Posted by: Nick | April 8, 2009

Waterfront Wednesday Returns April 22, 2009

Todd Snider, 9pm

Fresh from the success of the EP Peace Queer , which reached #1 on the Americana charts last year, Todd Snider has big plans this summer! He’ll play Bonnaroo for the first time and release his next full lenghth album. Todd will give us all a sample of his new tunes and share some long-time favorites as our first headliner for the Waterfront Wednesday season.

Since his MCA Records debut in the 90’s, Snider has been a satirist, class cutup and the rare artist who understands and celebrates the connections between the Stones, Dylan, Bill Hicks, John Prine, Mitch Hedberg, Kris Kristofferson, Hunter S. Thompson and Randy Newman. Snider’s records are fun even when they aren’t being funny, funny even when they’re sad, and no less truthful for the laughs. He’s also an all time favorite to see live in Louisville!

Extra Golden, 7:30pm

When Chicago based Extra Golden first played together in Nairobi in 2004, none of the members would have predicted that five years later the band would be touring Britain on the back of their third album. Unlike other African sounds, benga has had a low profile outside the continent in recent years, but Kenya’s crisp guitar lines had a huge impact across Africa in the 1970s and 1980s. This is the perfect time for the world to rediscover the groove, however, and Barack Obama, who shares their Kenyan-American lineage and helped out with visa issues, is proud to be one of their earliest fans.

After summer 2008’s three-month, international tour (highlighted by performances at both Pitchfork and Roskilde festivals), Extra Golden settled down to record the follow-up to their acclaimed 2nd release, Hera Ma Nono. The result is Thank You Very Quickly, a six-song wonder of a record whose joyous danceable anthems were crafted in the wake of political and economic upheaval in Kenya.

Tony Furtado, 6pm

It takes guts to start your album off with “The Bawds of Euphony”, an instrumental banjo tune that draws its cryptic title from the words of a Wallace Stevens poem. But Tony Furtado is a man unafraid to go with his heart when it comes to his music. Tony’s 14th album, entitled Deep Water, comes entirely from Tony’s heart. Produced by the fabulous (and slightly mad) Sean Slade (The Pixies, Radiohead, Dinosaur Jr., Dresden Dolls), Deep Water wanders through a wide array of sentiment; from joy and love, to despair and hopelessness. Recorded in Boston, away from managers, label employees, publicists or loved ones, Sean and Tony came together to make a record Tony truly wanted to create.

Furtado’s extremely impressive, furious slide guitar skills and 25+ years of banjo experience will blow away the musicos; for the lovers of a story in a song, Furtado has a few tales to tell; and to those who are looking for a performance, get ready to be captivated, charmed, and entertained.

Other Bands Playing Waterfront Wednesday this Summer:

The Charlie Daniels Band w/ Halfway to Hazard – April 29th (Derby Festival Concert)

Meat Puppets, The Features, Broken Spurs- May 27th

The Guggenheim Grotto- June 24th

Waterfront Wednesday is presented by 91.9 WFPK and Waterfront Development Corporation with support from Friends of the Waterfront. This seasons sponsors include Goose Island, Maker’s Mark, Commonwealth Bank and Trust and Habitat ReStore. The show is on the Harbor Lawn at Waterfront Park and FREE to all! Gates open at 5pm.



  1. The Guggenheim Grotto is June 24th. The Charlie Daniels Band w/ Halfway to Hazard is not a Waterfront Wednesday but rather a Kentucky Derby Festival event.

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