NuLuFestival music preview: it doesn’t get much better than these seven acts for free

Sam "Shake" Anderson and Friends

Sam “Shake” Anderson and Friends

We’ve been talking about NuLu Festival for months now, and now the event is almost here. NuLuFestival is tomorrow, Sat. Sep 28, from noon until 11 p.m. There are more than 100 booths signed up to be on the 700 block of E. Market St. for the Fest and an additional 60 exhibitors for the 800 block for Makers Faire.

Insider Louisville will be there– come find our tent outside of Why Louisville at 808 E. Market Street (just downstairs from IL World HQ). We’re having a contest to a free iPad mini, and we’ll have stickers and temporary tattoos to give away. Maybe some T-shirts too.

And it’s going to be a beautiful day. High of 84 and sunny. We have a tent; come enjoy some shade.

Hopefully we’ll be close enough to the music stage to take advantage of the killer line-up featured in at this year’s NuLuFestival.

Insider’s Steve Fowler lets us know what to expect. – MC

Justin P. Lewis 4 p.m.

Mr. Lewis has been quite busy promoting his latest singer-songwriter effort, Rinse, Repeat, Rewind, from playing Louisville City Hall, to the Waterfront, to the Kentucky Theater with longtime tourmate and fellow musician Ben Sollee, to places beyond and in between.  And yet I’ve also seen Justin, many months ago, volunteer to support a last-minute act booked at a now-closed local venue and perform for maybe 10 people, still holding the room with nothing but a microphone and his roots rock vocals.  Dude is a great performer, and he won’t disappoint.

Beady 5 p.m.

Many readers may have heard Beady’s “Summer Brother” on WFPK.  I have not heard Beady in person, but am eager to do so after hearing their material on the radio and online.  Their sound is a blend of new folk rock and alt country that employs some of the dynamic rhythms of bands like Avett Brothers and The Decemberists, with lots of vocal harmonies and bluegrass progressions that make way for periodic jams most anyone can enjoy.

Leigh Ann Yost Music 6 p.m.

Speaking of songwriters: Leigh Ann Yost is a well-known and established Louisville singer-songwriter with the powerful voice and musical chops you expect from a professional.  There’s likely no need to tell most of you readers what to expect, because Yost delivers a quality performance whenever and wherever she has a microphone.

Sam “Shake” Anderson & Friends 7 p.m.

Insider’s Melissa Chipman wrote a fantastic write-up about Shake and his friends that I recommend you visit to see what’s in store for this very special performance.  Suffice it to say, this is going to be an epic part of the Nulu Festival that you’ll be lucky to witness, and sorry to miss.

The Instruction 8 p.m.

The Instruction is a band that uses loud guitars and hard drum hits to clash with emotive pop vocals, mixed with a few diversions like changes in tempo and rhythm throughout some of their popular tracks.  I suspect fans of rock that has the sounds of Interpol, Muse, and My Morning Jacket will find something they like about this band.  I like the energy level they bring to each track.

The Debauchees 9 p.m.

Though in my opinion they’re one of the more exciting bands coming out of Louisville right now, it’s hard to put my finger on exactly what it is about The Debauchees that I can’t seem to shake.  Maybe it’s their story of each band member learning their instruments after they decided to form a band years ago, maybe it’s just refreshing to hear unique and engaging post-punk rock, maybe it’s all or none of these things and others that contribute to the gloriously liberated feeling of hearing The Debauchees.  Check out their latest single, I’ve Got Energy.

The PASS 10 p.m.

I’ve been a longtime fan of The Pass, and they’ve earned my loyalty by releasing nothing but compelling dance rock with songwriting that just blows my mind every time I hear it.  And they’ve done it for years, from their debut album Burst to their latest release, Melt. Even if their brand of rock isn’t your usual genre of choice, it’s simply impossible to ignore the appeal of their live presence.  Every corner of the band is a highly-skilled and trained musician, and if you come ready to dance, rest assured The Pass will move your feet.