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"The Fabulous Asteroids" to Give Free Performance at APH

Dance band from the 50s and 60s will perform on June 4

Louisville, KY (May 10, 2011) – The Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) will host a free performance by "The Fabulous Asteroids" on Saturday, June 4th from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The dance band was formed at the Kentucky School for the Blind and had quite a reputation back in the late fifties and early sixties. While they were still in high school, Noah Carver, Pat Mayerchak, B.T. Kimbrough, and Gary Jones played talent shows and school events, showcasing their own music, plus rockabillty, rock n’roll, and rhythm and blues covers of artists such as Wanda Jackson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Buddy Holly.

This event, as part of APH’s “Bards and Storytellers” annual arts, folklore, and performance series, celebrates the historical traditions of entertainers with vision loss. As part of the program, Doug Boyd, Director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky, will engage in a discussion with the performers, so that the audience will not only have a chance to enjoy these talented performers, but will learn something about the personal events and forces that have shaped their careers.

The program is best for adults. Space is limited, so please make reservations by June 2. Call (502) 899-2213 or visit to register or for more information.


"Bards and Storytellers" is an ongoing series of presentations by entertainers who are blind. Historically, being an entertainer was one of the few routes to independence for a visually impaired person. This series presents contemporary performers who have chosen to follow this path, even though, today, because of better educational opportunities and a shifting of societal attitudes, their employment possibilities are considerably greater.


The American Printing House for the Blind, a 501©(3) non-profit organization, is the world’s largest company devoted solely to researching, developing, and manufacturing products for people who are blind or visually impaired. Founded in 1858, it is the oldest organization of its kind in the United States. Under the 1879 federal Act to Promote the Education of the Blind, APH is the official supplier of educational materials for visually impaired students in the U.S. who are working at less than college level.

APH manufactures textbooks and magazines in braille, large print, recorded, and computer disc formats. APH also manufactures hundreds of educational, recreational, and daily living products. APH’s fully-accessible web site ( features information about APH products and services, online ordering of products, and free information on a wide variety of blindness-related topics. One popular feature of the site is the Louis Database, a free tool to help locate accessible books available from organizations across the U.S. APH products can be ordered through Louis.

The American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. is located at 1839 Frankfort Avenue in Louisville, Kentucky. For more information, call (502) 895-2405 or log on to