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My Morning Jacket Announces It Will Play with Louisville Youth Orchestra

The Louisville-based band My Morning Jacket announced today it will perform at the new KFC Yum! Center this fall. My Morning Jacket will perform at the new arena Oct. 29 with the Louisville Youth Orchestra, with some of the proceeds going to the organization.

The band made the announcement at ear X-tacy along with leaders from the youth orchestra.

Lead singer Jim James says that the band is dedicated to spotlighting local businesses and the arts.

“We want to remind everybody in Louisville that there are great outlets for youth to discover music and discover art,” James says. “Unfortunately, in our society, the arts have continually been cut back and shortchanged, so we want to let everybody know that there are great programs out here for kids to get involved in music and art.”

Leaders from the Louisville Youth Orchestra say that the group will get one dollar from every ticket purchased , which could double funding for its scholarship program.

Melody Welsh-Buchholz is the Louisville Youth Orchestra’s executive director.

“This will allow up to 50 new members who otherwise would not be able to participate with us because of economic circumstances to be a part of this organization,” she says. “And that is a really, really big deal for us.”

The usual annual budget for the scholarship fund is $15,000.

In 2008, My Morning Jacket held a concert at Waterfront Park with the Louisville Leopard Percussionists in a performance that benefited the Center for Women and Families.

The concert is being presented by WFPL’s sister station, WFPK.

Wax Fang will open for My Morning Jacket. Tickets go on sale Saturday, August 14.

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Louisville Youth Orchestra

Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Louisville Youth Orchestra
Flutes and cellos and pianos and violins and . . . wait a minute, those musicians look awfully young. Well, if you join us in our performance studio on Wednesday, you’ll see that in fact they are members of the Louisville Youth Orchestra. LYO is fifty years old this year and we thought it was high time we learned more about them. So join us in the performance studio here at 619 S. Fourth Street for a little music and talk about the Louisville Youth Orchestra. Doors open at 12:50 pm (or come at 11:45 am and enjoy a program from our sister station WUOL 12:00 pm to 12:50 pm).

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