Communion showcases diverse talent from Louisville and beyond

Communion showcases diverse talent from Louisville and beyond

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Communion is here to stay in Louisville, bringing national and regional musicians on the verge of stardom to perform alongside local favorites.

The outcome is magically diverse and not to be missed.

In November, Communion presents Highly Suspect, The Saint Johns, Brave Baby and Howell Dawdy.

Jesse Bumstead, who books the shows, is ready for Highly Suspect to blow up any minute now. "They're probably going to be on a lot of festival lineups [next year]," he told Kyle Meredith on The Setlist.

Watch his interview and get a preview of their sound in the video above.

The best part about Bumstead's job is bringing all these acts to Louisville's burgeoning scene. Louisville is one of only 13 city's in the U.S. that reaps the benefits of a Communion residency.

"Louisville is one of the markets that we've focused on because it's got an expanding music scene. It's not really recognized nationally yet," he said. "But we have a lot of faith in what's going on here."

Beyond the great music Communion brings around, the exposure it gives artists in WAVE Country is also important.

Local favorite Howell Dawdy is almost impossible to describe. Comparable to Weird Al, but more creative and clever.

Check out his recent summer jam "Summer Creams" or old standby "Boo, I'm a Ghost." Maybe then you'll understand... maybe.

Other bands on the ticket are The Saint Johns - an impressive folk duo out of Nashville - and rock band Brave Baby from Charleston, SC.

The show is Friday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Zanzabar. Tickets are $13 and well worth it.

Howell Dawdy is first so make sure to get there early to show him some local love!

Find out more about the show on Facebook and learn the origins of Communion Music on their website:

If you are in a band and want to reach Jesse, you can email him at or just go to a show and say hi!

The Setlist is a collaboration between WFPK Music Director Kyle Meredith and WAVE 3 News Producer Laurel Mallory and is made possible by sponsor Far Out Music. Find more local music by watching WAVE 3 News every Saturday morning or Monday nights at 7:30 p.m.

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