Friday, March 6, 2015

Broad Ripple Gazette vol 12 no 5

first published in the Broad Ripple Gazette

Lenten Concert with Paulo Castro
Sunday, March 8, 2015
Immaculate Heart of Mary
5692 Central Avenue
2:00 – 3:00 PM, refreshments following, all-ages, free (donation to the artists welcome)

Immaculate Heart of Mary parish is hosting a Lenten Sunday afternoon concert that is open to the public. Paulo Castro, pianist with the Indianapolis Children’s Choir among other great accomplishments, is leading a musical journey through Lent, using piano music from classical, folk, contemporary and sacred repertoire. He will be joined by the wonderful, Julie Houston, vocalist and flutist. After the recital, everyone is invited to stay for refreshments. 
  Amy X Neuburg
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Basile Opera Center
4011 N. Pennsylvania St
7:30 – 9:00 PM. all-ages, free
This promises to be a fun show! Oakland, California based, Amy X Neuburg, is known her own brand of irreverent genre-crossing music. She is an innovative user of live looping technology, blended with her four-octave vocal range and humorous lyrics. She was one of the earliest performers to work with live looping technology so it makes perfect sense that she’ll be joined by the students of the Music & Arts Technology classes at IUPUI. The class will be performing a new composition by Amy.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Saint Patrick’s Day Pipers
Various Locations and times
The bagpipers are coming, the bagpipers are coming! Bagpipers are part of the Broad Ripple St. Patrick’s Day tradition. Some folks stake out a spot and wait for the pipers to appear, others follow the band, grabbing a drink at each location.
The Gordon Pipers will be at Binkley’s (5902 N. College Ave) at 6:30 and Union Jack Pub (924 Broad Ripple Ave) at 7:10. Both of those shows are all-ages and family-friendly.
I couldn’t find the Murat Highlanders schedule by the deadline for printing in this paper, but I do know they will be at the Red Key Tavern (5170 N. College Ave) at 10:00.
  Summer programs for girls
It is hard to think about summer right now – as I’m typing as the snow is falling – but sunny weather will eventually come and with that brings some great musical programming for girls.
Now is the time to apply.
Girls Rock! Indianapolis
Applications will be available for on-line submission beginning March 9.    
This year Girls Rock! is offering two camp sessions (identical curriculum).
Session 1: Camp Week July 6-10, Showcase July 11
Session 2: Camp Week July 13-17, Showcase July 18
The camp week location and showcase venue are being finalized and will be announced soon.
Tuition is $250 per camper.  Full and partial scholarships, based on financial need, are available and can be requested during the application process.   
Girls Rock! Indianapolis is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to building positive self-esteem in girls and encouraging creative expression through music. Our music education programs provide girls with an opportunity to participate in an environment that fosters leadership, encourages social change, and cultivates a supportive community of female peers and mentors.
Girls Rock! is also in the middle of a fundraising effort. After five years of providing summer day camps for young women ages 8-16, they are expanding their programming and services to help reach more of the Indianapolis community, including at-risk and under-served girls who might greatly benefit from the after-school and summer camp programs. In order to properly navigate our expansion, they need a home base.
The fundraising effort is specifically focused to pay for rent, build-out, and equipment in a new space inside the GC Murphy Building in the Fountain Square neighborhood. The building is already home to a variety of arts community players, and is the perfect place to build a home for Girls Rock! Indianapolis.
To apply for a camp session and for more information about their fundraising campaign visit
D.I.V.A. Summer Songwriting Camp
Camp: June 22 – 26. Auditions will take place on Monday, March 16 at Shortridge Magnet High School and on Monday, March 23 at The Warehouse in Carmel.
 D.I.V.A. Summer Songwriting Camp (formerly Girls Create Music), has moved its summer camp to Hilbert Circle Theatre. The camp is celebrating its fifth year of inspiring young women (girls age 10 – 16) to be better musicians and confident artists.

D.I.V.A. has a wonderful group of Indiana based-musicians – including Andra Faye, Monkia Herzig, and Mina Keohane on facility – and they have invited Nashville-based songwriters, Amy Speace and Ron Browning, to be the camp’s resident songwriting coaches. If you’ve read this column for any amount of time you know that I am a huge Amy Speace fan!

Ron and Amy have songwriting credits that partnerships with Grammy winners, residences at a variety of prestigious music festivals, and albums reviewed by Billboard Magazine (and the Broad Ripple Gazette, I might add). Alongside D.I.V.A.’s roster of professional Indiana-based musicians, Browning and Speace will act as songwriting mentors to the campers. In addition, Browning, who has coached Patti LaBelle, Wynonna Judd, and Carrie Underwood, will teach the camp’s vocal master class, and Speace will write an original composition, which the campers will perform at their final performance on June 26 at Hilbert Circle Theatre.

 New campers may also submit a video audition. The audition involves a short creative demonstration and an interview. Interested campers do not need to have instrumental or vocal experience to audition. D.I.V.A. is able to offer scholarships to those campers who quality. Interested campers must audition before being considered for a scholarship. To apply to D.I.V.A. or for more information about the camp and its scholarships visit or call (317) 426.8543.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Broad Ripple Gazette vol 12 no 3

First published in the Broad Ripple Gazette

Happy Saint Valentine’s Day, lovelies! There are plenty of fun things to do in our neighborhood to chase away the winter blues. 

