Billy Goat Strut Revue

$15 cover at door

Join us for a swingin' jazzy (and perhaps a bit raucous) Mardi Gras celebration! Put on your masquerade's finest and come on to swing away the night with Billy Goat Strut Revue!

It’s been an unpredictable journey since our founding Billy Goat (Mark Hamilton) took a trip to New Orleans and quickly became intoxicated with the city's rich musical culture and tradition. He brought us together on a cold and rainy Kentucky autumn day in 2011 and shared his vision of forming an ensemble of all-star players for an old-time project.

Through our progression as a band, the moniker “Antique Jazz” started to float around. With the addition of tunes that contained hints of Kentucky flavor and an irresistible twang, we realized our strange version of jazz embodied the influences of a Kentuckian mode de vie.

It’s been an unpredictable journey since our founding Billy Goat (Mark Hamilton) took a trip to New Orleans and quickly became intoxicated with the city's rich musical culture and tradition. He brought us together on a cold and rainy Kentucky autumn day in 2011 and shared his vision of forming an ensemble of all-star players for an old-time project.

Through our progression as a band, the moniker “Antique Jazz” started to float around. With the addition of tunes that contained hints of Kentucky flavor and an irresistible twang, we realized our strange version of jazz embodied the influences of a Kentuckian mode de vie.

Mariana Bell, Stirfry and Friends

$5 suggested donation

Sign-ups are closed for this event, but there's always room to float and join in the fun!
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Marianna Bell is joining up with Stirfry and Friends for a fun pre-Thanksgiving party.

Stirfry Musette (formerly Hay and Ellis Stirfry) has an eclectic style which flies from gypsy to Latin to Celtic and and jazz and includes original compositions and musettes with an upbeat and dynamic spirit!

Jeff Ellis’s lightening-fingered guitar playing melds with Joanna Hay’s expressive violin and mandolin and Ben Griffith’s jubilant accordion and upright bass, while Jordon Ellis adds his unique flavor on percussion. This group will surprise and delight its audiences with its varied repertoire. This band brings joy to its performances, which are filled with laughter!

Derby Celebration with Small Time Napoleon

Join us for our day long Derby Celebration, and top it off by dancing and swinging to the retro sounds of Small Time Napoleon. We will show the Derby on the big-screen TV, and the show starts shortly afterwards. Folks with tickets automatically have reserved seating, but drop-ins are most welcome!

Small Time Napoleon has been described as “a mad science blend of western swing, hot jazz, and folk” by Insider Louisville’s Kyle Ware. Their live shows are intimate and natural while remaining energetic. Their combination of swing-era influence with modern inclinations has driven them to a sound and style that is both new and old and wholly their own.

Small Time Napoleon has been described as “a mad science blend of western swing, hot jazz, and folk” by Insider Louisville’s Kyle Ware. Their live shows are intimate and natural while remaining energetic. Their combination of swing-era influence with modern inclinations has driven them to a sound and style that is both new and old and wholly their own.

Occupy Music

Music for the Occupation

Kentucky Wild Horse

$7 - Seating reservations are filled, but standing room will be available

Old-time, bluegrass, swing, original music by one of the best string bands in Kentucky. John Harrod, Paul David Smith, Don Rogers, Jesse Wells and Roddy Puckett. MP opens at 7 p.m. with Nathan Link and members of the Centre College Appalachian Ensemble.


Kentucky Wild Horse takes its name from an old eastern Kentucky fiddle tune played by Wolfe County fiddler Darley Fulks (1895-1990) who possessed a vast repertoire of pre-Civil War tunes. Kentucky music from the 19th century down to the present, especially its fiddle and banjo traditions, has been our love and our inspiration.

Christabel & the Jons

$10

Christabel & the Jons is currently on tour from Louisiana to Maine and everywhere in between, promoting their album “Custom Made for You” and singing a bunch of new bossa nova and country swing tunes which will soon be recorded on their third CD, "The Same Mistake." Lead singer and songwriter Christa DeCicco is earning a reputation as one of the southeast's finest laid-back jazz singers. Old suitcases and vintage clothes from the 1920s-1950s give the performance a nostalgic ambiance, but it's the songs that really captivate. They can often be found in thrift stores as they travel from town to town, hunting for clip-on ties and cocktail dresses.

Jeff Autry and Shad Cobb

$15

Jeff Autry and Shad Cobb, members of the John Cowan Band and top musicians in their own right, are pairing up for an evening filled with a little bit of everything - bluegrass, folk, Celtic, jam band, and everything in between. These fellows have amazed us each time they've come to the Cafe, and we are excited to hear them as a duo.

Jeff Autry grew up playing bluegrass in a musical family, and by his teenage years, he was performing with local bluegrass bands and touring the Southeast festival circuits. Autry recorded on Vestal’s new acoustic solo project, In Pursuit of Happiness, and joined Vestal on a 6-month tour of Japan. Upon returning to the US, Autry played with various touring bluegrass bands and became a prolific studio artist. His work is heard on the Pinecastle Instrumental series “Bluegrass 96-01," his solo recording ”Foothills”, Drew Emmetts' (of Left Over Salmon) Freedom Ride, and the last five releases by the John Cowan Band.

Shad’s intricate and soulful style of playing has been compiled over the years from many of his early influences. The playing of such legendary fiddlers as Vassar Clements, Sam Bush, Art Stamper, Mark O’Connor, Kenny Baker and Byron Berline helped develop Shad’s playing throughout the earliest part of his musical career. Shad Cobb’s present-day virtuosity puts him at the forefront of top fiddlers in the country. Whether on one of his recordings, or in a live setting, the playing of Shad Cobb is quite an amazing thing to witness.

Honky-tonk for the modern cowboy and girl
The rollicking country swing of the Sweetback Sisters is as infectious as it is heartbreaking. Their charismatic charm harkens back to the golden era of both the silver screen cowgirl and the ersatz cowboy stars of local UHF TV kiddie shows. That whimsical exterior is wrapped around a core of deeply felt love for traditional country music styles and a palpable joy in playing and singing together.

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