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On The Record at VinylFest

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one:

“Louisville is the next Seattle.”

Well, guess what? I say Louisville is Louisville.

That’s why the first ever On The Record panel is devoted to this city, and a few of the biggest reasons it was what it was, is what it is, and will be what it will be.

The guests:

My dear friend Mike Bucayu, once and now again head of the revived Self Destruct Records (a label) and owner of the defunct Blue Moon Records (a store) where I got my name. Literally.

Heather Fox, the historian in charge of the Louisville Underground Music Archive (LUMA).

Sean Liter, owner of the hippest shop in town, Modern Cult.

Ed Lutz, who was the man responsible for the label Three Little Girls and Ground Zero.

Dave Rucinski, the somewhat mysterious man behind Gubbey Records.

The owner of ear-x-tacy, the store that was synonymous with Louisville music for decades, still Keeping Louisville Weird on WFPK, John Timmons.

And the survivor, the one who saw so many come and go, who rope-a-doped like Ali, who still casts a shadow long and tall from two Better Days Records locations, Mister Ben Jones.

The panel is at 2:30, August 3oth, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. It is a part of VinylFest. One day tickets are 15 bucks, advance vouchers to get a 10 dollar ticket are available at Better Days, Modern Cult, and with Matt Anthony.

You can contact me at RockoJerome@Gmail.com or on facebook.

Image up top by none other than fellow Wanderer Joe Berenato.

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The Cruz Crusade

For those of us who are healthy and grew up that way, it’s very easy to forget just how fortunate we are. Summer as a kid meant long days at play, and worries few enough to be non-existent. Even school wasn’t so taxing, not when placed in any sense of perspective.

That’s why it’s so humbling to consider cases like young Cruz Colvin.

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From the Facebook site dedicated to his cause, authored by his family:

This journey began when Cruz experienced an uncontrollable nose bleed on December 19, 2013. He began losing consciousness and was taken via EMS to Kosair Brownsboro. Within a few hours we were told that his blood counts, especially his hemoglobin and platelets, were much lower than what they should have been for a nose bleed. He was transferred that afternoon to Kosair downtown for further treatment and testing. When we entered 7W I immediately thought they had brought us to the wrong floor. This was the pediatric cancer unit; Cruz had a nose bleed! Over the next three days Cruz received 3 transfusions; 2 hemoglobin and 1 platelet. Cruz also tested positive for influenza A and therefore many of the “tests” had to be postponed until the “virus” ran it’s course. Fast forward through weeks of “purgatory”… Cruz had a bone marrow biopsy confirming a rare and serious blood disease – Aplastic Anemia. It has been with the support of our family, church community, and friends that we have walked through each day with faith, hope and courage. We could not imagine going through this without you all.

As part of my job at Lucky’s Market, I had the distinct honor of representing the store as we presented a check for enough money to cover the family’s travel expenses out of state for treatment, but the road before them is long.

Please do what you can to help.

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Podcasting About The Psychology Of Collecting

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Immediately after surviving a heinous car crash, I sat down to record the Share Louisville podcast with my friend, Igor.  Subject matter turned to the drive to collect and where it comes from.

Hear it here.

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