana Sia, Auto Delta Time, Fleece Cosmic Charlie’s, 388 Woodland Ave. 10 p.m., 18+, $8/$5 (with student ID)
Fragment 58 Band Parlay Social, 257 W. Short St, 9:30 p.m.
Astor Place Riot, Steve Zunker and the Vaticans; Soul Funkin’ Dangerous Al’s Bar 601 North Limestone Street, 10 p.m.
Normal Love, Soft Opening, Jovontaes, Live Island Al’s Sidecar, 10 p.m., $3
Hot Club Cabaret Natasha’s, 112 Esplanade, $10, 8 p.m.