Louisville's Forecastle Festival is an annual summer musical event that draws tens of thousands of fans.
The godfather of funk packed Ballpark Village's FOX sports bar on Sunday night.
It's become an annual ritual at KDHX: Our DJs look back at the best releases of the mid-point of the year and pick their 10 favorites thus far. Given how great 2015 has been for new music, you know there's some essential listening in store.
To complement their lists of top 10 albums, some of our DJs weighed in with their picks for favorite songs and shows of the first half of 2015.
Self-describing their sound as "Hall and Oates meet ZZ Top" is a fitting way to introduce Texas-based duo Greyhounds.
Here's a set of 10 great records. I've created this list as a more personal introduction than an academic one, and so I'm using the phrase "essential soul jazz" to describe the list very loosely. I recommend each with my heart and soul; meaning I've spent time getting to know them, and think you'll enjoy the experience of meeting them too.