St. Valentine’s Evening with Bill Lancton Group
Saturday, February 14, 2015
The Jazz Kitchen
5377 N. College Avenue
21+, 6:00 – 9:00 PM, $75 (+ticketing charge) includes fabulous meal and gratuity

I think The Jazz Kitchen is romantic any day of the week, but they’re stepping it up for St. Valentine’s Day! Jazz guitarist, Bill Lancton and his band are bringing their tender side for this evening. Sultry jazz classics, bossas and ballads will be played as you dine with choices from their four course Prix Fixe menu (lots of yummy choices including a dessert sampler). 

Please make sure that you make your reservation and pre-pay – the evening is wildly popular! Visit the website or call 317-253-4900 for more details. 

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Indy CD & Vinyl
806 Broad Ripple Ave
all-ages, free, 6:00 PM

This is the good kind of winter blues!  Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band will be playing a set on the new stage at Indy CD & Vinyl! Their newest record, So Delicious, will be realized that day; you can grab a fresh-off-the-press copy of the album while you’re dancing along to the music.
In case you’re wondering just how big the damn band is?  Just three musicians that sound like fourteen. 

If you haven’t seen Reverend Peyton play lately, you should check them out again.  

Pink Pajama Party
Friday, February 20, 2014
Indianapolis Marriott North (Keystone Crossing)
6:00 PM to Saturday morning
21+, various prices depending on room or evening only 

I wasn’t a kid who enjoyed slumber parties, I always wished I could go hide in my room, and a few times had the host’s mother call my mom for a late-night pickup. The Pink Pajama Party avoids that angst with your own bedroom for the night. There is a silent auction, complementary spa services, pick cocktails, and dancing to Living Proof, a chance to relax in the lounge and listen to one of my favorite singer/songwriters, Chad Mills.  And you get to wear your pajamas to a fundraiser! How many times have we all wished for that? 

As if that isn’t enough fun there will be yoga and breakfast in the morning. 

The pajama party benefits the I.W.I.N Foundation that supports women all over the State, currently receiving treatment for breast cancer by securing and paying for services that help relieve emotional, physical and financial burdens.

Please check their website for room options and to register. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Broad Ripple Gazette vol 11 no 23

first published in the Broad Ripple Gazette

Happy Thanksgiving! I am thankful for all of the creativity and generosity flowing through our community. I am constantly reminded of how cool our neighborhood is and you all are the ones that make it happen. Keep up the good work! 

Soft River Reading Series - poetry reading
Monday, November 17
652 E 52nd Street
7:00 PM, free (donations for traveling writers encouraged), all-ages 

I used feel overwhelmed while reading poetry, I was afraid that I wasn’t doing it right. A few years ago I realized that my fear was silly. There is no right or wrong way to experience poetry, just let it wash over you. I do really enjoy it when I can hear the words in the poet’s voice; it brings a whole new appreciation for the work. You can do just that at Print_Text on Monday, November 17. Bring a pillow to sit on and join five poets for a cozy evening of poetry. 

Here is a little bit about the poets:
Joel Felix is travelling in support of his book Limbs of the Apple Tree Never Die and is from Seattle. Patrick Morrissey is the poetry editor of Chicago Review and is about to have his first book of poems published.  Kaveh Akbar is from Indianapolis and is a poet, editor, and educator. He founded and edits Divedapper, serves as Poetry Editor for BOOTH. His writing has appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, , The New York Quarterly, The Dublin Quarterly, and more. Chris Forhan now lives Indianapolis and grew up in Seattle. He is the author of Forgive Us Our Happiness and has won several poetry prizes. He teaches in the MFA program at Butler University. Wendy Lee Spacek also lives in Indianapolis. She is a poet, curator of the Soft River, and unofficial distributor of small-press books. Her work has been published in LVNG Magazine and on-line through Monster House Press.

Mandatory Mustache Bash
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Melody Inn
3826 N. Illinois Street
21+, 8:00 PM, $10
This is the sixth year for the Mustache Bash and instructions are to, “make one, grow one or get one at the door!” If you don’t have one already, show off your creativity in making a mustache to wear. The sky is the limit. Sort of – it does have to fit under your nose. And don’t worry; if you don’t come with a mustache you will be given an adhesive one at the door
Prize categories include the traditional, Best Real, Best Fake and the coveted Mustache Spirit awards. This year Creepiest and Most Uncomfortable are new categories. Judges will be mingling amongst the guests picking their favorite mustaches, so arrive early enough to be considered (judging ends at 11:00).
9:00pm – Nate and Dev
9:45pm – Brandon Tinkler
10:45pm – Pork & Beans Brass Band
11:30 – Awards
Midnight – The Kickback
Larry Carlton
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
The Jazz Kitchen
5377 N. College Ave
21+, 7:00 & 9:30 PM, $40 ($60 for front row seating) 

Four-time Grammy winner, Larry Carlton is known all over the world as one of the best guitar players around. You can often see him supporting Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, or The Crusaders. His own records are a distinctive blend of bluesy soulfulness and plenty of jazz. He has a new Christmas album coming out, so I bet he’ll be playing some of those. The Jazz Kitchen is music smaller than the concert halls Carlton typically plays in. This is a great chance to see him in an intimate setting.