Local music legend playing ‘School of Art’ benefit

On Thursday, September 1st duel patrons of local music and art can experience a very personal event, as the ground-breaking Louisville musician Will Oldham, aka Bonnie Prince Billy, plays a garden party fundraiser for the Kentucky School of Art.

First envisioned by Louisville native Churchill Davenport in 2008, the Kentucky School of Art at Spalding University is working to fill the need of an undergraduate school of art in the Derby City. As featured on the school’s website, KSA’s vision is to “become a college with art at its center:  all disciplines and studies will branch out from this core. Through the lens of art, students will study in the necessary courses to guide their individualized exploration, development, and the expression of their creative spirit. In addition, KSA will engage nationally recognized faculty and artists to nurture students’ creative practice through exposure to traditional and contemporary art practices.”

Since adopting the moniker of Bonnie Prince Billy in 1998, Will Oldham has performed as a musician whose creative influence on other artists has consistently outstripped his own notoriety. With his “do-it-yourself punk aesthetic and blunt honesty,” he  has explored Americana, folk, punk and indie rock across 20 releases, the newest of which being 2010’s The Wonder Show of the World, and has also appeared in a number of independent films.

Presented by Brandon Coan, William Morrow & George Parker, this fundraising event will be held at the Malvern House, 3750 Upper River Road, 6-9:00PM September 1st, with Hors D’Oeuvres by Wilshire Pantry and an Open Bar. Attendees will be obliged to make a minimum donation of $50, with all proceeds going to the Kentucky School of Art.