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June 17, 2014

Louisville Brass & Electric hits Jeffersonville RiverStage on Friday

JEFFERSONVILLE — Paying utility bills can be a pesky reminder of reality, but for one member of Louisville Gas & Electric, it sparked the name of a band.

The eight-piece horn group will be the headlining act at Jeffersonville RiverStage on Friday. Five of the members chip-in with vocals, as the band brings an energetic set featuring jazz and rock hits from the 1970s and 1980s.

“A lot of the stuff we do other groups don’t do,” said Duke Freeman, who thought of the name Louisville Brass & Electric when he was paying his gas bill.

As far as musical style goes, think Blood Sweat and Tears.

“We reproduce the old horn bands of Chicago, so to speak,” Freeman said. “We try to replicate that as closely as possible to the original group, so that if you just close your eyes, you’d be able to hear exactly the same thing.”

The band has played RiverStage before, but not as the headliner. With the Big Four Bridge open to pedestrians and cyclists, and business booming at many restaurants downtown, Freeman anticipates good attendance for Friday’s performance in Jeffersonville.

The band formed in 2009, as some of the members reunited to play at their Seneca High School reunion. The show went well and Freeman — who’s also an account executive at the News and Tribune — joined up with some of the guys who were already regularly performing in another band.

Three of those members eventually formed the current band, but it was called Still Kickin’ until 2011, when that title bit the dust in favor of Louisville Gas & Electric.

The band consists of: Art Kestler, Pat Yates, Steve Bradley, “Rock” Bland, George Shields, Reed Wrege, Doug Finke and Freeman.

You’ll probably hear a Steely Dan song if you attend the show Friday, but Louisville Brass & Electric also covers contemporary hits by artists like Ricky Martin and Bruno Mars.

“The one thing we’ve had people to tell us is that we do such a wide variety of music,” Freeman said.

Music begins at 7 p.m. Friday at the RiverStage, and the event is free to the public. No outside alcohol is permitted, but there will be food vendors and a beer garden on site.

For more information on the band, e-mail, or call 765-346-0624.


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