Kelly Richey Band
Bistro 42
Friday July 25; 9:00 p.m.

Bistro 42 out in Prospect hosts free live music every Friday night, and they’ve got a local gem this weekend. Kelly Richey is known throughout the music world as a blues rocker, and one of the finest guitarists on stage. The band is loaded, playing music festivals throughout the nation this summer.  Watching Kelly work her guitar is like watching Lebron play basketball; you can’t imagine she was meant to perfect anything other than music. In a quaint restaurant and bar like Bistro, you’ll have one of the most intimate shows Kelly will perform this year. If you haven’t had a chance to see the band live, this is the time.

Tim Meadows with Mat Alano-Martin and Sean Smith
The Laughing Derby
Friday and Saturday, July 25, 26; 7:45 p.m and 10:00 p.m.
Tickets $15

If Laughing Derby isn’t selling out every weekend, the word either hasn’t been spread or Louisville needs to live someplace else. This weekend The Laughing Derby brings in Saturday Night Live star (Meadows was on the SNL crew for an amazing ten years), actor, and stand-up master Tim Meadows. Meadows is also a late-night guest favorite (video above), and improv master. He’s joined this weekend by regional comic Mat Alano-Martin, and Sean Smith.

Bombadil, with Kaleidico and Small Time Napoleon
Headliners Music Hall
Friday July 25; Doors 8:00 p.m. / Show 9
Tickets Adv $5 / $10 Door

The pop/folk band Bombadil visits Headliners Saturday night. The band is managed by the same guy who brought Avett Brothers and Carolina Chocolate Drops to the world, and Bombadil has that vibe of breakout potential. They took off to a fast start about eight years ago, but due to health and personal reasons, the band fell apart. Then, they reunited. NPR recently named them “a band to watch.” Their stage show is high energy, lyrics smart and fun, and the folk-feeling yet danceable music is contagious. They are joined by brilliant Louisville favorites Kaleidico and Small Time Napoleon. This is a solid line-up.

KP and Me with Otters, Buffalo, and Anti-Patterns
The Rudyard Kipling
Friday July 25; 9:30 p.m.
$5 Door

The Rud this weekend features four touring bands on Friday night including KP and Me, which used to be a Bloomington band known as Lawnmower. This duo creates a big sound with insightful, often melancholy lyrics. Their music casts an ominous feeling on the night, which for The Rud is a nice mix. Also Friday you can catch from Oklahoma City the Otters, Buffalo, and from Columbia, Mo. the Anti-Patterns.

Moon Jr.
Hideaway Saloon
Saturday July 26; 11:00 p.m.
$5 Door

For the past half decade, the Ozarks have sent into the world relevant modern music. Saturday at the Hideaway Saloon, a new band from Rolla, Mo., Moon Jr, who takes itself very seriously, stops by Louisville to share their work. They won a local radio station Battle of the Bands (and in the Ozarks, seriously, there is good music in the corners). They’ve set themselves to be an important band with their debut self-titled album just released. You can hear and judge for yourself Saturday at the Hideaway.

What Made Milwaukee Famous and A. Sinclair
The New Vintage
Saturday July 26; Doors 8 p.m.
Tickets $8 – $12

My pick of the weekend is Austin-based What Made Milwaukee Famous. For over a decade they’ve played major festivals like Bonnaroo and Sasquatch, but their forte is blasting apart music clubs around the nation. With only a few albums under their belt, the last released in 2012, they’ve been able to make an impressive name for themselves thanks to their frequent touring and playing in the Live Music Capital of the World. Their mature pop sound walks the line of what I’d consider alt-rock. That, with their engaging live act, makes them my can’t-miss show of the weekend. They are joined at The New Vintage by Austin’s brilliant A. Sinclair, worth the price of admission alone.